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  1. Yup, weekends in the summer months are pretty much a zoo at any of the rim lakes these days. Rob, best to get up there before May 1st for a less crowded experience. Of course middle of the week is not usually as crowded either. Dennis
  2. Yeah buddy, just a nice little picker, lol. NICE !!! Dennis
  3. Hey Rob, you can ask me anytime about pretty much any lake or stream in the state. Been an avid fly fisherman here in Az. for over 30 years. I've pretty much been there and done that when it comes to fishing in Az. Willow Springs can be a great fishery. I spend quite a bit of time there myself, since I live so close. If you want easier fishing for the kids, Woods Canyon, just down the road from Willow, seems to get rather eager (stupid) stockers and has boat rentals as well. Both lakes also do have some larger carry over fish that are usually caught more often during spring and fall. They can get a lot of attention during the summer months so small stockers are the norm during the summer. There are also bass and trout in both. Starting last year they stocked a highbred called tiger trout. They can be rather feisty, and should be some decent sized carry overs available this year. Dennis
  4. Yes Rob. Got that when I got the 2300 from you. Dennis
  5. Yes Mike, I got the adapter when I got the 2300 as I only use Rattler headphone. Dennis
  6. Finally got out today for a couple hours to try out the new wireless setup. Worked well with the SDC. Only issue is the shaft being considerably larger on SDC made the rubber to hold the transmitter very tight. I'm sure it won't take much to figure out a little larger o-ring or rubber band or maybe velcro strap. No gold today, but not out long and doing some testing with a couple other new items with a friend. Dennis
  7. I got the Garrett Z-Lynk from Rob last week. Only bench tested so far, but seems to work fine with 2300, 4500, and GB2. I'm also using Rattler headphone exclusively. Dennis
  8. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
  9. I myself haven't been able to contribute as of yet, however I would like to say I do thank you and very much appreciate all the hard work and dedication it must take to assemble all this valuable information. Very good work sir. Dennis
  10. Higher sensitivity seems to make the unit noisier in most areas, but does find even smaller pieces when turned up more. The threshold seems to be more like a volume then threshold. Try different settings to get a fairly stable operation for a better detecting experience. Dennis
  11. I myself saved way more buying tires online and even got free shipping. I run Goodyear Wrangler MT/R Kevlar which run about $1200 with mount and balance at (no) Discount Tires. I got them shipped last year for just over $700 then had them mounted and balanced for $75 at Big O. Tires have huge mark up at retail level. Tire Buyer .com is where I got mine last time. Dennis
  12. Sorry it took me a couple weeks to reply. Been gone. I think Fred asked about disconnecting bars for off road driving. Very good question. To be honest I have never seen any frames bent, especially by sway bars. Sway bars would break long before bending the trailer frame. Weight distribution bars are a different story. However there are so many models and different designs I'd have to recommend asking the particular manufacturer that question. Certainly I have seen damage to all those types of systems, however mostly because they had a rollover accident or lost control and jack knifed. I do know some manufacturers even recommend disconnecting just to back up. Most of the weight distribution bars I see these days have a specific receiver mount as part of the kit and the bars attach to the frame with chains. Of course those will allow more movement than other systems that are attached in a more solid fashion. The sway bars I see mostly these days, I assume are sold with the trailers from dealers, seem pretty light duty to me. I'm not sure that they even do much to be honest, but certainly not heavy duty enough to bend your frame. Driving off road can put abnormal strain on these kinds of devices for sure. If your going to be driving in terrain that will have your vehicles flexing in opposing directions, you certainly could have issues with any of these devices. We have thousands of weekenders up here in the rim country every summer. They transition from pavement to dirt without slowing down all the time. I never saw anybody stop to disconnect any of these devices. except when separating the vehicles at camp or when we are towing the broke down rig. So check with the specific devices manufacturer for recommendations concerning off road driving. We don't use any of those items in the towing industry because our trucks are heavier than what we are towing and the wheel lifts that we attach trailers to are hydraulic so we can level the trailer properly when loading. Just a final note.....now that summer is coming, as temps rise, our weekend traffic is again on the rise. Thinking about this post today I made it a point to look a little closer at all the trailers coming up the highway. Probably about 80% of them going down the road improperly balanced. Most of them too tongue heavy. Just accidents looking for a place to happen. Future work for me? Possibly. Best advice I can offer is keep the load level when towing. Anytime your hitch system gets put in a bad angle that creates binding you can certainly do damage or have some kind of failure. This can happen just turning into a driveway with a messed up transition or steep pitch. Off road driving can certainly expose more opportunities for binding around hitch systems. You guys have fun out there. Know your equipment. Set up you equipment and maintain it properly for years of happy trailering. Dennis
  13. Your welcome Doc. I know more about what not to do with trailers just because I see all the mistakes people make. After 23 years driving tow truck, I've recovered everything from john boats on Harbor Freight crap trailers to 40ft. 5th wheels scattered all over the highway. We haul a lot of smaller trailers with burnt up wheel bearings, snapped axles, and broken leaf springs. Most disconnects are because people don't pin the latch at the ball. You wouldn't believe some of the crap I've seen people do with trailers. Be advised, sway bars do add stability, however they won't prevent a rollover if loaded wrong. The biggest mistake people make in this area is the wrong drop hitch and tongue angle too low. Sometimes drop hitches need to be flipped over and put the ball higher....and it is ok and safe to do this. Most people don't realize this. Lots of newer units actually come with coiled cables instead of safety chains these days and they are actually better. If you have all terrain tires on your truck and are going to drive much off highway, you might want to add some diamond plate along the lower front of that unit if it doesn't already have it. Also bed liner paint on the tongue will help prevent the paint from being chipped off over time. Rocks just beat the crap out of everything in front over time. If not already setup this way from the factory, they can be wired into you trucks charging system so it keeps the trailer batteries charged while driving, right through the 7 wire plug commonly used on most trailers these days. You should have your frig running on electricity while driving. Propane should always be turned off at the tank while driving. The systems have pretty good safety systems incorporated into them these days, but we still get occasional burned up trailers because people are running the propane while driving and a hose or valve fails creating a propane leak and inevitably a nice big fire. Solar panels are great for keeping the batteries full while out prospecting during daytime. You'll just have to do some research to see what unit is right for you application. They can go up on the roof or on the side or prop up on the ground, depending on how different units are designed. You only have a single axle, but for guys with double axles I'll mention you should carry a chunk of 4x4 or 4x6 lumber and a bottle jack for flat tires. With a double axle system it is always easier to jack up the axle with the flat if you drive the still inflated tire up on a block of wood. This way you are only jacking up the axle, not the weight of the whole trailer. Speaking of blocks of wood.....anybody towing a trailer should always have some with them. Many times a block of wood can be like duct tape when trailering. For things like wheel chocks, something to put under tongue jacks or stabilizer supports. They can also save your day should you snap a leaf spring out in the middle of nowhere. In the case of a broken leaf spring or shackle you can jack the trailer up and put a block between the axle and the frame, ratchet strap it and this can allow you to drive slowly to a safe spot you can get help. Otherwise the tire will just get torn up in the fender or fender well and do more damage. Ok, that's enough for now. My eyes are getting tired, lol. I guess I should write a dang book, lol. Hope you guys find some of this helpful. Dennis
  14. Doc, as a tow truck driver in Payson that tows trailers all the time because of failures, I can offer a few more serious suggestions on towing trailers. 1st of all forget the lift kit. All they do on trailers is flip the axle and that just makes that type of trailer more top heavy and more likely to flip over. If you need more ground clearance go to a taller tire if possible instead. Might have to change tire and wheel sizes to accomplish this. 2nd get a proper sway bar setup and make sure you have the proper drop hitch so the trailer is level when towing loaded. Too tongue heavy or light makes trailers very unstable and we see more than I care to laying on their side because of improper load balance. Speaking of load balance, make sure it is equal front to rear and heavy stuff should be over the axles. Along the same subject of load, pay attention to GVWR of the trailer and your truck. Over loaded or even max loads are more susceptible to accidents, especially when load is unequal front to rear. More info concerning loads.......Depending on the truck and it's towing capability, it might be a good idea to install a larger external transmission cooler. Stock coolers in radiators don't cool well enough when towing in the desert. Along the same lines, service your transmission more often as it will work harder and fluid won't last as long. Wheel bearings are often overlooked and are probably the number one failure I see, especially with smaller trailers. Most have bearing buddies included these days but they don't really keep the bearings properly lubricated as the inner bearing grease usually fails and welds the bearing to the axle if not maintained properly. Most don't realize that because of the smaller tires on trailers that when you are going down the highway at 65, the trailer tires are doing more like the equivalent to 80. Of course driving on dirt roads also allows dust to contaminate grease over time and also is a cause of grease failure. Better start a new paragraph here......Safety chains should be of sufficient size for the load and attached properly. Never twist chains because they are too long, and don't let them drag the highway either. Twisted links will just fail should your trailer ever come disconnected and dragged chains will also fail, not to mention throw sparks and can start brush fires along the highway. Safety chains should always be attached crossed under the tongue so as to make a cradle to catch the tongue should it ever disconnect. Trailer brake controllers need to be adjusted properly. Too much trailer brake will wear them out fast, and not enough will cause unnecessary wear to your trucks brakes. This adjustment is on the controller and will likely have to play with it some to achieve optimum setting depending on the particular load you are towing at the time. Tire pressures should be checked and maintained. Always check tire pressures and tire conditions each time before you hit the highway. Never try to get maximum tread life out of trailer tires. Replace tires at about 50% wear on trailers. Those trailer tires aren't built the same as vehicle tires and don't wear well or last as long. I have to go get a car/elk accident now, so I'll try to add a few more tidbits later. This should give you a good starter list to work on anyway. Dennis