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Old 04-12-2007, 02:56 AM   #1
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Smile Nightmares of a 1000 mile or longer highway trip

In about a month i have to take a trip to go back home..i may go by bus which i have in the past OR i may find a TJ to buy and ride that..i want a 6 cyl auto with cruise control,i want a hard top but could settle for a soft top..i would like for anyone to post their experiences in their Jeep on a LONG highway trip.state how fast u averaged,did u have cruise,soft top was it loud.please tell me what i can look foreward too.thanks to all in advance.sincerly Joes

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Old 04-12-2007, 05:37 AM   #2
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We drive my TJ on long trips all the time. The only problem I have had is with the wind. In Kansas and west Texas I felt like I was in a shoebox with a sail strapped to my back. It wore me out keeping the jeep on the road.

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I drive a good three hours to vermont alot in my lifted yj on 33's...... Hills suck, they will where you out if your driving a manual.

Just make sure you have a good soundsystem also, and make sure all your door and hardtop seals are good and dont leak, the whistling noise will drive you insane.
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Didn't read close enough. Soft top, 60 to 80mph, trips from Texas to Minnesota (about 1100 miles give or take a few) once a year, and Misc trips around the country depending on which way the winds blows us twice a year.
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We took Amy's old YJ to visit her folks in Portland a few times.
We discovered that if you keep the speed down to 60 or less the fuel economy was much better.
It had a hard top and road noise wasn't any more of a problem than a normal car.
I have fairly long legs and a bad knee, the yj has an odd angle on the fuel peddle so my leg would cramp up a bit but that may just be me, I've never heard anyone else complain about it.

Trips were about 400 miles each way.
Oh and the TJ's are much nicer rides.
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I have fairly long legs and a bad knee, the yj has an odd angle on the fuel peddle so my leg would cramp up a bit but that may just be me, I've never heard anyone else complain about it.
thats hilarious, i have the same issue. after a day of wheeling my gas-pedal leg will get cramps and knots in it. i wear jeans with a 40" inseam and have seats that dont adjust...i have to kind of fold myself into the jeep
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I have fairly long legs and a bad knee, the yj has an odd angle on the fuel peddle so my leg would cramp up a bit but that may just be me, I've never heard anyone else complain about it.

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thats hilarious, i have the same issue. after a day of wheeling my gas-pedal leg will get cramps and knots in it. i wear jeans with a 40" inseam and have seats that dont adjust...i have to kind of fold myself into the jeep
I don't have that problem.

Just last week, the kids and I took the same 400 mile (each way) trip Skeeter mentioned. This time we were in my TJ. I've got a hard top, 6 banger, manual. I kept the speed at 65 most of the way and did good. I didn't hear much wind or road noise but, with two young kids, I couldn't even hear my radio half the time.

There is one area along the Washington/Oregon border, the Columbia River Gorge, where you usually have a really strong headwind. Driving into that is exhausting. The winds were strangely calm this trip, both directions.

We stopped 3 or 4 times in the 400 mile drive, to let the kids burn off energy, and it was a pleasant trip.
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<snip>... i wear jeans with a 40" inseam and have seats that dont adjust...i have to kind of fold myself into the jeep
I haven't been on any long trips in the jeep so I have nothing actually to add (you're all shocked, I know, pipe down) but.... um.... holy crap.





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I don't know if you will have passengers or not....when odhinn and I go on long road trips, I try not to talk much. When I do, I have to talk over the road noise so I usually end up with a sore throat and hoarse voice. I know, thats probably a good thing! =P
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i wear jeans with a 40" inseam***snip***i have to kind of fold myself into the jeep
Your daddy was a bigfoot wasn't he?


Just kidding,
I'm definately not that long but I have to move the seat back as far as it will go and still feel cramped in most anything I drive.
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hahaha, no, but the mailman was! im only 6'3" but i got some long legs

maybe i should get an adjustable seat.....
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Well WB, with that inseam you could probably sit in the back seat and reach the pedals. Long legs heck I'm 6'1" and only have a 32" inseam
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Old 04-13-2007, 07:51 AM   #13
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I've driven mine across country, 4.0, no cruise, towing a trailer. I averaged 65-70mph, and 14 mpg. I too am long legged with a 36 in inseam and I get very uncomfortable on a long ride. Road noise isn't too bad in a soft top, but if you're driving long distances, the trip can be interesting.
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When I had my YJ, I used to make a 350 mile one-way trip a half dozen times per year. It was SOA with no trac bars or sway bars, and had a softtop. I could comfortably do 75 MPH in it once I regeared it. I upgraded the sound system and rocked out on the freeway, and could still hear once I got there. The only time it wasn't fun was in the 90 degree heat. It was a black Jeep with no A/C!

P.S. When I sold the Jeep, a guy from Nebraska bought it and drove it home (about 13 hours). And didn't have any issues either. I wouldn't worry about it too much!
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I drove my 4cyl yj from washington to california about 800 miles. On the way down it was during a very bad wind storm and it followed me most of the way through oregon. I was tired when I got there but last summer I drove a toyota with a bench seat, much worse. The stock seats in my yj are way better. The wind storm kept me awake most of the night, made things more interesting. My engine needs to be rebuilt so my mpg suck. I think I had to fill up at least 5 times each way.
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Old 04-13-2007, 09:43 PM   #16
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Fellow Jeepers thank u all for your posts..in another thread here someone described it as driving a refrigerator on the highway..LOL.......anyone else
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Not a Jeep but the ride from hell for me was driving a 86 ford escort from San Fran, CA to Tampa, FL. in July with no AC worst Trip of my Life, about half way through Texas the the Starter went out and and I did not have any Tools and only enough money for gas so I just parked it on a hill when ever I needed to stop and bump started it or just left it running
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I actually taking my jeep on long road trips I have a 99 4.0 w/33/12's with hardtop. Depending on the wind I can do 65-90 mph, but always have to pay good attention for sudden jerks, or wind gusts. I put a piece of black duct tape on the windshield between the hardtop and the body, along the crack, and the results were amazing. Almost no whistle, try it out, good luck.

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