Have a great trip, I'll be very interested in that trip report. I really overestimated the off road ability of my GMC/Sunlite camper set up. My camper is actually designed for a mini truck, so it's pretty light, around 950#'s empty if I remember correctly. My truck will get down a rough dirt road, but it's some pretty slow going for me.
Originally Posted by mudmony
locrwln has a set up comparable to mine, his seems to do exceptionally well, so maybe it's just me! I've basically got a couple of really poor dirt roads in Baja under my belt, and a couple of 15 mile jaunts through the desert to get to the Desert Rendezvous events. Soft/sandy roads are a piece of cake, throw in a few rocks/ruts and things get miserable for me in a hurry. We take the Jeep and tent camp when we are going to cover a lot of ground off road. The Jeep will take roads at 50mph plus that the truck goes through at 20mph.
Airing tires down to 30PSI, loaded HEAVY, improves things a bit, as does airing down my rear air bags to 10 psi or so, normally have between 35-50 psi depending on load. I think I can take the tires down another 5-10psi and still be ok, but haven't tried it yet. Rear shocks (probably Fox 2.0's with remotes) with more rebound damping in them to help with the bounce from the air bags and a rear sway bar are on my short list.
Good luck and have a blast in Death Valley!
Coan Racing/Dust Junkies Racing, 2012 Baja 1000 Class 1700 Champs
Dust Junkies Racing/Fat City Racing, 2010 Baja 1000 Class 1700 Champs
Fat City Racing/Dust Junkies Racing, 2009 Baja 1000 Class 1700 Champs