Just got back from OBX, NC (Duck) for family vacation - took the 2005 LJ, Wife, 12 y/old daughter and her friend. Towed a 4x6' trailer for the luggage, coolers, tools, spare Jeep parts (thankfully not needed). I live in central PA, so it was about 9 hours of driving time.
Observations: No cruise control in a 6-speed Wrangler makes your right leg hurt after about 1/2 hour. Then you quit feeling anything, and its ok after that. Shoes off, wedge the foot just right.....
I Love owning and driving a Wrangler! Almost every Jeeper waves, and smiles back- -didn't matter where I was, they waved. (except the soccer mom JK owners...they just don't know I suppose?) Met a convoy of 5 muddy Jeepers heading the other way in a small town on route 17 in Virginia....man, I wanted to turn around an follow them to the fun!
Wrangers like the beach and dune sand. Love the torque of the straight six, just push the throttle, and it powers through the bog with no wheel spin to get you in trouble. Bummed I didn't get in on the jeep trail ride, talked to a couple at the gas station refilling tires of their JK, showing me their video of the water hole they were playing in.
Running Topless is awesome- -even non Jeepers wave- -deep down, THEY WANT ONE!