So we decided 106 degrees was too much and went up Hwy 4 to the Stanislaus National Forest instead. Many pictures available at http://www.kuhgott.com/coppermine/th...s.php?album=50
The Tent: Enel Adventure II, $179 shipped from tentsontrucks.com
Setup took roughly 10 minutes (about equal to a traditional ground tent). It has lots of good vents and pockets and an amazing amount of space to stand up and not be cramped. I love that the roof is see-thru mesh, great for stargazing. It has a rain fly that is sewn to the front - you just roll it out over the top and you are done. Didn't get a chance to try it in high wind, though I could see that being a problem.
I only have two complaints - one is the quality of materials is on the flimsy side. I am sure it will hold up, but I was planning on using 10oz cotton canvas to make my own, so this is quite a bit weaker feeling. My other problem stems from the universal nature. There is a 1" gap between the front of my truck bed and the front of the tent (wish I'd taken a pic) that I could probably remedy with some fiddling, but it was a bit annoying. Of course, it also requires you to have some other method of protecting stuff in the bed while in motion. I bought some surplus canvas and made a tonneau. Worked fine...
The Tires: TreadWright 33x12.5-15 Mud Terrains - For the price ($90/ea), you can't possibly beat these. They make the usual MT noise on the highway, but no more than a "virgin" tire. Just as grippy as my dad's BFG AT's on the granite rocks, better in the mud of course, and went as fast as you would want through the turns on the pavement. Also surprisingly good in the snow. I sliced a chunk off on a rock, and two of them are losing a bit of air. But I blame the air on 30 year old magnesium wheels.
The Truck: This was my first true off-roading trip since I made this truck my own. Bitter that I didn't get to use my winch, but the Holley Truck Avenger (670cfm) performed flawlessly. I still have some work to do on the bunged up throttle linkage, but it was okay. I averaged 15mpg over about 400mi of driving, including off-road, 70mph runs, stop-and-go, low range, 5000' elevation changes, etc. I am very happy.
My lovely tent in-situ
Me, my mattress, my down blanket, and my jerry cans... what more do you need?
Action shot of brother's Nissan
Two nice ones of me in action... Courtesy of bro:
Group shot at the top of the hill
The GPS said this was a road...
I started the weekend with four shocks........