Thanks everyone for the warm welcome.
@04Sport - He's been surprisingly easy to train! I think we got a good one. Always go for the runt.
@YotaV8 I'd like to get some mud flaps asap - I've seen differing opinions - is OEM the way to go? And if so, is there a benefit to calling this guy Cruiser Dan in ABQ that I've read about? My research says they're about $100. I've been debating between OEM and a set of Rally Armors, which only cost about $25. Not sure if the savings is worth the effort of having to modify them and figure out how to mount them.
@Carlos Lozano yeah, I noticed that the rake is a little extreme. It does level out a decent amount when the back is loaded up with camping gear. I called a local shop about having them adjusted. They said they'd just charge for labor and that the bill should come in south of their $85/hr rate. I read that it needs to be up on a lift and the alignment should be checked aftewards, so I'm under the impression that I shouldn't attempt it myself since my 'garage' right now consists of street parking, a sears tool kit, and some Mechanix gloves. Does it seem like I'm on the right track - Is taking it to a shop the way to go in my situation?
@2000 LC - You sound old! I'm happy to be out west right now, but Pittsburgh is a happening place in this day and age...
@erikvogel - Great to hear there's someone else out here from Western PA - drop me a note if you'd ever like to meet up. It would be great to get to know another LC owner in SLC.
@costalcat - that all sounds spot on. I think I made the right choice with the 100, especially considering my budget. The Syncro is just such a unicorn though... maybe down the road.
@Bear Lake Cruiser - so many places. I could take a trip every weekend this summer and still not feel done
@SWUtah - Thats a good looking retriever!
More pics of the dog and a recent trip to Great Basin NP coming soon.
Indeed. She loves that third-row AC.