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Old 04-14-2012, 02:17 AM   #1
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Driving a TJ on a long trip.....

Ok, so I've had this TJ for about a month now and driving it around town and on trails is sweet, but I have a trip coming up in June that will require me to drive from Vegas to Oklahoma City and back. I know this ain't no Lincoln, but I'm wondering what it will be like. Would any of you fine folks tell me about your experiences with a long drive in your Jeep? Thanks!

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We just made a trip to Denver and back with lots of side trips. It was actualy a good trip. The jeep was comfertable but after about 4 hours we had to stretch for a bit. High winds were tiresome in the flats of CO. but all in all it was a fine trip. I40 should be a breeze.

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Other than a small fortune in gas, a trip in my Jeep isn't bad at all. No mods to my Jeep, unless you call 31x10.5x15 inch tires a mod, so it rides about as smooth as it can.

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Windy conditions do make it more tiresome though.

Have made a 300 mile trip to up north Michigan several times.
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Old 04-14-2012, 05:17 AM   #4
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Made a 6 hr drive. I have 33s on my 99 4.0 and a hard top. Too loud to talk on the phone, 12 miles a gallon, and heat came In through the e brake and 4x4 levers. Oh and 70 mph is all she wanted. These issue could be specific to my gal "ole Goldie". But I doubt it. Up side - every time I filled up or stopped some said nice jeep. It was way worth it.
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Old 04-14-2012, 05:37 AM   #5
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I drove from Chattanooga, TN. to Jacksonville, FL. no problems at all. I don't try and push the speed as I stay right around 60 mph so it makes for a longer drive , but I seem to get my best mileage at that speed.

My wife and I are planning next years vacation in the Jeep. We will be taking all back roads, trying to head out to CO. and back.
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Im leaving for a 3hr or so trip in an hour or so(waiting on wife,grrrrrrrr).
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:01 AM   #7
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I made the trip from North Jersey to Ocean City, MD., twice in the past 2 years. About a 5 hour trip, I loved it. Probably gonna do it again this summer.
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I put several 6 to 10 hour days in my CJ7 and the YJ. other than the occasional choppy interstate concrete they were all fun trips.
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:46 AM   #9
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Hey all

I just picked up my jeep (making me now an 'official' forum member!!) from Columbia, SC and drove it home to Virginia Beach - a 6.5 - 7 hour drive.

Initially it took a little time to settle into the groove of how she handled on the highway (as compared to the sedan ride down the day before) but after about an hour I relaxed and the ride was just fine.

We stopped twice in that roughly 7 hour trip to stretch legs and get coffee (wife was driving behind in the sedan) and I personally never felt beat up by the ride.

My jeep is a 2002 with 2" lift and 32x11.5 BFG's, hard top, manual I6. I was able to talk on the phone with the windows up though it was a little noisy still. It WAS hard/impossible to hear the phone ring - so I set it on the caddie on top of the dash so I could see a call coming in ( will have to find a holder for there).

Wife helped me determine speed - no recalibration done after wheel mods so when my speedo said 70 I was closer to 75-80. Still, no known issues for me/my jeep at those speeds.

All in all I'd not hesitate to take it on a trip like that.
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:03 AM   #10
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I've Drivin from MO to CO and back about 4 times now. Thats a 9 hour drive and its alright except when its windy you really have to have the stereo turned up cuz it can get pretty loud! It's also pretty comfortable.
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Point above keep around 60-65 or 2800rpm for me, no problems)60 mph for 700mile vs 70 for 700 with stops mean you only average 55 or so, at that rate why beat up the car for an extra 10mph. Note, gas mileage sucks at all speeds!
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My wife and I took a small but long trip to Diamond Crater Mine , taking all the back roads. You get to see America how it is , not as billboards on the interstate portray it. Have a four banger with no AC , but the top was down with the country air in your face .It was relaxing to not be in a hurry. No smell of diesel fuel or dodging big rig blow outs.
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Just returned from a 2400 mile round trip from SoCal to Colorado and Jeep was fine. Gas mileage sucked as to be expected, wind was not fun but not bad either. We took the Jeep vs the BMW as we knew it would force us to slow down and enjoy the country. It was louder than the BMW, but not uncomfortable. We really did not even listen to the radio as we conversated and took in the sights and sounds at a slower pace most of the time.
75 mph was possible as well as a little above that, but my TJ(3spd auto) is at home around 65-70. Mountain passes were slow, but not unbearable, she pulled a steady 45 mph up the passes and could have done more but I kept her reigned in to prevent any overheating or overworking of the drive train. Not the fastest, but we passed other vehicles so not the slowest either. Bottom line we got there, had fun, spent $$$ on fuel(compared to our BMW this trip cost us $700 on fuel vs. $280) and would do it again in a heart beat.
I would note also that it was just the 2 of us and any more it would have been uncomfortable.
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I bought my Jeep in Dallas Texas and drove it back to northwest Arkansas, about a 7 hour drive. Pretty windy at times, kinda loud with a soft-top, and had a pretty good wobble at 55-60 mph. I had the tires balanced and that took care of the wobble. That makes for a much better driving experience. It's still windy as heck but the upside is you are in a Jeep and that makes everything better.
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I done a few trips from San Antonio Texas to San Francisco in my 1998 4 cylinder that has 31 in tires. The ride ain't bad, just the wind like to push the jeep around. I average 70 except when going up the big hills and mountains. I went around 55 then. You will be fine, gas just sucks
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I drove from va ti Miami 2 years ago. Wasn't bad but like others said small fortune in gas. It wasn't a bad ride at all, 14 hours abd we tool the top off most of the trip
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I'm like this about stuff like that....

I did the family thing for 25 years where I had to insulate us from the noise, the bumps, the weather, and find only fancy and clean upscale stations with sparkly clean crappers and be able to hear and talk on the phone, and drive a super smooth and comfy, accomodating newer rig...

Yup, I did it and it sucked every trip, cause I wanted the wind in my hair and to take the back roads and make getting there the whole reason for going there.

All that's different now I'm single and free. I've got an old pickup truck to haul stuff to maintain my home, but if I ain't on a Harley goin cross country, it's going to be in my TJ, and in either rig it's going to be back roads with top off not down, and it's going to be windy and wet, and loud and hot and cold, and my hair and knees in the breeze and my mind free and clear and my spirits alive.

And if then I hear the phone ring, I'll toss that sucker out.

But that's just me, and that's what I want, and that's why it's a really hard choice to choose the scooter or TJ when I get the itch to take off.

Hey, it's a Jeep, right? Enjoy it and don't deny what it can offer if you will just allow it.

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Wow, some awesome trip stories here! I knew well enough that I wasn't getting a Prius when I bought it so the gas expenses are no big deal. I get about 250 on a tank in the city so I figure I'll get at least that on the highway. I'm a feather foot, I don't bark the tires or try to race folks. If you buy a Jeep with the goals of doing those things, you've made a huge mistake. It is ridiculously fun to drive and I'm glad we bought one. The trip will be me, my wife and my 9yr old daughter. We did the family thing for a few years with a Toyota Camry & Ford Escape, but now we just wanna have fun on our road trips. It definitely feels great not being confined to a cabin and having the air in your face. It will be a little crowded with the 3 of us, but my wife and child are petite in size so it shouldn't be too rough.
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Wow, some awesome trip stories here! I knew well enough that I wasn't getting a Prius when I bought it so the gas expenses are no big deal. I get about 250 on a tank in the city so I figure I'll get at least that on the highway. I'm a feather foot, I don't bark the tires or try to race folks. If you buy a Jeep with the goals of doing those things, you've made a huge mistake. It is ridiculously fun to drive and I'm glad we bought one. The trip will be me, my wife and my 9yr old daughter. We did the family thing for a few years with a Toyota Camry & Ford Escape, but now we just wanna have fun on our road trips. It definitely feels great not being confined to a cabin and having the air in your face. It will be a little crowded with the 3 of us, but my wife and child are petite in size so it shouldn't be too rough.
I envy you...Put that little girl in your lap and her hands on the wheel. Tell the wife to wear sunglasses and tie her hair up, and to pack just one bag for each of you. Drop the top on that rig and laff all the way there ...Oh, and get lost on the way

And P.S. If the wife gets bitchy, let her drive
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I envy you...Put that little girl in your lap and her hands on the wheel. Tell the wife to wear sunglasses and tie her hair up, and to pack just one bag for each of you. Drop the top on that rig and laff all the way there ...Oh, and get lost on the way

And P.S. If the wife gets bitchy, let her drive
Will do...hahaha. Truth be told, she likes to drive it as much as I do. Can't let the kid drive it though, she's too crazy and I'd have to jump out...haha.
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Ok, so I've had this TJ for about a month now and driving it around town and on trails is sweet, but I have a trip coming up in June that will require me to drive from Vegas to Oklahoma City and back. I know this ain't no Lincoln, but I'm wondering what it will be like. Would any of you fine folks tell me about your experiences with a long drive in your Jeep? Thanks!
The longest I've ever driven it was a 1000 mile round trip through various SW ghost towns but it was fine and the wife didn't even complain. The ride is good enough that I have no real recommendations other than ear plugs, especially if your tires are louder than stock. While I don't wear ear plugs around town or while offroading, I sure do on long trips since my tires are louder than stock. I can sure hear a lot better after getting out of my Jeep after a long trip if I've worn ear plugs. I can still hear the radio, the ear plugs just block out a lot of the road and wind noise.
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The longest I've ever driven it was a 1000 mile round trip through various SW ghost towns but it was fine and the wife didn't even complain. The ride is good enough that I have no real recommendations other than ear plugs, especially if your tires are louder than stock. While I don't wear ear plugs around town or while offroading, I sure do on long trips since my tires are louder than stock. I can sure hear a lot better after getting out of my Jeep after a long trip if I've worn ear plugs. I can still hear the radio, the ear plugs just block out a lot of the road and wind noise.
LOL!. the VA just spent $7K of our tax bucks to buy me hearing aides....I ain't worn them yet Hell, they got BlueTooth and even connect to my TV and all sorts other hi tech stuff....all I know is since the Navy destroyed my hearing my blood pressure has gone down and I don't react to drama BS like before cause I simply don't hear most of it.

Yank the ear plugs, Jerry...you will live longer...If what someone has to say is really important, they will yell it, and you will notice things in your loved ones expressions and their touch you've never seen/felt before if they have to try harder and you strain a little to notice Handicaps can be handy, yaknow?

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I only wear ear plugs in the TJ on long trips to protect what little hearing I have left.

My hearing, not to mention Tinnitus, is so bad from my flying days in the military that I have been trying to get the VA to give me hearing aids. I was close to getting approved by the VA earlier this year but I guess I raised my hand 1-2 too many times when I thought I "might have" heard something in the hearing test booth.

My wife isn't afraid to tell me how bad my hearing has gotten over the years.
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The longest I've ever driven it was a 1000 mile round trip through various SW ghost towns but it was fine and the wife didn't even complain. The ride is good enough that I have no real recommendations other than ear plugs, especially if your tires are louder than stock. While I don't wear ear plugs around town or while offroading, I sure do on long trips since my tires are louder than stock. I can sure hear a lot better after getting out of my Jeep after a long trip if I've worn ear plugs. I can still hear the radio, the ear plugs just block out a lot of the road and wind noise.
This.

I drove my TJ 1500 miles (one way) to Moab and had my (non-sailcloth) soft top installed. Earplugs are the best thing ever.

This year I'm putting on the hard top for the trip since once I got there I removed the top and doors and it stayed that way all week anyway.
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I only wear ear plugs in the TJ on long trips to protect what hearing I have left.

My hearing, not to mention tinitus, is so bad from my flying days in the military that I have been trying to get the VA to give me hearing aids. I was close to getting approved by the VA earlier this year but I guess I raised my hand 1-2 too many times when I thought I "might have" heard something in the hearing test booth.

My wife isn't afraid to tell me how bad my hearing is.
LOL. the VA is fickle fersure.....I work there in the boiler and chiller plants, therefore I have to undergo their frigging phys exam every year....

The docs and nurses got tired of yelling at me and and I got tired of them demanding I get their hearing aides, so I let them finger and fiddle with me and order the things...

They also prescribed blood pressure meds cause I was 'borderline', and cholesterol meds, because even tho I was perfect, they said at my age it was a good idea....so I waited for them to fill my scrips and then tossed that crap in the trash when I got home...

I'm 59 and ain't never been sick or on meds except when I broke a bone or two and got bit by a Brown Recluse spider and had to have the back of my head cut out.

I like bein half deaf because at my age I finally learned half of what you hear is BS.

As long as I can still pop tall for inspection of erection, I'm good
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Yeah , real America isn't on a paved road or in front of a corporate building but on a country road dodging deer and squirrels . A peace you won't find in a prozac or valium.
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+2 for Jim & 2002TJ

Retired aviator here with the same thoughts (bikes/Jeeps; phones) and hearing 'issues'. Only my wife not only gets it, she wants to be right there with me. Amazing to have found her after more than one 'past others' who didn't make the cut. Or maybe it was me who didn't make the cut, who knows.
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I would love to chime in on this one; for the past year I have been traveling for a government contract that took me from San Diego all the way to the east coast (CA,AZ,NM,TX,LA,MS,AL,GA,FL,SC,NC,
VA,WV,PA,NY,MA) twice, yes I said twice I put 20,000 miles on my Jeep in One year and mind you,that was in a 6 in lifted jeep with 35's. It was a Blast just remember the slow lane is your friend, draft behind 18 wheelers and take the top down as much as you can ask me any questions if u would like
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No worries. We routinely take the TJ on trips that involve pavement time of 500-600 mile each way, in one shot, stopping only for gas. Hardtop, soft top, it makes no real difference. Top down, now that wears you out after a few hundred miles. I find it no more fatiguing than doing the same route in the car unless we're fighting crosswinds, in which case the car wins out slightly.

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