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  1. We can definitely try to get this forum moving again ... I enjoy forums.
  2. If anyone wants some free used oil analysis kits (which includes the lab work), let me know. I have a whole bunch left over. It's a great way to see how well your oil is holding up at different intervals.
  3. Welcome Josh, This forum isn't very active, and I have to admit, I am not very active on this site either. I try to check in daily, but usually it's pretty slow. Do you guys have a lot of abandoned stuff in Oklahoma? I don't think you have much, if any, BLM public land there?
  4. Yeah, I think your friend is 100% correct, and if you change the oil regularly, even conventional oil is probably good enough. I am going to start running the Amazon oil (currently running mobile one extended service oil). What made you decide to use Rotella? I have never looked into that brand before.
  5. For some reason I was watching a YouTube video today and remembered your post when I heard this part:
  6. Sorry Dave, was just using the first name you had posted, didn't mean I didn't like the video, the video was great.
  7. I seen some photos and videos of the Abandoned Boron Prison complex and it has all be completely torn down. We did a video there not long before it was leveled. I can't say I am surprised though, the vandals did a pretty good job of destroying the place. It definitely wasn't safe when we were out there, but it's still sad to see it's gone.
  8. I have been watching a lot of YouTube tests and it looks like Amazon is putting out a cheap, high quality motor oil. Anyone try this stuff yet? Thinking I am going to run it next oil change. Here is a video I found on the topic:
  9. That sounds like the way to go, just carry an air tank and fill up quickly. I have a decent pump, but it still takes forever to fill up. I also have some of those quick air down tools for each tire that helps me air down. I need to see take them down a little lower, usually I air down to 25 psi only, might try 20 psi next time I head off road. I am not feeling too confident in my Armada though, if it weren't having the overheating and electrical problems, I would just slap a locker in the back, but not sure if I want to chance it. I think at this point buying something that is new and solid might be the way to go. I wish I could get a few more years and my moneys worth out of it, but I have driven it hard, far harder than it was every designed to be driven.
  10. Many different ways, sometimes accidentally, and there is this link with some info I used too for the name. I am actually not a big fan of visiting volunteer cabins myself, and the ones I have been too were completely by accident. I try to avoid volunteer cabins, I find them super boring. I love finding those long forgotten places, ones that people haven't visited in a very long time.
  11. Definitely a good point regarding mine tunnels, but the volunteer cabins are usually a project done by the BLM, Forest Service, etc., and the public to restore and use volunteer cabins. You're 100% correct about the government, they love to completely tear historic places down, so it's good to keep those locations secret. These volunteer cabins are being preserved or restored by the parks, blm, or other government agency with the help of the volunteers. They know they are there and have no intention to destroy or remove them. For some reason the so call volunteers like to keep these places secret for their little in-group ... They get really upset if anyone films them for monetary gain or gives out their locations, yet we all pay for these building through our tax dollars since they are all on OUR public land and WE fund the park service. Of course they have no problems with their in-group taking photos of these locations, and even selling prints of locations. They are hypocrites and I am tired of seeing them bully people into not using their own public cabins. They are all first come first serve public cabins on OUR public land! I wish more people would get outdoors with their families and enjoy these places, but many families have no idea these places even exist, and when they find out they do, they are given the run around about their locations. That needs to end.
  12. If you have been to any of these places recently, please post your info in this thread so people who go out there will know what to expect. Photos are also very nice to have!
  13. I have been hearing a lot of "volunteers" complaining about "their" secret public cabin locations, and I think it's time to share all these locations so everyone can enjoy them. I keep hearing these so called volunteers talking about how they are preserving these locations for future generations, yet they want to keep their locations secret! Seems like a little bit of a conflict because how in the hell can future generations enjoy them when they are keeping them secret ONLY for them and a few of their buddies? So, with that, I am going to start sharing these locations with the public so they can REALLY get out there and enjoy these cabins and the history themselves. The so called volunteers complain about vandals who show up and vandalize these sites, yet they are being vandalized while they are being kept "secret". My hope is that we can get some good people out at these locations to enjoy and visit them and keep the vandals at bay. It's kind of a test if you will. If you feel so inclined, feel free to check these places out (they are YOURS on PUBLIC LAND) and feel free to do some cleaning / repairs. Just be sure if you clean them up, you are aware of Hanta Virus and take precautions. Feel free to add your own and I will post them in this post. California (Mojave): Riley's & Greer Camp: There are a bunch of nicely maintained cabins anyone can stay at on a first come first serve basis. Great for those who want to get out and enjoy the Mojave. Plenty to see and do out here: 35.36062, -115.51607 Unknown Name: Here is a couple nice little cabins, but they are not very clean. They could use some cleaning up and repairs, but still a very nice area to camp. They were once a site of meth manufacturing. 35.38327, -115.47783 The Tanks: These cabins are in bad shape, but they are supposed to be getting cleaned up. They are a nice stop, even if just for a photograph or two: 35.38813, -115.70204 Brannigan Cabin: Haven't been here yet, but looks nice. 35.19266, -115.89254 Geologist Volunteer Cabin: Haven't been here yet, but it looks nice. 35.92291, -117.08514 Stone Cabin: Haven't been here yet. 35.99553, -117.16443 Boxcar Cabin: Looks nice, but I haven't visited yet. 36.43341, -117.63104 Osborne Cabin: Have not been here. 36.27541, -117.47045 Jail Canyon Cabin 36.193491, -117.181218 Emmett Harder Cabin 35.929527, -117.125916 Stella Cabin 35.913489, -117.088449 Nevada (Northern): Coyote Cabin: This cabin is in a great location, one of the most beautiful valley's I have ever seen. only problem is, the cabin is in desperate need of repairs. 39.54126, -118.21489
  14. What tire pressure are you running when you hit soft sand? I am not sure how low I can go on my current tires without breaking the bead. I usually air down to about 25 psi, but I don't think that's really enough.
  15. I know what you mean, I have been to so many places I should not have been in my Armada. It made it, 99.999% of the time, only getting stuck once, but plenty of close calls. It always came down to the lack of a rear locker too. I just couldn't get traction, oh, and of course articulation which increased my chances of losing traction. I honestly need to learn when it's time to turn around ... and a good spotter is a must, something I never have ... I use my vehicles a ton off road, I would say maybe 30% of the mileage I put on a vehicle is off road mileage. The rear locker will definitely get used a lot, not sure if I would use a front locker very often if I had one, but might be nice to have one for those situations. I know my Armada's days are numbered and I am not really comfortable taking it too far off road anymore, and that's a major problem since my job requires me to get out there off road and find some cool places to film. I think the 4runner trd pro is going to be the best option until I can get a UTV. Aftermarket for the Toyota is awesome, so I should have no problem getting a lift and maybe even throwing in some front lockers.
  16. Welcome Matt, great to hear from you.
  17. Here is a pretty good test of the different vehicles. This is the one automotive channels I subscribe too, they do a great job of testing out the different vehicles: They offer some real world off road testing. I am back to looking for a 4Runner TRD Pro. Usually I would buy something used, but with something like a 4runner, I would want to make sure it was maintained properly from the start with synthetic fluids. I have never bought a brand new vehicle before ... not sure if it's the right move or not, but I like knowing my vehicle has been taken care of from the beginning. I take maintenance very seriously, regular oil changes, transmission fluid, etc ... You guys buy new or used? I like the idea of keeping it until it starts having problems. Seems to make financial sense in the long run. I need something for exploring, to get me out to places my Armada can only dream of going. I have taken my Armada to some crazy places, and I have considered just keeping it and fixing it up, but I think it's going to start having major issues. I still have an overheating issue in the summer, wiring issues that I haven't tried to figure out, now the front axle is leaking, SES light is on, and I think it's going to start falling apart. Granted it has a ton of miles on it. It's been a good vehicle, but I just need something more capable. I like the idea of having a factory warranty, but maybe I can stretch that out and keep the vehicle until it starts showing signs it's going to have issues. Some good advice from you guys, I really appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback. 4runner TRD Pro with a lift is what I am now 95% sure I am going to go with. Or perhaps the Tundra?? I need to start looking at Toyota's most capable 4wd offerings.
  18. Another issues I need to take into account is the resale value, which I haven't been able to find much info on the Ram, but I know the Toyota's keep their resale value. I am looking to do the three year and trade it in plan so I am always in the latest tech vehicle. I want to trade it in while still in warranty so I don't ever have to deal with any of the repair bs or when they start to nickle and dime you to death. So keeping it as close to stock as possible and having the most off road capability is something I am looking for. I am also looking at the Ford Raptors, but after watching a bunch of YouTube videos comparing all three vehicles, many seem to think the Ram is the most off road capable in terms of multiple terrain type. I was sold on the TRD Pro, but then I started watching all the videos comparing them on youtube and it seems Toyota has a little competition. I was thinking I might be towing a UTV with it, or maybe even a travel trailer, and that might be an issue with the Toyota. A friend of mine with a Toyota Helix came out here and I was super impressed with the capability of that thing. I was sure he was going to get stuck a few times and it didn't even struggle! Much different than my armada which has no traction when we hit any type of serious uneven terrain. I think my Armada is just a little weak when it comes to traction, departure and approach angles, and articulation. I have never owned a "real" off road vehicle, and I am tired of driving for 4+ hours only to have to turn around because my vehicle lacks the ability to get over sandy creek bed, rocks, or steep grade hill. So I am ready to take it up a notch, who knows, maybe I wouldn't even need a UTV if I got the right off road vehicle. Of course if I make enough money, I will buy both a new real off road vehicle and a UTV, but of course I gotta have enough for that! That would be the ideal setup for what I enjoy doing. My Armada has developed a leak from the front axle and has some electrical issues so I am ready to trade it in as soon as I can.
  19. I am looking at getting a new vehicle in the not too distance future and the two that I have zeroed in on are the Ram Power Wagon and Toyota 4runner TRD Pro. The Power Wagon looks to be an off road beast, and comea from the factory with front and rear lockers, sway bar disconnect, fully armored undercarriage, and a factory winch. The Toyota is well, a Toyota which are known for their reliability. I haven't been able to find much on the reliability of the Power Wagons except the owners seem to love them. Any thoughts on these two vehicles?
  20. I am currently running the BFG KO2 tires, and they have been fantastic, but think I am going to try the mud terrain next. Never tried the Nitto tires, but might give them a look next time I am in the game for new tires.
  21. Nice video John, I was out there a few years ago, a cool place to visit. Nice drone footage. I need to get a new drone, but I need to get one without all the nanny features of the newer DJI's. I wish I had kept my older one. Do you keep your Phantom 4 updated? Any problems with flying in most locations? I have heard a lot of people having issue with their geofencing.
  22. That's freaking awesome Larry! I bet he loves it!
  23. Nice video Nope, do you carry a personal locator beacon in case you ever get stranded out at these places?
  24. Cool find Jack, I will have to go back and follow the telephone lines and find more of them! There was a decent road that followed the telephone lines, but I didn't even think to follow them for more!
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