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Old 09-15-2013, 01:46 AM   #31
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I've never seen so many jeeps at one time, excellent event! there had to be 700-800, maybe more?

the rock course crawling was a lot of fun to watch, mud pit also, but the sheer number of fantastic jeeps was what I enjoyed the most.

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Old 09-15-2013, 07:27 AM   #32
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Great time. Thanks to Valley off road for holding the event!

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Old 09-15-2013, 08:07 AM   #33
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I really need to find a Rally where I live. Looks like a blast.
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Old 09-15-2013, 09:41 AM   #34
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Was my first rally, had a great time. Was a bit unimpressed with the mud pit tho. Stockers were making it no problem. I get it, make it so everyone can play, but make two runs. Hell, on Jeeper entrance fees alone they made over $7k, then you had had spectators.
Rock pit was interesting, especially with Ian spotting. He did the best job of it. He moved a lot, gave a lot of directions, tried to help. The staff on the other hand... Not so much. Hand signals mostly, sometimes they'd talk, but def not overly helpful, and def didn't seem to care much about rig damage, where Ian gave a warning and let you decide, they just told you go. I'd rather have people I trust sporting me, that have my best interest I guess.
Vendors were great, lots of good deals there. Talked at length to TNT, great folks! Great products!
Expensive though. The wife gave me a price to buy the 2 door skid system on display. I get home and on the site, the price was crossed to show the exact price she gave me. Shipping was free on the site as well.

Their control arm brackets. AEV $100, Rancho $125, TNT $250

Good stuff though just not impressed with the pricing.
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Old 09-16-2013, 08:31 PM   #36
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Rancho, from what I've seen, hasn't impressed me, but I'm new to off road. I haven't seen AEV stuff up close, but the TNT stuff looked and felt tough and well built. But like I say, I'm new to all this stuff. I did buy the tail light guards they had against the way, they look good on the Jeep. And almost bought a pair of Solid diff covers til a few people told me to upgrade other stuff first. New guy took the advice, lol. Next mission, get to a jamboree
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We are very happy to announce that we hit the 750+ Jeep count for this year’s Jeep Rally. That beats our old record.

Obviously doing that takes a lot of help and we would like to thank our sponsors; T&T Customs, Clayton Off Road, Quadratec, Bolles Motors, Extreme Axle Sales, Hyline Offroad, Cutting Edge Graphics, Jeep Tweaks, Elias 4WD, Liberty Mutual, TSI Harley Davidson, Restless Lifestyle, JKS Suspensions, BDS Suspensions, Zone Off Road, Crown Automotive, Hurst Strength, Warrior Products, TeraFlex, A to Z Fabrication, Kar Kare CARSTART, K&N Filters, RunCool, Crawling For A Cure, FDNY Jeep Wrangler Tribute Jeep, and Ground Pounder Fabrication.

Also a huge thank you goes to our volunteers, without them nothing would function properly during the day. Las but by far not the least a huge thank you to Brent Moser the owner of Valley Truck and Off Road, not only does he let us use his property but he also does a ton of work for us prior to the event.

Keep an eye out on our FB page and our website. We will be posting pics as soon as we get them from the photographers.

Thank you everyone!!!!!

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Was my first rally, had a great time. Was a bit unimpressed with the mud pit tho. Stockers were making it no problem. I get it, make it so everyone can play, but make two runs. Hell, on Jeeper entrance fees alone they made over $7k, then you had had spectators.
Thank you for the feed back, we will be making a survey to get more feedback on all aspects of the Jeep Rally. I hope you take it so we can learn what else you feel will make things better.

As for the mud pit. Yes stockers were making it through but the hard thing with a mud pit is that it can be difficult controlling what will happen to it when you have such a large group of people going through it. Mud can be turned up it can dry out a bit and all of the makes it harder or easier at times. Last year there were more people getting stuck which slowed down lines. Again it is a hard thing to control. We really do appreciate your feed back though and we try to set things up to make the masses happy.

Just one note on the Jeep Rally income, we do make a fair bit of money but keep in mind also it costs close to $13,000 to put the Jeep Rally on. So once you subtract that from our income we are left with an amount that we need to decide how much do we give to our beneficiaries and how much do we keep for the following year.

Just want to say once again that we do appreciate feed back, it is the only way we can be sure we are address the things people want. I hope people saw some of those improvements this year compared to last.
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Thanks for the follow up and reply! While I will def by filling out a survey, a few things I noticed I didn't see and it could be something because I'm new:

I noticed a lack of local advertising or even signs on the day of the event pointing the way.

I was surprised there weren't any dealers there showcasing new/used Jeeps for sale. I live in Mass, and I guess expected Bertera Jeep to be there since they have a couple Jeep dealerships. But its my first event, maybe its something dealerships aren't invited to?

I appreciate you posting up how much it costs to put the show on. More than I expected. I found out about the show on here by accident. I happen to click on the CT hoping someone near MA was going off road. If not, I would have missed it. I'm new to Jeeps and didn't know anything about Rallys, and because I made this event, I now know about Jamborees.

I also appreciate the cost associated with getting into the event. While I didn't do the rock garden or mud run, its an affordable price. And next year my daughter will bring her Cherokee, so you just doubled from my household next year, lol

If you did, I missed it, but if you didn't, I'd suggest posting in all the local forums, including Northeast, and bump them once a week in the month before and daily the week before. Makes it harder for people like me to miss

Again, thank you for the great event and recognizing feedback!
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I wouldn't change anything. I just wish more venders would make the trip.
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A thought for next year is to have a cb channel advertised to listen to at the rally and make any announcements over it so everyone could hear.
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Old 09-20-2013, 02:33 PM   #42
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A thought for next year is to have a cb channel advertised to listen to at the rally and make any announcements over it so everyone could hear.
I second this one.
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Old 09-21-2013, 05:54 AM   #43
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^yes, an announcer would add another layer of interest......for example it would be fun to have an announcer on a p.a. system call out the drivers name and city/state and maybe a little bit about their rig as they attack the rock course.

either way it was just pure fun that day, thanks to the organizers!
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Old 09-22-2013, 08:39 PM   #44
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^yes, an announcer would add another layer of interest......for example it would be fun to have an announcer on a p.a. system call out the drivers name and city/state and maybe a little bit about their rig as they attack the rock course.

either way it was just pure fun that day, thanks to the organizers!
I agree, it would fill some of the space and time. I like the CB idea too, maybe tie it together. Now I know what to ask for fer Xmas!
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Survey time. Every year we send out a survey in the hopes that all of you will answer it. This is what helps us make improvements year to year. We do try to address all of them but sometimes money, time and insurance will not allow us to do everything.

I had to break the surveys into two links because we can not extend 10 questions per survey. Also note we do not save or sell any information you include in the survey.

Thanks!!

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Survey done! Thanx for hosting a fantastic event. We're looking forward to next year already.
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Was a great event run by a hosted by a good friend! Had such fun went and bought a Jeep of my own yesterday!
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Survey completed...great time all.....had a blast...wish there were more events like this to attend!

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