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El diablo

2018 Halloween trip reports!

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It’s been a few years since we been out to Dumont, we had a great time! Any way we head out there early Friday morning from the Lancaster area, everything goes fine until we get to Baker and fuel up the truck. As I’m doing a walk around of the rig my brother points out a huge bubble in the sidewall of one of my tires! So we change it out no problem. Get to the dunes and and have a good time all weekend. One of our neighbors went out there for the first time also so we talked to them for a while. My buggy ran good all weekend, we helped out a few fellow duners who were having some issues out near the North Pole. Generally had a good time and can’t wait to go back. But.... then on the way home we had some problems! My dads truck has a blow out on the 15, I looked in my mirror just as it blew, wow it was carnage! It smashed up the side of his truck pretty good, he said guess it’s time to make it a flat bed!!! We put the spare on and continued home. We definately had some tire issues this trip. When we got home I’m unloading the buggy and notice trans fluid all over the floor of the trailer 😔. It looks like the shift shaft seal popped out, I was beat so I’ll look at it tomorrow or........ overall a good weekend, we will repair and rebuild and be out there soon!! 

 

The bubble in that pic doesn’t really do it justice, it got bigger by the time I let the air out!!!

 

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Thanks for the report. Glad you 

made it home safe.

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Got there Wednesday around noon. Already a pretty good turnout. Found plenty of untracked sand on the way to the north pole and while looking for friends at the little dunes.

I don't think the road was graded at all but the stream was dry so water probably had to be trucked?

Didn't see any helicopters so that was a HUGE plus! Don't know of any significant injuries. Happy about that. It's amazing too considering the crowds. Heard people say biggest turnout in years. I thought so too.

Comp hill had a small turnout thursday night, bigger on friday night and super-sized on saturday night. The front row was a huge traffic jam after someone towed in a portable stage with male dancers who parked right in the driving lane.

Not into dudes so that fiasco was avoided by me but looking at the clusterflock, people seemed to be "into" it. ????

Rangers finally broke it up but the damage was done. The stage (unfortunately) overshadowed halloween festivities. But that's just my opinion, what do I know.

Looked around for the cell tower construction and didn't find anything. Did I miss it? Maybe?

 

McFlurry was missing but Ronald and the Hamburglar were present!

 

Granny rode with me Saturday night , we tested the big cat at the north pole....

 

Last picture, packed and time to go home, kind of a drag. 

 

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9 hours ago, Svengoolie said:
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Got there Wednesday around noon. Already a pretty good turnout. Found plenty of untracked sand on the way to the north pole and while looking for friends at the little dunes.

 


I don't think the road was graded at all but the stream was dry so water probably had to be trucked?

Didn't see any helicopters so that was a HUGE plus! Don't know of any significant injuries. Happy about that. It's amazing too considering the crowds. Heard people say biggest turnout in years. I thought so too.

Comp hill had a small turnout thursday night, bigger on friday night and super-sized on saturday night. The front row was a huge traffic jam after someone towed in a portable stage with male dancers who parked right in the driving lane.

Not into dudes so that fiasco was avoided by me but looking at the clusterflock, people seemed to be "into" it. ????

Rangers finally broke it up but the damage was done. The stage (unfortunately) overshadowed halloween festivities. But that's just my lame opinion. What do I know?

Looked around for the cell tower construction and didn't find anything. Did I miss it? Maybe?

 

 

 

 

A stage with male dancers? Looks like it's starting to become 'Burning Man 2.0'!

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Yeah, hoping that "Chippendale" stage was a one-time thing.

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We had alot of fun this Halloween! The turnout was huge as it has been the last couple years. We tried a new camp spot this year and loved it. There were still a ton of trick-or-treaters that came through with some awesome costumes. Never made it over to the trunk or treat because we were too busy in camp having fun. Glad to see @mineurbiz and the Romo Motorsports crew in the wacky inflatable arm flailing tube man costumes. 😆 Every year they go all out! 

 

I've never seen so many damn side x sides in my entire life. Dumont sure has changed since I started going out. I miss seeing all the different buggies and homemade stuff you used to see out there. There used to be really fast stuff at the hill and chicks dancing around. Now we have dudes dancing and pretty lame races, if any at all. LOL 

 

The one thing I noticed and really liked this year was good dune etiquette! Everyone seemed to be very smart in the dunes and watch out for each other. As many lines of other duners we came across, most everyone looked like they were alert and smart about avoiding close calls. 

 

Weather was WARM during the day, but we hunkered down in the AC and had a really good time in camp. We found out @Dent boy's new baller motorhome holds like 20 people. :drinkbeer: :drinkbeer: :drinkbeer::drinkbeer: :drinkbeer: :drinkbeer: :drinkbeer: :drinkbeer: :drinkbeer::drinkbeer: :drinkbeer: :drinkbeer:

hahaa

 

We burned through all our race gas and beer in the 4 days we were there. It was a great weekend!

 

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Yea that was crazy in a good way... I've never seen comp that crowed before... the lines went all the way to the small dunes and kept going. For all that crowd there really wasn't a lot going on at the hill... no big grudge matches or crazy rides other than the 1300hp sand rails... Banshee hill was good though. the Banshees never fail to entertain. Oh yea and good to see you again Pete! I always se old friends when I go to Dumont.

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Some awesome drone shots that our buddy Ben took. 

 

 

 

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I had a great time. Didn't bring my ride, just planned on camping and chillin. Arrived Friday night and got some pizza going on the pizzazz had some dinner, then headed to the camp fire for visiting. Played a couple rounds of beer pong. And ended up at the campfire chatting and visiting until  4 AM! I haven't seen 4 AM in a long time, well at least staying up until then. But the conversations were too good to stop. Slid into bed like a ninja and didn't wake anyone up!

 

8:00 AM later that day, up and ready to start the day. I was a bit worried about how Sandy, the new pup, would act with all the dogs in camp, but she did really good. Made some breakfast while everyone went on a ride. Tried to go back to sleep, but couldn't so Bloody Mary time it was. Hung out in camp visiting with everyone and introducing Sandy to the camp. While everyone went on another ride, I went ahead and laid down for a nap while they were gone. More like laying in bed reading my book, but it was relaxing.

 

I had planned to ride shotgun with Mike up to our sunset hill. But Mike had other plans, and insisted that I ride shotgun for the sunset cruise. So I prepped myself for that! 😳 Maybe I'm just braver now or just driving my own, has given me a better perspective... but I had a complete blast! :yiah: Watched the sun go down and then attempted to go over to the trunk or treat and find Jason, no luck! The turn out for Trunk or Treat was off the hook!!! We supported the vendors and bought some dinner, headed back to camp and everyone had gone to the haunted house. We heard that was pretty cool too. Then it was a run out to comp hill. Just in time to catch a glimpse of the dude stage... Hey, I didn't mind the dude stage, but I am a chick, so there is that! :laughing: :dunno: :laughing:  I know you dudes like to see the chicks up there, but sometimes its a nice chance of pace for us to get a turn! However the rangers made quick work of putting a stop to it, as they should. Back at camp and laughing our :booty:off until 2:20 AM. :happydrunks:

 

This was probably the absolute best Halloween weekend I have had out there in a long time, but this was the first Halloween in a while that we were actually in camp and not working our butts off on Vendor Row.

 

Who knows, maybe I'll even ride with Mike again... :headbang1:

 

I had so much fun I didn't take one single picture... :shocked:

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I moved my camp back further then usual ... got stuck next to a Rave last year 🤬

What a great Trunk or Treat followed by a epic crowd at Comp.  The Monday morning ride was epic after the wind storm. Perfect weekend !

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The Stage was maybe 500 ft from where we were and we really had no problem with it but it eventually blocked the thoroughfare, it got narrower and narrower and vehicles had a tough time turning around.

Then a guy doing wheelies slammed into the back of an LT car in front of us and things started to heat up.

 

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Our girls waded into the Rave crowd and I did get concerned for their safety but it was all cool, no issues. Felt bad they made them leave. Everyone was having fun.

Just as the stage arrived looks empty now but comp soon filled up and it was slammed around the stage with people and vehicles all having fun and laughs.

 

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15 minutes before the stage arrived. Older drunks were hitting on the younger girls and it was funny as the girls sent them on their way. One guy had a mouth of chaw and a cigar and a spit cup. Thought he was cool and the girls let him have it. All laughs, funny, no feelings hurts.

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For some odd reason our X3 was in for the water pump issue and the dealer thought they do us a favor by relocating the Sound system's power off  the ignition.

When parked the ignition times out in 3 minutes so forget that. Plus the hour meter is running. Engine running the X3 is easily the noisiest SXS on the market. I'm not talking exhaust note, these things sound like the chuck wagon in the cowboy movies pots and pans banging across the plains, just add the sirens of hell intake air noise. No owner will argue that so forget even listing to tunes while driving and our system is 8 Kickers, 2 subs, 2 amps.

 

They did the same with my Tijuana speaker lights too. So no tunes this trip, but an appointment at the dealer to get it all reversed. I mention this as a heads up to anyone with an X3 that is considering a sound system. I was cautioned not to do it myself. I heed warnings. Connect it to the hot block, not the ignition.

 

 

 

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