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Old 09-29-2012, 11:31 AM   #1
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The end of "Serenity" and a warning

Well Last weekend I was off roading in redsands, El Paso when the unthinkable happened. I had hit a washout in the road which had been concealed in the terrain. we were on a gravel road on our way back to the highway when this had happened and we were not expecting it as we were away from the more rugged part of redsands, in fact we were in the ranch/farmland area and not in the dunes or hill section. the washout is about 8 feet across and 3-4 feet deep. we had hit the washout going around 20-25 mph .again we were on our way back to the highway on a fairly wide and looked fairly used gravel road. (having grown up in Oregon and used to traveling on logging roads I hadn't given it any thought.) I am glad that my Military training kicked in at the time as I was the only one that was calm enough to give out first aid. in fact we made it out of there and back to an ambulance due to the emergency equipment I always carry in my Jeep (serenity). however due to the fall sadly Serenity (Jeep) didn't make it (bent frame, separated front axle, among other damages) she was however able to get out of the washout and drove us safely to the paramedics. I post this in remembrance to my Jeep "serenity" and as a warning to those who off road. always carry emergency equipment ( E-tool, Water, First aid kit, jack, flairs, Cell Phone, ect) and always travel with a chock - 2 (another vehicle) even if all you are going to do is "light" off roading. I was lucky and my Jeep was working enough to be driven to the "RTV" rental place but If my Jeep hadn't been able to move again we would have been screwed.


This is "Serenity" while enjoying a day in Redsands


this is the Washout I hit, can't really see it but it is there and there is evidence that my Jeep wasn't the first one to hit it either.


even a cheap first aid kit works as long as it has gaze and some kind of bandage wrap.


of course it helps to have these kind of bandages too. (had a tourniquet in my Jeep too thank God I didn't have to use it.)


can you tell were my Jeep hit?

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Old 09-29-2012, 11:35 AM   #2
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my Jeep now.






as you can see in this photo the axle is bent and the lower control arm is bent as well





and another shot of were I hit

looks can be deceiving as that "little" hill is actually really steep.

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Old 09-29-2012, 11:39 AM   #3
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So sorry about the jeep rebuild time!! on a side note, how do you like your air filter? I was looking at buying one of those to replace my airaid
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due to the fact that the frame is bent and I am going to deploy soon I am going to have to put Serenity down (scrap most likely). on a happier note as far as the air filter goes the PO had a stupid home built one that liked to choke the engine and due to money I couldn't afford a whole new system so I got that filter and boy did she run ten times better.
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:49 AM   #5
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Sorry about your Jeep

Stay safe while you're gone!
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Old 09-29-2012, 01:12 PM   #6
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That's really a bum way to end your day. Did anyone mark the washout?
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Old 09-29-2012, 01:50 PM   #7
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Even as severe as that front collision appears to be, I'm not quite grasping the need for first aid. Who got it and why?
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Old 09-29-2012, 03:01 PM   #8
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Ouchies. Good luck on the deployment!
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Old 09-29-2012, 03:07 PM   #9
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Great place to go offloading. It's been years since I've been there. I rolled a dune buggy there once.

That's a lot of damage for 20mph. Did your airbags pop.
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Old 09-29-2012, 05:04 PM   #10
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Even as severe as that front collision appears to be, I'm not quite grasping the need for first aid. Who got it and why?
we were all wearing our seat belts but since i am 5'3" I tend to hug the steering wheel. the seat belt didn't stop me fast enough so I ended up braking my nose, my biggest danger was blood loss. My front passenger bit his lip really bad (requiring several stitches), broke his wrist (holding onto the Oh shit handle), and had two deep cuts to his head (i dont know how he got those. he said he was wearing his seat belt and I always make sure everyone does before i put my vehicle in drive.) most of the damage was caused from both a fall of 3ft and a rather large rock that hit the axle upon impact. for those that have been out to redsands know it is nearly impossible to travel faster then 30 due to all the mini hills in the area making you feel like you're ridding a bucking horse.
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Wow...Sorry to hear all this, but glad no one was more seriously hurt!
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we were all wearing our seat belts but since i am 5'3" I tend to hug the steering wheel. the seat belt didn't stop me fast enough so I ended up braking my nose, my biggest danger was blood loss. My front passenger bit his lip really bad (requiring several stitches), broke his wrist (holding onto the Oh shit handle), and had two deep cuts to his head (i dont know how he got those. he said he was wearing his seat belt and I always make sure everyone does before i put my vehicle in drive.) most of the damage was caused from both a fall of 3ft and a rather large rock that hit the axle upon impact. for those that have been out to redsands know it is nearly impossible to travel faster then 30 due to all the mini hills in the area making you feel like you're ridding a bucking horse.
Check your rearview mirror. It is very likely your passenger hit that. I know from personal experience that it's possible.

I'm glad ya'll are okay and the injuries weren't worse.
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:44 AM   #13
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I don't see the need to scrap the old girl!!! Save up and when you come home from deployment get your self a frame drone quadratec and a nice long arm lift kit and some rubicon 44's. And have your self a nice rig !!
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:38 AM   #14
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Honestly I really do not want to scrap her but due to the fact that I still had a loan on her and well lets face it I am in the military so i really dont get paid a whole lot so I can't financially try to raise her from the dead. since I am deploying sometime after Christmas i don't have a whole lot of time to fix her if there is more damage then what they said. Also the previous owner didn't treat her too well so I have had to fix a lot of things on her over the course of this year and being my first vehicle I have owned I am a little attached to it however we sometimes have to do things we dont like.
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GL on your deployment and stay safe. And, even tho you still owe on Serenity, ( Great name by-the way), your comprehensive coverage should pay for the repairs, and this would leave just the same loan payments to be made.
Try it. You owe it for bring you out.
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Ya. good luck on deployment too
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:49 PM   #17
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Scrap it out and find another Jeep. Is not worth fixing a vehicle with that much damage. You would thank yourself in the end.
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:57 PM   #18
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That just sucks. Sorry to hear about the totaled jeep.
Found this and thought it was funny. Might lighten the mood a bit.
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Found this and thought it was funny. Might lighten the mood a bit.
The joke's on him, there's nothing but sheet metal between what he's aiming at and the ground!
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The joke's on him, there's nothing but sheet metal between what he's aiming at and the ground!
Lol!
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The joke's on him, there's nothing but sheet metal between what he's aiming at and the ground!
Nice catch lol.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:07 AM   #22
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first off thank you everyone for wishing me luck in my deployment (it will be my first). now I have tried everything to try and fix the jeep because the frame is bent only before the axle and shock area and only just slightly bent at that, but the insurance company won't have any of that due to "unforeseeable damage" that may or may not be present. so it looks like until I get back from deployment, I will be riding around in either a Jeep Cherokee or an Isuzu Trooper (don't know which one yet but I am going for cheap). hopefully when i get back I will get a better TJ wrangler but untill then my Serenity rest in piece I at least got to got to enjoy her a bit before I wrecked her.




I always wanted to know what a wrangler would look like if it was painted Army tan, mow I know


to my embarrassment I have gotten stuck a couple of times in the dunes. though in this photo I was trying to pull him out (only one there at the time) and got myself stuck instead
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Wow, totally sad

Good luck and be safe in where ever you go on deployment.
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Old 10-03-2012, 03:36 PM   #24
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Good luck on finding another jeep, and hope everything goes alright overseas.
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Old 10-12-2012, 08:50 PM   #25
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well I finally found a "new" jeep though not a wrangler, it will have to due till i get back. there is some problems with the Cherokee as it tends to stall in parking lots a lot and i am pretty sure its the crankshaft position sensor.




luckily i was able to take all my third party items from "serenity", like this roll gauge, speakers, and my tuffy overhead security consul. sadly i lost my radio and my wheel hub spacers.
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I know it's off topic, but

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!

Come back to jeep some more.
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Old 10-12-2012, 09:22 PM   #27
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Congrats on the Cherokee. That would be my pick, well after the wrangler of course.

Why's the front wheels jutting out so much, and the rears are flush?

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