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Old 08-30-2011, 04:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was wondering if anyone here has driven the 138 mile Mojave road in southern California in their Tundra? I have a 2011 5.7 DC Tundra 4x4 with off road package. As of yet, I haven't done any mods. I am by no means an expert at driving a 4x4 but I also am not a novice. Been a desert rat most of my life and have had my share of 4x4's. I've taken the back way to Big Bear from Apple Valley on 3N14 as well as 3N16 through Hollcomb Valley in the Tundra but nothing to crazy. So back to the point, if you have driven the road, was their any major difficulties? Any advise? I recently picked up "Mojave Road Guide" by Dennis Casebier, which is fantastic, but only says you should have a 4x4. I'm hoping to do a 2 or 3 day trip this coming winter. Anyway, any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Havent done it myself, but buddies that have been on it say it is a cruise, and worth it. Do it. Report back with photos
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I am planning my trip right now. I want to do it in the winter, maybe find the white stuff! I just got my spare tire and wheel mounted up today, making a rack in the bed for some fuel, tools and a cooler. Should be fun.

I will start a thread and see if anyone wants to tag a long! I heard it takes all day. (Sun up to Sun down) if you do the whole thing in a day. So I am planning on adding some lights to the front.

The rough rough rough plan is to start in bullhead city, at 6am, (staying in laughlin the night before). Then haul all the way through till we get to Barstow.

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I'd be interested in tagging along. But my truck is a 2WD.
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I might also be interested in tagging along. depends on the dates.
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Been down the road many times.

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Was their any major difficulties?
None. We even let a 2WD stock Sequoia tag along and he was slow in a couple spots but got through fine.


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Any advise?
Bring water (twice as much as you think you would need in the worst case scenario), Bring fuel (we usually bring 10 gal), enjoy the trip.


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I recently picked up "Mohave Road Guide" by Dennis Casebier, which is fantastic, but only says you should have a 4x4.
great book, but it probably says that because the road is not maintained and it crosses some washes, no worries if you drive with common sense.


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I'm hoping to do a 2 or 3 day trip this coming winter. Anyway, any help would be greatly appreciated.
It is a great place to travel and camp. PM me if you want some links for more info.



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I'd be interested, 4x4 here.
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Wow. Brings back some great memories. "Back in the day", I had an '87 "Truck", 22 RE with 4 x 4. I spent a lot of time between Hesparia and Arrowhead, west of where you are talking. Before GPS, I'd take a 1:24,000 scale map and a compass and drive all over the mountains, old jeep trails, abandoned gold digs etc. Didn't realize how good I had it back then with the driving adventures.....Fishing on Deep Creek, hiking down to the Hot Springs. Tundra would be no problem, but I seem to remember the trails gettin narrow in spots. If you don't mind gettin yer paint scratched.
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Sounds interesting but have 2wd
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2wd is no problem - I got a strap
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2wd is no problem - I got a strap


Let's plan a trip!
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Wow. Brings back some great memories. "Back in the day", I had an '87 "Truck", 22 RE with 4 x 4. I spent a lot of time between Hesparia and Arrowhead, west of where you are talking. Before GPS, I'd take a 1:24,000 scale map and a compass and drive all over the mountains, old jeep trails, abandoned gold digs etc. Didn't realize how good I had it back then with the driving adventures.....Fishing on Deep Creek, hiking down to the Hot Springs. Tundra would be no problem, but I seem to remember the trails gettin narrow in spots. If you don't mind gettin yer paint scratched.

Ah, the old days. I was cruising the same areas in a CJ5 and later a CJ7. So many of the old roads are paved now...it's just not the same.

Mojave Road is a cruise. I wouldn't do it in a Nissan Maxima, but any good SUV with decent tires should be no problem. Use your head and bring water/fuel (as stated above).

I've been keeping my truck really clean (daily driver), but since a branch from a windstorm last night scratched it up, I'm suddenly open to the idea.
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I would love to do this drive, but won't be back in the states anytime soon. I guess I will have to put it on the bucket list. Post some pictures if y'all end up going though!
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