If you live on the Central California coast you might have spotted the Nitro Expedition RV making some rounds as Carl was in the area to visit some Nitro Gear and Axle dealers and see some family. The rig also got some dirt under the wheels (and some air) doing some trail riding on the way to a remote outdoor punk rock concert in the hills outside of San Luis Obispo. As luck would have it Nitro dealer and owner of Poly Performance, Dave Schlossberg, was headed to the Pozo Picnic also and suggested an alternate route to the event on High Mountain Road. This dirt track/4×4 trail would end at the Pozo Saloon and make for a perfect way to take the road less traveled. Rolling out about 11am the mountain road started out as a typical mild dirt road, but with some very tight spots when you are in a 17,000lbs RV on 41″ military tires. Overhead clearance was an issue as the trees in the area weren’t really trimmed enough for the extended height. A few branches came down, but no damage was done to the big 4wd Ford.
The last 1/4 of the trail got interesting as washed out rutted sections of roadway left trenches deep enough to twist the suspension to the point tires were being lifted on occasion and the traction adding differentials were getting a workout. (The photos don’t do it justice) Carl noted “It’s a weird feeling lifting wheels on such a big rig, but with the twin turbo Cummins and oversized axles we had plenty of power and confidence that everything would hold together. After about 4 hours offroad cold beer waited for us at the saloon and the concert ended up being a blast. It was awesome to see NOFX and the Descendents while #PunkRockWheeling”
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