Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Northern Catskill Mountains, NY
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Back from Moab
Just got back from Moab. What a blast. This will definitely be a yearly vacation.
As a testiment to the strength of the Sam, let me tell you what we accomplished.
My rig is a '94 Sam, Calmini 5", 2" body lift, 31"x10.50" MTs, locked and geared, skidplates, rails, beefy bumper w/ winch. She weights alot more than when I first met her back in '94.
Now I added a custom trailer made from a sami bed and rear axle. SPOA, 3" body, 31"x10.50"'s. The trailer weighs 613 lbs. unladen.
Now through in tool boxs, cooler, chairs, tents and bags and enough supplies to camp with for the 10-day expedition. And to top it off, add two not-so-thin 30-somethings looking for fun.
Can you begin to picture how weighed down this li'l Sammy is? Oh, maybe I should mention the powerplant. It's the stock 1.3L efi. It did have 125K miles on it before we rebuilt it. But it bone stock.
We drove all the way from New York, about 60 miles north of the city, and back. And to my great satisfaction, she made it without as much as a hiccup.
On the trip out, we encountered incredibly strong headwinds (read storm) that made it necessary to drive it floored (and I mean that) from the Mississippi River to Utah. It was so bad, we were in 3rd gear going down hills, FLOORED!
And then there were the Rockies...
Even with all the difficulty, we averaged 17 mpg with the best fuel economy coming from the stint thru the Rockys. It averaged 22 mpg there, for reasons I can't explain.
The return trip we had tail winds. Averaged 70 mph and about 21 mpg, best again being in Colorado.
All in all it was about 6,000 miles.
If in the 6 years that I have owned my Sami I ever had a doubt about her capablilites, it has been ruled out.
Pics of the runs will be up soon.
Yankee Tim and Bob