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Old 11-30-2018, 01:50 PM
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How would you use your Gladiator?

My jeep JK is way over built for what I do with it. I live in Michigan so its not like I'm out climbing boulders and slick rock on the weekends. This truck would be the perfect combo of what I love about my Jeep combined with what I miss about driving my F150. I bow hunt and had to have my cousin come out last year to get my deer from the field I shot it in. I cut firewood for my fireplace. So many things I miss having a truck for. I have a 5x10 trailer that has been great behind the Jeep but it would be so convenient to just throw stuff in the bed when you need to. I look forward to checking it out at the Detroit auto show in January. When the Hydo Blue comes available the Rubicon may have to go up for sale in favor of the new Gladiator.

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Guessing most will haul their kids to soccer practise in it. Maybe haul a jetski to the lake but that is about it.
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honestly can't really decide what I would use the Gladiator for, of course I used to use my F250 for actual work like landscaping and masonry and other things like that, and at this time im no longer doing any of that type of stuff so yea, the Gladiator would be used as a down sizing option at least, it will be nice IF they offer it in a 6 spd manual...here's hoping they at least offer that as an option...that is one of the big things causing me to debate getting rid of my F250 the other is a diesel option...with my F250 even though its way more truck then I currently need I have the diesel AND manual transmission to boot the best of both worlds, I am hoping Jeep does the same...
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I would love one and my use would be pretty much like I use my rubicon except I could haul more camping gear. Most of my wheeling consists of local trails, Moab once a year and somewhere like Colorado every other year. Not sure why people think it is too long off road with. The AEV crew has done the Rubicon Trail in 4 door Brutes and did Kane Creek in full size Rams. I have seen full size trucks on Poison spider and Hells revenge. Seems like the perfect blend to me. I would sell my small off road trailer and think about doing a RTT on the Gladiator. The only thing that will be an issue is the price of admission.
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What is keeping me on the fence is that my primary use would be off road. And an extra 20" of wheelbase and the really long rear overhang aren't optimal for that.

While I want more room for my stuff on long Jeep trips, I don't want to sacrifice too much off road capability. And I'm not sure I have enough stuff to need a JT. If I end up replacing my 2dr I'll be more likely to end up with a 4dr JLU instead.

But a JT would be nice parked next to my J10...
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From what I've seen with reported towing capacity plus the pictures of it towing a Wagoneer I would definitely use one as a tow rig for my TJ. Both my wife and I would love a truck for many reasons but this is one that definitely sticks out in my mind, plus I don't need a full size truck and something a little smaller would be better for me with having to drive to work in downtown Toronto sometimes.

The truck would stay stock height and maybe only get towing upgrades, wouldn't get a Rubicon or likely do any trails with it if I got one, thats why I have the TJ
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I'd use it like any other vehicle I've owned, just with more off road capability.
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I'll use it for daily driving and towing my box trailer full of ATV's to the trail-head and/or campground. Same thing I use my F-150 for now. The only question will be if I keep the TJ too.
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How would you use your Gladiator?

I hunt , boat , and go to Starbucks . So the truck bed is needed for the first two . I canít wait .

And now I donít need to drive our work truck to haul my nautique .

Iíll be lifting it the minute parts are available with wheels and tires


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Like a truck, what else? I have a TJ for the trails, but I'd probably lift it a couple inches.

I haven't had a truck in several years...this would do nicely.
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gonna use it to tow my Cj2A or my JKU to offroad in. Will also use for family camping trip to Yellowstone and Glacier National Forest. Will offroad in it too. Waiting on the diesel.
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im going to use mine for what its made for, truck stuff and jeep stuff
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Probably a lot like what I use my JKU for, only shifting some cargo to the bed from my roof rack and hitch basket.
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Mainly the same as i use my JK. Going out camping, fishing and just getting outdoors - just further out then the average joe with an Outback
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IF I can afford the Gladiator......??
Use it for Overland camping trips.
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As a truck... to tow my projects (cars), the boat, whenever I need to tow the motorcycle... all the stuff I do today with my X5.

Then to start going places that I just can’t with my X5... I want to make it into an overland vehicle to take it into places our class B RV can’t go...

I want to have it ready and paid for by the time I retire... still many moons to go, but I have a well defined plan... that is, if I don’t die early, lol.
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Definitely will be using it for the dirt-bikes and the Jet Ski. My only fear is loosing internal vehicle storage room.
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Defiantly will be using it for the dirt-bikes and the Jet Ski. My only fear is loosing internal vehicle storage room.
Defiantly? Are you not supposed to be carrying dirt bikes and jet skis? You also shouldn't be loosing storage. All roads require you to secure your load.

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I have a 3200 pound camper that I pull with my JKU. It handles it OK. I haven't had any issues but it's definitely the most I want to put behind the JKU. My wife recently bought a 2019 Cherokee Trailhawk so we started pulling the camper with it. Much better.
We would have gotten a bigger camper but towing capacity was the limiting factor so the Gladiator would be used as a towing vehicle and of course as a truck..bikes, car parts,engines, more Jeep parts etc.
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I'd finally get a camper of some sort .... Long wheelbase, probably will ride nice/track straight. It'll be convenient for many.

Look forward to actually "seeing" one.
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On our Caribbean Rock for diving (5-6 days a week)... plenty of room in the bed for tanks and gear...


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Been wanting a Jeep for years, but I like my trucks. This would be a nice mix of both. And i dont use my F350 to its capacity or even half.
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Im torn between a Gladiator and a Silverado Trail Boss. Right now the Sport S Gladiator is just barely inching out the Trail Boss.

Ill primarily use either one as a truck and an overlanding rig. Keep my JKUR as my "off-roader"/day tripper and then use the truck as the "pack up and go" rig.
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Im torn between a Gladiator and a Silverado Trail Boss. Right now the Sport S Gladiator is just barely inching out the Trail Boss.

Ill primarily use either one as a truck and an overlanding rig. Keep my JKUR as my "off-roader"/day tripper and then use the truck as the "pack up and go" rig.
Check out this concept, I'm in the same boat but will probably kit my jku with roof top tent.


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Check out this concept, I'm in the same boat but will probably kit my jku with roof top tent.


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Id go rooftop on my JKUR, but I have the soft top and no plans of hard top. I know i could a rack that would go around, but havent seen anything I like. I like the idea of putting a tonneau cover and a rack system on the bed of a truck then the tent on that rack. That way you arent over the height of the cab.

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I imagine most people won't use it as a truck, just like most people driving around jacked up F150s and similar don't go off-road or even scratch the bed, short of a box from the local home improvement store. I'd also add most people, if they buy a JT with any decent amount of options or Rubicon, won't near use it as a truck for fear of messing it up. I've noticed a strange thing over the last few years of how trucks and "adventure" oriented vehicles are marketed. Just yesterday I saw and ad for a Ranger (I think, or similar) with a nice shiny truck decked out with a bed rack and a luggage box perched atop the rack. I guess in theory, and some might do so, you could double up your load by putting junk in the bed and also filling up the luggage box with items you don't want to expose to the elements. What I see in practice is people taking up bed space with a rack and sticking a luggage box on top and not really utilizing it because it looks cool and "rugged". Why not just use an SUV. Heck Jeep has pics of the Gladiator with a similar rack system in the bed and two mountain bikes on top. Why not just get a simple fork mount or similar and stick the bikes in the bed??? Because it is all about image and looks for the majority. Dude in my neighborhood drives a Tacoma around with so many racks and crap hanging off it, shovels, recovery mats, his truck is no longer even close to usable as a truck and after about a year of ownership, not one scratch. His money though. Take a Wrangler, lifted, super wide and tall tires, all for looks usually when stock height and pizza cutters would more than do what the average owner needs. I am just amazed at the money people throw into lifts, tires and all the things that need to be modified to make it work just for looks. Enter the Gladiator. They look cool though.
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I would by the overland version and tow my TJ to the trails with it. I would daily drive it as well as use the sh!t out of the bed. I would do very limited off roading with it since I have my TJ
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Any way i want too....i've been bitten by the Gladiator bug.
Just need to test drive one to see if my garage will fit around it.

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