Jeep Clubs and the Like - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ General Discussion Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 09-24-2006, 07:18 PM   #1
Jeeper
 
Skitzic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Somewhere in PA
Posts: 109
Jeep Clubs and the Like

Ok, so I want to go off-roading, but everytime I've never done it before and everything I read tells me to hook up with a local jeep club. I'm hesitant. I just have visions of weekly dues and snickering at the stock newbie chick who thinks she can ride...I keep wanting to approach this guy who's always buying Red Bull while I'm paying for my gas because his wrangler is always covered in mud, but I'm not sure if that would be considered rude. When I had my convertible I asked some guy what he was using on his back window to keep it so clear and he freaked out telling me to do my homework before asking a stranger stupid questions...

Skitzic is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-24-2006, 07:56 PM   #2
Jeeper
 
SurfnSnow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Oakland, CA
Posts: 353
Actually you'd be surprised, there's many Jeep clubs that are family friendly. Try doing an internet search for any jeep clubs in your area and look at their webpages. You can get a general vibe about them from their website. You might want to check out Jeeperz because I knwo they have a PA chapter and are cool people to wheel with. Also, it's not rude to ask someone about their rig or where they might wheel, I've been asked by other people about wheelin' in general (and about the Jeep), and I've also asked other people about their junk. Good luck

SurfnSnow is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-24-2006, 09:17 PM   #3
Jeeper
 
Texapple's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 2,617
whew....just rolled in from Paragon. Frank & I ran with the green/blue group....the newbies

I encourage you to check out local clubs, they can really help you get started...modifications, safety, recovery, picking lines, etc. You'll be the subject of some joking, but it comes with the territory, is good natured and usually only lasts till the next newbie joins I know in our club, it's important to the members that new folks have a safe/good time and leave the ride looking forward to the next outing. (that's why we were in that group today...doing a little PR)

As far as talking to the fellow at the gas station...go for it. I think most Jeepers are flattered when someone takes an interest in their rig. The guy with the convertible was a jerk (his problem, not yours!) And just so you know...there are no "strangers" amoung the Jeep community~!

good luck in your search and let us know how it turns out
__________________
got rid of the husband.....bought another Jeep

my new spotter
Texapple is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-24-2006, 10:09 PM   #4
Jeeper
 
mrbigjeep's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 4,288
Quote:
Originally Posted by Skitzic
Ok, so I want to go off-roading, but everytime I've never done it before and everything I read tells me to hook up with a local jeep club. I'm hesitant. I just have visions of weekly dues and snickering at the stock newbie chick who thinks she can ride...I keep wanting to approach this guy who's always buying Red Bull while I'm paying for my gas because his wrangler is always covered in mud, but I'm not sure if that would be considered rude. When I had my convertible I asked some guy what he was using on his back window to keep it so clear and he freaked out telling me to do my homework before asking a stranger stupid questions...
wow i can't believe someone would do that...what a jerk...i love the south...southern hospitality!
mrbigjeep is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-25-2006, 03:40 PM   #5
Jeeper
 
OneBoltShort's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Columbiana, OH
Posts: 47
As far as jeep clubs and the like go, sounds like a great idea if you can find one. In our area we have at least 3 truck nights a week so if you have any of those check them out, though those are usually just to get muddy, so if you wanna go trailriding, check elsewhere. I was nervous goin to my first trucknight after buying my jeep, but the guys that put in a ton of money to make there rig look unstoppable in the mud didn't even take their's through. And alot of guys got stuck several times so you won't get embarrased as much as you think if you get stuck trying. And as far ask talking to the guy with the muddy jeep at the gas station, go for it...Owning a jeep is kinda like owning a motorcycle, it's a big family.
__________________
2000 SE. 2" ProComp Lift, 32"x11.5" MTR's, AirRaid intake, Hesco throttle body spacer, JET Stage 1 Chip, Redline Performance Chip, a couple of KC's.
Just
Empty
Every
Pocket
OneBoltShort is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-25-2006, 03:41 PM   #6
Jeeper
 
Skitzic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Somewhere in PA
Posts: 109
...now if only I could find one that's not a 5 hour drive...
Skitzic is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-25-2006, 05:28 PM   #7
Jeeper
 
Buster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Western Pa.
Posts: 168
Quote:
Originally Posted by Skitzic
...now if only I could find one that's not a 5 hour drive...
What part of Pa. are you in??
Buster is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-25-2006, 07:19 PM   #8
Jeeper
 
ChilliRed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: New Jersey (Basking Ridge)
Posts: 139
Send a message via AIM to ChilliRed
Jus owning a jeep makes you one of us as long as you want to get some wheeling in with it! Def ask the guy at the gas station becasue if he is like me it will make his day to talk to someone who shares an intrest in jeeps and wheeling. I understand where your commin from with the clubs tho its hard deciding who you want to join up with. You should get to know someone on a forum like this and try to join up with them sometime.
__________________
1998 Chilired TJ 4.0, 8.8, HP30, 4.10's, 4" Superlift, OME shocks, 15x8 MT classic locks/33x12.5 PJ's, Warn flares, Flex-a-lite elec fan, k&n intake, Cobra Cb, KC's, AtoZ rockers, ARB front bumper, LoD rear tire carrier
ChilliRed is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-25-2006, 07:55 PM   #9
Jeeper
 
OneBoltShort's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Columbiana, OH
Posts: 47
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChilliRed
You should get to know someone on a forum like this and try to join up with them sometime.
Exactly...You don't need to join a club to get your jeep dirty. Talk to the guy at the gas station, coworkers, or just ask around.
I didn't know anyone that had a jeep, or rather, that anyone I know had a jeep till I bought mine. Once you start talking to other people, jeep owners will start coming out of the woodwork and you'll be wheelin plenty.
__________________
2000 SE. 2" ProComp Lift, 32"x11.5" MTR's, AirRaid intake, Hesco throttle body spacer, JET Stage 1 Chip, Redline Performance Chip, a couple of KC's.
Just
Empty
Every
Pocket
OneBoltShort is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-26-2006, 11:12 AM   #10
Jeeper
 
FuzzyDolly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Williamsville, NY (near Buffalo)
Posts: 80
Any Jeep club that snickers at stock Jeeps isn't worthy of your time. My 05 X is bone stock and I've met up with a couple of great groups here in the Buffalo area. The best thing about jeepers is that they love to take newbies under their wing and teach them the ropes. I had never been off roading before, and they taught me a ton. Especially how amazing a stock TJ is. Check out these pics http://www.myjeepspace.com/profile.p...allery&id=2314 . 99% of the people who owns Jeeps are fantastic. Don't be afraid to approach someone and ask them questions. That's just being part of the Jeep family. Oh yeah, and don't forget to wave! BTW, where in PA are you? I've meet people from a group called Erie Jeep People. They are a nice bunch.
FuzzyDolly is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-26-2006, 11:19 AM   #11
Pushy, Loudmouthed, and Ballsy
 
Dare2BSquare's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Driving Around Arkansas In My Black XJ
Posts: 6,177
I have met some erie jeep people myself... but for the most part jeepers rule.
__________________
99 XJ Sport
4.0l
AW4
NP231
d30/C8.25
3" Skyjacker lift
31 x 10.50 General Grabbers


http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h2...are/TMLogo.gif Are all fishermen liars, or do only liars fish?
Dare2BSquare is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-26-2006, 07:57 PM   #12
Jeeper
 
Tdad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: NE Pa.
Posts: 148
Quote:
Originally Posted by Skitzic
...now if only I could find one that's not a 5 hour drive...
If you're in the eastern half of PA, check out Blue Mountain Jeep Alliance (www.bmja.org) It's a big club but newbies are always welcome and there are quite a few women in the club so you won't be the only girl on the trail.
Tdad is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-26-2006, 09:00 PM   #13
Jeeper
 
Skitzic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Somewhere in PA
Posts: 109
I'm about an hour north of Philly. I'll probably just see if I can talk to a few of the other jeepers I see roaming around...I couldn't clear the work schedule until early November to make any meetings anyway.
Skitzic is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-26-2006, 09:10 PM   #14
Jeeper
 
mrbigjeep's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 4,288
do it!
mrbigjeep is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-26-2006, 09:16 PM   #15
Jeeper
 
Skitzic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Somewhere in PA
Posts: 109
I will! Just have to wait until I find an owner by one of them!
Skitzic is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-27-2006, 07:48 PM   #16
Jeeper
 
Tdad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: NE Pa.
Posts: 148
Quote:
Originally Posted by Skitzic
I'm about an hour north of Philly.
Are you in the Lehigh Valley then? I'm 90 mins N of Philly. BMJA's meetings are held in Reading, but there are members from Delaware to NY state, PA, NJ. Lots of people in the Lehigh Valley/Poconos as well.
Tdad is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-27-2006, 07:58 PM   #17
Jeeper
 
Skitzic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Somewhere in PA
Posts: 109
I am in the Lehigh Valley, but I couldn't make their meetings until after the new year when I could get my days off switched.
Skitzic is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-28-2006, 05:28 PM   #18
Jack Lives Here!!!

WF Supporting Member
 
1BLKJP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 7,764
Quote:
Originally Posted by Skitzic
I am in the Lehigh Valley, but I couldn't make their meetings until after the new year when I could get my days off switched.
Just my opinion, but if I was going to join another club I would be looking for one that didn't focus so much on the meetings, but on the wheelin.
__________________
Thanks,
Jack Hickman

President - Arizona Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition
Vice-President - ASA4WDC
Arizona Rock Rats
1BLKJP is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-28-2006, 09:19 PM   #19
Jeeper
 
Tdad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: NE Pa.
Posts: 148
Quote:
Originally Posted by 1BLKJP
Just my opinion, but if I was going to join another club I would be looking for one that didn't focus so much on the meetings, but on the wheelin.
Agreed.
Skitzic - you don't have to attend meetings, and they are more social gatherings than formal "meetings". You can sign up on the club forum and meet some people that way.
Tdad is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-29-2006, 08:37 PM   #20
Jeeper
 
Skitzic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Somewhere in PA
Posts: 109
I think I'll just try to hook up with some locals first. See if I like the whole off road thing before I go for the club.
Skitzic is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-30-2006, 09:16 AM   #21
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: DALLAS TX.
Posts: 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Skitzic
I think I'll just try to hook up with some locals first. See if I like the whole off road thing before I go for the club.
Skitzic.....good choice, My GF and I went to a meeting of one of these jeep clubs and I was not impress at all, it was very much a political meeting and out of a least 100 people at this meeting only 2 introduced themselves to us....We very much felt like outsiders while there instead of being welcomed to a family...Although I have meet a couple of members outside of the meeting area and on the road, which have been awsome and very friendly... My advice to you is choose what type of fun you want to have, and decide if you feel comfort and willing to indure some mind games within a club, some club are very organized and some are just out for the fun..personnally I have found more people that enjoy the offroading that do not belong to a club, and they don't scrutinize you on where you went off road.( I went out to the country one weekend close by on some back roads and have a problem with a tire, I made a little post on their fourms and got hammered about wheelin in illeagal placed, if you call county roads illeagal then why do I have a Jeep?).. I don't condole wheeling in illeagal places but they were fast to point a finger. So in short this club has been crossed of my list.... it also was a place where you must attend so many meeting and so many functions through out the year...This is something I am not willing to commit to since I don't even know what I am doing next week, let alone 6 months from now....

Find you a group that enjoys it for the fun and the comradeship of good down to earth people and a crowd that suites your wants and needs..You will have more fun, than being in the big Clubs.... I am not saying that all clubs are bad, in fact none are bad that I have seen, it just this certain one was not suite for us. The smaller groups seem to be more family orgainzed and more personal with each other within the group, this is what we look for. Good luck in finding what your looking for, and don't ever be afraid to talk to a jeeper. They are always a big help and are alway willing to show off their rides..kinda like the biker groups.

bzserv5057 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Download our Mobile App

» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:01 PM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC