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Old 03-18-2012, 07:27 PM   #1
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Trans-American Trail (TAT) in a Jeep?

Anyone ever done the TAT (TransAmTrail.com) in a Jeep? Recently?

I'm seriously considering getting the maps from Sam and planning out sections over the next few years to do. From some of the ride reports (best one by far is The Mobius Trip - ADVrider) just make it looks like an absolute blast. Sure, it's not your an uber rock crawling adventure. But still looks like it would be a lot of fun. And some sections look like they even might be challenging in a modified JK.

I've been searching ExpeditionPortal a bit and will be doing more searching. It's been challenging trying to search for it... "TAT" returns a lot about tattoos, and "trans" seems to make every search hit on any thread about a transmission...

Anyone wanna ride it with me?

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Old 03-18-2012, 10:10 PM   #2
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It is made for motorbikes, but jeeps can do it. I've be emailed back and forth with him about this. Really want to try it sometime. A thing to remember, his maps are east-west and designed to be ran that way. I really want to ship my TJ back east, and take the trail all the way home to California. Maybe someday...

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Old 03-19-2012, 05:34 PM   #3
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I would love to do this.
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Old 03-19-2012, 06:07 PM   #4
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I've got a couple of the maps, from Jellico, Tn thru 4 other states. Seems like I ask Sam about doing it all in a Jeep and he said you couldn't go the full trail in a Jeep. This is still on my bucket list.
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:42 PM   #5
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Sounds interesting..
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Old 04-28-2012, 10:07 PM   #6
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Another one adding it to their bucket list. Researching doing it as a father son trip either late this year or early next year. I'd previously been planning to do it on a motorcycle, but it seems like a great opportunity for a father son trip.
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Old 04-30-2012, 02:40 AM   #7
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Sounds sweet.
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:23 AM   #8
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That sounds pretty awesome. Does make me wonder if it really can be done in a Jeep.
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:47 AM   #9
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My dad brother and grandpa did this ( I was too young ) They did it on KTM 640's. Shipped the bikes to Colorado. Flew there. Rode back to California. They talk about it all the time. Aparently it could be done in a Jeep, minus a few technical sections, but they could be bypassed. I plan on doing this in my lifetime.
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Old 05-11-2012, 05:54 PM   #10
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Great idea!
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:38 AM   #11
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Added to my list. Thanks, can't believe I never heard of this before.
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Old 05-15-2012, 06:35 AM   #12
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I love this idea. I was working on a trip from NC to AK and back (with a stop in Moab). I am defiantly interested in more info and driving cross county tips
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Old 02-22-2014, 04:27 AM   #13
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im looking to do this in my JKU once im done in AFG im in TN (western)
anyone that woul like to im probally a summer away from going
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Old 02-23-2014, 05:54 PM   #14
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I would love to do this as well. I've seen a couple of ride reports seems like it would be a great time.
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Old 02-24-2014, 10:41 PM   #15
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Some Englishmen did it in Land Rovers recently.
http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3D5...UQG_m0tGaSwWJg
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It is made for motorbikes, but jeeps can do it. I've be emailed back and forth with him about this. Really want to try it sometime. A thing to remember, his maps are east-west and designed to be ran that way. I really want to ship my TJ back east, and take the trail all the way home to California. Maybe someday...
dont do it, be easier and cheaper and more likely to get your jeep back in the same shape to just drive it. If you drove to the east coast you'd have to drive it home anyway, you know........

Lots of cars are damaged in shipping, its a pretty common thing. The more you pay a trucker the more likely it is to get there in one piece. If you dont pay much only a very low class of trucker will end up hauling it!

plus youre looking at around $1 a mile or so.

That said, i thought about shipping a motorcycle to europe. Freakin ridiculous rates! And cant drive to europe either!
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color me confused but if the east to west shows a GPS waypoint why would that spot change coming the other way?

run it and let me know when you get to TN i might be able to drive it west with you
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It wouldnt change but i guess he wants to run it the "right way" first, not backwards first. And maybe he doesnt have time to do it both ways?

i sure wouldnt trust a shipping company with my jeep unless it was being delivered from the factory.
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Me either, I'm planning on driving it and uhaul with jeep trailered for the drive back
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That sounds pretty awesome. Does make me wonder if it really can be done in a Jeep.
They did it in a Land Rover, so I don't see why a Jeep couldn't do it.

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Old 04-16-2014, 04:36 PM   #21
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Great to see a video of this being done. My dad told me Black Bear Pass was scary enough on a dual sport, he said you've got balls doing it in a Jeep, and he won SCORE driver of the year twice back in the early 90's.
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Old 04-25-2014, 10:33 AM   #22
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This is awesome. I've done coast-to-coast in a 4 seat airplane before, would love to do it in my jeep!
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In 2010 I rode parts of the TAT while in Colorado on a dual sport bike (Suzuki DR650) and all of what I rode can be done in a 4WD. The off-road options out there for both motorcycling and 4-wheeling are endless - when I look now at the gravel roads and mud-holes of Alabama it all looks boring.

Re, GPS: GPS waypoints simply mark a spot on the map and if one is routing to the waypoint, it does not matter which direction he is coming from. However, it does matter significantly what road surfaces are between points A & B ... and c, d, etc. To wit: 35 miles to a hospital as the crow flies can easily be 75 miles of twisting bumpy roads. We discovered this the hard way when one of our group crashed and banged up a knee. At that point there were three of us riding together. As fate, luck, or the otherwise benevolent will of God would have it the third rider was an EMT and had a first aid kit in his stuff on the KLR.

Anyway, on that trip in 2010 two of us took a month and rode dual sport bikes in New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. We both took a leave of absence from work and hoped they had not forgotten us when we got back!

So now I'm looking about three years out and planning for a retirement jaunt of some sort and will be reading trail reports and asking questions here. Thanks to the OP and the others of you who posted to this one. It whets my appetite.

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This sounds like an awesome trip.

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