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Old 12-14-2011, 01:41 PM   #1
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Jeep Jamborees worth the $?

We're interested in taking part in a few Jeep Jamborees this year, in Tennessee and Kentucky. Never been to one before. Just wondering...
Anybody out there care to chime in on how well organized they are, whether they're okay for kids and newbies, and whether bringing a bone-stock JK Unlimited is worthwhile? They're expensivie (Tennessee is $600 plus hotels, food, gas, etc.) so I thought I'd ask. Thanks!

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Having never been to one but read countless stories from those who have, I'm inclined to say yes. Haven't seen them up here near NC but if they were nearby I'd surely go!
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I went to my first Jamboree in Ouray last fall and had a great time. I hope to attend two or three this year including Ouray. The price is significant but it beats going alone and ESPECIALLY to a strange area. I am a 49 year old semi-retired Jeep fan that loves going on trips but all my friends are working. Jeep Jamboree offers me a chance to go offroading to new places without the trouble of finding another Jeep to go or hiring a guide.
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I did Cumberland Gap with my 5 year old son last year. Definitely worth the memories. We have 3 on the schedule for this year. Starting with KY Land between the Lakes this year - so take a look at that one. I was afraid TN mountains would be too much for the kids as its a 3 day Jamboree.

Stock Unlimited should do fine especially if you put on some decent tires. We did the 4-5 rated trails. There were a couple bone stock Jeeps with us and some better tires would have really helped them out. All the Jeeps made it through (even a brand new/stock Grand Cherokee) so even the tires are not necessary but will certainly make things a lot easier on you.
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We're interested in taking part in a few Jeep Jamborees this year, in Tennessee and Kentucky. Never been to one before. Just wondering...
Anybody out there care to chime in on how well organized they are, whether they're okay for kids and newbies, and whether bringing a bone-stock JK Unlimited is worthwhile? They're expensivie (Tennessee is $600 plus hotels, food, gas, etc.) so I thought I'd ask. Thanks!
Lots of good info here from folks who've attended and some who've helped run em...

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Is that $600/person or vehicle?
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The Tennessee Jamboree is $300 per person, and they require two adults in the Jeep, no more, no less. That's plus breakfast and lunch each day, plus of course hotels, gas, etc. For us, that event is about a $1,000 nut. And that's a lot of jack to beat around the bushes for 3 days.
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Lots of good info here from folks who've attended and some who've helped run em...

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Thanks for the link, kbwwolf. Wisht I'd a done thunk a that, 'ceptin I don't know nuthin bout this kornpooter thang. Whur's the kick-start? (Seriously, I should have looked myself!)
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I went to my first Jamboree in Ouray last fall and had a great time. I hope to attend two or three this year including Ouray. The price is significant but it beats going alone and ESPECIALLY to a strange area. I am a 49 year old semi-retired Jeep fan that loves going on trips but all my friends are working. Jeep Jamboree offers me a chance to go offroading to new places without the trouble of finding another Jeep to go or hiring a guide.
Are you talking Ouray CO? When is the next one? Our 30 year wedding anniversary is July 2012 and Ouray is where we honeymooned. It would be nice to go back up and this time we will have the rig that can go the trails. First time we had a Pinto.
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I did Cumberland Gap with my 5 year old son last year. Definitely worth the memories. We have 3 on the schedule for this year. Starting with KY Land between the Lakes this year - so take a look at that one. I was afraid TN mountains would be too much for the kids as its a 3 day Jamboree.

Stock Unlimited should do fine especially if you put on some decent tires. We did the 4-5 rated trails. There were a couple bone stock Jeeps with us and some better tires would have really helped them out. All the Jeeps made it through (even a brand new/stock Grand Cherokee) so even the tires are not necessary but will certainly make things a lot easier on you.
Okay, thanks. I don't want to buy a second set of wheels or do any extreme engineering on the JKU because she's a 95-percent daily driver. Sounds like we'll be fine, as long as we stick to the bunny trails. Still thinking about that $ commitment, though...
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The Tennessee Jamboree is $300 per person, and they require two adults in the Jeep, no more, no less. That's plus breakfast and lunch each day, plus of course hotels, gas, etc. For us, that event is about a $1,000 nut. And that's a lot of jack to beat around the bushes for 3 days.
That's not 100% correct. Its $295 per adult if your by yourself.. and for $600 is the family plan which includes 2 adults and upto 3 children 12 and under.

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TN is fun, I was a trail guide there the first few years.
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Does seem expensive on second thought. I'm sure its a good time though.
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I'd be real tempted to go if one were closer to Oregon.
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I have been contemplating the TN one this year. Been wanting to go to Windrock anyways. Was planning on calling for more information as a couple aspects literature concerned me. It made it sound like the trail rides were first come. If I pay that much I expect the trail ride no matter were I came on the sign up sheet. Probably just a mis-wording in the literature but want to confirm. Hard for this old disabled vet to stand in long line anymore, let alone fight the crowds. Seems they should be better organized then how it sounded when I read the site information.

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I have been contemplating the TN one this year. Been wanting to go to Windrock anyways. Was planning on calling for more information as a couple aspects literature concerned me. It made it sound like the trail rides were first come. If I pay that much I expect the trail ride no matter were I came on the sign up sheet. Probably just a mis-wording in the literature but want to confirm. Hard for this old disabled vet to stand in long line anymore, let alone fight the crowds. Seems they should be better organized then how it sounded when I read the site information.

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What they mean is there is a limited number of Jeeps per guide. They have plenty of guides as you sign up in advance.

The whole Jamboree thing is a must do at least one time. You may find, at the end, it was not quite worth the money but at least you tried it and most certainly had a really good time. I've wasted more money and received less. I'm going again this year.
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Are you talking Ouray CO? When is the next one? Our 30 year wedding anniversary is July 2012 and Ouray is where we honeymooned. It would be nice to go back up and this time we will have the rig that can go the trails. First time we had a Pinto.
The Ouray Jamboree is Sept 13-15. Maybe I'll see you there!
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New Jeep owner here, but I knew about the Jamborees from a friend that had a Jeep a few years ago... he loved going to the Jamborees. I was telling my girlfriend about them on the drive home from the dealership, and she loved the idea. We were both shocked when we looked up the price... a thousand dollars for a weekend of trail riding?? A can have a lot of fun with a thousand dollars. I can see having a price tag per jeep, but doubling the price to add a passenger? WTH! Very dissapointing.
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New Jeep owner here, but I knew about the Jamborees from a friend that had a Jeep a few years ago... he loved going to the Jamborees. I was telling my girlfriend about them on the drive home from the dealership, and she loved the idea. We were both shocked when we looked up the price... a thousand dollars for a weekend of trail riding?? A can have a lot of fun with a thousand dollars. I can see having a price tag per jeep, but doubling the price to add a passenger? WTH! Very dissapointing.
The issue with the Tennessee shindig is that it's 3 days. The others are a couple of hundred less, but they're farther away from us or are booked in what's typically the rainy fall season in the SE. They do sound like fun, but dang, $1,000? Why, that's good money that could be used for needless accessories!
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I went to the Bantam Jeep Festival this year. They did a awesome job with a Jeep playground and trails. Not that they were long but you could do them as many times as you liked. Had show and shine, vendors to buy great parts at pretty good prices, and had a event downtown after the parade with street music and other events plus fireworks.

It was $55 registration fees for me and my daughter and $50 to camp for three days. And most of that was donated to the Bantam Heritage fund. Not sure why they are charging so much.
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I took my wife and three young daughters on one in October. They had a blast. Even the "easy" trails were somewhat a challenge for a stock Rubicon. We camped to save money.

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i looked into one they are doing in texas, but imo its just too much money. if they offered some sort of lodging or extremely discounted rates at local hotels it would be more feasable, but for 300/person im looking at somewhere around $800+ for the wife and i for a long weekend. i just cant justify that cost in my mind. im sure its an absolute blast, however.

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