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Here's a message I sent to my chapter earlier today. Please read if you plan to attend. I have heard from multiple sources that we will be closely watched this weekend because of some of the things that have happened during past trips. If you want to come out and play in the sand, hang out with friends, and party in a responsible manner, then great. If you are going to blow stuff up, drive like a jackass on the beach, or do anything else that will make the club look bad, please, either stay home or peel off your TTORA stickers before you show up.

Before anyone jumps my shit, I admit it, I am a pyro and have contributed to some of the past behavior that is frowned upon by the SVRA. The last trip got way out of hand, and I have heard about it from several different people. If we want to continue to enjoy Oceano Dunes SVRA we are going to have to be a little more responsible.


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Good afternoon everyone. Just a quick reminder about the Pismo trip
this weekend.

Several of us are heading down Friday afternoon. Let me know if you
want to convoy down from the Bay Area or elsewhere along the way.

We'll be camping out in the usual spot near marker 24. From the
ranger station head south along the beach. Turn left on the sand
highway and head out to marker 24. Turn left from marker 24 and head
down the dune. You can usually see the oil refinery off in the
distance. Head past the fenced off dried up oasis and up the other
side all the way to the end. For GPS enabled people camp should be
pretty close to N35* 2.469' W120* 36.672'.

The weather should be nice, but it's going to be cold at night so
bring plenty of wood for the bonfire! Please don't bring wood that
has been painted or that has nails in it. The rangers will not allow
pallets, etc. If you have never been to Pismo with the group before,
there are a couple things to keep in mind. If you plan on going to
sleep early, don't put your tent anywhere near the fire. Also
remember that glass is not allowed because too much of it ends up in
the sand injuring people and cutting tires.

I am as much of a pyro as anyone, but we need to tone down the
explosives if we are going to contiue to be welcomed at the SVRA. The
last big trip got way out of hand and made the entire club look bad in
the eyes of groups such as Friends of Oceano Dunes. Let's do our best
to have fun, but in a reasonable manner. Throwing cans of hairspray,
ether, gasoline, etc. in to the fire is highly discouraged.

We will be on CB channel 31. If you haven't been to Pismo before, or
you are new to sand wheeling, let me know and we will try to have
someone meet you at the ranger station. Here are some things I have
learned about sand wheeling that might help you out if you are new:

- Air way down. You don't want to run more than 10PSI out in the
dunes. Higher pressures might work along the beach where the sand is
compacted and moist, but once you head out into the dunes you can get
stuck pretty easily. I usually run 5 or 6 PSI, but YMMV.

- Take it easy at first. Hauling ass through the whoops is fun, until
you launch off one that is a little bigger than it looks and you nose
dive into the next whoop. I have seen a few exploded airbags and lots
of front end damage out there.

- Approach the crest of a dune cautiously. There may be another
vehicle heading up the other side directly in your path. Head on
collisions are unfortunatly more common out there than they should be.
Also be aware that the other side of a dune may be *much* steeper
than the side you just drove up.

- If you suddenly find yourself in an off-camber situation, turn down
hill and accellerate to prevent a roll-over.

- Please have a tow strap and somewhere to attach it to your vehicle.
It sucks to try to help stuck rigs that have no safe attachment
points. The stock tow hooks in the front aren't the greatest, but
they work. If you don't have a receiver in the rear, a shackle
through the big hole in the bottom of either frame rail can work.

- Drive courteously and respect the speed limit on the beach. The
rangers will give you a ticket. I have had reports of a Tacoma with
TTORA stickers driving like a jackass on the beach. This only makes
our entire club look irresponsible and will get you kicked out if I
see it.

- We all like to party out there, just be aware that you can get
arrested for drunk driving out in the dunes just like you can out on
the streets.

Feel free to email me with any questions or concerns. See you there!

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Mike Ross
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also...please try to get a CB radio for this run...you can easly get lost at night...and have no way of contacting us...the cell phone reception in areas is pretty skectchy.
 

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snutty said:
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Bring wood! :xbeer2:
Sounds like perfect bonfire weather to me! :D

Later,
....Mike
 

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I am bringing a trailer with me. Can I get to the camp spot without airing the tires down or do I have to air down before I even get to the water?
 

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I am bringing a trailer with me. Can I get to the camp spot without airing the tires down or do I have to air down before I even get to the water?
Well, see how far you can get and if you are having trouble, air down. CB channel 31 if you get really stuck. :D

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rubberpants said:
I am bringing a trailer with me. Can I get to the camp spot without airing the tires down or do I have to air down before I even get to the water?
Air down after the ranger station on the beach...easier than in the deep sand ;)
 

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sounds good to me. I also have a buddy coming up to camp with us. He has a quad so he might not be with us all day. He has a prerunner taco. Will he be able to make it aired down too?
 

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rubberpants said:
sounds good to me. I also have a buddy coming up to camp with us. He has a quad so he might not be with us all day. He has a prerunner taco. Will he be able to make it aired down too?
prerunners are fine; we pull them out all the time ;)

have him air down to about 8-10 psi; he'll be fine.
 
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