Wow~! Thanks for that--- what a detailed report~! Hope to do this trail in the near future only I am planning to have a pop-up by then, unless maybe I grab a good deal on a nice hardside for practically nothing.With the clearance issues we experienced going thru the Joshua tree forest, I'm convinced we're the first to do the M.R. in hardsides. In one of the most exhausting trip reports ever on RV.net; truck camper forum here are some links. One of the participants (not me) Alex spent a lot of time putting together a superb, high tech set of t.r.'s.
The Lance seems no worse for the wear from that trip. It all has to do with tie downs. Looser, especially at the rear ones when the suspension is articulating and flexing the frame (which the Dodge does precious little of). Also, I disconnect one side of the rr anti-sway bar, remove the camper struts, lower the pressure to 30 lbs. front/28 lbs. rr on those super singles and generally act like I'm driving a 10,000 pound Jeep. With two sets of upper overload springs; and those great Stable Loads it is pretty smooth and not so swaying as before i did all the above. We did another trip XTC style a couple weeks ago on the east side of the Sierra Nevada with mixed results. See rv.net, truck camper section for a trip report: HIGH SIERRA HIGH XTC
I am amazed the wooden framed, tin sided box does as well as it does with me beating on it all the time.
The ball coupler on the trailer hitch took it in the shorts and cracked on account of too much over-travel. I have since switched to an 8 ton pintel and 16 ton lunette as the hitch on the little blue 1955 Bradley. Articulation is fine now.
regards, as always, jefe