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  1. ArmyofMike

    Battle at Death Valley over Lithium Mining

    Interesting article I read this morning in the LA Times. There is a push by a mining company to dig exploratory wells in Death Valley dry lake beds in the quest for lithium. This is the first I heard of it, but an interesting issue to face. They need lithium for green energy, but do we destroy...
  2. ArmyofMike

    Mojave Road Conditions? Can you update?

    Hey Overlanders, I have a trip in 1.5 weeks to Mojave Road planned and am looking for any road reports, trail conditions, dry lake bed info or Mojave River crossing information that anyone who has done the trail recently can provide? I talked to the Kelso Rangers District mid-week, but it...
  3. ArmyofMike

    Show your "Overland Gear Challenge!"

    Hey All, Yesterday, my son and I pre-packed our Jeep with gear for upcoming camping trips as well as our planned trip next month to Mojave Road. After we pre-packed the Jeep, we took the Picture below for fun as an "Overland Gear Challenge!" If you have a pic of all your overland gear that you...
  4. ArmyofMike

    Central Valley/Central CA Roll Call! Where you from?

    I know there are a lot of Central Valley/Central CA OB member! Where are you from? Perhaps if we figure out who the active members are, we can do meetups, trainings, cleanups and overland trips together. Me: Fresno, CA Vehicle: 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited OB#: 7890 Go!
  5. ArmyofMike

    Goodbye Trasharoo, hello Military Surplus.

    I'll be honest, I loved my trasharoo in form and function, but the color fade, strap issues, buckles breaking and holes made my experience very lacking. I finally had to find another solution. Low and behold, the only Military Surplus duffel bag I had solved my issues. I bought it a few months...
  6. ArmyofMike

    Ham Radio....This thing on? Radio check? QST?

    Sooooo, I got my HAM radio license a few months back. I immediately re-programmed and jumped on my Baofeng handheld radio to key up on some local HAM frequencies. To this day....I've had ZERO response to my inquiries on the channels, my callsign, etc. I have ensured that my frequencies and...
  7. ArmyofMike

    US West Mojave Road Overland Trip 4/14/19-4/19/19 - 04/14/2019

    It's time to plan my "Spring Break Non-sanctioned Overland Bound, Overland Bound trip" with Overland Bound Members. This year, it seems that Mojave Road has spurred my interest and others who went to Death Valley for Spring Break this year. So, I'm putting out the call to those who went this...
  8. ArmyofMike

    Off road Expo West: Pomona, CA 9/29

    I'm in the area for a conference and am going to stop by Saturday afternoon. My time will be brief at the show, so I plan to mainly hit booths and not the exhibits per se. Anyone else been or going? Any thing specific worth seeing? Hopefully they got stickers!
  9. ArmyofMike

    Spring Break '19 Mojave Road 4/14-4/19

    It's time to plan my "Spring Break Non-sanctioned Overland Bound, Overland Bound trip" with Overland Bound Members. This year, it seems that Mojave Road has spurred my interest and others who went to Death Valley for Spring Break this year. So, I'm putting out the call to those who went this...
  10. ArmyofMike

    Battery Box, Charging Station

    I made a simple battery box addition to a deep cycle plastic container. I added a switchable charging station and battery meter so I can take the battery into the tent or elsewhere as a charging option. It was easy to do and if you already have a deep cycle and battery box, is an easy...
  11. ArmyofMike

    Overland Bound Mini Deluxe Flag-Road Worthy?

    Hey all! I am wanting to get the small OB mini-banner to affix to my CB Antenna for the OB Member run to Death Valley. Question for those who have it, or @Michael ; will the flag stand the wind/weather of being flown (albeit for a week or more) from my Antenna? Is the fabric/grommets strong...
  12. ArmyofMike

    February '18 Central Valley Meet and Greet- Saturday 2/24/18 - 02/24/2018

    We will meet at the Pieology in Fresno for a Meet and Greet (there are other food options close by if you wanna grab yours and then meet in Parking area to converse.) The address for Pieology is: 6709 N Riverside Dr #103, Fresno, CA 93704 I will be there at Noon to get those who are attending...
  13. ArmyofMike

    Central California Meet and Greet? Saturday Feb. 24th?

    Central Cali Members? Are you interested in another (2nd) meet and greet on Saturday Feb. 24th? It's the first weekend date I have open, and is far enough out that most should be able to plan in advance. Let me know, and I'll schedule a meet and greet in Rally Point too. Thanks, Hope...
  14. ArmyofMike

    Dual Battery Setup Guidance

    I have a Jeep JK and am interested in putting in a second battery, an SLE Deep Cycle I have already from my camping trailer. I want to keep the costs economical on this project and am mainly just looking for some piece of mind of having a secondary source of power other than my starter battery...
  15. ArmyofMike

    Online California Fire Permit 2018

    Don't forget before the fire season begins in California for 2018, you MUST have a fire permit before operating a camp stove, gas powered lantern, fire (in a designated pit or not) and any other combustible stove or appliance. Luckily, over the years, the Forest Service of CA has made it easier...
  16. ArmyofMike

    Military Field Desk Jeep JK Cargo Drawer System

    I have been mulling around the idea of a drawer system vs. boxes/trunks for my cargo area of my Jeep. I wanted something that was modular, could be removed, but also allowed for space behind and for my ice chest next to the drawer or box system. I had an epiphany the other day while looking...
  17. ArmyofMike

    6' Trailer Overland/Camping Ideas

    Hey all, I have a 6' flat bed trailer I purchased a while back for $100 bucks! I've used it for camping and overland travel to carry gear, but am looking for other ideas for it. It has 30" tires, leaf/spring suspension, tilt bed and a VERY stout frame. One thing that irked me on my last trip...
  18. ArmyofMike

    Central California Meet and Greet. Saturday January 13th at 12 noon - 01/13/2018

    We will meet at the Pieology in Fresno for a Meet and Greet (there are other food options close by if you wanna grab yours and then meet in Parking area to converse.) The address for Pieology is: 6709 N Riverside Dr #103, Fresno, CA 93704 I will be there at Noon to get those who are attending...
  19. ArmyofMike

    Drawer system v. Tool box/storage boxes....

    I am at a fork in the road when it comes to my cargo area storage solutions for my Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. I have used soft sided bags, duffel bags in the past for gear, but that solution is NOT working as everything becomes a college dorm in the back of my Jeep and a cluttery mess. I need a...
  20. ArmyofMike

    F you Crooks!

    So I wanted some more bumps in my trunk, and boom for my room and kicks in my licks and shakin in my bacon...so I installed an addition to my Jeep JKU. Here is what the Central Valley crooks see.... Here is what I hear and see... The speaker has padding inside for vibration and noise...