Well, after 4 years I finally got to go wheelin' again. It was great! We went out to the George Washington National Forest on the VA side, along Rt 33 and around that area.
My Jeep is bone stock and the trails around that area are level 1 and 2 on avg. So, I figured that would be a nice place to start. I was really impressed with what these rigs do off the showroom floor.
I pulled my sway bar links to get some extra travel which really paid off big time when we hit some climbs comparable to level 3 trail obstacles. L3 stuff really pushed the limits of these rigs. I tested the skid plates a lot!
The AT tires (even at 12 psi) slipped a lot while going up and down near vertical 2.5'-3' climbs as well as on some 30*-40* climbs. I wouldn't recommend any L3 stuff in a stocker unless you have 5 years or more under your belt. Even then, I came pretty close to a few trees on a slide or two. LOL
I heard lots of reports that Harrisonburg closed all of the trails along Rt 33 to protect watershed areas for public/city water supply. When we got to the Dry River Ranger District, we actually found that all of the trails in the park are still open. However, any trails on Harrisonburg property south of Rt 33 and crosses Dry River, were gated or had some hard core tank traps.
Anyway, we were having so much fun, that we really didn't take too many pictures or videos, but I figured I would share a couple we did take.
Small pool of water...