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Old 09-18-2019, 01:28 PM   #1
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My wife and I have enjoyed reading the Forest River Forums and decided to join this community. We've tent camped for many years and often wondered what it was like to use an RV or TT. One Sunday morning after breakfast, I suggested we walk off our meal at a local RV center... just to look and dream a little. Well, over the next several weeks, we had tape ruler in hand and looking at various options that would fit our needs. A Toyhauler fit the bill to accommodate our old school mid-engine sandrail, camping, sightseeing, hunting and fishing vices. Our goal is to progressively camp more days each year and relish campfire cooking. We enjoy the beaches, deserts and mountains of the western US and look forward to exploring more of our wonderful country.
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Welcome from a fellow SoCal native. I saw the word sandrail and it got my attention. Do you go to Pismo? Our favorite campground there is Pismo Coast Village. Maybe see you on the dunes sometime. Hope your ToyHauler gives you years of enjoyment.
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Welcome from a fellow SoCal native. I saw the word sandrail and it got my attention. Do you go to Pismo? Our favorite campground there is Pismo Coast Village. Maybe see you on the dunes sometime. Hope your ToyHauler gives you years of enjoyment.
Maybe Glamis instead of Pismo.
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Thank you. Yes, we've spent many days and nights on Oceano Beach/Pismo Beach. Back in the days when you could go all the way to the end to Devil's Slide. Very crowded now. Also spend time at Glamis and Dumont Dunes.
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Old 09-18-2019, 04:28 PM   #10
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Thank you. Yes, we've spent many days and nights on Oceano Beach/Pismo Beach. Back in the days when you could go all the way to the end to Devil's Slide. Very crowded now. Also spend time at Glamis and Dumont Dunes.
Welcome from the San Fernando Valley.

Of all the places along the coast that we have camped, Pismo is our least favorite. We camped in the state campground. Of course we don't do any off roading.
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Welcome from upstate NY. We went from tents to a fold-down and now that we are empty nesters a 5th wheel, the evolution of camping. I'm curious, what is an " old school mid-engine sandrail" ? Sounds cool!
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Welcome from upstate NY. We went from tents to a fold-down and now that we are empty nesters a 5th wheel, the evolution of camping. I'm curious, what is an " old school mid-engine sandrail" ? Sounds cool!
Thank you. Before Polaris, Can-Am, Artic Cat and Honda came out with their side-by-side off-road vehicles, many people either built their own or some companies produced a light weight tubular chassis. You could put what ever engine/trans/suspension combo you had to make this vehicle. Using low center of gravity, weight balance, mild to wild horsepower and paddle tires you could scale sand dunes of 300'-400' and around sand bowls like riding an infinite rollercoaster. I am using a modified VW motor with the transaxle flipped, meaning the engine is behind the seats and in front of the transaxle. Unlike a conventional VW setup where the engine is at the very back of the vehicle. We also use it in the mountains with different tires and exhaust.
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