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Camp RZR West

Posted in Events on February 22, 2017
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Photographers: Courtesy Of PolarisDeanna Scanlon

When Polaris envisioned the first Camp RZR, it was thought that having a little get-together to thank those who bought Polaris vehicles, and to have a little fun racing around the sand dunes at Glamis at the same time, sounded like a fun thing to do.

Even Polaris was surprised at the turnout.

Now, five years later, Camp RZR is just getting larger and larger and now there are two Camps, one back east in New Hampshire and the original, held at the Glamis Sand Dunes. Camp RZR is a love-in for all things RZR, and for the thousands of enthusiasts that flock to them it’s clear that they all love their RZR’s too.

When the gates opened, a very happy group of people made their way into the Camp RZR area.

There is plenty to do at Camp RZR besides hitting the dunes. A host of companies are always on hand to show their latest parts and pieces for UTV’s and there are seemingly endless ways to win prizes. There is a master of ceremonies (with an odd array of costumes!) who keeps things moving along and is in charge of a stage with spinning wheels, dunk tanks and a glass booth with flying coupons to grab out of the air.

There is also a chance to drive the latest models and to have your own RZR worked on or updated by the army of Polaris technicians on hand. And just because the sun went down didn’t mean that the day was over. Polaris constructed a huge stage where they continued to give away prizes with drawings and Jake Owen returned to the Camp RZR stage to belt out his latest hits.

There is no doubt that Polaris has a loyal following and that any Camp RZR is going to be a success. We’re just trying to figure out how we can get to next year’s New Hampshire round!

As a celebration of all things Polaris, the nicest RZR’s lined up and competed in a “show and shine” with the winner getting prizes. Polaris loves to give away prizes.
Polaris technical people were on hand to take care of any mechanical or warrantee issues an enthusiast may have during the event.
There’s nothing like an expanse of sand, and many hear the call of Glamis. Enthusiasts from all over the country and the even the world make sure that attending Camp RZR is on their to-do list.
Participants can join one of the scheduled rides, or head out by themselves. There’s a lot of area in Glamis and exploring it with old friends, or ones that you just met, the sky’s the limit.
Whenever the Wolfpack guys get near Glamis paddles replace race tires, but big air is big air. This time they have they showed off with the help of the Queen Racing team to show the assembled how it’s done.
With spinning wheels and glass booth filled with flying coupons, Polaris kept the crowd entertained and the prizes flowing.
Does this look like a happy crowd, or what?
A huge 4 Wheel Parts display was one of the many vendors on hand.
Trials riders are just amazing. This guy was skipping up and over everything and usually with the front tire in the air.
With the beautiful weather and great conditions, comp hill saw a lot of folks trying to scale its face.
RJ thought that hucking big air was the way to go and put on a great show all the while proving that there is a big difference between a pro driver and the rest of us.
How’s your short game? Putters tried to drain 3 to win big prizes.
At night, the party moved to the huge stage where more prizes were handed out and then Jake Owen got the crowd jumping to his latest hits.



While we were at the Camp RZR West, Polaris had a few of their latest vehicles on hand for we journo’s to take out and get a little seat time. We grabbed the new RZR XP Turbo EPS and headed for a quiet spot in the sand to look it over and read the spec sheet.

Firstly, let’s just say that with 168 horses and huge torque numbers, the ProStar Turbo HO engine pushes the XP to eye watering speeds. Featuring forged pistons, new cams, higher flowing fuel injectors and an upgraded engine management system that better controls boost settings, the RZR Turbo is capable of chugging up a hill or flying across the desert.

The suspension system is highlighted by highly adjustable Fox Podium shocks. With an internal bypass system, 5 compression zones and a progressive spring pack, the shocks can be made to work very well in nearly all conditions. The A-arm type front system provides 16-inches of wheel travel while the 3-link rear system offers a full 18-inches of the good stuff. Front and rear stabilizer bars keep the RZR flat in corners and body roll to a minimum, and the new 1.5 rack and pinion unit makes this the quickest steering RZR ever.

Polaris claims that this car is their most comfortable ever. The seats have good side bolsters and seem to be comfortable. We only had a few hours time to get acquainted with the car, but it seems to be very RZR like (and we mean that in a good way). RZR’s seem to be vehicles that you sit “on” rather than “in,” but the cab is roomy, entering and exiting the vehicle is easy and nothing is where it shouldn’t be. Thanks to the upright seating position, visibility is very good. The steering wheel is adjustable and the passenger grab handle is sturdy and adjustable too.

As the flagship of the Polaris RZR line, the RZR XP Turbo EPS is the best that Polaris can do. It’s altogether a very impressive machine. It has the power, suspension, handling and brakes to be a great choice for any hard-core SxS buyer. We have to say that the vehicle felt good rolling through the Glamis dunes, but we’d sure like to try one out in the desert or on a logging road through the mountains. We’re thinking it’d really be in its element there.

As we said, this was a one-day deal at Camp RZR, and we thank Polaris for having some of the units on hand. Hopefully we’ll get the chance to fully test this unit soon, and we’ll have a better idea of what the Polaris RXR XP Turbo EPS can really do.

There is something no-nonsense about the RZR. It looks like it can take on anything and tear chunks out of the dirt and other competitors.
With its Titanium Matte Metallic “black on black with black accents” scheme, we think that the RZR Turbo looks great. For those who like a little flash though, there is a version that has red accents too.
With its ProStar Turbo HO engine, the RZR has a ginormous 168 horses and 114lbs.ft of torque on tap. The cooling system has been upgraded for 2017 and the new radiator is 20% larger and the redesigned grill is 40% larger to move more air past it.
With one on each side, the air intakes have been enlarged to give the forced induction engine all the oxygen it can use. The air passed through the drivers-side intake is also fed past through the clutch cover to help keep the belt cool.
The front suspension system is good for 16-inches of wheel travel.
The multi-adjustable Fox Podium shocks have internal bypass ports and the twin-spring arraignment provides a progressive feel.
Fox Podium shocks combine with the 3-link rear suspension design to provide 18-inches of rear wheel travel. Larger radius rods increase strength and reduce flex on even the hardest landings.
The interior is roomy and comfortable. The steering wheel is adjustable and dead-pedals are provided for the driver and passenger. There are plugs in the floor for easy cleanup; just pull them and spray away with the hose.
A digital dash provides all pertinent information, and by toggling though the various modes one can change things such as 2/4-wheel drive and engage the rear locker
Compact, efficient and stylish, the 2017 Polaris RZR XP Turbo EPS is the best RZR ever built.
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