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Old 11-02-2013, 06:06 AM   #1
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Well, it's official!

Due to family obligations, my wife and I will be moving from Knoxville to the Orlando area! Our scheduled moved date is between the 18th and 20th of Nov.

We both turned in our notices at our jobs this past Monday and our last day is the 15th. It's a little nerve wracking to be moving without jobs, but we both have a couple "irons in the fire" and are hopeful we'll have secured employment by the first of the year. In the meantime, we'll enjoy getting the new house set up, visiting family and some R&R.

We'll be renting a house for the first year and think we've found one in the Hunters Creek area. We should know for sure by the end of the day today if we got the house. After that, if all is going well financially, we'll look for a place to buy. While we enjoy the east TN area, FL has always been "home" for both of us.

I grew up in south Florida (Ft. Lauderdale, Coral Springs) and went to school in Tampa to get my degree. My wife was born and raised in Miami. I have a degree in electronics/computer engineering and my wife has an MBA with healthcare concentration. So...if anyone knows of a particular place or places that are hiring...

Anyone in the market for a house in west Knoxville? It's only 3 years old, 3 bedroom, 2 bath and still has that "new house" smell!

So, if you see a 2 door Commando Green Jeep driving around that looks like this, be sure to give a .


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welcome new neighbor! hunters green is just up the road from tampa. we've got a pretty good group of jeepers in the area and plenty of trails. odd - florida has trails... yep there are a few good ones!

good luck with your move and we'll see you around. pm me if you have any questions or are looking for things in the area.

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Thanks for the welcome (back)! We're really looking forward to it!

Seems Hunters Green is about an hour and a half from Hunters Creek so it's close enough for a day trip. I've read about Ocala National Forest (ONF) and it looks like it could be a good time and not terribly far away.

It's an exciting and stressful thing at the same time but can't explain how much we're looking forward to it!

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i missed the "creek" vs. "green" lol... yeah - we're about 2.5 hours from ONF, it's worth the drive up. there is a ORV park in ocala.. and there are trails all over the place.

lots of clubs also.

understand the stress of the move. i hate moving.
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Well, once we get settled, we'll have to make it a point to meet up with you guys!

I figured, we'll be settled sometime around or shortly after Thanksgiving.
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Doing just the opposite, bought a house in Sevier County and finalizing my move from Sarasota around the 15th. Left my YJ and JKU up there a week ago and am already suffering from withdrawals.

Tabber's a great guide... wished I was available to go wheeling with them more often. Try making it to the Tampa meet & greets on the 2nd Friday of every month... you're sure to meet a lot of other fellow Jeepers.

What offroad places or groups in East TN would you suggest?
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thank you sir! any time you head back down this way - let me know! see you at sheriff's jeep fest next year!

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Doing just the opposite, bought a house in Sevier County and finalizing my move from Sarasota around the 15th. Left my YJ and JKU up there a week ago and am already suffering from withdrawals.

Tabber's a great guide... wished I was available to go wheeling with them more often. Try making it to the Tampa meet & greets on the 2nd Friday of every month... you're sure to meet a lot of other fellow Jeepers.

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I'm not extremely familiar with Sevier county so I'm not completely sure. Keep in mind, you're going to be very close to North Carolina so there may be a bunch of places out that way to check out.

However; you can check this out - IronJeep - East TN Trail Information

Here are a few of my favorite places -
  • Nemo Tunnel - It's an old, abandon train tunnel through a mountain. Good times and an easy ride.
  • Norris Watershed - the scenery is beautiful and you can do all of this in 2WD. Just a good ride to "get away" and enjoy the scenery.
  • Eternal Flame/Carryville Flats - this is a nice trip. A couple small water crossings, some mud, but depending on the season and rainfall, it can be a "mudfest"...and get deep. When we went, it wasn't bad. We had a stock JKU in the group and she had to be spotted to make some hard turns between some trees and sliding off the mountain but a 2 door jeep really has no issues. Might want a little lift to get you over some rocks or through some of the mud pits a little easier, but it's not required. When you get to the flats...you're not going to want to leave. It's a gorgeous view!
  • Windrock/Royal Blue/Coal Creek area (they are all connected) - this is what the wheeling community here lives for. There are trails from gravel that you could take the family minivan on, to trails that require purpose built extreme rock crawlers. It's a HUGE area. We were there a few weeks ago and there the "Fall Jamboree" was underway. TONS of rigs all over the place, but this area is so huge, we never found ourselves backing up to let someone by or being held up by anyone. The Spring Jamboree is even larger. Lots more vendors on site, more rigs, etc.

You can learn more about Windrock here - Windrock Park offers of the best off-road riding in the southeast. ATVs, SxS, dirt bikes, mountain bikes, Jeeps/4x4s, buggies and trucks all enjoy some of the best off-roading in the country.WindRock Park Check out the area for the trail map and you'll get an idea how huge this place is. People come from all over the world to wheel here. While I've not done this trail (not my style of trail riding - my JK is my DD so I can't afford to break anything), here's an example of one of the more "popular" ones (best viewed full screen) -

The thing is, the terrain here can be brutal and can break things. Never go alone and always pack for an overnight stay. Be prepared as we say "pack for the worst and hope for the best". (There IS 'wildlife' in the area so keep that in mind - one of us always carries some sort of 'defense/protection.' if you're there overnight.) The times we've gone out, we've never *knock on wood* had an issue but if we had, we were prepared. My wheeling buddy grew up in this area and knows it all like the back of his hand...he's been in some bad situations so I learned a LOT from him. There is almost no cell service so a CB is critical. If you go during the "wet season", and depending on the trails you like, you may want a winch if you don't have one.

There's a group up here KnoxOffroad - Index page that I run around with from time to time. Good guys! There is always someone going for a ride so check out their "Trail Rides" section.

There's another group up here that I always wanted to check out, but never did. I followed them on FaceBook for a bit - seems it's the only place they post - https://www.facebook.com/smokymountainjeepclub

If you need work done on your rig, contact Jason at Rock Your 4x4 - rockyour4x4.com He's good people, a real enthusiast and knows his stuff! He's constantly busy so working around his schedule is a necessity but it's WELL worth it. He installed my Teraflex spring lift, Bilstein shocks and installed a new Metalcloak front adjustable trackbar and his labor was $250 and he was done in a couple hours. I'm going back this week to have him do the Grade 8 bolt kit on the front suspension (prevent 'death wobble'), install a set of AEV geometry correction brackets and install an OME flipped steering stabilizer...trying to squeeze this in before we leave. We've been trying to get together for a month...if that tells you how busy he is.

If you have any other questions, let me know and I'll be happy to help however I can.
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Thanks for all the great info, I appreciate it.
I've linked up with Jeepism in Townsend a couple times while up there and also with a member of SMJC. Definitely going to check a lot of those places out.
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Thanks for all the great info, I appreciate it.
I've linked up with Jeepism in Townsend a couple times while up there and also with a member of SMJC. Definitely going to check a lot of those places out.
X2! great stuff knuckles!
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Well, this is the last weekend to finish packing everything up. The movers will be here Monday morning and we'll "officially" be moved in Tuesday afternoon! Of course, we have like 2 billion boxes to unpack, but we'll get that unpacked pretty quickly.

Pray for a smooth move and no damage to our "stuff".

Really looking forward to being "home"!
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congrats !! you lucky dog, i love orlando, so much better then over here in broward. enjoy your new surroundings.
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congrats !! you lucky dog, i love orlando, so much better then over here in broward. enjoy your new surroundings.
Thanks. We're really looking forward to it.

I lived in Broward for 37 years and my wife was born in Miami.
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Thanks. We're really looking forward to it.

I lived in Broward for 37 years and my wife was born in Miami.
i've been living here in broward my whole life. im 30 now, i can safely say while i still feel comfortable here, considering my family and few friends are all here. the quality of south florida has deteriorated. for some reason whenever i go to orlando or anywhere outside of broward,dade, palm beach it just feels so different.
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Oh, I can understand that. Central FL has a completely different "look and feel" than south FL.

Broward is DEFINITELY not the same as when we left in 2008...and even more so than when I grew up there as a kid. We lived in Lauderhill from 1971 until 1985 and then my parents moved to Tamarac. I moved to Coral Springs until leaving in '08. Lauderhill was rough in the 80's...I wouldn't drive through Lauderhill fully decked out in Kevlar and packing a fully loaded MAC-10!

I graduated from college in 1985 and there's nothing like "Spring Break" in the 80's on the Ft. Lauderdale "Strip"!

The one constant thing in life is change and south Florida is surely in that category.

We've always liked Orlando and took a vacation there back in July. Having a feeling our move was coming sooner than we had thought, we checked out everything between Tampa and Daytona. Once we decided it was time to move back to be closer to family, Orlando was top on our list. My wife's parents live in south Miami (think - Homestead/Redlands area) and we can still be there rather quickly in an emergency. That's our primary reason for moving back...that, and we're "Floridians" at heart and even with all its faults, FL is still "home".
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Oh, I can understand that. Central FL has a completely different "look and feel" than south FL.

Broward is DEFINITELY not the same as when we left in 2008...and even more so than when I grew up there as a kid. We lived in Lauderhill from 1971 until 1985 and then my parents moved to Tamarac. I moved to Coral Springs until leaving in '08. Lauderhill was rough in the 80's...I wouldn't drive through Lauderhill fully decked out in Kevlar and packing a fully loaded MAC-10!

I graduated from college in 1985 and there's nothing like "Spring Break" in the 80's on the Ft. Lauderdale "Strip"!

The one constant thing in life is change and south Florida is surely in that category.

We've always liked Orlando and took a vacation there back in July. Having a feeling our move was coming sooner than we had thought, we checked out everything between Tampa and Daytona. Once we decided it was time to move back to be closer to family, Orlando was top on our list. My wife's parents live in south Miami (think - Homestead/Redlands area) and we can still be there rather quickly in an emergency. That's our primary reason for moving back...that, and we're "Floridians" at heart and even with all its faults, FL is still "home".
Lauderhill?? whoa !!! yea i wouldnt want to drive through there at night . while its ok here, i always look forward to getting out of broward and hitting orlando,daytona, or key west. the environments in these areas are just so different, and people are alot more friendly elsewhere then here not that im suprized at all its just another way and quality of life.

one of my biggest peeves is that we don't have one rock station that plays the newer stuff. besides 105.9 which is mostly the oldies yet we have 4 or 5 hip hop stations.
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Yeah, Lauderhill is rather scary these days. I remember back in the mid-80's being stopped in the middle of the street by some thug wanting to sell me drugs. When he opened his jacket to show me what he was selling, he had a pistol tucking in his belt. This was in broad daylight about a block from the cop station.

It really is a different "way of life" once you get out of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. I really LOVE the Keys. My best friend (met in college back in the mid-80's) was born and raised in Key West and we used to go there all the time. Free "room and board" at his parents house. It's a loooooong drive from Orlando to Key West, but I'm sure we'll make the trip at least once a year. Fortunately, my best friend now lives in Coral Springs (has lived in the area since we graduated from college) as do all of my friends so we'll be there probably once every other month or so.

Funny...I listen to 105.9 via the web sometimes. It's the closest thing to "home" I've found up here. Hoping Orlando has some good stations...then again, when I'm in the Rubi, it's usually on Sirius or the iPod.
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Knuckles - good luck on the move and the job hunt. Take care and come back to visit, when you get the itch for the mountains. We'll be here.

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Thanks Mule!

Well, we made it! Its been a rough week, but we're making progress. TONS to do and to unpack but we're getting there.

What a pain getting FL licenses and tags but it's finally done!

Internet at the house doesn't go in for another week so I'm sponging off Starbucks free WiFi.

Cell service sucks at the house...something about sprint taking down part of their network and not able to get the right permits to install the 'upgraded' network...or some such crap. They're sending us some sort of booster but I think we'll be looking for a new provider before long. Local guys...any suggestions?

Jeep did great on the 650 mile trek...averaged about 18MPG with an average speed of 75...no complaints there.

Anyway...that's all for now...
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I have a Sprint Airave... even if you have no signal at all, you will once it's connected to your internet router. If it's stubborn like mine was, a call to their tech support will get it going. Since getting it, I never have problems getting or receiving calls in/nearby the house.
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Thanks for that! That's what they are sending us...we bitched and got it for free. Hoping it works out...thanks again!

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