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Old 05-06-2014, 10:03 PM   #1
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Who here takes long trips in his Wrangler?

I'm undecided between a Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited.

I'd like to have the advantages of a shorter wheelbase when off road and I'm wondering how a Wrangler on the highway compares to a single cab F250 4X4 Powerstroke?

I'm guessing if I can drive a lowered Mustang with H&R SuperSport springs on two thousand mile trips, the highway comfort of a short wheelbase Wrangler shouldn't be a problem.

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I'm not a 'his' but I took my Wrangler from Michigan to Pennsylvania, over 500 miles one way, last year & actually enjoyed the drive. Had my soft top on so I was able to flip back the sunrider at times, too. I was surprised at how well it rode.

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I'm undecided between a Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited.

I'd like to have the advantages of a shorter wheelbase when off road and I'm wondering how a Wrangler on the highway compares to a single cab F250 4X4 Powerstroke?

I'm guessing if I can drive a lowered Mustang with H&R SuperSport springs on two thousand mile trips, the highway comfort of a short wheelbase Wrangler shouldn't be a problem.
I have a 2012 Sahara 2dr with a 2.5" lift and 35's. Driven it from NYC to Ann Arbor, MI twice, and 3 times to Philadelphia. Also been out to Montauk at least 12 times. I have no problem or apprehension about taking it anywhere. I have never drove or rode in a 4dr, so I can't compare. Hope that helps.
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2012 jku, Chicago, to upper peninsula Michigan, west to Minnesota, back to Chicago. It was fine for our family of three. That includes camping, fishing, luggage, coolers, and some toolboxes.
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2012 JKU and I live just north of Wilmington NC,on the coast. We've taken it to Atlanta twice, Charlotte, and all the way to Alpena Michigan which was like 1400 miles. That was with 3 adults and luggage. No problems at all!
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Not too long of a trip but I make the trek from Eastern Washington to Southern California twice a year in my unlimited and couldn't complain at all about it. He rides pretty nice only sad part is how many times you have to stop for fuel.
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My last trip in my Rubicon was 2k+ miles around the Southwest to multiple National Parks and Monuments with a bit of offroading. I had no back seat and soft top completely packed with camping gear, coolers and my MTB hanging off the spare tire Thule rack.

I loved every minute and never felt uncomfortable. Mine is stock as far as lift, wheels and tires. I went through 40 - 100+ degree temps and the the Bestop Supertop Twill NX was fine.
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I have a 2012 Sahara 2dr with a 2.5" lift and 35's. Driven it from NYC to Ann Arbor, MI twice, and 3 times to Philadelphia. Also been out to Montauk at least 12 times. I have no problem or apprehension about taking it anywhere. I have never drove or rode in a 4dr, so I can't compare. Hope that helps.
Glad to have a woman's opinion.

I've been around for a while and it seems every time I read a road test in today's car magazines, the whiny 30 year old hipster writer complains about the ride quality of sports cars and then proceeds to drone on about the stupid infotainment system for ten paragraphs.

Certainly every car magazine test of Wranglers includes a comment about highway ride quality, but if these momma's boys bi&%h about harsh riding Ferrari F12s, I cannot relate to anything they write.
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This is my second 4500 trip in the last 9 months. If you encounter strong winds you will get buffeted around a bit and it may tax your upper body. Long trips are better with the hard top for quietness. Still very doable and enjoyable but not
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My last trip in my Rubicon was 2k+ miles around the Southwest to multiple National Parks and Monuments with a bit of offroading. I had no back seat and soft top completely packed with camping gear, coolers and my MTB hanging off the spare tire Thule rack.

I loved every minute and never felt uncomfortable. Mine is stock as far as lift, wheels and tires. I went through 40 - 100+ degree temps and the the Bestop Supertop Twill NX was fine.

Thanks. Only a California guy would mention 40F temps! (I lived in Southern California most of my life and got the hell out ten years ago.) I've driven my Mustang with all season tires in -25F.

I take it the soft top you mention is OEM stock.
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This is my second 4500 trip in the last 9 months. If you encounter strong winds you will get buffeted around a bit and it may tax your upper body. Long trips are better with the hard top for quietness. Still very doable and enjoyable but not
a Cadillac.
Thanks for your report. A Wrangler should be fine for me. Try driving a Smart Car (NOT mine) across Wyoming to Utah in 70 MPH winds!
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I have a 2012 Sahara 2dr with a 2.5" lift and 35's. Driven it from NYC to Ann Arbor, MI twice, and 3 times to Philadelphia. Also been out to Montauk at least 12 times. I have no problem or apprehension about taking it anywhere. I have never drove or rode in a 4dr, so I can't compare. Hope that helps.
Thank you. Your post does help.
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We drive from Southern CA. to San Antonio TX three or four times a year to visit family, a round trip of 2600 miles. We drive non stop both directions about 18 hour one way. I would say the drive is much easier in our F150 crew cab than our JKU with 2.5 RC lift. That being said, we take the JKU more often because one never knows what back country byway we might get a hankering to explore.
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Thanks. Only a California guy would mention 40F temps! (I lived in Southern California most of my life and got the hell out ten years ago.) I've driven my Mustang with all season tires in -25F.

I take it the soft top you mention is OEM stock.
Haha! 40 is cold to us! I'm just mentioning that the fabric top...not the vinyl top is a bit quieter and handles cold and heat better.

Unless you special order it seems like 99% of Jeeps off the lot are hardtops around my area.

The top is aftermarket but Bestop makes Jeeps OEM tops and it is the equivelant to the premium top from Jeep. The only difference is the hardware...i think the bows are a bit different.
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Old 05-06-2014, 11:13 PM   #15
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Have done numerous trips of up to 2000 miles in my 2012JKUR with both the soft top and hard top. Out west here I've been doing 80 down the interstate then go off roading in different areas. Yes, the jeep is noisier than a modern car nor is it as smooth. Having said that, I'm perfectly happy with the way it handles. It's a brick so the gas mileage is not great which is to be expected. The soft top is a little louder than the hard top but not bad. I have the head liner in the hard top and a liner in the soft top. Both help keep the noise down a bit and also help with the temp.
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I've made numerous 1k-nearly 4000 mile road trips in my essentially stock JK Sahara. Now improved with the Rancho 9000 shocks the last 11000 miles, a marvelous improvement.

Given I started Jeeping in a 1945 CJ2, survived 5 years in a 54 Willys Overland, came to understand the desirability of a kidney belt in my J2000 "Brutus", drove Sports cars & beetles (from 56-68), along with dozens of various road bikes, antique & vintage pick ups & etc.....I consider the JK very comfortable. YMMV.
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I'm undecided between a Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited.

I'd like to have the advantages of a shorter wheelbase when off road and I'm wondering how a Wrangler on the highway compares to a single cab F250 4X4 Powerstroke?

I'm guessing if I can drive a lowered Mustang with H&R SuperSport springs on two thousand mile trips, the highway comfort of a short wheelbase Wrangler shouldn't be a problem.
I've 62,400 miles (100,600km) on my wrangler in just over 3yrs...plenty of long trips...zero complaints on the drive/ride quality...couldn't imagine doing it in anythin else!
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I'm undecided between a Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited.

I'd like to have the advantages of a shorter wheelbase when off road and I'm wondering how a Wrangler on the highway compares to a single cab F250 4X4 Powerstroke?

I'm guessing if I can drive a lowered Mustang with H&R SuperSport springs on two thousand mile trips, the highway comfort of a short wheelbase Wrangler shouldn't be a problem.
From New Orleans to South Rim and North Rim of Grand Canyon, off road camping in The Maze District of Canyonlands NP. Monument Valley, Arches NP and more trails in Moab Utah. Then a swing through Rocky Mountain NP, Colorado. Almost 5,000 miles highway and offroad in an 09 2dr JK with a ragtop pulling an offroad trailer loaded with camping gear. The top got very noisy driving into a stiff head wind on I-70. Especially when passing semi rigs. It sounded like we were going to lose the top at times. Of course the 2dr with such a short wheel base normally rides a little smother than a lawn mower but the trailer actually tames it down nicely. It's a Jeep. Its a sacrifice you make in order to own a vehicle that will take you places that no other can. Its a little rough but I wouldn't trade it for anything else.
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Old 05-07-2014, 12:04 AM   #19
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Long Trips in Wrangler

I have taken several 5k mile trips in my 2-door Rubicon. I usually pick a new route and off roading trip Idaho every year from Central Texas. This summer I will be going from Central Texas to Santa Fe NM to Steamboat Springs Co to Jackson WY to Central Idaho and returning through Rachel Nevada to Las Vegas to Socorro NM and back to Central Texas. Lots of fun and ride is comfortable. I usually have it loaded down with camping and recovery equipment and my two kids of course. I usually take it off roading in central Idaho. Doing the Magruder Corridor this summer. That is 180 miles off road in designated wilderness area.
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From New Orleans to South Rim and North Rim of Grand Canyon, off road camping in The Maze District of Canyonlands NP. Monument Valley, Arches NP and more trails in Moab Utah. Then a swing through Rocky Mountain NP, Colorado. Almost 5,000 miles highway and offroad in an 09 2dr JK with a ragtop pulling an offroad trailer loaded with camping gear. The top got very noisy driving into a stiff head wind on I-70. Especially when passing semi rigs. It sounded like we were going to lose the top at times. Of course the 2dr with such a short wheel base normally rides a little smother than a lawn mower but the trailer actually tames it down nicely. It's a Jeep. Its a sacrifice you make in order to own a vehicle that will take you places that no other can. Its a little rough but I wouldn't trade it for anything else.
I'm from Baton Rouge, I've been thinking of making that trip to the Grand Canyon with my kids. I was wondering how rough of a trip is was in the Jeep or should I take my truck.
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Old 05-07-2014, 04:52 AM   #21
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I'm planning on a monthlong drive from Georgia to New Mexico and back. Haven't driven my 2012 jku in over 8 months, due to deployment. Can't wait to get home and get in the road. Gas mileage be damned!
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If undecided...get the JKU and be happy, You have to want a JK
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Old 05-07-2014, 08:27 AM   #23
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I had a 2012 JKR for almost two years- mainly, it was for exploring/offroading. Most trips were 3-7 hours each way. Eventually (esp after being lifted) the 2-door became a bit tiresome. The ride was not great and the space was a bit too limiting. I offroaded with buddies who had JKUs, and discovered that I had only 2-3 times when I had an advantage on really tight turns. All they did was back up 1-2 times more than I did on those sharp multi point turns. They were far more stable to really steep stuff. So eventually, I decided to get a 2014 JKUR and used the same lift/tires. The ride difference is pretty significant. I probably would not own a 2-door again. The advantages are not worth the disadvantages, for us. I still like them (esp how toy-like nimble they feel) and would get one as a third vehicle for around town and local trails or solo trips (but three vehicles is tying up depreciating money for nothing). Long trips and offroad forays/washboard roads will be much more comfortable in the JKUR.
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I've put 13,500 miles on my JKU since September 2013 with many of those miles driving from Philly, PA to Columbus, OH or Virginia Beach, VA. On the trips to Ohio my wife and 2 kids are along for the ride and everyone loves it (especially my 2 boys)

I love it and wouldn't do it in anything else.
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Now see I feel just the opposite. I couldn't justify the extra $3,500 and the gas mpg hit for a JKU over a JK! My kids are all grown and we have a 4 door car for the times I might need it.
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I have to add, I was in the back seat for the first time for a day trip last week, the ride was so smooth and quiet I kept looking up front wondering why Kate was only going 40 mph, when in fact we were going close to 70 mph!

4dr. hard top. Very impressed with the ride.
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I'm leaving tomorrow to Overland Expo from Chicago --> Mormon Lake AZ is about 1,600 and then to Grand Canyon and finally Moab and then back to Chicago. The whole trip should be about ~ 3,400. miles. I currently have an 09 Rubi w/2.5 lift and 33' KM2 tires.
I just set the cruise on ~70 and go. It does get kind of dicey at/around 75-80 [I'm sure the jeep is fine, probably just me] I put in about 11hr driving days and after a good nights sleep feel refresh. The drive doesn't seem to bother me.
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If undecided...get the JKU and be happy, You have to want a JK
Probably the best advice on this thread. I would like a jku for long drives because of the comfort, but the little things about the jk make me never want to give it up. If you want a jk get it but be warned of its quirks.
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I travel quite a bit thoughout the eastern states, my starting point is north central Ohio....sometime pulling a small 6x10 box trailer sometime not, and I love it. I have an 11 JK with 32,000 miles. my last trip, last weekend was to Maryland about a 6 hr drive, pulling said trailer and averaged about 16 mpg....this past weekend was to north central PA, a 4 1/2 hr drive without trailer averaged about 23 mpg....next weekend I'll be heading to Ewing Va. a 7 1/2 hr drive, don't know yet about the trailer....

this summer will also include a trip to Upstate NY, a trip to the OBX, and another to north central PA.....all in all, I love my Wrangler! get it to 6th speed and set the cruise......smooth sailing!
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I'm driving 7 hours tomorrow, 11 hours on sunday and 7 hours next Wednesday. I'm excited save for the gas.

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