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Old 10-08-2012, 03:50 PM   #1
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5300 road trip...2012 with 7000 miles...what to bring?

Doing a winter road trip with the wife over my birthday (december) which will be from NJ to WY, UT, and CO...and back. Going to get an oil change and make sure everything is tight underneath, but I don't expect any issues. Obviously my tires are all brand new (all 5) and I will have a can of fix-a-flat, but anything else? i don't want to carry half my garage with me.

Going to do trails, but since we will be alone and my rig is not fully built, I will stick to the easy to easy/moderate trails, nothing hardcore.

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Trails in December in WY,UT and CO? I'd bring chains and and make sure you have a winch among other things....Not sure running trails solo in the snow is a good idea but your idea of fun might be different than mine....
Hit up the Colorado Forum when you get out here and see if others are planning any runs. There's been trails planned every weekend since I joined but I don't know if that continues in the winter or not.
BTW, I grew up in the YO.

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Old 10-08-2012, 04:45 PM   #3
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Trails in December in WY,UT and CO? I'd bring chains and and make sure you have a winch among other things....Not sure running trails solo in the snow is a good idea but your idea of fun might be different than mine....
Hit up the Colorado Forum when you get out here and see if others are planning any runs. There's been trails planned every weekend since I joined but I don't know if that continues in the winter or not.
BTW, I grew up in the YO.
I was under the impression that Colorado and Utah, unless high in the mountains doesn't see any more snow than NY, which as of late, isn't much. I Definitely won't be going anywhere I feel I couldn't make it 100% on my own. I was looking at more trails like these....



Not like these....



I ordered the 4x4 trail books and will stick to the easy runs. I will also check the weather, and don't have the ego to not turn around if I find the going gets a little tough.

Funny that you mention a winch. Just out of curiosity and lack of experience...take a look at my first posted photo...what the hell would I use as an anchor point???

Believe me, my idea of fun in the Jeep with the wife is NOT spending it stuck somewhere on the side of a mountain.
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:57 PM   #4
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Bring a few extra arms & legs that you will need to pay for fuel.

I just did around 8 hrs of driving in my 2012 JKU softop this weekend going from Pensacola to New Orleans and back as well as around the city itself.

It was great. I did notice that I got in the 18s (mpg) to New Orleans and in the 17s back. I think there was a strong wind on the way back. Cruise was set at 75mph.

It was quiet for a convertible and handled much better than expected.
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:07 PM   #5
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Bring a few extra arms & legs that you will need to pay for fuel.

I just did around 8 hrs of driving in my 2012 JKU softop this weekend going from Pensacola to New Orleans and back as well as around the city itself.

It was great. I did notice that I got in the 18s (mpg) to New Orleans and in the 17s back. I think there was a strong wind on the way back. Cruise was set at 75mph.

It was quiet for a convertible and handled much better than expected.
Actually, we were going to go to chile first ($2500 in plane tickets, $1100 for an SUV for two weeks, and about the same in gas as this trip) but then decided to do this for various reasons...so as you can see, I have plenty of money saved for fuel. I also counted, if we flew to Denver, and I rented a Jeep for two weeks ($1200) I would spend just as much if not more, and wouldn't enjoy it as much because it's not my Jeep. Something rubs me the wrong way that I own a perfectly great Jeep, leave it at home, and rent one that is worse for 2 payments worth...
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HA Yeah you would be pretty out of luck if you went off the road into a snowbank with nothing around. Utah as in the Moab area should be fine weatherwise. Colorado and WY are a different story. Its hard to say in advance but prediciting a mild El Nino year could mean bigger snow on the front range and lower areas. So for that part of the state you'll just have check conditions as you get here. Last El Nino year Denver area got HAMMERED with wraparound storms. There are probably a few trails that are runable all year but I wasnt into jeeping last winter so I dont know them offhand. Think Colorado Springs area might be your best bet.
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HA Yeah you would be pretty out of luck if you went off the road into a snowbank with nothing around. Utah as in the Moab area should be fine weatherwise. Colorado and WY are a different story. Its hard to say in advance but prediciting a mild El Nino year could mean bigger snow on the front range and lower areas. So for that part of the state you'll just have check conditions as you get here. Last El Nino year Denver area got HAMMERED with wraparound storms. There are probably a few trails that are runable all year but I wasnt into jeeping last winter so I dont know them offhand. Think Colorado Springs area might be your best bet.
Thats what I figured. I'll be all over colorado, and will check weather conditions before setting off to any of them. Like I said, I won't attempt something if I see it can cause me any serious problems.
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:59 PM   #9
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edit: in reference to what to do without anchor points. not meaning to get one for this particular trip and take unnecessary risk
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:36 PM   #11
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And Utah Wyoming and Colorado get plenty of snow in the lower elevations, pay attention to weather reports
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Bring chains and know how to put them on and how to use them.
Bring a snow shovel (scoop- not bulldozer). Also make sure your ticker is in good shape-- a lot of guys have tipped over shoveling out vehicles!!
Bring winter survival gear. Food(non perishable)- sleeping bags- blankets
Warm clothing and boots for all.
Candles.
Extra gas.
Let someone know your route.
Every thing will be fine; until OH S%^T!!! and at that time you could be in EXTREME danger!! Gunnison, CO and International falls, MN can be 2 of the COLDEST locales in the lower 48!!
Most of all-- Happy Birthday and have a safe trip!!
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Couple of after thoughts--Talk to locals before venturing off into parts unknown--- outfitters, guides, LEO's, etc.
And last-- REMEMBER this---- It is always the spot that we think we can make it that gets us into trouble!!!
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It does sound like a fun trip. Enjoy and post pics on the way or upon your return.
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Just to let you know, most of the Trails in CO. are closed in Winter, due to snow. Be prepared for snow, Ice and very slippery roads (and that would be on pavement)...
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Just to let you know, most of the Trails in CO. are closed in Winter, due to snow. Be prepared for snow, Ice and very slippery roads (and that would be on pavement)...
Oh really? That's a bummer. I know Utah doesn't get crazy with snow, but know Colorado does. That would be the suck if I can't go anywhere interesting to check out an old mine or something.
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I guess I'll have to post in the colorado section for some advice on whats open and "safe"

Any advice on reasonably priced chains for my 33x12.50 duratracs? They would only be for this trip, so they don't need to be the "last a lifetime" chains.

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