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Old 07-15-2013, 11:24 PM   #1
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My wife is making me ask...

I am pretty sure I know the answer but my wife wants me to ask anyways.

I am going on my first wheeling trip this weekend. I am hoping to take my 5 year old son with me. I have a stock '13 JKU. Is it safe for youngsters to go on these rides (I will be doing Greens and mild blues) nothing really crazy?

Also do you guys let your kids in the front seat while wheeling? I wouldn't dream of having him in the front on a public road but I figure since we will not be going over 15 mph and not on a road per se... he could sit in front with Daddy? What you guys think?

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make sure the little one is buckled up and he'll enjoy it. Just don't do anything too crazy. Take it slow, read the lines and take the best approach angle. its gonna be scary at first but you'll get the hang of it.

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You will be ok on the easy to moderate trails, just drive careful and have fun.
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My daughter was sitting in the front of my jeep and 6 doing blacks and 5 of 5s. This last year at 7 years old she was in the front seat doing up hill drag races. Keep in mind I have been doing this a bit and my jeep is just a bit over stock, but there is no reason why your son would be in any danger at all. We all drive safer when our kids are on bord anyways
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Old 07-16-2013, 12:07 AM   #5
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May want to leave the passanger door on..
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Old 07-16-2013, 12:11 AM   #6
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When I'm out on the trials (moderate) I let my 8 year old sit on the center console but only if I know the road and were going slow. I have a 5 year old that I will allow to sit in the front seat but only on known easy roads going slow. Other then that plant your ass in the seat and buckle up kids because dads getting sideways!
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Also do you guys let your kids in the front seat while wheeling?
can he reach the pedals? if so, it should be fine

I do let my son drive on some of the trails (he's 12). i figure in 4Lo it basically drives itself and i can shift to neutral and stop with handbrake before he does too much damage - it's an awesome father/son bonding experience, that's for sure!

but seriously, the airbags are the obvious risk with kids in the front seats, and you probably wont (or shouldn't) be going fast enough to fire that thing even if you drive into a tree.
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I let my 5.5 year old ride in the front with me. She has a booster seat, and I drop the seatbelt shoulder strap top down to the shortest setting. I also have one of those padding things you wrap around the seatbelt shoulder strap to keep it from cutting at her neck. The point is to make sure the restraining system can work properly.

Leave the door on. Make sure he can reach an "oh s***" handle of some sort. It's not like you are going to be moving very fast.

Send lots of pics back home to help her see that ya'll are having fun and you aren't going to kill the baby.

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Old 07-16-2013, 09:58 AM   #9
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I think the real danger to kids sitting in the front seat is the airbag, which can kill them. 15mph is likely enough to set the airbag off in certain situations, especially if you have an aftermarket bumper(they typically do not have factory crush cans, changing the forces from frontal impacts, doing who knows what to the airbag sensors). For that reason alone, I'd probably keep him in the back strapped in his car seat.
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As said above, if you wheel carefully and stay within your abilities, he'll be fine.

The biggest thing that I think about is making sure my son is in a safe place when he is out of the Jeep. If your boy is next to you, he's probably in a safe place.
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Big mistake taking a kid off roading. He will love it. By 12 he be wanting to drive, at 14 he'll want his first Jeep, at 16 he'll have it all modded out. He may never know what driving a normal car is like.
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And then at 20 she has her own TJ that Dad has to work on....


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Old 07-16-2013, 10:12 AM   #13
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Big mistake taking a kid off roading. He will love it. By 12 he be wanting to drive, at 14 he'll want his first Jeep, at 16 he'll have it all modded out. He may never know what driving a normal car is like.
Tell me about it. I made this mistake already and then last month I made a bigger mistake. I work on an offroad race team and took my daughter with me and let her hang out with the female drivers........
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That said, other folks have loaded their kids into my rig. Folks are right, you will drive safer. The kids are always amazed when the rig is off camber. Take it slow and easy. Of course there is always on exception. I plowed through a mud hole once soaked everybody. Ended up rinse twice and repeat. The Moms were kind of ticked, but the kids were ecstatic.

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You can disable the air bags by pulling a fuse.

Single cab pickup trucks have a key switch in the dash for this. Dunno why jeeps dont.

Why would you NOT ride with him in the front?

Also, our jeeps have third generation advanced blablabla air bags. They deploy slower at slower speeds to avoid killing people. Not that it won't hurt your son, but just sayin.

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Old 07-16-2013, 10:16 AM   #16
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I take my grandkids wheelin, 4 and 6. Some of my buddies that I wheel with have their kids with them...all the way from 3 to 15 years old. We also do some pretty knarly trails. They all love it. If Mom doesn't come then the oloder ones get to sit in the front
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And then at 20 she has her own TJ that Dad has to work on....


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So teach her how to work on it herself then.

how come girls always tell me girls can do anything guys can until its time to check their oil? i once got chewed out by a gfs stepdad for not checking her oil. Im like, dont be lazy.
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:35 AM   #18
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Does this answer your question?

Here is my baby girl3 y\o and she loves the rocks but can't stand the mud. She"s a Jeeper though...
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:40 AM   #19
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So teach her how to work on it herself then.

how come girls always tell me girls can do anything guys can until its time to check their oil? i once got chewed out by a gfs stepdad for not checking her oil. Im like, dont be lazy.


She's getting there brother. She popped a bead on a trail, I made her back out to flat ground and change the tire. Then showed her how to clean the tire out and reseat the bead. She checks all the fluids regularly and adds when necessary.She and a friend installed her swaybar disconnects. It did not start that way though. She's had the TJ a couple of year now.

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My baby helps me with airing down the Jeep and she washes the undercarriage.... Its a great feeling for an old man to see...
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:55 AM   #21
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My youngest is 3 and she rides in the back in her car seat. We've got sideways a couple of times. A pucker factor for me, but fun for her. She likes when the mud and water splash on the windows. Yes, when we go, we have the top on and the windows in. My wife has never really said anything about it one way or the other. And honestly, my daughter has never asked to get out of her seat, so the issue has never come up. She has plenty of fun sitting in the back seat, so that's how we have always rolled out. I think if she were to ask me if she could get out of her seat, I don't think I would let her. Just paranoid I guess. You would think after 3 kids, with this one, I would let her ride on the roof if she wanted.
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I take my kids wheeling. The only bad thing is that my 15 year old now only want a Jeep for his first vehicle. Jeeping is contagious.
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this is probably the safest motorsport and the most family oriented, I dont know why you wouldnt take the kids!

we have a guy driving a TJ on D60's on 42's with the little ones in car seats. he lets them out for the questionable stuff but actual injuries in this hobby are very unlikely.
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:36 AM   #24
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This sport is as safe as you make it. If you floor it up every obstacle and don't pay attention or wear PPE then you will get hurt. If you are smart and wear your gear, listen to your spotter then you and those around you will be fine.
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this is probably the safest motorsport and the most family oriented, I dont know why you wouldnt take the kids!

we have a guy driving a TJ on D60's on 42's with the little ones in car seats. he lets them out for the questionable stuff but actual injuries in this hobby are very unlikely.
I have to agree 100%. I have ran across very few people into the whole jeep/trail rideing thing that I wouldn't want to have kids around. Other motorsports are not so family friendly.
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Its absolutely safe provided you use your head. First, have them buckled up at all times. Take it nice and easy. Also, if you are in doubt, have your wife and child get out of the rig while you do a challenging part of a trail. Again, don't be a hero. A hero is a person that gets their family home at the end of the day in one piece, not an idiot showing off and rolling it on their side.
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yeah, bring him

just make sure he has rugged footwear, work gloves, long pants and eye protection becuase I hate to see spotters out there running rocks dressed like they are at the mall
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Me and one of my friends were talking about this the other day and we were laughing about the fact that when we were teenagers we used to try and impress the girls with our rigs and what we could do with them. Poor fellows are going to have a hard time impressing mine and his daughter's. And that is a good thing in my book.
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She's getting there brother. She popped a bead on a trail, I made her back out to flat ground and change the tire. Then showed her how to clean the tire out and reseat the bead. She checks all the fluids regularly and adds when necessary.She and a friend installed her swaybar disconnects. It did not start that way though. She's had the TJ a couple of year now.

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Cool! Thats my kinda girl! I will pm you

My fiancee is the first girlfriend ive ever had who was interested in keeping care of her car. Had to show her how to check auto transmission fluid but she knew how to check the oil and knows bald tires need to be changed.
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Big mistake taking a kid off roading. He will love it. By 12 he be wanting to drive, at 14 he'll want his first Jeep, at 16 he'll have it all modded out. He may never know what driving a normal car is like.
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