I have to give another
to Carli. I went to Ocotillo Wells again this past weekend. First off I have to point out that the 08+ Full Leaf packs are able to handle the load of my 5th wheel with the help of my Firestone airbags and the spacers Sage made for me. My lower bag bracket bolts around the leaf pack at the axle. The upper bracket is mounted on the outside of the frame.
When I got there I unbolted the bags and aired my tires down(50F/45R). I could have went lower but didn't feel the need. I ended up being the leader of a caravan of trucks, rhino's, quads and bikes through the desert to show friends/family around. We camped on the north side(SR22) and took Crossover Trail to the other side. I put my 3yr old in his carseat and put a movie on(headrest TV's are perfect for little ones). Trail goes from open desert with whoops to narrow canyons and hill climbs to sand and washes. I had a blast hauling a$$ through the wider washes. At one point I hit a small drop off before I had time to slow down or avoid it. The front bottomed out but not bad enough to stop and look for damage. Would have like to have the secondary bypasses at that time. We went all the way to the south side close to HWY78. Stopped at a few places on the way.
Spent most of our play time at Devil's Slide. Everybody just kinda sat back as some of us played around in the sand. Best part is my 3yr old fell asleep during the bumpiest part of playing. This part I actually bounced around all over my seat(no seatbelt). Hit whoops that I did not see coming. I look back to see my son kinda wake up, looked around and fall back asleep.
He kept sleeping as I continued to play around in the sand. He slept till we made our 10+ mile trek back to our camp. He wasn't bothered by any of it. I wish I would have set my GoPro up in the truck fixed on him while we drove. I didn't get any good video footage as noone wanted to be behind the camera but here are a few more still shots.
As I have said before. I don't use my truck for bashing in the desert but with this setup I find myself pushing it more and more. My wife loves the fact that I took her on the ride as I usually just ride my dirtbike. Also the days were in the 80's so it was nice in the A/C. I even vonunteer to go to the store so I can take the washes and dirt roads to it or purposely try to meet some of our group at the highway to lead them in even though they know where we are camped.