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Old 07-14-2009, 12:02 PM   #1
BrunoShield
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Default The joys of camping with a Baja!

First, not only did everything fit in the bed so we could still carry 4 people if we wanted to, but we also got 28 mpg at an average speed of 63 mph. And we got to 'get even' with an idiot.

I-80 in central Illinois. We are in the left lane doing traffic speed. In other words 83 mph! The right lane is full of trucks and campers and whatnot. Some idiot in a KIA comes up behind us and starts honking his horn and tail gating us. With nowhere to go I just ignored him for 10 minutes until I got a chance to pull to the right. He blasts past us and gives us the Hawaiian one fingered good luck sign. I let him get about a 1/4 mile up and floor my 03, NA, auto Baja. Third gear is good to 105 mph with the gas pedal floored. I come up on his back bumper at 110 mph. His eyes get as big as saucers seeing my black Baja coming up on him like that! My wife and I return the good luck sign, at 98 mph, and then I back off to 80 or so.

A few minutes later we pass the KIA again. He's on the side of the road with a State Trooper behind him.

The Baja was comfortable and a ball to drive, even full of camping gear. The A/C sure felt good in 85 degree weather. And we even did a little off roading in it. Hated to get the paint dirty but it has to happen sometime.
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Old 07-14-2009, 07:49 PM   #2
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I prefer the quick brake tap

Glad "the man" got him though

Next time get pictures of all the cargo / off roading
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Old 07-14-2009, 09:40 PM   #3
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I wish I had pics of my camping trip from this weekend. Took off into the mountains with a couple of straight axle Toyotas and a lifted Ram 2500 and with some careful wheel placement, made it as far as the truck did without a single scrape. My dog and I were extremely comfortable while my friends suffered in their wheeling rigs.
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Old 07-15-2009, 09:55 PM   #4
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dogs go in the back
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Old 07-16-2009, 01:46 AM   #5
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I agree to that to the point that the folded down rear seats are the perfect place. My dog is dumb enough that she'd probably jump out of the bed if she could, so the back seat is perfect for her. It helps that I can't stand people, so the dog gets priority anyway.
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Old 07-17-2009, 04:21 PM   #6
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yea if you're over 80 in the left lane IMO you're good.

I hate the people that sit there though even when 1/8th mile out you tap the lights to be polite and let them know your're coming.. and then they get mad when you pass on the right. However, you had trucks to your right so it's a moot point in your case.
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Old 07-19-2009, 10:33 AM   #7
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Personal pet peeve, people "cruising in the left lane" on the highway/interstate.

Here in Arizona, the signs say "Slower traffic keep right" and most people interrupt it as it is OK to cruise for miles and miles and miles in the left lane with a line of vehicles behind them. Aaaaarrrrgggghhh!!!!

I like states that post "Left lane for passing only". People there understand that you keep right, and only go left to get around slower vehicles.

Besides I think it keeps you more alert staying right, and it's more fun weaving back and forth around slower traffic.

As for camping, Yep! Do it for every R/C sailplane contest I attend. I used to take along a tent (till I lost it off the back of my motorcycle on a trip). Now I just fold the rear seat, open the pass through, and sleep with my head in the cab and my legs in the bed (helps to be skinny). Use the tailgate for my kitchen.
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Old 08-09-2009, 11:54 PM   #8
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Default Mmm, camping

My wife laughs at me, calling this "chuck" for a chuck wagon from the fronteer days. It works for car camping just for me, so I don't care! Behold:





It prevents rain from getting in but makes awful swishing noise when it's windy. And I sleep (if I can - unfortunately I'm a light sleeper) with my feet inside the pass through. I should've gotten a black tarp instead. If I re-do it next time, I would've lowered it a bit. And I would have a side window.

That's Fruita, Colorado. One of the best winter camping/biking spots.
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Old 08-10-2009, 03:52 AM   #9
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Fruita is way too far west.
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Old 08-10-2009, 07:23 AM   #10
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Is that a custom/diy tent or did you manage to find one you could buy, I would like to know because I do plan on going camping with my Baja at some time in the future and it would make things a bit easier for me to have something like that.
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Old 08-10-2009, 09:22 AM   #11
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I couldn’t find anything that fits Baja. All truck bed tents are made for real truck with full size bed in mind, and not to accommodate the pass through (I guess that’s Baja’s unique feature).

So I bought 10x12 water proof tarp, and flexible folding poles that are used for most tents (at an outdoor sports shop) and made it myself. Poles are held in 1.5 inch PVC pipes fastened on the truck bed walls, and the back door is from an old 2-man tent that got ruined when it tumbled on the ground a few years back in a strong wind. Stitched them all up and sealed with silicone goo. I used long extended bolts in the truck bed side lips to fasten the tarp. It goes up in about 5 min. It looks funny but works ok.

If the pass through were a little bit bigger, and if the bed were a wee bit wider (it would’ve been fine with multi-link rear like these days), 2 people would’ve had fit.

Dude, Fruita is only 3 hours away from you. Unless you were kidding.
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Old 08-10-2009, 12:42 PM   #12
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I actually wasn't kidding at all. My schedule doesn't really allow me to make trips long enough to justify a 3 hour drive, so usually my camping trips are for 1 night and within an hour of here, usually somewhere in the mountains up towards Estes Park or Jamestown/Ward. Also, as hard as it may be to believe, I do live in Boulder County but do not own a bike.
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Old 08-10-2009, 01:25 PM   #13
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wow. nice job putting it all together then. You have inspired me to look further into making something similar for myself.
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Old 08-10-2009, 10:53 PM   #14
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I actually wasn't kidding at all. My schedule doesn't really allow me to make trips long enough to justify a 3 hour drive, so usually my camping trips are for 1 night and within an hour of here, usually somewhere in the mountains up towards Estes Park or Jamestown/Ward. Also, as hard as it may be to believe, I do live in Boulder County but do not own a bike.
Sorry to hear that. Some folks on this board are days away from Fruita or Moab, that I feel very lucky living in Denver. I do have to plan for an overnight camping trip weeks out since my wife/kids tend to make plans that ahead of time. Bummer, but it's worth it.
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Old 08-19-2009, 10:40 PM   #15
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Brought the family out with the pop up camper and canoe. It was a bit of a load, but we only had 10 miles with the canoe.

Picture was suppose to post from Facebook...???


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Old 08-23-2009, 09:35 AM   #16
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Fruita is way too far west.
lol, hatin' on Frutia, If you don't know you better ask someone.
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