We loaded up and headed out about 4pm Thursday afternoon and headed out.
Our trip went pretty good with only one stop for readjustments of the camper loading and tie down check of the jeep/trailer. The trailer pulled pretty good in this configuration, but I could tell it was tongue heavy. This could’ve been caused by all of the stuff in the bed of the truck also.
My mom and step dad also came to the rally, but they had an incident on their trip where the hitch pin came out of the drawbar. The camper tongue dropped to the chains and the tongue wheel hit the pavement and dragged for a couple hundred feet. They got it hooked back up and used a coupler lock as a makeshift hitch pin to get them to the rally. Once set up and nerves calmed, the rally was GREAT!
We had pretty good weather with a thunderstorm on Friday afternoon, followed by a couple of hours of high winds, but other than that, it was great.
The jeep did good. I did a little adjusting on the carb which helped a lot, but it still has a dead spot when you first step on the gas.
Saturday evening, the “Jeep guys” took a little ride out into the country and hit some back roads and gravel roads with a little offroading mixed in (just down the side of a railroad track and through a soggy, overgrown grass covered campsite area). We probably drove a total of 15 miles total. We had a mixture of Jeeps from WW2 to the M151. I DID find out that the Jeep needs to be lined up – it was pulling pretty hard to the right on the road.
The only one missing from the entire Jeep lineup was the M422 Mighty Mite. We are going to get together before the next rally to plan out a longer drive with some actual offroading since the big truck guys get to have all the fun with their convoys.
The Jeep was driven a LOT during the rally. Between me and a Steel Soldier friend, we probably put 25 miles on her just driving around Denton Farmpark roads checking out the rally. I kept the trailer hooked up and pulled it around until the trail ride, so it got some miles on it too.
The highlight of the rally was when we were loading up to leave. My step dad (an old Marine) took a ride with me and then asked if he could drive her back to the campsite. This was the first time he had ever driven a Jeep – and it was a USMC Jeep like the ones in service while he served! This made all of the hard work worth it!
While my Steel Soldiers buddy was driving the Jeep, I was driving his HMMWV. Then I gave my wife a chance to drive it. I think she wants one! Maybe the next military vehicle after I sell my Army M38a1?
I bought a few parts that I needed for the Jeep and other M100. I bought an M35a2 gauge cluster for $20 (has a good speedometer, volt gauge and temp gauge I can use on the Jeep). Everybody else was selling speedometers for $50! I installed the volt gauge and speedometer – the volt gauge worked, but the speedometer didn’t. I guess I’ll troubleshoot that soon. I also bought a tail light that was NEW inside for the M100 for $10 and a IV cable socket cover for $5 for the M100. Add to that the 2- 50cal ammo cans for $5ea and the $3 vehicle log book, and I think I did pretty good for deals.
All in all, it was a great rally – got to spend time camping with my family and doing what I enjoy doing for 4 days/3 nights. I can’t wait for next year! I guess it’s time to get back to the real world – back to work and working on stuff around the house on my days off. I want to get back on my Army ‘a1 – get the distributor back in and leaks fixed so that I can get it back on the road and up for sale. I need to make room in the shop for my side by side and lawnmower.