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RollinPonies
Reg. Nov 2004
Posted 2019-05-19 8:55 PM (#172397)
Subject: Road Report / Blue Moon


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Pulled out of the ranch in North Texas yesterday morning. The Blue Moon has had all its scheduled maintenance. its stainless steel and unobtanium composite body glistens. We pulling with the HIGHLY MODIFIED 2004 GMC SIERRA Duramax. We’ve been up US 287 so many times the rig can practically drive itself on this part of the trip. Our horses are settled in for the ride; they’ve been looking forward to the trip as soon as they found out we were taking the Blue Moon. They actually prefer it to grazing in the west pasture at home.
Wifey and I are settled in as well in our custom captains chairs within arms reach of the in-cab refrigerator and pantry. I’m munching on pork rinds and Dr Pepper right now while Darlene the Darlin’ pilots the rig. Well, it’s a long straight stretch for a while. We’ll probably invoke the autonomous mode for a while. Check back with ya’ll later.

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RollinPonies
Reg. Nov 2004
Posted 2019-05-23 3:08 PM (#172403 - in reply to #172397)
Subject: RE: Road Report / Blue Moon


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We spent the first night at the Eklund Hotel in Clayton New Mexico. We had a nice balcony room and sipped margaritas while the horses stayed in the spacious Blue Moon. (They prefer the trailer to hotel rooms because of the big screen TV and the pepppermint dispenser.) Next morning we hit unseasonal snow and ice between Clayton and Raton. Not a huge problem for us: we lowered the tracks on the truck and raised the wheels at the touch of a button. Once the bumper mounted sensors detected 1.5 inches of snow and ice, the blade dropped into position and we were just fine. Of course we raised the wheels and lowered the skis on the Blue Moon. Horses requested that we adjust the thermostat, too. Blue Moon. It really is the only way to go!

Roll on!

Edited by RollinPonies 2019-05-23 3:22 PM
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RollinPonies
Reg. Nov 2004
Posted 2019-05-23 8:31 PM (#172406 - in reply to #172397)
Subject: RE: Road Report / Blue Moon


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Rolled over Raton Pass with ease and pulled into Trinidad. It was a very sharp turn off I25. Thank Goodness we have customized the Duramax with the rubberized cab cap and flexible rear window.* We’re going to spend a few days shopping in Trinidad. This is one of the most popular shopping destinations for folks from New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. People drive for hundreds of miles to support Colorado agriculture. The horses say the hay is really good. They seem really relaxed up here.



*Every day dozens of trucks are virtually destroyed when the gooseneck trailer encounters the back of the truck cab. This has been going on for decades! It’s a tragedy that is almost as common as the complete breakdown and oxidizing (aka rusting) of any trailer not made of 125% aluminum or unobtanium. It’s so sad to see the parking lot at roping and dressage events: row after row of broken rear glass, crumpled steel cabs and trailers that have turned to iron oxide between 7:30 in the morning and 4:30 in the afternoon.

Roll on!

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headhunter
Reg. Oct 2004
Posted 2019-05-25 3:26 PM (#172408 - in reply to #172397)
Subject: RE: Road Report / Blue Moon



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Trailer skiis.  Haven't thought about those for a while.  Thanks for the reminder Rollin Ponies!  
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RollinPonies
Reg. Nov 2004
Posted 2019-05-28 4:18 AM (#172412 - in reply to #172397)
Subject: RE: Road Report / Blue Moon


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Wow! Certainly enjoyed the few days of R&R in Trinidad but we have to get on the road to Alamosa and points west. At 6,000 feet for several days, we’ve all adjusted to being higher than down in the flatlands of Texas. The horses have really taken to life in the blue moon and are getting their daily workout on their treadmills. Those Blue Moon engineers think of everything!

Darlene and I never tire of meeting up with other horse people on the road and we’ve met several here in Trinidad. Several are newbies to horses and trailer travel. We’ve pointed them to the forums on this site so the can learn all about the nuances of rust, floor boards, aluminum vs steel, werm, broken rear windows, bearings, brakes, brake controllers, acid washing and all things horse trailer. We hope we’ll get the chance to meet up with them again here on the forum.

Well, we’re off for more road adventure; going over La Veta Pass today. We’ll be back atcha soon.

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RollinPonies
Reg. Nov 2004
Posted 2019-05-30 8:46 PM (#172416 - in reply to #172397)
Subject: RE: Road Report / Blue Moon


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Pulled in to Alamosa this afternoon. Got lost between Walsenburg and Alamosa. Don’t have any idea how that happened! Anyway we’re set up outside of town spending the night in the quarters of the Blue Moon. We opted for the “walk through’ door option on this trailer and have found it very useful; we had to go tell the horses to quiet down several times and we’ve stopped a couple of pillow fights. About that term “Walk through” door: it confuses a few people. You see, you can’t just call it a “door” option because that would be even more confusing. Some people might want a “crawl through” door. Some might want a “climb through” door. Heck, some two-steppers might want a wide “dance through” door. In today’s world we have lots of choices and to avoid confusion, we can’t just call it a door. The proper term is “walk through” door. It’s sort of like specifying a hot water heater as opposed to just a water heater, but that’s a conversation for another day.
Well it’s about time to turn in so we’re lowering down the sleep number bed and throwing a few more logs on the unique Blue Moon quarters fire place 9nights are still a little chilly up here.)
Back atcha later.

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brushycreekranch
Reg. Jun 2006
Posted 2019-06-02 2:41 PM (#172426 - in reply to #172397)
Subject: RE: Road Report / Blue Moon





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RollinPonies
Reg. Nov 2004
Posted 2019-06-03 3:43 PM (#172429 - in reply to #172397)
Subject: RE: Road Report / Blue Moon


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Howdy from the base of Wolf Creek Pass on highway 160. AKA Southfork Colorado. Still a long way up to the top of the Pass and a sometimes scary way down the other side. We’re really feeling blessed to have the Duramax and the Blue Moon. There are many reasons for that: certainly the 34 speed Transmission and high pressure Boeing fuel injectors will make the trip up a breeze. The nuclear brakes on the Duramax AND the Blue Moon are proof that we have “enough truck” and trailer to face the grade and the altitude of Wolf Creek Pass. We’ll all be comfortable at the top too because both the truck and the Blue Moon are pressurized and “Oxygen enhanced” so neither the horses or us succumb to the thin atmosphere at the top of the Pass. When trailering you can never be too careful!
(We’re also carrying three spare tires, a spare trailer floor, an extra generator, two sets of wheel bearings, two extra LED tail lights, a serpentine belt, three pulleys, a full set of SnapOn tools, and 12 cans of fixaflat) The horses are so totally relaxed they will hardly know we are climbing to the Pass. They’ll only have to move to one side a little bit when the floor scrapper and shavings dispenser kicks in for the cleaning cycle at 8:30. They’ve learned to hop over the scrapper but the power wash still annoys them a little bit. The down hill run to Pagosa Springs on the other side used to be one of the more “exciting” parts of this route; back in 2003 our rig was mounted by a runaway log truck just below the overlook. We slid right through town without ever stopping for lunch! We were sure glad we has installed the proportional brake controller as recommended by folks on this forum. We might not have stopped until we hit Durango, but that’s a story for another time. Y’all have a good day and we’ll be back to you shortly.

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RollinPonies
Reg. Nov 2004
Posted 2019-06-03 6:27 PM (#172430 - in reply to #172397)
Subject: RE: Road Report / Blue Moon


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