Hey instagram I need some help. It's time to figure out how to deal with these tires and wheels. I have two issues, balance beads and the beadlock insert. Beads first. There is a smattering of beads stuck to the inside of my tire. They are tiny and don't seem like they move at all. If I had to guess I'd say there might be 2oz total. I plan to remove these and try 12 ozs of ceramic. Thoughts or experience on the size and amount. Am I correct in assuming these tiny ones are doing nothing? Now the insert. I wanted to take them out but was recently informed that my wheels don't have a lip to hold the tire on. Assuming this is correct and they need to stay in, my plan is to put rubber spacers between the insert and wheel to keep the insert centered. Right now the insert will occasionally move causing a momentary rough ride till it gets aligned again. The last 4 pictures show how the insert is slightly smaller in diameter which must be causing it to move off center. Bring on the comments, let's get this giant camper rolling smoothly to the next adventure.
Not exactly rock crawling but good enough to leave the fifth wheels and bumper pulls behind. My buddy and I camped out on Dalton wash road near Moab. It's always worth it to drive a little further for a more private camp. Mark drives a 4wd sprinter. It was fun for us to compare off road capabilities. He can turn circles around me, but my ginormous tires roll over obstacles he has to fight for. When he gets better tires we will be more evenly matched. He drives the 144 wheel base. The 170 wheel base sprinter might not have made it to this site.
Hard to beat Utah for beautiful scenery. This shot is from high up on the porcupine rim trail looking into castle valley. While in Moab I decided to push my fuel range to see how much usable my tank had. Turns out not as much as I thought which made me that idiot that ran out of fuel 12 miles up a dirt road. My fuel tank has a factory sticker on the side that says 53 gallon capacity. Well guess what, it only holds 46 usable gallons. Luckily the local bike shops runs shuttles up in the mornings. The nice folks at Coyote shuttle brought me 4 gallons. She didn't even want extra money other than the fuel cost but I forced it on her anyway. The duramax has an easy process for priming so I was back up and running in no time. Bummer to run out of fuel but I'm sure glad it happened where it did. Fuel planning for my upcoming trip to Baja just got more precise.
Finally, a picture that makes this truck look small. I was in this area for 10 days riding and exploring. This is an iconic spot and parking for a great ride. Who knows which ride. This shake down trip has been very helpful. I will be making some minor changes to my layout. Most notably, the composing toilet needs to be more accessible. Although rolling it out for use works well, full time requires easier access. I will most likely sacrifice some pantry space and enlarge the shower area so I can bolt the toilet down.