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profdant139

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Posted: 05/12/21 12:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For most of this trip, we were boondocking on BLM land. Not an epic adventure, but a lot of fun after a year of confinement:

Part 1: Capitol Reef

Part 2: Bryce and Zion

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Posted: 05/12/21 12:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We just spent 10 days at Bryce/Zion boondocking and drove thru Capitol Reef yesterday. CR was sure crowded for a Tuesday in May. Zion was hot, in the 90's and packed with people. Bryce cooler but still lots of people.


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Yes, lots of folks in the national parks! We got lucky on the weather -- this trip was in early April, and the weather was cool (cold at night), breezy, partly cloudy. Perfect camping and hiking weather, and no rain or snow.

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WE got snow both at the South Rim and Bryce so it isn't over yet.

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Another great report with beautiful pictures. TY


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Nice report.


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How come you don't have two axles on that? Oh wait, they would extend beyond the ends. Nevermind. Actually very nice efficient unit. In my early days I would have bought it in a heartbeat...

Edit: Oh wait, I just looked at a video on it. We did look at that back when they were new. It was the smallest lightest "full" TT I could find back then. We had a Suby Forester and it was rated at 2400 lbs and this was just a bit too much. We ended up with an 8 box pop up that we had for 13 years. If we had had an Outback I would have done it. I remember the bunk over the dinette bed. Very nice piece of equipment.

Ahh but, we have grown over time with a 28 foot slide bunkhouse and a much bigger tow vehicle.

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Your trip reports are always fantastic and I've missed them. It's good to see you back on the road again.


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Thanks for all of the kind words!

And Kavoom, I would prefer a dual axle trailer -- they are safer in case of a blowout. But they don't make a 12 foot trailer with dual axles! The wheel wells would eat up the storage, I guess.

Having such a small trailer means that we can keep the trailer on our short driveway. And the trailer can easily fit into any campsite that a small truck could get into, so it is great for boondocking in the forest.

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Posted: 05/14/21 09:03am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As usual, great descriptions and photography of a wonderful part of the country.
I'm surprised you don't have the beautiful star-filled skies in SoCal. Must have changed some since I was last there in 1852.
Here's your next rough road -- 'Bobby's Hole' access to the Needles District, Canyonlands.
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