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Old 02-13-2013, 10:39 AM   #1
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Long distance road trip advise?

Hi everyone! I'm very new to the site, and I have been using the search like crazy with little results. All advise would be appreciated greatly!!! Tell me if this sounds crazy. Alright, I am transferring to Greenville SC from Rockford Il in July, but I am going down there Feb. 28th until March 3rd of 2013 to meet and greet my new employees and initially find a new place to live. I hate flying, and quite honestly I would love to see the country. Here is my dilemma. I drive a jeep. Lol. Not just any jeep, but a 4 cylinder, 5 speed... With about 225,000 miles on the clock. It is a TJ, so it's not a real rough rider. The motor was rebuild and gone through. Trans is good, tires are so so, brakes work. I do plan on roughing it on my way down there and back, hence sleeping in her one night heading there and back. She doesn't have a backseat, but I am in the process of building a platform a trunk if you will, so that will be my make shift sleeper birth.

I guess my question is: 1. Will she make it? 2. Will she make it through the Appalachian mountains 3. What should I bring 4. Anything you would recommend?

It's a long shot, but is there any advise for a little better fuel economy? Yes she is a hard top, so that will cut down on drag a little.

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She'll probably make it just fine but you might want to replace the so-so tires.

As far as sleeping in the back... that sounds painful. Rent a car?

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I know how you feel. I have a 4 banger with the 5 speed with 33x12.50's. Best advice, just don't get in a hurry and take your time. 85 is probably a little fast for that long of a trip. Maybe keep it around 60-70 to keep your RPM's relatively low. Remember it's a jeep, not a NASCAR race. Haha
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Keep us posted as you go, free travel insurance . Plus other jeep people can help you if you run into trouble.
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I too will be taking a trip in my Jeep from Cleveland OH to Nags Head NC this summer. Sub'ed for future advice.
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I just did a 1,000 mile trip this past weekend in my 127,000 mile TJ. No problems. Just drive it like it is a Jeep. If I had wanted to save gas and go fast I would have driven my SLK. The Jeep was comfortable, got 18.5 MPG and I had a blast!
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Hi everyone! I'm very new to the site, and I have been using the search like crazy with little results. All advise would be appreciated greatly!!! Tell me if this sounds crazy. Alright, I am transferring to Greenville SC from Rockford Il in July, but I am going down there Feb. 28th until March 3rd of 2013 to meet and greet my new employees and initially find a new place to live. I hate flying, and quite honestly I would love to see the country. Here is my dilemma. I drive a jeep. Lol. Not just any jeep, but a 4 cylinder, 5 speed... With about 225,000 miles on the clock. It is a TJ, so it's not a real rough rider. The motor was rebuild and gone through. Trans is good, tires are so so, brakes work. I do plan on roughing it on my way down there and back, hence sleeping in her one night heading there and back. She doesn't have a backseat, but I am in the process of building a platform a trunk if you will, so that will be my make shift sleeper birth.

I guess my question is: 1. Will she make it? 2. Will she make it through the Appalachian mountains 3. What should I bring 4. Anything you would recommend?

It's a long shot, but is there any advise for a little better fuel economy? Yes she is a hard top, so that will cut down on drag a little.
If your worried is a rental an option?
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Candidly, there is no way to predict. You can bring tools but then there is the issue of parts and towing (AAA?). You don't say when the motor rebuild was. I think all the comments here are valid. If you decide to do it, best wishes for a safe and uneventful trip. Good luck!
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I took my jeeps and cars from Wisconsin to Spartanburg,sc no problem. I'm actually going to be driving my jeep down that's going to be towing my car down. If you make sure you have it oil changed and make sure everything's good there won't be a problem.
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:33 PM   #11
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If you have stock tires I got about 19 mpg in my Lj. You will be fine in mountains just take it slow.
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Old 02-13-2013, 02:34 PM   #12
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For the sleeper just put the front seats forward and extend your platform so you have leg room and sleep corner to corner
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:38 AM   #13
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Yeah I've made up my mind and I'm going to make the trip. A rental is not out of the question, or I could take the sonic but what fun is that? I have decent insurance, a good travel tool set, and the know how. The motor was rebuilt pan to throttle body at 115,000 miles. Previous owner said the oil drain plug came out, but he shut it down immediately. I did a running compression test, replaced the valve cover gasket, tune up, and synthetic oil and full fluid change. Anything I should really pay attention to, like all of the weak links on these? I know CJs with the 258 back in the day were indestructible... Trust me I've tried, but I am a Chrysler employee and I know how we pay attention to tolerances. Also, is she supposed to be geared that high when at 60-65 mph it cruises at 3,000+ rpm? She sounds like she's screaming at that point!!! As for sleeping in it, I might just get a hotel as it might still be really cold, but I am short and slender so I could sleep in the back seat of a miata
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It's gonna be cold. I have camped in the cold and snow with a tent and an air mattress and a warm sleeping bag. I have also had to spend the night in the TJ on a trail without camping gear. It is possible to recline the passenger and driver seats and sleep quite comfortably in them. I wore a down parka with hood and covered my legs with a poncho, while my passenger had a jacket, knit cap, and my wool Army blanket.

If it was only one night, I would use a cheap hotel. The secret to finding a cheap room is to stop before 7PM. Get an early start and make all your miles before dark.
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Old 02-14-2013, 05:45 AM   #15
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Yeah. With a name like KaiserJeep I hope you have an M35a2 or a 5 ton sitting around. I'm searching the intrawebs for hotels along the way and planning just to get it out of the way. It'll be fun. I do wish it was summer already I am dying to take the top off
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Yeah. With a name like KaiserJeep I hope you have an M35a2 or a 5 ton sitting around. I'm searching the intrawebs for hotels along the way and planning just to get it out of the way. It'll be fun. I do wish it was summer already I am dying to take the top off
The key to a truly cheap hotel is to get off/away from the interstate interchanges and hit whatever old US highway it is that roughly parallels the interstate. This works in smaller towns. In larger areas, be careful you don't end up in a slum, missing your wheels.

Oh, better study up on the IL gun laws if that's a factor for you.
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I have been winter camping before in a tent. Not too bad if you have a mummy bag or other winter sleeping bag. throw some hand warmers in the bottom and wear a hat. You will be toasty all night!
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The key to a truly cheap hotel is to get off/away from the interstate interchanges and hit whatever old US highway it is that roughly parallels the interstate. This works in smaller towns. In larger areas, be careful you don't end up in a slum, missing your wheels.

Oh, better study up on the IL gun laws if that's a factor for you.
Shouldn't be an issue since he's going from IL to SC. Can't carry in IL whatsoever no reciprocity laws or in state permits; however that will most likely change this year. I work for a company in Chicago and am contracted out to a company in Greenville, SC. My home/office is in WV. I carry everywhere except when I go to Chicagoland.
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Shouldn't be an issue since he's going from IL to SC. Can't carry in IL whatsoever no reciprocity laws or in state permits; however that will most likely change this year. I work for a company in Chicago and am contracted out to a company in Greenville, SC. My home/office is in WV. I carry everywhere except when I go to Chicagoland.
Yup, I got that backwards, thought he was going from SC to IL.
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Old 02-14-2013, 06:58 PM   #20
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some of my best memories are road trips in so so vehicles. back then it was nerve racking but I look back on them as fun.
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Yup, can't carry guns in Illinois. One reason for the transfer. That and high taxes, corrupt state leaders, horrible city planning... Etc... Hopefully SC will be a better suit for my family. I have been there a few times and absolutely love it. I put in for my transfer over a year ago and finally got approved! Anyone from the Greenville/ upstate SC area? Any decent spots to wheel?

Anyway, I put the TJ on the highway for a little run. All should be good. No rattles, no wobble, no shimmies... Can't beat it, especially knowing I only paid $800 for it!!!
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i went from grand rapids michigan to seattle pulling a uhaul trailer in my 98 tj had a 4 inch lift and 33s .get some new seats lol!!!!!!i had a 4.0 with a 5 speed manual she bogged down a littl going through the rockies but it was cool to see the sites my daughter dog and i
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Yup, can't carry guns in Illinois. One reason for the transfer. That and high taxes, corrupt state leaders, horrible city planning... Etc... Hopefully SC will be a better suit for my family. I have been there a few times and absolutely love it. I put in for my transfer over a year ago and finally got approved! Anyone from the Greenville/ upstate SC area? Any decent spots to wheel?

Anyway, I put the TJ on the highway for a little run. All should be good. No rattles, no wobble, no shimmies... Can't beat it, especially knowing I only paid $800 for it!!!
I live in greenville SC and moved here from NYC for the exact same reasons. You can get a room at the Red Roof Inn for less than $50 a night. It is right off of I85 includes free Wi-Fi, is dog friendly (even my Dobermann was cool). I wouldnt advise sleeping in the Jeep but I'm 6'1 200 so YMMV. Getting your CWp here wont be a problem but will take at least 4-6 months. I carry everywhere (fullsize 1911 most days). Folks are real nice and I have absolutely no regrets moving here.

Pay for most Jobs is criminally low so make sure your finances are ironed out.

Most apartment complexes and even home rentals have breed specific legislation. If you are a dog owner of what these douches consider a 'dangerous breed' could prove to be a major p.i.t.a. Let me know via PM or whatever any questions you have. Would be happy to assist!
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I suggest, at every re-fuel, and pit stop. to check all the fluids religeously. and if possible the lights. I know, just some good common sense, huh?
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Yup, I got that backwards, thought he was going from SC to IL.
No prob buddy
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I'm actually headed to Greenville, SC on Sunday. Just got called out today. Luckily the company covers all my travel expenses.
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The company is covering some of the initial move down there. This trip is just to get all my ducks in a row. If you are from Greenville, please shoot me a PM. I'd like to know which areas to look at as far as a place to live. Ill be working on the south side of town for Eberspaecher N/A. I've been with the company out of Illinois for awhile. Love the company, hate the state...
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I just made a trip with my Lj towing a car behind it and weighing it down. Was about 4000 pounds of weight total with the car. I went from wi to sc and got 14.5 mpg. Did not have a problem just long trip. Handled well in snow towing. You will be fine in your tj.

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