We accepted an  invitation last weekend, as special guests, to “Willys at Whitewater” here in Oregon on the McKenzie River. The ranch was incredibly beautiful. We gave a short presentation about our Dinoot Trailers after lunch. It was a nice low-key event that included great food and company. We enjoyed a trail run around and above the 1800 acre ranch, some relaxing, hanging out and good conversation by the river over a salmon dinner.

Jeep Trailer at Jeep Willys meet at Whitewater Ranch, McKenzie River Oregon

 Jeep Trailer at Jeep Willys meet at Whitewater Ranch, McKenzie River Oregon

Here were some of the very nice Willys Jeeps that attended. The red one is owned and driven by Jim, our host.

Willys Jeep Meet at Whitewater Ranch Compact Camping Concepts

 Willys Jeep Meet at Whitewater Ranch

 Jeep Willys Outing at Whitewater Ranch with Compact Camping Concepts Dinoot Trailer

We had a nice camp spot, shared by the two donkeys; Sebastian and Daisy. Our spot looked out over the ranch and offered great stargazing from our Tepui Kukenam roof top tent.

 Jeep Trailer Roof Top Tent at Whitewater Ranch Willys Jeep Meet

As luck would have it, the property has a great stream flowing through it. I could have easily spent a day or two hiking it searching for small waterfalls to shoot. Hopefully I get permission to go back at some point to do that.

Jeep Trailer hiking at Whitewater Ranch Willys Jeep Meet

On Sunday we packed up and headed off the long way home on a scenic, historical drive. The drive took us up along the McKenzie River on Hwy 126; over the Old McKenzie Hwy. The summit is a massive lava field for as far you can see.

Jeep Trailer Oregon Historical Drive McKenzie Highway

Just over the summit, we stopped at Lava Lake CG for lunch.

 Jeep Trailer Oregon Historical Drive McKenzie Highway Santiam Wagon Trail

At FSR 1028 we left the pavement and started around the east side of the Mt Washington Wilderness. The signs of a large fire that hit this area several years ago remain clear.

Jeep Trailer Oregon Historical Drive Mt. Washington Wilderness with Dinoot Trailers

Then we headed around the north side of the wilderness area on FSR 500 which is the Old Santiam Wagon road. The Wagon road dates back to 1859 and was first traveled by a car in 1905. For the most part it is easy-going with lots of wop-to-dos and a few rougher sections that required 4WD (at least with a trailer in tow).

 Jeep Trailer Dinoot M416 on Santiam Wagon Trail Oregon

 Jeep Trailer Dinoot M416 on Santiam Wagon Trail Oregon rough patch

 Jeep Trailer Dinoot M416 on Santiam Wagon Trail Oregon Mt Washington wilderness

The picture doesn’t do it justice; the light was hitting perfectly in this area so the bark-less trees were glowing silver. It was very cool to see that kind of interesting beauty popping out of “devastation”.

 Jeep Trailer Dinoot M416 on Santiam Wagon Trail Oregon Mt Washington wilderness old fire

We followed the Wagon road past Big Lake and Sand Mountain.  A locked gate at the junction of FSR 890 surprised us, so instead of continuing back to Hwy 126, we took FSR 890 and dropped in on Hwy 22 across from Lost Lake.

 Jeep Trailer Dinoot M416 on Santiam Wagon Trail Oregon above Lost Lake

After a break at Lost Lake, we headed for home. You could easily turn this into a nice multi-day trip visiting the many waterfalls on the upper McKenzie River, the waterfalls off the lower part of the old McKenzie Hwy and/or a stop at the Belknap Hot Springs.


Have you been thinking about building a DIY camping trailer for your motorcycle?

This build story from the Tventuring.com forum will give you some good ideas. His build begins by using a budget friendly 40”x 48” Harbor Freight frame kit. Having a CNC router, he got fancy making the trailer box, although the design would be straightforward to do with a corner block building method.

His will be a Tent Topped motorcycle trailer using a roof top style tent unit from Top-Tent.com. The expected dry weight of his trailer will be 270-300 pounds.

For full details visit his build thread on our forum here.


I clean and repack trailer wheel bearings around every 10,000 miles or 2 years.
For info on checking, packing and torquing wheel bearings visit our  Tventuring forum thread.

 

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Don’t get caught on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere with a bearing problem.