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Fatal Accident at Banshee Hill, Halloween Weekend '16

On Saturday 10/29/2016 around 11:30 am, Gustavo Aranda Castaneda a 32 year-old resident of Riverside, CA was riding his Banshee up Banshee Hill at Dumont Dunes. He wasn't able to stop before reaching the top and rode off of a 60-70 foot dropoff. Gustavo, also known as "Gus", was wearing a helmet and was ejected from the quad. Medics arrived and performed CPR, but unfortunately he did not make it. He was pronounced dead on scene at 12:43 pm. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.
We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Gus. 

"Gus leaves behind his bereaved wife, Daisy Aranda of 26 years old, two children Nathan and Isaac & a loving extended family. The Aranda family had plans to vacation this upcoming week but is now suffering at the loss of their loved one. Gus was a hardworking man (Vons Store), funny, caring and was always willing to help others. He loved his children and wife with such passion and would have gone above and beyond for them. This sudden loss has brought much heartache to the family. The family was unprepared for this incident and is asking for contributions to fund a beautiful memorial ceremony for Gustavo Aranda-Castaneda. He will be forever remembered as a wonderful father, husband, friend, son, and confident. Gus, you made it home! Wait for us, we’ll see you soon! We love you Gus! Thank you all for your support and prayers. God Bless!"
If you would like to help the family with funeral costs during this unfortunate time, you can donate here,


Star Wars Landspeeder RZR Rolls Into Dumont Dunes

Duners were blown away with what rolled into Dumont Dunes this year for Halloween Weekend! Star Wars characters Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca and Princess Leia pulled up to Comp Hill in the Landspeeder X-34. Cel phones and cameras couldn’t come out quick enough. Everyone surrounded the homemade creation and were in awe at how far these guys got into the Halloween spirit. The Landspeeder drove up and down the rows at Comp Saturday night playing the Star Wars music and handing out candy to everyone. Between the music, the costumes, and lightsaber swords, the force was strong with this crew! Duners loved it and thanked them for their hard work and dedication. Once again, Howard, Trish, Walter and Laura, of Las Vegas, wowed Dumont beyond everyone's expectations.






photo by Neal Rideout photo by Neal Rideout photo by Neal Rideout photo by Neal Rideout  
The Story Behind the Star Wars Landspeeder RZR   Halloween weekend at Dumont is one of the most festive weekends of the year. For some people, it’s a fun excuse to throw on a funny wig or go as far as wearing full costume or string some orange lights up on their rig. Some choose to take things to a completely different level though.
  Meet Howard and Walter of Las Vegas, NV.

You may remember their past Halloween RZR creations such as the Kia commercial hamster-car or the Flintstones mobile.
Each year they’ve lifted their creations off the RZR chassis and hung on to them in Howard’s shop.

  They made such an impression at Dumont and on the internet with these builds that they felt like they had to take it up a notch this year. I think they succeeded in doing that, don’t you? After the Flintstone's car, the bar had to be raised even further. Howard's wife, Trish, came up with the Star Wars theme idea and from there the build was in full force. Since Star Wars is so hot (especially lately), they completely converted their same 2015 RZR XP 1000 into the easily recognized Landspeeder.
A photo of the Landspeeder was printed up as a reference for the build, taped to the workbench, and work began!


  They started with the same bone stock, 4 seat RZR 1000 that was used for the previous builds. They built a skeleton frame around the outside to make up the overall shape of the Landspeeder then added sheet metal to form the body. Most people would probably stop there. Actually, most people would never even go that far in the first place! They then refined the body with bondo, paint, and added fully functioning jets.

  Many hours went into shaping the body and getting the paint just right. They didn’t skimp on the details. For example, they added the authentic dent in the front and even went as far as building a custom Star Wars Landspeeder style steering wheel, windshield and dash with functioning lights and controls.


  Even though they had this thing looking identical to the X-34 Landspeeder, that was not enough. Presentation is key! So in addition to the smoking, LED-lit jets, they added an outdoor sound system to blast the Star Wars theme songs. The seats were raised in order to show off their elaborate Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia costumes.


Hundreds of hours went into this project and they managed to pull it off in just a few weeks leading up to Halloween Weekend. Howard, Walter, Trish and Laura have blown away the community once again and outdone themselves. Any idea what they might have in store for next year? Suggestions?
Build thread by @b370...
Additional photos,

3 year old hit by buggy Halloween weekend

Around 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning, a 3 year old little girl was hit by a buggy near one of the finger dunes in the camp area. It was a hit and run. Life flight was called out and she was transported. 
Update 10/30/2016: Little Regan is recovering.
Posted via her father on our Facebook page, 
"My daughter is doing well. She suffered a 5 inch laceration from the bridge of her nose up to the top of her forehead just below her hair line, A small gash to the right side of her head, some minor cuts to her right arm and possibly going to have some bruising. 
Thank god she did not have any internal injuries or anything life threatening. This could have been so much worse."

Medical Fundraiser
A Go Fund Me page has been set up by the grandmother to help the family with medical expenses.


BLM Visitor Center Open Halloween Weekend

The BLM Visitor Center will be OPEN during the Halloween Weekend from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday to Sunday.
Inside you will find:
Brochures on a wide variety of subjects such as the Desert Tortoise, Amargosa Vole, OHV recreation and safety, abandoned mine lands, Tread Lightly tips, as well as a Dumont Dunes guide, and more. Information on locations outside the Dunes -- like Tecopa Hot Springs, Death Valley National Park, Shoshone Village, China Ranch,  T & T Railroad Museum, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge & Visitor Center, Mojave National Preserve and more. Applications for  the BLM OHV  Volunteer Ambassador Program  

What you can do:
Pick up and return your completed Jr. Ranger Activity Guides for children ages 6-12 yrs. old at the visitor center and meet Park Ranger Art with his display of desert wildlife...lizards, spiders, and snakes!  Park Ranger Art will be providing safety & wildlife programs throughout the day.


Halloween weekend checklist. Don't forget these 5 things!

Dumont holiday season pass....CHECK. Toys prepped, shined up and that cool new flag is ready to mount up as soon as it rolls out of the trailer...CHECK. Funny costume & trick or treat candy for the kids...CHECK.  $500 worth of food and booze plus half the house loaded up in the RV for a 3 day trip to the sandbox...CHECK.   What else you could possibly need for a few days of epic fun with your friends and family at Dumont?   Your head!    Don't leave home without it.   I've seen it year after year. People are so amped up about the first big weekend at Dumont that they tend to overlook some simple things that might save their life.    1. Protect your dome! Always wear a helmet, even in side x sides. They save lives. Besides, it's the law out there.    2. Don't get ejected and run over! Buckle up even if you are just hopping over to another camp. Accidents often happen when we are least expecting it.    3. Keep your head on a swivel. Crashing hurts! Halloween is very busy and people come out of nowhere. Look out for each other more than normal.   4. Nobody likes a showboat. Yes, going fast and wheelies are awesome! I love them both. However, leave them for the dunes, not the camp area or congested areas like Comp or Banshee Hill.      5. Dunes & drinks only go well together around the campfire. Think you are a professional drinker and you can still drive carefully? Think again. Your judgement is always impaired when you've had a couple. Not only that, if you are pulled over or involved in an accident, the charges of DUI and manslaughter still very much apply in the dunes. Don't become another statistic or cause pain to others.      Have a fun and safe weekend out there, everyone.   

Weekend Recap, Oct 22-23, 2016

Some duners cashed in on the untouched sand one week before they get hammered over Halloween. With weather varying from sunny to overcast and a few drips of rain, it turned out to be a great mix of weather for a day or two in the sand. 
Starting off the weekend, agphd on Instagram sent us these great shots of the untouched sand and wicked razorbacks followed by one of those epic Dumont sunsets!

The Miles family (submitted via our FB) had the dunes all to themselves and even got a few of those passing raindrops as the cool looking clouds paid a visit.

(photo by kailah.milesss via IG)

(photo by Heather Martin via FB)

(photo by Amy O'Malley Miles via FB)
(photo by Amy O'Malley Miles via FB)
They closed out the day like many others do and watched the sun go down in the horizon. 

(photo by Heather Martin via FB)

Explore The "Secrets of Death Valley" from Above

Hop on board with pilot and You Tuber, Henry TrikeLife, as he takes us over some of the beautiful gems of Death Valley in his REVO "Yellow Jacket" trike. He shows us a unique perspective of Dumont Dunes and the surrounding areas such as the China Ranch Date Farm, Tecopa Hot Springs and more. It's interesting to see what these places look like from up above. Henry did a great job with all those camera angles and editing. Looked like it was a gorgeous day to be up there. 
For an exciting demo flight in his trike, give him a call at (509) 280-0163 or visit his website. http://www.introflights.com
Here's some interesting facts about Henry's aircraft
Trike: REVO "Yellow Jacket" (Evolution Aircraft Inc.)
Category: Special Light Sport Aircraft (SLSA), Weight-shift Control, registered with FAA
Wing: Rival S 12.4 sq meters with electric trim speed adjustment
Trim Speed Range: 65 to 95 mph (105 to 153 km/h)
Stall Speed: 50 mph (81 km/h) Flight Duration: 4 hours (2.5 to 3 gallon/hour)
Range: 300 miles (483 km)
Altitude Limit: 10,000 feet MSL or 2,000 feet above terrain (Sport Pilot License limit)
Engine: ROTAX 912ULS 100 hp.
Fuel: Auto gas (octane rate higher than 91) or Avgas 100LL
Fuel Tank Capacity: 14 gallons (53 liters)
License Required to operate in US: Sport Pilot license for Weight-shift control land
referenced from: https://www.youtube.com/user/henry253/about

Halloween Weekend 2016

Dune season officially kicks off with the first holiday weekend of the 2016/2017 season, Halloween Weekend! With Halloween landing on Monday Oct 31st, October 29-31 will be the official weekend when duners flock to Dumont with their sand toys.
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.
Trick or Treating! Halloween lands on a Monday this year, but trick-or-treating has always been a Saturday night tradition so we would recommend planning for that. Make sure you bring some candy for the kids. 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.dumontdun...showtopic=19713. They seem like simple, common sense but a refresher is never a bad thing.
Don't forget to post up your pictures and weekends highlights on the forum when you get back. You can also upload your pics to our Facebook page @dumontduneriders or use the hashtag #dumontduneriders on Instagram.
Join the Halloween discussion on the forum... 
To revisit photos and trip reports from Halloween 2015, click http://www.dumontduneriders.com/invision/index.php?showtopic=20385

Cleaner Restrooms at Dumont

Good news about the restrooms! There have been some complaints in the past about the restrooms at Dumont. Many people use them and they can get trashed pretty quickly on a busy weekend. People voiced their concerns and the BLM listened.
Meet James "Jimmy" Lynn of Lynn Construction. Jimmy was awarded the Dumont Dunes restroom cleaning contract from the BLM. Make sure you say hello if you see him out there at the dunes. He is a fellow off-roader and you will find him quite friendly!

Dune Season Prepping

While we are still a little ways away from the dune season beginning, the cooler nighttime temperatures are an early reminder that it's right around the corner. Before we know it, the toys will all need to be prepped and the RV or hauler will need a good once over. The fact is, almost all of us procrastinate and leave some much needed maintenance items to the last minute. This forces us into a mad rush, usually during the week we plan on leaving, to get things ready in time for that first big trip. Here are just some helpful reminders of what you can do during the months of September and October so you are on top of your game and ready to hit the sand.
ATV's, Side x Sides, and Motorcycles

Test battery clean air filter fresh oil change and check all fluids check and/or replace drive chains/sprockets or belt (RZR) check and/or repl brake pads Make sure all sand tires hold air. Air them up and recheck them after a few days. Add tire sealer if needed. Make sure registration is up to date and you have a good flag ready to mount. Check all lights. Don't get popped for a ticket at night for inoperative lights. Sandcars

Test battery. Is it fresh and good to go for the season? fresh oil change clean and oil air filter repack CVs check (& change?) transmission fluid bolt check entire car check for oil or coolant leaks inspect hoses and belts check coolant level and fan operation check brake fluid level and pads check clutch operation check shifter & linkage check all lights check tires and add sealer if needed replace worn heims inspect frame for cracks verify current sticker or registration and you have a good flag ready to mount RVs/ Toyhaulers

Test batteries and check water levels. Also check your connections and cables Run your generator for 30+ minutes and check it under a load. Make sure it is charging your batteries Turn on your fridge and make sure it works under both 12V and propane Inspect tires for cracks or separations and replace if needed. Drive your RV or pull your trailer around town 10+ miles at highway speeds and check afterward. check trailer suspension shackles for excessive wear. Removal of a nut may be required to see if the holes are stretched Check and top off propane levels. Check hoses for leaks Check all bulbs and electrical items to make sure everything is working properly Stock up on necessary pantry items Wash sheets/ blankets Other Items Not to Forget About

Season pass. Call the BLM at 760-252-6000 to order or visit a participating dealer. Season passes are not available AT Dumont Flags for all toys stock up on firewood beer

Polaris Voluntarily Issues Stop-Ride/Stop Sale Advisory For MY2016 RZR Turbo

7/25/2016 7:00 PM
MINNEAPOLIS, MN (July 25, 2016) – Polaris Industries (NYSE: PII) is issuing a stop-ride/stop-sale advisory, pending a formal recall, for MY2016 RZR Turbo off-road vehicles, due to a potential fire hazard.
Polaris is currently evaluating a comprehensive repair solution. Once validated, repair instructions will be issued to Polaris dealers and vehicle owners will be notified that they can contact their dealer about scheduling a free repair. Until then, owners should not ride, and dealers should not sell, MY2016 RZR Turbo models.
All owners of affected vehicles are being contacted directly. In addition, updates will be posted on the RZR Recall page: http://www.polaris.com/en-us/company/rzr-recall.
Owners can also contact Polaris at 800-765-2747 or online at www.polaris.com.
About Polaris
Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) is a global powersports leader with annual 2015 sales of $4.7 billion. Polaris fuels the passion of riders, workers and outdoor enthusiasts with our RANGER®, RZR® and POLARIS GENERAL™ side-by-side off-road vehicles; our SPORTSMAN® and POLARIS ACE® all-terrain off-road vehicles; VICTORY® and INDIAN MOTORCYCLE® midsize and heavyweight motorcycles; SLINGSHOT® moto-roadsters; and Polaris RMK®, INDY®, SWITCHBACK® and RUSH® snowmobiles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments and accessories sold under multiple recognizable brands, and has a growing presence in adjacent markets globally with products including military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. www.polaris.com

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