Trail Ready’s Larry Trim escapes to the dirt on Episode 117


Larry Trim and his bride, Lois, set themselves up for success. Follow their journey through hard work and consistency to success and freedom to travel and race in this episode of Conversations with Big Rich. It’s a great story of mindset and commitment. Congrats, Larry on a job well-done!

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4:30 – the start of my dirt addiction

11:49 – that’s when I discovered I didn’t have four-wheel drive

21:10 – 2.5% unemployment meant that about 2% were working against their will

26:32 – it had a manual transmission that Lois either wouldn’t or couldn’t drive

32:25 – RSI is still the primary business I have today

37:09 – that’s where Trail Ready came from

47:46 – I’m one of those Dust to Glory inspired people

55:12 – and that’s how a guy like me can have a trophy truck

We want to thank our sponsors Maxxis Tires and 4Low Magazine.


[00:01:45.690] – Big Rich Klein

Today on today’s episode of Conversations with Big Rich, we have Larry Trim. Larry Trim is from Trail Ready. That’s where most everybody’s going to know him from. He’s an old time rock crawling addict. You might say he was one of the original competitors back in two thousands. And he got into desert racing and left the world of go slow to go fast. And Larry, it’s really good to have you on and having this conversation with us. So thank you very much.

[00:02:17.410] – Larry Trim

I’m glad to be here, Rich, and I appreciate you inviting me.

[00:02:20.950] – Big Rich Klein

Yeah, so we’ve known each other a really long time, it seems. I’d say it’s got to be 22, 23 plus years. But let’s start at the very beginning and that’s going back to your very beginning. Where were you born and raised?

[00:02:38.950] – Larry Trim

Well, I was born in Seattle and I was raised in Eastern Washington.

[00:02:45.250] – Big Rich Klein

When was that time? You were born in Seattle and then went to Eastern Washington? Was that like right after birth?

[00:02:52.630] – Larry Trim

Well, there was a gap, there was a little bit of a delay there. So I was born in 61 and I was an orphan starting out as an orphan for the first year or so before the family decided that they needed to take me home. And that home ended up being the method valley of Eastern Washington. So it’s central Washington and I grew up in the medhow there until I was 18 years old.

[00:03:22.880] – Big Rich Klein

Wow, okay. I had no clue. No idea. That was nobody’s ever asked. Yeah, I mean, that’s the first time I’ve gotten that answer. So, yeah, that is awesome that you are able to find a family like that. I just met this week well, I just found out this week one of our drivers, their stepfather, adopted seven children from the same family when they became orphans, I guess. And I was blown away by that. He and his wife took seven children and from that family and actually a couple of more from another family. So it blew me away that that happened. And now you mention it, it’s awesome that there’s people out there that do that.

[00:04:30.750] – Larry Trim

Yes, that is awesome. And I think by and large, those are success stories. However, mine was different. My family experience wasn’t great, as a matter of fact, and it really kind of leads into my dirt addiction, because growing up there, I spent as much time as I could outside of what was kind of a chaotic home situation. The first, say, 18 years of my life is really about escape. And escape for me was anything that I could get under me to put some distance between me and the house in what was a pretty cool place to grow up, where we were surrounded by either state or federal land that was just had roads everywhere. And I’ve really been making as much dust as I can since.

[00:05:32.010] – Big Rich Klein

Yeah, that you have. So let’s talk about some of those early years. I don’t want to dwell too much into the negative at all, but growing up in a fairly rural area, what was it like for getting to school or all of that?

[00:06:00.610] – Larry Trim

I grew up in Method proper, which was a town of 47 people, and I went to school in Pateris, which is on highway 97. And you’re familiar with that because of your time you spend in Goldendale. So we’re a few hundred miles north and just one paved road in my entire youth going right through town, and then everything else was dirt. From the time I was ten, I was getting wheels under me, starting with like, a Briggs and Stratton mini bike and then just progressing from there as I could fund it, first with lawnmower money and then working in the local orchards, which I started when I was 13. And as the pay went up, and I think the pay was probably $2 an hour back at the beginning, then the motorcycle sizes went up and then I was able to cover more ground. And I think I had my first enduro bike at 13. And actually getting to school meant getting on a bus and riding for 30 minutes on the school bus into town. But I found that if I took the long way on my dirt bike, I could get there faster.

[00:07:31.260] – Larry Trim

So that used to be kind of a thing of mine. When I was 13, 1415 was racing the school bus to school on a 14 miles dirt road.  READ MORE


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