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Old 02-27-2012, 10:24 AM   #1
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PA Jeeple - Road Trip to Moab, ???

I want to come to Moab and be able to wheel most trails. I definately want to hit Golden Spike, so a difficulty level of 7 or less. If all works out, this will be a trip with 2 - 5 other Jeeps. All of us are East Coast based.

I have a '12 Sahara Unlimited. Purchased Sept '11. I have a 2.5 lift, 33x12.5 tires, rock rails, and offroad front and rear bumper. I regeared to 4.88 and have rear lockers. I'll probably have a transmission skid, oil pan skid and exhaust cross over skid by August. The rest will be stock skids.

I have most but not all needed recovery gear, at least what we use on the East Coast. Tow straps, hilift jack, shovel, axe, BFH, and tools. I also have most if not all camping gear, as I plan to camp most nights on the trip out and back, as well as while I'm in Utah.

Here is my list of items I think I'm going to purchase and install prior to the trip.
Winch - looking for recommendations, looking for the best for the money
Air Compressor - probably something to hook up to the battery rather than onboard. Open to suggestions.

With all that being said, could the experienced amongst you make some recommendations of mods or supplies I may need to enjoy Moab? Any recommendations on Camp Grounds in the area? Are there sometimes of year that the weather makes Moab less enjoyable?

Thanks for your help!

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Old 02-28-2012, 11:27 AM   #2
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First off im jealous of your trip, second I am just curious if you wanted to head back into town each night or if you wanted to be closer to the trails? There isn't a ton of options with the campgrounds. The canyonlands campground is good. I wouldn't recommend getting any of the cabins though. If you are using a tent bring some sleeping mats/ pads cause a few of the campgrounds are gravel tent sites and I don't know why. I have heard one of the campgrounds will actually make you move your tent so they can water the grass but I am not sure which site that is.

I will talk to a few of my friends about other campgrounds throughout the state and get back to you.

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I was just looking of when a good time would be to go. In may is a good time due to it not being to hot and not to many people. There is a nissan event from may 20-25 so you may want to avoid that week. There are some good camp spots near the la sal mountains it is a bit of a drive into town about 30 miles or so. But it is a nicer area.

With your air compressor I would recommend the hook up your battery and not getting one that hooks up to your lighter outlet. Tsunami brand sells some cheap air compressors that are effective.
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Old 02-28-2012, 01:03 PM   #4
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Sounds like you will be set up very well for the trip. The weather is very hot in July & August, it can be & usually is windy in April & May. The best time to come is September or October, Cool nights & warmer days. There are tons of camp grounds along the river which are first come first served basis & there are RV campiing parks in town. Here is a site that has a lot of info' Moab Utah's Largest City & Activities Guide if you need to know anything else, pm me & I am happy to help
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I was just looking of when a good time would be to go. In may is a good time due to it not being to hot and not to many people. There is a nissan event from may 20-25 so you may want to avoid that week. There are some good camp spots near the la sal mountains it is a bit of a drive into town about 30 miles or so. But it is a nicer area.

With your air compressor I would recommend the hook up your battery and not getting one that hooks up to your lighter outlet. Tsunami brand sells some cheap air compressors that are effective.
Steve,

Thanks for the info.
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Old 02-28-2012, 02:35 PM   #6
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Sounds like you will be set up very well for the trip. The weather is very hot in July & August, it can be & usually is windy in April & May. The best time to come is September or October, Cool nights & warmer days. There are tons of camp grounds along the river which are first come first served basis & there are RV campiing parks in town. Here is a site that has a lot of info' Moab Utah's Largest City & Activities Guide if you need to know anything else, pm me & I am happy to help
JCF,

Thanks for the info, I'll contact you as I continue to plan the trip.
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No problem, just on a side note, book into where you want to stay (unless its a first in camp site) as soon as you can, a lot of the time things get booked out. This is a good resorce as well with a calender of events in Moab Moab Calendar of Events - Get up-to-date Moab event information from the official tourism website for Moab, Utah.
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Kobalt makes a compressor for about $70 at Lowes. It sounds like all got everything else.

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