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Driving to Rubicon?
« on: Dec 03, 2008, 10:56:42 AM »
Ok here is where i'm at.  i have a 1st gen pu and i am planning on doing the Rubicon this coming summer, my question is i am looking for everyone's opinion on should i drive my Toyota or tow it?  it is my DD and i live in Fresno, it climbs the highway ok but could be better.  When i wheel around here i do not usually have camping gear  because we are so close to home and going slow up the hill doesn't matter because there is usually never any traffic.  But heading to the Rubicon is a different story.  And how much time should i give myself to get there?  Thanks

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Re: Driving to Rubicon?
« Reply #1 on: Dec 03, 2008, 11:06:33 AM »
well if you have the means to tow it then i would ust in cas of breakage.
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Re: Driving to Rubicon?
« Reply #2 on: Dec 03, 2008, 11:52:04 AM »
well if you have the means to tow it then i would ust in cas of breakage.

x2 I'm either going to Moab or Rubicon this summer and I wish i had the means of a tow rig. Spare everything and a ton of camping gear + 4.10's/22r/33's.... If i leave now i might make it by the end of the summer. :(

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Re: Driving to Rubicon?
« Reply #3 on: Dec 03, 2008, 12:00:03 PM »
I think my biggest problem to over come is that if i break something i will need to make sure i am able to fix it to get home.  And besides i don't really want it take 10 hours to get there and then another to get back.

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Re: Driving to Rubicon?
« Reply #4 on: Dec 03, 2008, 12:01:04 PM »
also keep in mind that towing will cost more will probably cost mroe considerably more than just driving your rig.
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Re: Driving to Rubicon?
« Reply #5 on: Dec 03, 2008, 12:06:24 PM »
 I drove mine from Fresno, loaded with camping gear for the  :turtle: Round Up. I also had lots of raffle prizes like Power Tank Kits, chromo rear axles and 2 complete cage kits. I have 5.29's and 33's.  Sometimes I might get to 70 mph  :hammerhead:  My truck has 230,000 miles that I know of and I took my time. I was with Marlin and BigMike so I had to push it a little :wink2: For a time  5-7 hrs.  When are you planning on going?  I might join  :pirate:    :driving:
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Re: Driving to Rubicon?
« Reply #6 on: Dec 03, 2008, 12:06:55 PM »
That is true but my truck only has an 11 gal tank and i can only get about 175 miles to a tank on all freeway.  But towing it doubles.  Good point thanks, i didn't think of that.

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Re: Driving to Rubicon?
« Reply #7 on: Dec 03, 2008, 12:08:53 PM »
The answer to your question depends on a couple of things:

(1) Is your truck safe to drive on the road?  If it's your daily driver then it shouldn't be a problem unless you normally stay off of the highway.

(2) Is your truck trail tested so you don't expect anything to break?  It all depends on your build and driving style.

I drove my 89 4Runner from Washington State to the Rubicon for MCR7 and drove it earlier in the year to Moab.  In the past I drove my 85 truck to Moab three or four times.  The key is that I treat my rigs with respect and build them to be stronger than I plan to need.

The only real downside to towing is that you could have to make the round trip to get the tow rig if you didn't plan to run the trail both directions.

x2 I'm either going to Moab or Rubicon this summer...(

I've been both places and Moab is much much better than the Rubicon.  The Rubicon basically translates to one of many trail options in Moab.  I don't know the travel distance for each, but for me it's either 800 miles to the Rubicon or about 1,100 miles to Moab and I'd drive the extra 300 miles every time.  The Rubicon was fun, but I have not met anyone that has done both and would choose the Rubicon all other things being equal.

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Re: Driving to Rubicon?
« Reply #8 on: Dec 03, 2008, 12:10:33 PM »
haven't pined down a date yet, but will let you know when we do. I am just trying to get as much info as i can before we go.  I want to be prepared and the wife might be going so i have to have all the ducks in a row.  That way she will know what she is getting into.

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Re: Driving to Rubicon?
« Reply #9 on: Dec 03, 2008, 02:15:23 PM »
Just to throw another question out there,  when would be the best time to run the Rubicon?  Don't want snow but a little water never hurt.  Does it close for the winter and open for summer?  Most of the trails here do, reason for the dumb question.

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Re: Driving to Rubicon?
« Reply #10 on: Dec 03, 2008, 07:38:53 PM »
your best bet would be early june, after that it gets super dusty and hot

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Re: Driving to Rubicon?
« Reply #11 on: Dec 03, 2008, 07:45:36 PM »
I could be down to train to the con, let me know when you go :gap:
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