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Dumont News

2015 Halloween Brings Crowds of Fun to Dumont

Well another Halloween weekend is in the books. This year's attendance was up and the camp was even fuller than last year. Despite the large crowds, there were no major accidents reported other than some non-life threatening injury type accidents. It seems everyone was looking out for one another and that's great!
Friday brought in some nasty winds but eventually died down around 4 pm allowing for everyone to finally get out of camp and go enjoy the sand. The dunes got a little grooming from all the wind too which was good because there was some recent rain over the last week causing some funky sand in some spots. Saturday was some very nice weather other than it being a little warm (mid 80's). The wind stayed away for the rest of the weekend though.

Saturday night was the big night, Halloween! As a group of us sat and watched the sun go down you could see the flow of traffic going from comp to camp. Everyone was wrapping it up and going back to camp for dinner and then of course...trick-or-treating time! The kids were out in full force. Vendor row gave out candy as well as most camps who came prepared. The trick-or-treat mobiles were very impressive this year. Trailers covered in decorations, usually fake body parts and other scary stuff, were pulled into camps to show off their Halloween spirit and bring the kids in. Trick-or-treating is always such a great way for the dune community to have fun together. It's always a very positive and happy vibe.

Comp Hill was pretty full Friday night, but nothing like Saturday. It seems everyone was saving it up for the big night. Duners in costumes, hundreds of lighten whips, the famous McFlurry, decorated buggies...you name it and it was there. Halloween was very alive at Dumont. As technology advances, it's crazy to see the changes that take place at the dunes over the years. Many people are familiar with the quadcopters and drones. Well this year there was a floating Grim Reaper putting the scare on everyone thanks to a very skilled drone operator. He had it attached to the drone and would fly him all over the rows of duners taking everyone by surprise. And of course let's not forget the Flintstones. These friends of ours killed it with their costume setup. Oh and if that wasn't enough, the same group as the drone guy dragged a lighted coffin lit up in LEDs up and down the rows of comp.

The Flintstones Roll Into Dumont for Halloween

Saturday night Fred, Wilma, Barney and Betty cruised their Bedrock-mobile over to Comp Hill and surprised everyone. If there was a costume contest at Dumont, everyone would have agreed they stole 1st place. They cruised the rows of comp stopping several times to take pictures and talk with everyone. Crowds formed around them to get a closer look at their creative setup. This isn't their first decorative Halloween idea though. Many spotted them last year as the Kia hamster-mobile. Their ideas and ingenuity just keep getting better and better every year. They already have big plans for next Halloween. Big props to our friends Howard, Trish, Walter and Laura for pulling of the best costume we've ever seen at Dumont! Great jobs guys.
Comp Hill Saturday night...

Here are some build pics. These guys spent months on the project.

Dumont Entrance Road Updates

The Dumont entrance road was in rough shape, but the BLM graded it as of Wednesday afternoon and it's back to an A rating and 25 mph. The river crossing has also been cleared since the recent floods. Although it is a little bumpy, it is passable for duners to get through.
NV residents: Expect approximately 30 minute delays going south on HWY127 (from Tecopa or Shoshone) at the Inyo/ San Bernardino county line due to construction. There is also a few miles of construction on 160 near the Tecopa turnoff where it is down to one lane but it isn't a delay.
You can also follow our Facebook feed on our social media tab or check the entrance road thread on our forum, http://www.dumontduneriders.com/invision/index.php?showtopic=9696&page=4#entry252466

Getting Into the Halloween Spirit

It's almost time for Halloween! That means the kids (and adults) of Dumont will be dressing up and getting into the Halloween spirit. Expect to see duners riding and driving around all weekend in costumes and funny wigs. Some even decorate their sand toys and toyhaulers. Remember the Kia Hamster-mobile last year? Just wait until you see what they have built this time. Expect to see it at comp hill and around camp all weekend. Saturday the trick-or-treating tradition continues as little ghosts, witches, and who knows what else shows up at your camp so don't forget a bowl of candy! Most of all, let's everyone have a safe weekend. Take a little extra caution when cruising around the camp area and dunes. There will be alot of people out there.

Recent Rains Flood River Crossing

Recent rains flooded the river crossing on Tuesday making the entrance to Dumont impassable. Some duners were actually stranded at the dunes and could not cross to exit. The river flow finally slowed and BLM had a crew on scene clearing the mud and rock from the road. The road has been repaired and is passable as of Thursday afternoon (Oct 22).
Photos taken Thursday morning...

Dumont = Pot of Gold!

Saturday night the rain came down hard at Dumont. It came down so hard that it woke alot of people up. The storms have been on and off all weekend, but in between there were enough breaks in the weather to allow for some very rare duning conditions. For example the featured photo was taken by Tess Roussin while out on a ride in her Polaris RZR. A rainbow over the dunes is quite a sight! Thanks for posting the photo, Tess. It really proves that Dumont is a pot of gold.

Polaris Recalls 2015 RZR 900 & 1000 Due to Potential Fire Hazard

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (October 05, 2015) Polaris Industries (NYSE: PII), in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Transport Canada, is issuing a voluntary recall on model year 2015 Polaris RZR 900 and 1000 vehicles due to reports of pinched fuel tank vent lines. The recall is related to the vehicles fuel tank vent line potentially being incorrectly installed during manufacturing, causing it to become pinched, which may cause the fuel tank to pressurize and leak fuel, posing a potential fire hazard. Polaris estimates that the assembly error occurred in very few vehicles; however, Polaris is issuing a voluntary recall so that all these vehicles could be inspected and any affected vent lines fixed prior to further use.
Polaris is taking this action after confirming that, in some reports, a vent line had been pinched during assembly. In those cases, Polaris has also received reports of the driveline contacting a pressurized and expanded fuel tank, resulting in a fuel leak and a fire hazard. Polaris also received two reports of small fires, but could not confirm whether the vent line was obstructed during assembly or during subsequent accessory installation or whether the pinched vent line was the cause of the fires.
Polaris is committed to the safety and quality of its products and is swiftly addressing the potential problem and has taken the appropriate steps to prevent any future occurrences, said Michael Erickson, Polaris General Manager, RZR.
Polaris is sending a recall letter directly to each registered owner of a vehicle within the scope of this recall. All 2015 Polaris RZR 900 and 1000 vehicle owners will be asked to contact a dealer starting Oct. 5 to schedule a service appointment. There will be no cost to customers or dealers for this product inspection and fix.
Additionally, the company will provide information on the issue at Polaris Camp RZR in Glamis, Calif., Oct. 30 31, 2015.
About Polaris
Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2014 sales of $4.5 billion. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road consumer and military vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles.
Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory® and Indian Motorcycle® and Slingshot® brands. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global Work and Transportation vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), Goupil Industrie SA, Aixam Mega S.A.S., and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Polaris Engineered Parts, Accessories and Apparel, Klim branded apparel and ORV accessories under the Kolpin®, Cycle Country® and Pro Armor® brands.
Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol PII, and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.
Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polaris.com.

Halloween Weekend 2015

Dune season officially kicks off Halloween Weekend at Dumont Dunes, October 30th through November 1st. It is the first holiday weekend of the 2015-2016 season. Holiday passes will be required so make sure you pick up a holiday season pass ahead of time from a participating vendor or grab a $40 weekly pass from the onsite machine. Halloween conveniently lands on a Saturday this year so make sure you bring some candy for the trick-or-treaters. It is always one of the most festive holiday weekends as duners decorate their camps and get into costume. At sundown on Halloween, duners transform flatbed trailers and pickups into trick-or-treat mobiles and go camp to camp.
With Halloween being the first big weekend and everyone full of excitement to get out and dune, it's easy to forget a few simple things which could help you avoid a helicopter ride to the hospital or even worse, the white coroner van. Take a look at some of the tips on our forum, http://www.dumontduneriders.com/invision/index.php?showtopic=19713. They seem like simple, common sense but a refresher is never a bad thing.

15-16 Dumont Season passes now available

Dumont season passes are now on sale through the Barstow BLM or participating vendors. Pricing remains the same and there are no discounts. See the passes page for a complete list of vendors who are selling them.
$30 for a weekly pass for any non-holiday week
$40 for a weekly pass that includes a holiday weekend
$90 for a season pass with holiday black-out dates
$120 for a season pass that includes holidays

It's Coming!

Can you believe it? Summer is winding down and dune season is rapidly approaching! October is right around the corner and before you know it, Halloween will be here. That is the official beginning of the season at Dumont. Start getting those dune toys ready and buy your season pass now so you don't have a bunch of last minute stuff to do to get ready for the first trip.

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