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Old 12-06-2013, 12:13 PM   #1
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Jeep Jamboree Rubicon run worth it?

I'm from the Bay Area so I'm lucky to have the rubicon trail a short 4 hour drive from home. Ever since I bought my first jeep back in May its always been a goal to eventually run the rubicon. Since by this spring I plan to be on 37s with front and rear lockers I know that my jeep will be ready but I'm not sure if I am. Sadly I don't have many friends who offroad and none of us have a lot of experience. I can understand the whole nature jeep experience you get with the big run but having grown up round the sierras it really doesn't matter to me. So would you guys say the $400 a person is worth the trail experience of their guides? I don't really have many alternatives as of now.
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Old 12-06-2013, 01:03 PM   #2
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If you have no experience then I would say it would be a great thing for you. No tellings what all you will learn from it.

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I'm from the Bay Area so I'm lucky to have the rubicon trail a short 4 hour drive from home. Ever since I bought my first jeep back in May its always been a goal to eventually run the rubicon. Since by this spring I plan to be on 37s with front and rear lockers I know that my jeep will be ready but I'm not sure if I am. Sadly I don't have many friends who offroad and none of us have a lot of experience. I can understand the whole nature jeep experience you get with the big run but having grown up round the sierras it really doesn't matter to me. So would you guys say the $400 a person is worth the trail experience of their guides? I don't really have many alternatives as of now.
I'm in a similar position as you. Moved from nor cal to the east coast and have zero family and friends with 2300 miles. I registered for 5 jamborees for the 2014 season. Ran 2 jamborees last year and had a great time. Well worth the cost if you don't have any friends to off road with.

You have to be patient on these events, which are fully of beginners and marginally equipped rigs. Expect to sit idle for 60+ minutes at a time while people attempt obstacles.
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You are going to get a lot of "different" opinions on this one.

I did the Jamboree several years ago. To your first concern...you will make it without any trouble. They have to move a lot of vehicles in a limited amount of time and don't have time to take the harder obstacles. It will be a full day of constant work....you will love it.

The spotters were fantastic, and plentiful. They are transported in, and around via helicopter in groups to keep up with the flow of traffic.

Parts, that are not available on the trail, can be flown in by chopper...no one stays broken for long. Your 37's will be a bit of overkill. I suggest you check the allowable tire size for the run before you commit. There is a max size allowed in the general jamboree rules.

I have been on many Jamboree's and this is the most ambitious production I have seen. The logistics problems are astounding for them and I am surprised that they pull it off at that price., My opinion is, it is well worth it, at least once in your life.

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You have to be patient on these events, which are fully of beginners and marginally equipped rigs. Expect to sit idle for 60+ minutes at a time while people attempt obstacles.
Me and a friend signed up for a Jamboree here in Texas more or less so we could say we have done one, that and because the only way you can wheel on the land it is held on is in a Jamboree. I don't know if we will have a blast or if we will regret doing it.
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Old 12-06-2013, 02:56 PM   #6
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It is well worth the money to go with JJUSA over the Rubicon your first time. Good family environment, good trail guides, usually very well organized and if you break something they will make sure to get you going again. You do have to pay for the parts ( check or CC I believe? ) but install is free. Giving a small "tip" to the mechanic is also a good idea. It is fun and you will learn a lot. Heck even I am looking at attending it this years with my son and wife. It would be their first time over the Rubicon and I want it to be a safe and enjoyable family trip, so I am thinking JJUSA for this run.
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Old 12-06-2013, 10:28 PM   #7
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My wife and I did a jamboree last year and had a blast. I'm doing two this year! One with my wife and one with my dad. It was super organized and the trail guides were really great. Tons of jeep enthusiasts in one place, can't go wrong. Met a lot of great people.
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The $750 for a family is hard to swallow. If it's some special trail, that you wouldn't have access to, maybe it's worth it. The pricing seems flawed. It should be a flat fee per vehicle.
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Old 12-09-2013, 03:40 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone for the input! After reading all the good reviews I've decided to sign up, both for the help on the trail and the experience of going to a jamboree! Hope to see some of you there
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If you have no experience then I would say it would be a great thing for you. No tellings what all you will learn from it.
Agreed.
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I'm in a similar position as you. Moved from nor cal to the east coast and have zero family and friends with 2300 miles. I registered for 5 jamborees for the 2014 season. Ran 2 jamborees last year and had a great time. Well worth the cost if you don't have any friends to off road with.

You have to be patient on these events, which are fully of beginners and marginally equipped rigs. Expect to sit idle for 60+ minutes at a time while people attempt obstacles.
Hey Big Cole....Im in Jersey and a new jeeper at that but I am always looking to put together a group of people to do a lil off roadin........where did you sign up for Jamborees?
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Hey Big Cole....Im in Jersey and a new jeeper at that but I am always looking to put together a group of people to do a lil off roadin........where did you sign up for Jamborees?
Just goolgle Jeep jamboree and you will see their website. You sign up there.
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Hey Big Cole....Im in Jersey and a new jeeper at that but I am always looking to put together a group of people to do a lil off roadin........where did you sign up for Jamborees?
I signed up through the jeep jamboree usa website. The jamborees located in the northeastern part of the country typically sell out within 30 minutes. I checked earlier today and the Pine Barrens jamboree in NJ and the Laurel Highlands jamboree in southwest PA are still open.
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. Your 37's will be a bit of overkill. I suggest you check the allowable tire size for the run before you commit. There is a max size allowed in the general jamboree rules.


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The entry form below has a max tire size of 37" so OP will be OK.

http://jeepjamboreeusa.com/wp-conten...ation-Form.pdf

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