The second and last part of the adventure weekend reports about the last off-road kilometres to Gradisca and especially about the roadbook and all the challenges we mastered with the Offroad Camping Trailer.
We spent the night at the holy mountain “Sveta gora” at the foot of the basilica in Nova Gorica. With the lighting on the trailer the awning and the kitchen was perfectly illuminated.
The next morning we had to pack up and go to Gradisca, but not the easy route…
… a quick look into the maps and we found one or another dirt road on our way to the border and went for it.
At arrival in Gradisca we could move into our booth, right next to the Jeep booth at the beginning of the starting grid. It was a great afternoon with many interested people who had a in depth look at the Offroad Camping Trailer.
The next morning after scrambled eggs with fried bacon from the trailer’s camping kitchen we started the roadbook at 8:30 AM.
After only a few kilometres we were already fully in the off-road business. The roads were very wet and muddy. The special sections were great. Here are some pictures from the rock course. With the air suspension almost at the highest setting, the trailer had more than enough ground clearance, slope and ramp angles.
Mud dominated the paths along the rivers and through the narrow forests of the region…
Lunch break and a short review of what we had already experienced. The trailer shows, by the thickness of the mud layer, quite well how much fun we already had – I think the Jeep needs mud flaps in the future. 😉
Everybody knows the wide riverbeds and the great river crossings along the route or at least has heard about them. On the gravel riverbed the quality of the specially tuned FOX shock absorbers pays off. The suspension absorbed all shocks and vibrations perfectly. On deep river crossings the trailer proved to be watertight, and even in the middle position of the suspension height the trailer with its unbeatable ground clearance often only got “wet feet”.
Navigating through the narrow, muddy woods was fun and presented no problems. The trailer meandered effortlessly through the trees. Due to the low construction we did not even have worry about branches and trees hanging in from the side of the road.
The first check after 130 off-road kilometres was the fridge – all the eggs in the fridge haven’t been broken and breakfast was saved.
All in all it was a fantastic off-road day. Congratulations to the organizers!
Our summary – 1061km driven 100% adventure and action
Facts about towing the Camping Trailer with our Jeep CJ7:
Fuel consumption on asphalt road is about 18-19l/100km (16-18l/100km without trailer).
Fuel consumption off-road is naturally higher – 25-29l/100km with the trailer. Without trailer the Jeep uses 23l/100km off-road anyway so again, not the serious increase in fuel consumption.
The lightweight construction and air-suspended independent suspension with high-end shock absorbers pay off.
No loss of fun off-road and on long distances no significant loss in fuel consumption.