Lassen National Forest, Northern California, dispersed camping.

Beautiful autumn evening in the Lassen National Forest, Shasta County, Northern California, October 2020. Camped at a wide spot on the side of a mountain with fantastic views.

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Warn Hub Receiver

First look, pairing, setup, and use of the Warn Hub Receiver wireless winch remote.

Made for most Warn winches plus a vision for other brands.

The app was fast and intuitive on my iPhone 8, and displays battery voltage.

Warn has a great and detailed video here about all aspects of the Warn Hub receiver and app.

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James Langan, October 2020

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Fog lights under front bumper

Moving these super-compact, ultra-wide, All Terrain Projector (ATP) PIAA 1100p lights from the rear of the flatbed, to the bottom of the front bumper skid plate was a great modification.

Designed for the front of motorcycles with high vibration resistance and an SAE-F compliant beam, these lamps were not great when viewed through the mirrors or camper back door. 

Yet these little lamps provide impressively wide and distant illumination (for a fog pattern) when viewed through the windshield. The aggressive, precise line cut keeps the beam on the road, and not in the eyes of oncoming drivers (of course proper aiming is required). What a positive change moving them to the front! 

Though mounted below the bumper, they don’t hang low, and are behind the Buckstop bumper face and tow hooks. I think they’re unlikely to be hit or damaged from a typical dirt nosedive.

With the recent addition of two Hella floods on the back of the flatbed, this rig now has three pair of lamps on the front, and two on the back. Is that enough?

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Plumas National Forest Fire Lookout

Cliff area ahead! They aren’t kidding! 

If one was to rip-up this road at night you could easily fly right off the mountain. Maybe during daylight also?

Had hoped to take a twisty mountain ride on two of my favorite Sierra Nevada highways. However, fire mop-up operations were still underway and the roads were closed. Needed to punt, so did a little looking around in another part of the Plumas National Forest that was open, and stumbled upon this fire lookout.

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James Langan

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Truck camper MPG testing.

Sometimes results are not what most would expect.

RELATED Link – Tread Matters: tire selection and fuel economy.

Research the STT PRO here: Cooper Discoverer STT PRO
Research the Fun Country here: Dick Cepek Fun Country

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CruzTOOLS RTB1 and SKDMX first look.

Two nifty compact tool kits just received to carry, use, and evaluate. The RTB1, $130, is specifically for older generation BMWs like my 1150 GS, but there are similar kits for other brands and models.

The SKDMX, $45, is ultra-compact, intended for off-road dirt bikes, ATVs/UTVs, and covers the most common metric fasteners. The tire gauge is specifically for lower pressure tires, topping-out at 20 psi.

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Hagerman Pass Road, Colorado

Heading down the east side of Hagerman Pass, near Leadville, Colorado, after crossing the continental divide.

I’m in my 2017 Ram/Cummins with Hallmark Nevada flatbed camper, following my buddy Brad, pulling his Kimberley Karavan trailer with his second generation Toyota Sequoia, and Tony in his 6.4L F-250 with a Four Wheel Campers Hawk on the back.

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James Langan

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