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Old 10-03-2010, 09:53 PM   #1
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Question LongLONG road trips--who had done it?

I mean the 3-4-5 day 10-12-14 hour pavement burner kind....the "Sea to Shining Sea" kind...

and the "500 mile Sprint" to a state or 2 away.

I live west of the Cascade Mtns and wonder how far I could get before having to ship myself home via parcel post.

Who has "driven across Kansas" in a day and still could walk/talk/perform normal bodily functions?

Who has made the "Albuquerque to Pecos" or "Houston to Pensacola" shuffle happily?

How about "Tampa to Savahnna" in a day or "Knoxville to St. Louis" and still could walk?

Tell us all what the long road trip in a 4dr Wrangler has in creature comforts over something else, like a 2dr Wrangler or [insert choice here].

Looking for feedback from them that's done it and would do it again.....or why they wouldn't.

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Old 10-03-2010, 09:55 PM   #2
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Haven't gone that far yet but I really want to take a trip out to Utah and go to the MOAB desert. Its a 1 day + 9 hour trip for me. Long enough?

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Central Kansas to Redondo Beach, CA. Twice.
Fort Irwin, CA (high desert in the Mojave Desert) to Central Kansas. Twice.
Central Kansas to Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Key Largo, FL to Central Kansas.

I love long solo road trips.
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I drove from Kansas City to Denver in one day in my '09. About 10 hours (had just bought the Jeep too) and functioned fine. I had nothing to complain about!
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Ive driven from Arkansas to California in one shot several times, over 22 hours of driving. I think I did it 3 or 4 times when I was in the Marines. Not too bad as long as you are well rested before you start and your body is in good shape. The worst part of driving long distances is the wear on your body for sitting still for so long.
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btw these trips were in a 2001 dodge ram single cab truck with a 5spd and no cruise control and 3 inches of lift with 33s, not near as comfortable as my 2dr jk. It's do able, especially just a 10 hour drive or so, thats a cake walk.
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Old 10-03-2010, 11:25 PM   #7
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So Cal to NYC

I took the JK 2007 2 door to NYC this summer. Took out the back seat, threw the dog in the back and took off. The one creature comfort I could not live without was my ipod. Downloading podcasts made the drive a lot less miserable. I average about 500 miles a day.
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I mean the 3-4-5 day 10-12-14 hour pavement burner kind....the "Sea to Shining Sea" kind...

and the "500 mile Sprint" to a state or 2 away.

I live west of the Cascade Mtns and wonder how far I could get before having to ship myself home via parcel post.

Who has "driven across Kansas" in a day and still could walk/talk/perform normal bodily functions?

Who has made the "Albuquerque to Pecos" or "Houston to Pensacola" shuffle happily?

How about "Tampa to Savahnna" in a day or "Knoxville to St. Louis" and still could walk?

Tell us all what the long road trip in a 4dr Wrangler has in creature comforts over something else, like a 2dr Wrangler or [insert choice here].

Looking for feedback from them that's done it and would do it again.....or why they wouldn't.
My wife and I drove our 08 wrangler from Seattle to new Orleans and back and loved it . Saw a lot of beautiful country . Iam 62 and she is 55we had a great time .
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My wife and I drove our 08 wrangler from Seattle to new Orleans and back and loved it . Saw a lot of beautiful country . This is my third jeep . Put 250000 miles on my first one . I am 62 my wife is 55 and we were very comfortable.
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Old 10-04-2010, 01:05 AM   #10
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Just returned 1500 miles from Oregon to Tucson pulling a utility trailer with my 4dr. Total additional weight was about 1200 pounds.
No problem of any kind coming through the cascades and averaged better than 17.5 mpg. Speed limit for vehicles towing trailers is 55 in Oregon and CA. so kept speed around 60-62.

Travel from southern AZ to Moab several times a year and really enjoy the ride. I have no problem taking the JK on trips and actually enjoy it. And I too am over 60!
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drove NYC to chicago to denver in 3 days, had a passport radar detector and satellite radio and a pie of chicago deep dish pizza to keep myself sane, started the trip with 7 miles on the 4 door, ended with 1955 after everything, not too shabby
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In my 09 2dr JK, I have driven from Houston to Davenport Iowa in one shot several times a 20 Hr trip, I have also driven from Yuma Arizona to Davenport Iowa in one shot as well a 24hr trip. The trick is to pack a cooler of assorted energy drinks and pace yourself, stop off for gas only and use the restroom everytime.
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Right when we first got it; 2-week, 7000+ miles. Just me and the wife.
From Georgia to Mt Rushmore in 2 days, up to Glacier NP, up to Banff, up to Jasper, back to Banff, back to Glacier, Down to Yellowstone, to Great Rocky Mountain National Park, and then home.

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Longest trip I've made in the Jeep is PA to FL and back. 850 miles each way.
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Done tons of long trips- NY to CO and back was our longest- 33 hours each way- straight through out, and 1 stop on the way back. On the OEM MT's- holy crap fuel economy, Batman! Also through some NASTY weather in the Midwest (isn't that the only kind they have? )

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Right when we first got it; 2-week, 7000+ miles. Just me and the wife.
From Georgia to Mt Rushmore in 2 days, up to Glacier NP, up to Banff, up to Jasper, back to Banff, back to Glacier, Down to Yellowstone, to Great Rocky Mountain National Park, and then home.

No complaints.
That sounds like a blast. Now THAT'S a roadtrip!!!!
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How about "Tampa to Savannah" in a day or "Knoxville to St. Louis" and still could walk?

How about Dallas to Savannah...Straight through with the wife to surprise mom on Christmas Day with Grandbaby news! 16 hours and my 4Dr Auto ran great no problems. Averaged about 21 MPG. The seats are actually pretty good, a little more lumbar would have been good but over all not bad.

The only complaint would be the common thread of headlights, but that'll be fixed shortly.
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a few years ago the hubby and i went on a trip to niagara falls on the (canada side) from NJ. we took the TJ he had at the time and it took us about 7 hours.
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Just got back from a trip, Henderson, Tx to Woodland Park, Co. 836 mikes one way 14hrs 20 minutes in one day. Total 5 days 2,100 miles on a '08 2dr. Loved it and no complaints.
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I took mine from Chicago to Denver wasnt to bad at all!
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Have not done any long trips like that but I am planning to do a cross country and a venture into canada trip in about 2-3 years on summer when my friend from england visits.
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Thanks one & all. Nice video Hilldweller....I recognize some of those locations from prior journeys.

Good to hear one can drive multiple thousands of miles & still have positive experiences in a Wrangler!

I took a 5 day each way trip 18 months ago Portland to Tampa and was concerned about what kind of road rash a Jeep might inflict should I do it again.

Love those mountain photos!
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I drove from new York to Portland then down to California and back to N.Y. in my 08 2 door with my girlfriend it took us 24 days with all the stops and places we went to. It was one of the greatest things I've ever done. The jeep was perfect. If I had any other car it would have not of been as fun. I did however get 2 speeding tickets. I could only imagine what would happen if I was in a sports car.
The only problem I ran into was somehow my negative wire from my winch got disconnected so the car wouldn't start sometimes. Trying to find a jump in redwood forest was pretty fun.
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Denver to Prescott AZ. 12 or 13 hours was pretty nice. Much better than my dad in a Budget truck. Not as nice as an Audi A6 Denver to St Louis, but still very doable.
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Wisconsin to Mississippi - 15 hrs straight, Drove everyone around for 3 days while visiting. Then drove back no problems no pains.
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Old 10-04-2010, 09:06 PM   #26
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Illinois to Florida and back. About 3000 mi. Jeep ran great, no problems. Even got decent gas mileage.
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Ontario to Florida (23hrs straight) in the wifeys WJ last May... plan to do it next time in the TJ
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This year we dragged the trailer out to Overland Expo in southern Arizona. Almost 4,000 miles pulling the trailer and over 2000 miles of trails and sight-seeing.
The desert camping was awesome. The KOA experience on the way out was, errrr, an experience I wish I never have to repeat....






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