Update: Colby Valve Emergency Valve Stems – Peace of Mind on the Trail

Colby Valve is just an outstanding company.  They have sent out an upgrade kit to all of their customers.  FOR FREE!  Not because there is something wrong or defective with the originals, but because they want their customers to be happy and have the best product possible.

How the Wilco Hitchgate helped me sleep like a baby

Hitchgate Classic from Wilco Offroad with a 37" Falken Tire MT

One of the most common modifications done to an offroad vehicle is the tires, and like many things in life, modifications on a vehicle have consequences. When our rig rolled off the assembly line it was equipped with a 285/70/r17 AT tire which specs out to 32.7 inches or a small “33”.  For a factory tire, it is a pretty respectable size and on a short wheelbase vehicle, they can be quite capable, but we don’t have a short wheelbase vehicle. This is one of a number of reasons that we went to a much larger 37×12.5r17 Falken Wildpeak MT01 tire, and that change leads to a lack of sleep.

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Saving Dough for the Fun Stuff

Giving birth and raising a child is intimidating enough, WITHOUT worrying about the financial ramifications. We were concerned about money, but that’s really not any different from how we were before, and we knew that we would make it work. Our little bundle was worth every bit of the struggle. I am a die hard bargain hunter, and pretty darn good at stretching a buck, so I knew I could help save in places that Cris wasn’t familiar with, without much trouble. Besides, if we could save a little on things like toys, clothes, and diapers, we could have some extra for memory making trips.

Here are some of the ways we have come up with thus far.

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