Happy Pi Day (Post #464) 3/14/2014

Posted at 3/14 15:55 or 3.1415926


Without π we would have to calculate the circumference of our wheels and tires and the cubic inches of our motors with some other more primitive method.

Happy Pi Day Everyone.







Thanks for reading and Happy Rovering

Mmmmm pie.

Gearing Up for SCARR, Part Two (Post #462) 3/12/2014

I’ve been getting my kit together for S.C.A.R.R. the past few weeks. I am going to be putting up a few posts about new, new-old, and old kit for the trip.

Recovery Gear


I needed a rear recovery shackle. I don’t expect to get stuck but you have to be prepared for such things. I have a Class Three Hitch and have various hitches for pulling stuff. I have a pintle hitch and a standard hitch with multiple size balls, I’m well covered in the hitch department.

I have installed hooks on the front of the Range Rover. They have been up there quite a while. You can read the original post in my Technical Tips section. I pulled them off a Chevy Suburban in a breaker’s junk yard. I’m sure they never used them. I attached them to the frame with Grade 8 bolts.

So to solve the rear recovery problem I bought a shackle hitch off Amazon.com. I researched them and bought one that was Made in the U.S.A. It is a Bestop 42922-01 HighRock 4X4 2″ Receiver Recovery Hitch Insert with D-Ring Shackle. I sent Bestop an email asking them where it was manufactured. They responded it was in the good old U.S. of A. Doing my part when I can.

UPDATE: I received the hitch with a sticker that said MADE IN CHINA. So as you can imagine I’m pretty pissed. I sent them a nasty email and I rated the transaction poorly on Amazon. This is the problem with buying on the interwebs, trustworthiness of vendors. So if this is important to you I suggest you confirm with your own eyes.

Bestop HighRock 4X4
2″ Receiver Recovery Hitch Insert
with D-Ring Shackle

There were some “sexier” versions of this device out there. But for 35$(US) I couldn’t justify spending twice that for a “named brand”. Especially if they couldn’t tell me where they were made.

So now I have front and rear recovery points. I have what might be considered “lesser” quality recovery straps which are in fact tow straps. I will need to purchase a recovery strap set in the future if I am going to do this correctly.

Gearing Up for S.C.A.R.R. Part One. and Part One UPDATE

Thanks for reading and Happy Rovering.

No North American Visits? (Post #456) 2/27/2014

I just checked my stats and NO ONE from North America has visited my blog today.

I’d say thanks for reading and Happy Rovering but I don’t speak Germany, Hindi, Finnish, what ever they speak in Kenya, or Russian. That’s all the countries that have visited so far. Hmmmm.

Is it something I said?