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Old 10-30-2012, 11:52 AM   #1
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USA Road Trip- No Jeeps on the road

I just finished a road trip from VA to CA and back to VA. I just wanted to take a vacation and hit some trails as well as to see my brother in CA. Everyone said that I was crazy for embarking on the trip, but I did it anyway.

Out of the 6,917miles I traveled I hardly saw any jeep wranglers! Was I really that crazy for taking my TJ on this trip?! Is there something that I was missing?! All I know is that I had the most fun on this trip than any other trip that I've taken inside and outside the US!

Saw the Painted Desert, the Grand Canyon, got lost in the desert and most other things and I wanted to see more! The only thing that really slowed me down is the fact that money started to run thin....

Granted, at best I was running 18mpg and averaged 15mpg, but I was also hauling a 5gal gas can, 5gal water can, about 150lbs of photo gear, some clothes, about 200lbs in tools (shovel, pick, wrenches, etc), and food. I'm sure that if I didn't have sooo much crap in the jeep, my gas milage would have been better.

Was it a bad idea to take my jeep on this road trip? Next year I'm planning a similar trip and 95% sure I'm taking the same vehicle on this trip.... Any thoughts on why there were no other wranglers? What was I missing?

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Old 10-30-2012, 12:14 PM   #2
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Did you have fun ?? By the sounds of it you did! That's all that matters.

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Old 10-30-2012, 12:20 PM   #3
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Had GREAT fun on the trip! more comfortable than I thought for sleeping too! So much fun I'm planning another one!
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Old 10-30-2012, 12:39 PM   #4
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Almost 7000 miles - coast to coast - loads of fun, definitely sounds like a good idea to me. You only live once.
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Old 10-30-2012, 12:42 PM   #5
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I was just at the Grand Canyon north rim and around Zion and Bryce and down to Sedona, AZ and I saw quite a few TJ's and JK's on the road. I however did not take mine on this road trip.
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My trip was not as long as yours, only about 1,000 miles. I went up Route 66 from central Oklahoma to the Picher, Cardin, Miami area in NorthEast Oklahoma. Spent a few days there visiting family and friends. I continued up to Circleville, Kansas. I took my '05 LJ and really enjoyed the trip. Granted I cruised at about 60 - 63 mph and didn't get in a hurry. It was a relaxing trip and I did see quite a few other Jeeps; however, I'm not sure if they were traveling or just commuting. I think my Wrangler is an excellent traveling vehicle. I didn't carry any extra gas, but, did have my recovery bag and extra tools. I am thinking of taking it on my Thanksgiving trip to SouthEast Texas.
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Old 10-30-2012, 03:02 PM   #7
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I see a ton around here. Wouldn't hesitate to take the Jeep.

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...I went up Route 66 from central Oklahoma to the Picher, Cardin, Miami area in NorthEast Oklahoma...
One of my favorite areas to travel 66. I come in through the Joplin area and cruise and camp and canoe there and further into southeastern OK sometimes.
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With my Wife, Two kids, and 3 dogs...I have to flat tow my Jeep behind my Dodge dually for long road trips. Then I pack the TJ full of the crap they can't leave at home.
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Old 10-30-2012, 04:18 PM   #9
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@530ktm- I saw a lot of tj's and jk's around that area too. I started on the east entrance and ended at the southern rim. Most of the tj's and jk's were in town, but on I-40 and I-70 saw very few.

I'm planning on doing another trip next year and knowing what I know now, will only pack a few things that I know that I will need!
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Ummm... pictures or what?
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Old 10-30-2012, 07:01 PM   #11
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Just Came Back from a fairly long Road Trip (Jacksonville,Fl To S. Charleston Wv.) Not Driving My Jeep due to towing a Tandem Axle Trailer loaded with ATV's (Took My F150) We saw a Few TJ's but quite a bit more JK's (Mostly Unlimited's) Traveled Interstates I-95,I-26-I-77,When in Wv. Seemed that TJ's were more often sighted than other models.
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Old 10-30-2012, 07:06 PM   #12
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I just finished a road trip from VA to CA and back to VA. I just wanted to take a vacation and hit some trails as well as to see my brother in CA. Everyone said that I was crazy for embarking on the trip, but I did it anyway.

Out of the 6,917miles I traveled I hardly saw any jeep wranglers! Was I really that crazy for taking my TJ on this trip?! Is there something that I was missing?! All I know is that I had the most fun on this trip than any other trip that I've taken inside and outside the US!

Saw the Painted Desert, the Grand Canyon, got lost in the desert and most other things and I wanted to see more! The only thing that really slowed me down is the fact that money started to run thin....

Granted, at best I was running 18mpg and averaged 15mpg, but I was also hauling a 5gal gas can, 5gal water can, about 150lbs of photo gear, some clothes, about 200lbs in tools (shovel, pick, wrenches, etc), and food. I'm sure that if I didn't have sooo much crap in the jeep, my gas milage would have been better.

Was it a bad idea to take my jeep on this road trip? Next year I'm planning a similar trip and 95% sure I'm taking the same vehicle on this trip.... Any thoughts on why there were no other wranglers? What was I missing?
Good for you !!! That's a lot of camera gear, I only drag two lenses around now since I switched to digital ... A whole lot lighter than the old film camera gear... We travel everywhere in the jeep and drag our off road trailer behind us, and usually take a long trip every year.. I think the TJ makes a great long range excursion vehicle, yes, space is at a premium, and some of the creature comforts just don't exist, but when you arrive at the trail head and wheel for a few hours to get to your campsite, then spend an entire two weeks wheelin , camping and hiking it is well worth the sacrifice of those creature comforts... Check out YouTube " jeep rubicon and off road trailer in the needles" - rubicondon04... If you had half as much fun as we do, then that's great... and you're right, after a couple more trips you'll learn to take what you need and need what you take.. Over the past 4 years we have managed to loose over 300 lbs by upgrading wood and steel, to aluminum, and by upgrading our camping gear to light weight products... Up front money for those upgrades isn't cheap, but it'll get you 2 or more MPGs. After a couple of long excursions the upgrades pay for themselves... BTW,, if you're going to continue the long stuff, may I recommend @ expeditionportal.com? Good luck in your future adventures....
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Ummm... pictures or what?
Yes totally need to throw some photos of this trip up. It sounds like an awesome trip.
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:38 PM   #14
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Nothing like a Jeep road trip. We noticed that too on our trip to Colorado, very few Jeeps on the open highway until you get near the citys. Maybe because Jeep drivers tend to take the back ways or they are at all the gas stations. LOL

We took the BMW last year and although faster and more comfortable, every time we saw a dirt road like Devil Dog Road in AZ we were like we should have brought the Jeep. We saw a BEAUTIFUL HUGE bull back there one year so it calls our name every year now. It can get muddy.

The Jeep also forces us to slow down and enjoy the ride.
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Old 10-30-2012, 11:33 PM   #15
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@rubicondon53- thanks for the advice! I'll check out the website!

As for the photos, I'm still trying to get it all off the my cameras. I took a combination of still photos, video and decided on the the way back to do a time lapse of the trip. I had a camera shoot every 3 seconds through almost the whole time (almost 4k miles!).

The time lapse has been taking a lot of time considering there are over 80,000 photos to download to my computer... thought it would be an interesting project, but encountered some mechanical problems on the way back to VA with the shutter trigger.... I will see if I can post some photos tonight or tomorrow
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Old 10-31-2012, 12:13 AM   #16
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that sounds like a blast. id love to do a trip like that.
when i was younger my mom and i drove from Port St Lucie, FL to Portland, OR. had a helluvagood time.
what kind of camera gear did you take? and what did you have the camera hooked up to for the timelapse?
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Old 10-31-2012, 09:30 AM   #17
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Nothing like road trips in the jeep, put almost 3,000 miles from Jefferson City to Ouray/Moab and back. Only complant the noise from the softtop but having the sunrider open was nice driving in the mountains.
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Didnt see alot of Jeeps?.....Not even on the dirt roads?...lol
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:45 AM   #19
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Before I bought my LJ I would see jeeps everywhere. Now that I'm driving one I don't see them as much. The shitty universe knows I want to wave at them so it keeps them away from me lol. By jeeps I mean the wrangler. I still see lots of other jeeps but I don't care for them. Although the 2012 compass looks kinda nice. Time to hide.
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Before I bought my LJ I would see jeeps everywhere. Now that I'm driving one I don't see them as much. The shitty universe knows I want to wave at them so it keeps them away from me lol. By jeeps I mean the wrangler. I still see lots of other jeeps but I don't care for them. Although the 2012 compass looks kinda nice. Time to hide.
That sucks.
I see more...I always notice more of whatever I'm driving now.

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