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2014 was a great year for the Marauder.


As usual, though, we had to do repairs and make some improvements before the trek to the playa. The main effort was replacing the eight huge batteries. The picture below is from half way through that process – can you tell which is which?


We also swapped out a leaky tire, lubed the chassis, cleaned a lot of dust out of the motor and battery charger, adjusted the breaks, ran new sound wiring, replaced the wing LED lights with brighter ones, and added a video projector mount. Thankfully we were able to save a lot of money this year by borrowing a trailer from some Reno friends.

It was a little busy setting up our theme camp, shade, and assembling the car all at the same team, but we have a good team and the Marauder was ready for day and night inspection on Sunday.


Everything was fine until Wednesday night when the car died while crossing a deep playa sand dune. We marked it with lights and reported it to art services (a member of which was with us with his radio when it died). ASS towed it back to camp the next morning, and with the help of some smart people on our team we figured out that one of the (new) batteries had a faulty plate. We swapped in a new battery, and the Marauder ran great the rest of the week.

Interacting with everyone was great, as usual. We gifted a lot of rides, Santa hats, cold towels out near temple, naughty and nice pins, safety thirds patches, Nasa-Santa t-shirts, and ice. As usual, people seemed to really enjoy the non-EDM music we play.

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For 2015?
– new ignition switch
– side fur needs some sewing
– more plastic clips to reinforce the led strip mounts
– bring an extra battery
– re-strip speaker wiring (getting corroded)
– new remote control for sound system
– rear seat has cracked a little in the heat
– more decor for Rudolph?

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2 Responses to “Burning Man 2014”

  1. Andralyn says:

    The next time I learn a weblog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as much as this one. I mean, I know it was my choice to learn, however I really thought youd have something at-totinnegrabbing to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about one thing that you might repair if you werent too busy looking for attention.

  2. What a great picture! I am like Maria, I look everywhere for yellow things to photograph so I can post my Mellow Yellow… I even have my husband looking for yellow, blue and red things so I can photograph. He is really getting into it, the things he does for my blog – he is a great man!

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