Coyote Creek SP, NM—Yesterday, after moving camp a little farther north, I unhooked and took the truck up a rough mountain road to see if I could find a camp Glenn had mentioned last year on his blog.
While up there, I thought I had found his campsite, but after reviewing his photos, I now realize that I must not have either gone far enough, or that the camp was off a little side spur from the main road. Either way, it was a hell of a rough ride and I can see why The Kodger called it quits. Better safe than sorry.
Though I think my rig could make it up (I have more ground clearance than most trailers), it would be very tricky.
The problem is actually two-fold. The first is that a truck/trailer combo is much more difficult to maneuver. It is much harder to keep the big rocks from hitting the holding tanks and valves of your trailer than with a class B (a big van). With a class B rig like both Glenn and Anne have, you are in much more control—you can avoid the holding tank hungry rocks and gullies much easier.
The second issue is more psychological. I made it up there in the truck (sans trailer) while in “explorer mode” and the whole way up I was telling myself, “There’s no way I’m bringing my trailer over all these damn rocks.” If you were in a class B, you are already “bringing” your rig/home up there, so you might as well continue forward.
Score a big one for a class B rig.