Yeah it annoyed us that everything we had read said that there was no camping there.Swapping in a new set of used frame rails from Busbees? Just read your blog for the first time. If I'd have known you were heading to the Purgatoire I could have told you you can camp at the trailhead for the dinosaur track trail. We've had our Fuso out there. We've ridden bikes out to the tracks. We've gone out there a couple of times in the fall to see all the tarantulas seeking sex.
There were a couple of big bumps along the way (as there are with any trip) so who knows what started it. I'm pretty sure that the crack started a the top of the frame member and worked it's way to the bottom since it is a clean break at the top but torn at the bottom.Was the failure caused by an "event" or just accumulated fatigue? I remember Doug's report of frame problems emerging after driving a road in Ecuador filled with deep potholes.