|02-09-2010 08:19 PM|
I did 2800 miles on this in a little over a week when I was 22. I aint that young anymore...
Doing it in a Jeep wouldn't be a problem if I could afford the gas and it had cruise control. I'd like to build an offroad tear drop trailer for taking trips.
|02-09-2010 08:02 PM|
(sorry, I had to say it )
|02-09-2010 07:36 PM|
So, since you were getting the softtop, you figured, who needs air conditioning?
Other things that make jeep touring challenging at times include thunderstorms and rainy days when it is above 90 degrees and you are wishing you thought differently all those years ago.
When you arrive after many hours at highway speeds, and your head is buzzing from the constant wind and noise, and you feel a bit disoriented.
|02-09-2010 07:28 PM|
|02-09-2010 12:30 PM|
Well, you certainly don't have to have a "Sky high lift" to be a serious offroader with your Jeep - and even with a big lift, driving it across country really isn't bad, depending on what suspension you have. I can tell you that my OME lift makes my Jeep ride very nearly as good as my car did - and I will definitely be driving it out to Colorado at the end of June (a good distance from Chicago) and have no apprehension about doing it. I took my old YJ on many trips and loved it, even though my TJ rides WAY better.
The only thing that makes it worse than driving the car is the mileage... but then again, I just plan ahead for extra gas cash and consider it a fair price to pay for loving every second of my drive
|02-09-2010 01:56 AM|
|RedWrangler||Jeeps are great for touring, but when you are trying to make up some miles, you start wishing you had something that would cruise at 75 with ease and without sounding like you were flying a small jet. When you are in no particular hurry and can take the scenic routes, OH yes, that's a great day. Top down, doors off, tunes cranked, and maybe a few stops to wet a line here and there.|
|02-08-2010 07:58 PM|
|Pete the Streak||
Jeep vs. dual-sport
Generally, big dual sports are better touring bikes than Jeeps are touring cars. My R100GS rode better than any bike I've ever owned, and with the BMW/Krauser bags and topbox had a pretty good luggage capacity. It also got about 45 mpg. By comparison, my new JK (which is much more posh than my '93 Wrangler) rides hard, carries little, and gets lousy mileage compared to other autos. While I have no problem touring in a Jeep after years of motorcycle travel on a wide variety of bikes, realistically I'd be more comfy in a minivan. I love my Jeeps for their classic looks and go-anywhere abilities. Big touring-capable dual-sports are butt-ugly and go anywhere. At least with the Jeeps I didn't have to worry about touching my feet to the ground. JMHO.
|01-26-2010 05:09 PM|
Thanks for the replies so far!
Some of you have done some great trips!
Though I don't know if towing a Jeep counts!!!
|01-26-2010 01:44 PM|
|MR.CLIFFORD||I'm planning to fly into LAX and drive a jeep 1500 miles back to KS. Does that count?|
|01-26-2010 01:20 PM|
|Bobthegod||You can crusie the highways in comfort, then use the Jeep to tour around when you get where your going. Never had any complaints with this setup. AND you have a nice comfy MOHO to rest in whenever you want.|
|01-26-2010 01:17 PM|
|Bobthegod||Ive gone cross coutry the last two years. Put on 10,000 miles each trip. Oh did I mention the Jeep was hooked up right behind me. THIS IS THE WAY TO GO.|
|01-26-2010 12:59 PM|
This guy did a road trip that hit all 48 lower states, on a motorcycle, in 10 days.
|01-26-2010 12:32 PM|
|Jeepmanj20||Last summer me and my brother went from our home in Maryland to St louis in one day in his 08 wrangler. Then we shot down through Akasnsas to Louisiana and followed the gulf for a while. We went through Mississippi an foud a great place to off road in Alabama. some were in the Taladega NTL forest. We were initally going to Nashville TN but decided to go all over instead. It was really cool and fun to do.|
|01-26-2010 09:53 AM|
I did a cross-country trip (3 days from NY to LA, 4 days LA to NY) a few years ago. Needless to say, I didn't take my time and am doing it again this summer with a couple buddies. I'm moving to LA permanently, so we're taking 2-3 weeks to make a trip from NY to there.
I have an 05 LJ, so I'm thinking I'm in pretty good shape for some of the things you guys have mentioned:
longer wheelbase for highways
storage for 3 backpacks, tent, cooler
7 speaker system w/ aftermarket Pioneer head unit
The Jeep has a stock suspension, and it will have 31" Goodyear Duratracs in a few weeks. So I think I'm striking a mild balance for exploring a little at various spots, and making it there as efficiently as possible.. I've done some quick gas calculations, it didn't look too awful bad... considering it will be split 3 ways. Needless to say, we're all very psyched for this trip. I'll have pics eventually.
|01-26-2010 07:41 AM|
Wife and I do a road trip each year. It's usually a 2 week trip, but time varies due to circumstances. Our trip for this year will start with a hard run to San Francisco where we do an annual party with friends.
This year we will leave SF and head to Reno and do a little gambling before we head toward Ely Nevada. Never drove through Nevada where Vegas wasn't the destination, so this area will all be new to us. Not sure how long it will take us, but exploration is part of the trip, so we don't really care.
We will leave Ely and head toward Moab Utah. Once again, new country to us, so we will continue to explore the area and take however long it takes us to get there. We plan on staying in Moab for a couple of days at least. It's been many years since we've been to Utah, or Moab and we'd like to reacquaint ourselves with both.
Leaving Moab we plan on heading to Ouray, which we visit a few times each year since it's just six hours from home. We'll meet with a few friends there too, grab some meals and drinks at the Outlaw, and do some wheeling together.
After Ouray, we'll head for home. Now all this can change just by the appearance of an interesting road, trail, or circumstance. While living back in Chicago, one of our road trips main destinations was Gatlinburg Tennessee and we never even saw Tennessee that trip. We ended up in Missouri for a fishing tournament and saw a small town rodeo in Texas while heading to Galveston for more fishing. Let Texas for New Orleans and ended up in Missouri again.
I'm always flexible when on vacation.
|01-26-2010 07:39 AM|
|chucky cheese||I've done 3 large circles, New Orleans to the Atlantic up to the carolinas down through Tenn over the smokies and back. Up through ALA to north ARK and back through TX. Down through TX BIG BEND up to Rioduso New Mexico back through north TX. 05 6spd 4 banger, loved it and I ain't young either.|
|01-26-2010 06:59 AM|
Has anyone here done a cross country drive on mainly paved roads? East coast to West/West to East?
If so, how was it?
I'm thinking about buying a Wrangler (going to test drive one on Friday!) and one thing I'd LOVE to do is drive out to one of my favorite spots, Death Valley, and finally be able to see parts of the park I've never been able to get to due to not having the proper vehicle!
Please post your cross country on road experiences please!
|09-14-2009 01:32 AM|
|njkeagle||I am planning a trip west from Pennsylvania sometime next year I hope if everything goes well. I like the idea of going on no pavement roads but where do you find those routes? any websites maybe. I think it will be a great trip especially if you get some jeeps together to take the drive. It would also be cool to hook up with local clubs on the way there. I hope it will happen|
|09-12-2009 10:26 PM|
|Stoneaxe||I dunno. I stuff my wife, daughter, and all their paraphenalia in my TJ and make the 3 hour drive (one way) up to northern michigan at least half a dozen times over the summer. Add another 100 to 150 miles of wheelin' while I'm there and then drive home. The ride in the Jeep is nice enough (not nearly as harsh as my TA), it's a '6 with cruise so it goes well enough on the freeway. I've got a soft top so the wind noise is a bit harsh, but not bad. I'd get a hard top and do the tour in a heartbeat.|
|09-12-2009 05:10 PM|
I remember driving from Massachusetts to Colorado in my 92 YJ 15 years ago...my ass hurt so bad that I resorted to sitting on a stack of pillows...the never-ending wind noise drove me to madness...there were so many dead bugs on the windshield that I actually couldn't see the road anymore...tinny stock radio couldn't get the job done...leg cramp from no cruise control...thrown all over the highway by the wind gusts from passing semis...
...one of my happiest memories ( :
|09-12-2009 02:29 PM|
I just used google maps, drag and drop on the selected route that was basically the perimeter of the US
|09-11-2009 11:02 PM|
N39, Wheres the link? I dont see it.
I have always wanted to do this in my jeep. I used to drive from north florida to Pennsylvania in a day in my jeep, but would do anything to drive out west in the jeep.
|09-11-2009 10:46 PM|
Driving directions From Virginia Beach, VA to Virginia Beach, VA
9,330 mi – about 6 days 5 hours
|09-11-2009 08:58 PM|
|09-11-2009 08:45 PM|
Hay Honda, I got run over on my Harley Ultra last yr. busted both bones in both lower legs, crushed both knees and curshed both ankles. I got 3 plates in each lower leg and 86 screws. the docs said I wont walk again. well I am walkin, but no way can I handle 850lbs of Ultra again. and if I am ridein a Harley it will be another Ultra. just a great way to ride 25k a yr.
so till I can build up and heal good enough I am rideing my Jeep Sahara. no its not a Harley, but drop the top and yur on the road in the wind. and lose the doors and man its in the wind even more. I got 19K on her this yr and its lots of day trips in these Smokey Mountains and some 4 wheelin trips and 4 week long trips. and will be going to AZ/NM for jan/feb/mar and will run all over the rockies then.
Hay I get 20mpg and gas is $2.25a gal so it aint terrible gas cost. and hell the jeep tires are as expensive as the Harleys tires, but the jeep tires last 2 times longer so its awash there. parts are about the same.
so after I get my garage built I will be touring the jeep on the lil 2 lanes and gravel roads and dirt roads all over the country. shoot, I got a hammoc so ya just find a nice secluded spot and a tree and tie to the tree and the jeeps bumper and sleep just fine.
like you said if you can tour on 2wheels you can have a blast in a Jeep.
by the way I just ran the Dragon with the Jeep and sleep along the river, and ran the Cherohala parkway and slept on top of the mountain. yea it was fun!! I aint in no hurry anymore and the Jeep is a great way to see the country!!
|09-11-2009 07:03 PM|
I also visit ADV ,I stay mostly in the midwest forum
We have alot of members in wisconsin
have lots of get togathers,rides....
Here is my ADV bike ,guess my tag on ADV
My jeep is a heep ,so I keep it stock
Its been south florida twice,Colorado
once with the Kawi in tow
Going the SD next month
I mostly camp
|09-11-2009 05:51 PM|
|09-11-2009 05:19 PM|
I drove across the country and all over the place in a 1970 Jeepster Commando, but I was younger.
The reason why it's not written up so much is that I don't think it's that big of a deal. They're good reliable cars, and the only "adventure" part is that they're less comfortable on the highway.
I think you'd need to kick it up a notch. There was a story in a magazine not too long ago of someone who drove from Canada to Mexico through the Rockies on as little pavement as possible.
I'm trying to plot a route from Boulder to Moab hitting virtually no pavement.
That type of thing.
There's a great magazine for adventure trips:
Vehicle-Dependent Expedition Magazine: Overland Journal
And a neat web site for expedition focused adventures:
Expedition Portal: Vehicle-Dependent Overland Expedition Community
Neither of these is Jeep specific, so you need to put up with some silly nonsense about Toyota's being worthwhile rigs :-)
|09-11-2009 04:55 PM|
|SoCal147||Cruise Control and Aftermarket Seats. I did 803 miles in 13.5 hours on my HD Road King. My azz was sore.|
|09-11-2009 04:42 PM|
|Levinoss||If I had the money I would do it but the gas would be killer! I have been thinking about it but I'd prolly just end up renting something more comfortable and gets better MPG. If I was to do it, I would install a cruise control for sure. I did around 1,000 miles up here to kentucky almost non-stop besides gas etc and it hurt. LOL|
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