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leadZERO 03-18-2012 07:27 PM

Trans-American Trail (TAT) in a Jeep?
 
Anyone ever done the TAT (TransAmTrail.com) in a Jeep? Recently?

I'm seriously considering getting the maps from Sam and planning out sections over the next few years to do. From some of the ride reports (best one by far is The Mobius Trip - ADVrider) just make it looks like an absolute blast. Sure, it's not your an uber rock crawling adventure. But still looks like it would be a lot of fun. And some sections look like they even might be challenging in a modified JK.

I've been searching ExpeditionPortal a bit and will be doing more searching. It's been challenging trying to search for it... "TAT" returns a lot about tattoos, and "trans" seems to make every search hit on any thread about a transmission...

Anyone wanna ride it with me? :thumb:

Ryan

JPetru82 03-18-2012 10:10 PM

It is made for motorbikes, but jeeps can do it. I've be emailed back and forth with him about this. Really want to try it sometime. A thing to remember, his maps are east-west and designed to be ran that way. I really want to ship my TJ back east, and take the trail all the way home to California. Maybe someday...

prairedogg 03-19-2012 05:34 PM

I would love to do this. :thumb:

Pirateover50 03-19-2012 06:07 PM

I've got a couple of the maps, from Jellico, Tn thru 4 other states. Seems like I ask Sam about doing it all in a Jeep and he said you couldn't go the full trail in a Jeep. This is still on my bucket list.

Randman70 04-09-2012 09:42 PM

Sounds interesting..

BrianH 04-28-2012 10:07 PM

Another one adding it to their bucket list. Researching doing it as a father son trip either late this year or early next year. I'd previously been planning to do it on a motorcycle, but it seems like a great opportunity for a father son trip.

.45acpunlimited 04-30-2012 02:40 AM

Sounds sweet.

CiDZillA 04-30-2012 11:23 AM

That sounds pretty awesome. Does make me wonder if it really can be done in a Jeep.

somis 05-03-2012 06:47 AM

My dad brother and grandpa did this ( I was too young ) They did it on KTM 640's. Shipped the bikes to Colorado. Flew there. Rode back to California. They talk about it all the time. Aparently it could be done in a Jeep, minus a few technical sections, but they could be bypassed. I plan on doing this in my lifetime.

tbreaux 05-11-2012 05:54 PM

Great idea!

CaliRubicon 05-13-2012 10:38 AM

Added to my list. Thanks, can't believe I never heard of this before.

Hellga 05-15-2012 06:35 AM

I love this idea. I was working on a trip from NC to AK and back (with a stop in Moab). I am defiantly interested in more info and driving cross county tips

4 ever in a jeep 02-22-2014 04:27 AM

im looking to do this in my JKU once im done in AFG im in TN (western)
anyone that woul like to im probally a summer away from going

odss91b 02-23-2014 05:54 PM

I would love to do this as well. I've seen a couple of ride reports seems like it would be a great time.

jjvw 02-24-2014 10:41 PM

Some Englishmen did it in Land Rovers recently.
http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3D5...UQG_m0tGaSwWJg

michiganadam 03-03-2014 05:07 PM

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Originally Posted by JPetru82 (Post 2154784)
It is made for motorbikes, but jeeps can do it. I've be emailed back and forth with him about this. Really want to try it sometime. A thing to remember, his maps are east-west and designed to be ran that way. I really want to ship my TJ back east, and take the trail all the way home to California. Maybe someday...

dont do it, be easier and cheaper and more likely to get your jeep back in the same shape to just drive it. If you drove to the east coast you'd have to drive it home anyway, you know........

Lots of cars are damaged in shipping, its a pretty common thing. The more you pay a trucker the more likely it is to get there in one piece. If you dont pay much only a very low class of trucker will end up hauling it!

plus youre looking at around $1 a mile or so.

That said, i thought about shipping a motorcycle to europe. Freakin ridiculous rates! :( And cant drive to europe either!

4 ever in a jeep 04-13-2014 06:39 AM

color me confused but if the east to west shows a GPS waypoint why would that spot change coming the other way?

run it and let me know when you get to TN i might be able to drive it west with you

michiganadam 04-13-2014 11:32 PM

It wouldnt change but i guess he wants to run it the "right way" first, not backwards first. And maybe he doesnt have time to do it both ways?

i sure wouldnt trust a shipping company with my jeep unless it was being delivered from the factory.

4 ever in a jeep 04-14-2014 11:25 PM

Me either, I'm planning on driving it and uhaul with jeep trailered for the drive back

NFRs2000NYC 04-16-2014 12:28 PM

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Originally Posted by CiDZillA (Post 2318409)
That sounds pretty awesome. Does make me wonder if it really can be done in a Jeep.

They did it in a Land Rover, so I don't see why a Jeep couldn't do it.

Land Rover LR4: Driving the Trans-America Trail - Jay Leno's Garage - YouTube

somis 04-16-2014 04:36 PM

Great to see a video of this being done. My dad told me Black Bear Pass was scary enough on a dual sport, he said you've got balls doing it in a Jeep, and he won SCORE driver of the year twice back in the early 90's.

Katamarino 04-25-2014 10:33 AM

This is awesome. I've done coast-to-coast in a 4 seat airplane before, would love to do it in my jeep!

wordsmyth 05-28-2014 07:39 AM

In 2010 I rode parts of the TAT while in Colorado on a dual sport bike (Suzuki DR650) and all of what I rode can be done in a 4WD. The off-road options out there for both motorcycling and 4-wheeling are endless - when I look now at the gravel roads and mud-holes of Alabama it all looks boring.

Re, GPS: GPS waypoints simply mark a spot on the map and if one is routing to the waypoint, it does not matter which direction he is coming from. However, it does matter significantly what road surfaces are between points A & B ... and c, d, etc. To wit: 35 miles to a hospital as the crow flies can easily be 75 miles of twisting bumpy roads. We discovered this the hard way when one of our group crashed and banged up a knee. At that point there were three of us riding together. As fate, luck, or the otherwise benevolent will of God would have it the third rider was an EMT and had a first aid kit in his stuff on the KLR.

Anyway, on that trip in 2010 two of us took a month and rode dual sport bikes in New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. We both took a leave of absence from work and hoped they had not forgotten us when we got back! :confused:

So now I'm looking about three years out and planning for a retirement jaunt of some sort and will be reading trail reports and asking questions here. Thanks to the OP and the others of you who posted to this one. It whets my appetite.

:drinks:

jeepers29 05-28-2014 12:57 PM

This sounds like an awesome trip.

H8SPVMT 03-29-2016 06:15 AM

I too am considering a trip like this. Having acquired my navigation skills in the Navy and using GPS since it's inception, I think I will go that route.

Local paper maps are a must as well with off road roads, and even they can be "not up to date for conditions.

It looks like a lot of what is available is by the seat of our pants driving anyway when it comes to roads/routes.

odss91b 04-01-2016 08:56 AM

Well guys after thinking about it for 2years now, I'm finally going to do it in June. My buddy and I are taking our wives and daughters. We will be following GpsKevins route starting in Pelham, TN. Yes I know the TAT starts in Tellico plains, but since the TAT goes right by house we decided to pick it up at home and make our way to the Mississippi River. It should only take us about 3-4 days doing about 250- 280 miles a day. Could we do more and get to the Mississippi River quicker yes but why. The destination is not why we go out exploring, the journey is. Along the way we will stop at the Merriwether Lewis Monument (Lewis and Clark expedition died), Shiloh Battlefield, and Tupelo MS where Elvis was born. We may stop at 1 or 2 more places along the way. I will be filming it also into a documentary. I've seen lots of videos of motorcycles doing the TAT but very few 4x4's doing it. So here we go. June 22 we begin I'll try to keep updated here. See you guys on the trail!!

H8SPVMT 04-02-2016 04:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by odss91b (Post 24976314)
Well guys after thinking about it for 2years now, I'm finally going to do it in June. My buddy and I are taking our wives and daughters. We will be following GpsKevins route starting in Pelham, TN. Yes I know the TAT starts in Tellico plains, but since the TAT goes right by house we decided to pick it up at home and make our way to the Mississippi River. It should only take us about 3-4 days doing about 250- 280 miles a day. Could we do more and get to the Mississippi River quicker yes but why. The destination is not why we go out exploring, the journey is. Along the way we will stop at the Merriwether Lewis Monument (Lewis and Clark expedition died), Shiloh Battlefield, and Tupelo MS where Elvis was born. We may stop at 1 or 2 more places along the way. I will be filming it also into a documentary. I've seen lots of videos of motorcycles doing the TAT but very few 4x4's doing it. So here we go. June 22 we begin I'll try to keep updated here. See you guys on the trail!!

I for one am looking forward to your reports. But having a business to run I sadly will have to wait until next year.
Side note, did you copy the trip off the site or just purchase the GPS SD card?
card?

odss91b 04-02-2016 09:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by H8SPVMT (Post 24991274)
Side note, did you copy the trip off the site or just purchase the GPS SD card? card?

I copied the route off the site. Basically copied the google maps from his site and am using them on my phone, I also then got my Delorme maps and traced the route on them as well so I would have a backup to the phone.

H8SPVMT 04-21-2016 06:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by odss91b (Post 24976314)
Well guys after thinking about it for 2years now, I'm finally going to do it in June. My buddy and I are taking our wives and daughters. We will be following GpsKevins route starting in Pelham, TN. Yes I know the TAT starts in Tellico plains, but since the TAT goes right by house we decided to pick it up at home and make our way to the Mississippi River. It should only take us about 3-4 days doing about 250- 280 miles a day. Could we do more and get to the Mississippi River quicker yes but why. The destination is not why we go out exploring, the journey is. Along the way we will stop at the Merriwether Lewis Monument (Lewis and Clark expedition died), Shiloh Battlefield, and Tupelo MS where Elvis was born. We may stop at 1 or 2 more places along the way. I will be filming it also into a documentary. I've seen lots of videos of motorcycles doing the TAT but very few 4x4's doing it. So here we go. June 22 we begin I'll try to keep updated here. See you guys on the trail!!

I have heard this before but I don't know where it originates, "the TAT starts in Tellico plains", as I understood it is best to go coast to coast. Living in Charleston, SC is good for me. I was first expecting follow the latest TAT from Cape Hatteras but I too will modify that I think.

Was this the original starting place? Are you guys camping mostly or hoteling it?

odss91b 04-22-2016 06:47 PM

H8spvmt from what I have gathered in my research Sam's original route started in Tellico Plains, tn. However since then he has included it going from North Carolina. So it truly is trans America. There is another guy that some agree with or don't but he gives the route away for free while Sam charges $300+ for the maps. I'm going to use the other guys maps GPSKevin's route because they are free.

As far as lodging is concerned we are going to camp in state parks along the route. We are towing a home built trailer behind the Sammy with all of our camping gear and such.

Hope that answers your questions. If you check out GpsKevin's website you can see where the route from North Carolina.


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