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  • Originally posted by crawler#976 View Post
    Bent up the factory bumper a few times over the years, so it was time to replace it. My choice was from Backwoods Bumper

    It came in damaged, so I stripped it, and coated it with Duplicolor rattle can bed liner. Came out nice!
    That's a great looking bumper, Mark. Nice!
    Toyota light expedition vehicle
    Adventure reports
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    • Well, the tale of Cactus Red's adventures has come to a close. We hauled our Outdoors RV 24KTS up to Montana this summer with the ol' Waggy, and while it did the job flawlessly, it's absolutely horrible in the MPG and power departments. The trailer is 6860 lbs dry, and with dual golf cart 6V batteries, two 30 Lb propane tanks, our "stuff", and a half load of water (40 of the 80 gallon capacity), we tipped the scales at +8500 lbs. It's also very tall on the factory 235/80-16 tires. So between weight and the parachute effect we got about 5.5 MPG for the 4100 mile trip.

      Worst day was from Rifle Gap State Park to Sitting Bull GC near Meadow Lark Lake, WY. High headwinds and crossing the Continental Divide numerous times netted 4.3 MPG over the 488 miles traveled. We stopped for fuel every 120 miles or so, and were way behind schedule due to barely making 55 MPH into the winds. Wanted to go thru Lander and see if we could find KC, but took the Sweetwater cutoff to save some time. Even at that it was a 13 hour day.

      So, we sold Cactus Red after finding a very lightly used 2017 Megacab 4x4 Cummins Laramie 2500. It only had 12360 miles on it in 18 months of use. It came with the shell, side steps, bed liner spray, and a full BedRug kit. It makes towing easy with 375 HP/800 Ft/Lbs torque, and gets 10+ MPG doing so. It also gets great MPG empty for an 8200 Lb truck - 15.5 in town 18 to 20 highway.

      The new and old rigs:


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      Last edited by crawler#976; 12-13-2018, 11:42AM.