This year, I have trip reports from several sources, so I'm going to include them all. They were contributed by Kent Drummond, Eric Johnson and Greg Maiser, and I may throw in a comment or two.. Photo's are thanks to Kent, Greg, and me. -Ron DePugh
Randy Barnes - 404.1 Unimog
Douwe and Ann Bruinsma - 710M Pinzgauer
Paul and Eric Buckner - 710M Pinzgauer
Ron DePugh - 404.1 Unimog
Kent Drummond - 404.1 Unimog
Eric and Jessica Johnson and sons - 416 Unimog
Brian Gould and Mike - 712M Pinzgauer
Park Hill - 710M Pinzgauer
Scott Ingham and family - 712M Pinzgauer and Haflinger
Mike Kinsey - 710M Pinzgauer
Greg and Chris Maiser - 404.1 Unimog
Jon Marshall - 404.1 Unimog
Tyson Pfenneberger - Mogless
Brett Pickering - U1300L Unimog
Brent - 416 Unimog
This is my version of Moab 04. Others are welcome to chime in and
embellish/refute/correct as they wish.
I have to admit, I was kind of ambivalent about going to Moab this year,
since there weren't going to be very many moggers there, and the price of
gasoline was soaring on a daily basis. However, I'd made the commitment
so that was that. Ron DePugh wasn't sure he was going to get his truck
back together in time, so I agreed to drive down to Boulder on Friday
(Apr 2nd) and he would either load all his gear and the Mog Central tent
in my truck and ride with me, or we'd get his truck finished and I'd
follow him in case there were any problems. Ron wanted to put his huge
winch on, but that looked like an all day project so I convinced him to
hold off. After picking up his repaired spare tire, getting an emissions
test, getting current license plates and grabbing a burger at Wendys, we
finally left Boulder around 1:00 p.m.
The trip Moab was pretty uneventful. Ron's truck ran great and we were
fortunate to have a tail wind all the way to the Utah border. Once we
crossed into Utah, the wind shifted around to the north, and the cross
winds were pretty strong which slowed us down somewhat. We were the only
vehicles on the road from the Cisco exit on into Moab, and we arrived at
Slickrock Campground at 11:00. It was too late for me to pitch my tent
in my space, so I flopped in the back of my truck and Ron parked in front
of me and slept in his truck as well.
Well, I finally came up with some time to write up a little detail on the
My family and I planned on driving down Thursday night, April 1, but we
didn't get away until late, so we only drove a couple of hours before
parking for the night. Friday morning, we got up and drove the other two
hours to Moab. There was a lot of road construction just north of town this
year. It looks like they are widening the freeway from town up to the
airport and putting in long special turn lanes at Arches NP.
Right after getting into town, we parked the rig by the side of the main
road and unloaded the mog to go and scope things out. Slickrock campground
was pretty empty. The bulk of the people there seemed to be mountain
bikers. I was a little nervous about getting our rig and 48' trailer into
the campground, but it was without cause. We slid right in with several
feet to spare on all sides.
For those of you lucky enough to have never seen our classic "white trash"
rig, it's too late now. I already have it disassembled and up for sale.
Let's just say it involved a semi trailer, a 27' fifth wheel travel trailer
and the mog with lots of tie-down material! Anyone wanting a good deal on
the 27' fifth wheel, contact me. We recently purchased an enclosed trailer
and hope to have it partially finished by NWMF this year.
Eric's Freightliner and Mog.
and his 5th wheel camper on the flatbed trailer.
Anyway, on Friday, we mostly hung around camp getting settled into vacation
mode and letting the boys ride their bikes around camp. Three of the boys
and I rode bikes down to the rock shop and back. We did some exploring on
the way back and found an old junkyard in the foothills around the old
mansion on the east side of the highway. It was a fun ride, but we found
some thorns on the way that resulted in 5 flat tires! Guess it is time for
We were hoping for more moggers to roll in sometime on Friday, but nobody
showed up. Actually, Kent Drummond and Ron DePugh showed up sometime around
11:00 pm, but we didn't see them until morning. Saturday morning we were
getting a few raindrops. I found Kent and Ron and we invited them over for
breakfast and some chatting. For those of you who don't know, Kent has a
404 hardcab and Ron has a 404 VLF. I think we got mog central setup after
Forrest Johnson provided the artwork for the Mog Central board.
Well, I'm back from Moab, and I think it's fair to say that the trip was a
success. (Though I still have a couple of XL and XXL "Mogs at Moab" T-shirts
left at $18 each, including postage to anywhere in the US. First come, first
Suffering from a delayed start, I didn't arrive until late Sunday afternoon, to
find that Kent Drummond, Eric Johnson, and Ron DePugh had already set up Mog
Central. We added the Mercedes Benz banners (courtesy of Kai Serrano) to make
the site complete, and we were off to a great start.
I'll leave the trail reports to Kent, as he does such a great job...
Speaking of Kent, and great jobs - he did a terrific job taking the reins in
organizing and leading each day's trail ride. (And Eric Johnson led an
alternative trip one day, taking a group of mostly pinz-go-overs on the Golden
Spike..) Kent did such a good job that he went home with our sole trophy this
year as the "Moab Trail Master."
Trophy donated and artistically rendered by Scott Ingham.