Trash-a-roo

Just picked a Trasharoo from www.trasharoo.com. If you need a little more external storage for you next Camping trip and want to haul out your garbage and not have it stinking up your interior on the way out, check out this awesome bag. It has a great reputation among it’s users and really makes a lot sense when you need some extra room, like a great place to put you firewood!

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I also have my license plate mounted to my spare tire, so I took my second plate and attached to the bag.

Back in Black

Update: Best advice on this technique is to make sure you use a quality ($$) heat gun, cheap gun makes the fenders “streaky”. And… the fade returns just the same (only lasted 3-4 months).So after tying this would I recommend this approach?

NO, avoid.

 

If you own a Jeep or any modern vehicle you know that those plastic parts like bumpers and fenders start out a real nice shade of black when you pull it off that dealership lot. But starting on day two, they start that journey to the grey side as Mr. Sun points his UV ray-gun at them every day punishing the pigments till they just can’t hold their blackness anymore… and you end up with grey parts.

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So I started looking for the cure to going premature grey. My jouney took me out to the internets where I read countless forum threads and Facebook posts on what others have done to solve this modern dilemma. Two approaches where out three, first was chemical treatment either through strange home-brew concoctions or commercial products.

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Commercial products work great except in the real world some us who actually wheel our rigs offroad  find out that these products are nothing more then dust magnets and double or triple the amount of deposit you would normally accumulate on an offroad trip. Also these products are only a temporary mask to the underlying issue of greying. Its like getting your hair dyed to cover the grey, sooner or later you are going to have to re-apply.

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I have read articles of different home-brew techniques, by this I mean non-traditional products never intended for the application but reported to work. Exmaple would be individuals who reported that the product “De-Solv-it” worked great… I can report back to you and let you know this stuff does absolutly nothing…lol.

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Another approach many people report using is Heat Guns to heat up the plastic wich turns it black again. This does work, but I have some warnings and recommendations. I bought a heat gun from Harbor Freight (yes the cheapo tool buying store), to try this theroy out. Be careful, and buy a better heat gun then the cheapo from Harbor Freight..lol. The low end guns throw a limited heat pattern thats a bit small and can leave results that are a little “Streaky”. But if you take your time you can get okay results.

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I took a two pronged approach as I used a heat gun to get the fenders 80% there and finished them off with some commercial product, Mothers Back to Black. Combined techniques make for very black fenders again.

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If you have tried something that worked well for let me know, I would love the hear stories of success that I can pass along to others.

Hidden Cove

We did an overnight camping trip over the Memorial Day Weekend down to Lake Mohave. If you are not familiar Lake Mohave is actually just a fat section of the colorado river caused by the Davis Dam down in Laughlin, NV and is part of the Lake Mead recreational area (Fed Park). There is a series of coves that run down the lake accessible via dirt road starting with 6 mile cove and ending with Sandy Cove. We made a bee-line down to Sandy cove first but it was occupied already (small cove to begin with), so we back tracked up to Nellis Cove, and it was packed (like 4-6 groups already set up). So we did what a good group of Jeepers would and made our own trail to a small wash just over from Nellis cove and named it Hidden Cove (un-official name). This section of beach was virtually untouched, mainly because only a jeep could get back to it! We were joined overnight by some great friends Paul and Didi, also Elton and Terri came up for the day.

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We also brought our dogs Tucker and Zoe who played in the water all day… or just lounged by the water’s edge.

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We brought a good amount of wood for a fire and had a large selection of starter wood all over the shore.

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And as the sun settled down for the night of a million stars we cranked up the camp fire for the night.

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We also did some fishing, but had zero luck in hitting anything, oh-well we still had fun cast all afternoon and late into the night.

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We are looking forward to our next trip down to our Hidden Cove for another over nighter, hopefully before it gets to hot and have to retreat to higher elevations.