Join Date: May 2009
Location: Vancouver, BC
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Roadtrip ~6000 km to Death Valley and Back. Will we make it?
This spring we are heading to Death Valley towing our Pop-up camper and Touareg. We will cover 5-6000 km over the return trip. We will be trying some offloading and we will be trying RV'ing and some form nomadic life for 2 weeks. Will we make it back without drama? How will the TDI emissions fix behave? Will we run out of DEF? What problems will we encounter on the way? Will we become Overlanders, RV'ers, something in between or neither? Will we get stuck in snow on mountain passes or will be wimp out early due to heat in the desert - or will we freeze in the desert or shred our sidewalls? Will I sell the trailer when we get home? I don't know, but if you want to know I am going to write about it here.
You can post your questions, predictions, recommendations, and you can tell me if we are doing it all wrong. My wife and our 8 year old son...will he blow up in the car due to boredom or will exploring Death Valley hold all our interests? WHO knows? We do not know yet, but we will find out soon.
I'm not going to give away all the secrets right away but I like to think we will be well prep'd for our intended journey. My big question is, how will the Touareg 2014 sport suspension handle some unpleasantly bumpy roads? I already know it is not great, even on graded gravel- but that was with 20" tires. Now I have 18" Nokian Rotiiva AT. We leave in several weeks. There is barely time to complete ToDo lists, gather spares, give the RV a little TLC and get the WD Hitch set up properly as there is still snow on the ground here. The snow makes it a bit difficult to get the RV prepped and de-winterized!
Here is a little preview of this rig from couple years ago. I intend to dial that rear sag out any day now, in contravention of VW's advice on WD as many of you here at CT already do...and I won't be taking the dual sport bike on this trip.
Yesterday I purchased a 12V powered tongue jack from our discount cheap china parts store - Princess Auto. The first hurdle was getting it installed because after the old jack came out I found out it was ever so slightly tapered. The lower jack hole was about 2 mm too small. I am handy but not a metal worker and I was quite a bit concerend about the prospects of enlarging a large metal hole in 1/8" steel plate. I purchased a grinding stone for my drill and got to work. It took about 10-15 minutes of grinding but the new jack slid right in, bolted down, and got wired up. I really didn't want the hassle of taking the trailer to a welder for this problem and thankfully I didn't have to. Puzzle piece number one for RV upgrades was now in place. The 12V jack is going to help out as using the WD hitch system seems to need more ups and downs during set-up and day to day operations.
The family is looking forward to warming up in the desert. What do you guys want to know?
2014 White/Saddle Exec/R-Line TDI