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Old 08-19-2017, 02:38 PM
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Is my buddy nuts???

So my buddy has a 145000 mile,08 JKU,auto,Cooper STT Pro,35s STOCK gear,usual upgrades,bumper winch skids etc
Hes planning in Oct to drive to Moab,from Upstste N.Y. a 35 or so hr ride in a car. I wonder how long this will really take??

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Old 08-19-2017, 02:43 PM   #2
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I've thought about a trip there from jersey, but would like to load the jeep on a train and let that drive me out there.

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Yeah,I agree. However I think Id do the drive with a newer JKU,with a 3.6,proper gear and a couple weeks off work. Maybe do some other stops along the way.
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Take a look at my sig. This year we are at 10,000 mile mark for road trips. Last year it was over 15,000 miles. Some times pulling a trailer sometimes not. The current trip I am on will be 3000 miles all said and done. I would plan 3 days each way with one driver.
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seems reasonable to me. I agree with the above poster plan on 3 days one way. A person could have it shipped one way, fly in and drive it back if pressed for time. Lots of cool country to see between here and there so I would want to drive it at least one way.
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Heck, we have been looking at a utah trip from central Texas and will need 3 days each way for the drive. Our group has determined that this will need to be a 2 week trip, just so we are not rushed.
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I would have no issues doing that drive 3 days sounds about right
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To me a 3.8 ,35s and stock gear would make for a long trip, maybe I'm wrong
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Out here, we have a different driving mentality than the east coast. Our speed limit on the interstates is 75, and traffic is about 1/3 of what it is on the other side of the Mississippi.

Also, if you have never driven out this far, when you see a sign that says, 'Next Services 100 miles,' you need to fill up because the next 99 miles is nothing but sagebrush and coyotes...
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Whew, "Nuts?" probably not clinically but it's a crap shoot.
We used to say " Run what ya Brung" but the ride home was usually 30-45 minutes. High mileage Jeep across te
he entire Country to then abuse and drive back ... I'm not sure the question shouldn't be "Is this possible" what the heck you only live once (or twice depending on who you ask and which way you face)
We just went about 1200 miles round trip with off-roading during at the OBX and my Sons Jeep (with my Son, Daughter and two Dogs) is an '06 with about the same miles and I have to admit I had my concerns ..... We made it and had a great time Thank God.

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I live in North Central Indiana And have forever . In 1968 I Road a used Harley Sportster To cal. and back in eight days . Was it fun you bet my butt was sore for a week .
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The last 3 years my buddy, panhead41 has driven from Columbus Oh with his 72yoa neighbor to meet me to run the Rubicon, Dusy Ershim and this year the san juan area of Co. The first year they did like 2500 miles in 2 days and actually the first year he made the trip 2X as he came to Montana the first time around and had such good fun made it a second time to meet to do the Rubicon. Sure mechanical things can happen but slow and easy on the trails usually keeps you from breaking. each time I get off a tough trail I am always amazed at how well the jeep rides. When we did the Rubicon and Dusy we took no spare parts just normal tools and common sense.
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I've made many many similar trips as you describe, all alone and most without issue. When traveling out west I'm good for 12 to 16 hours with only breaks for nature and fuel before I shut down and really enjoy traveling that way. Once there I do as Jadmt warns, slow down a bit and think things through with a large helping of common sense. But I think the quote of the day goes to RubiconSS
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I agree with SS, take it slow and have fun.
jeeplvr, is your friend going with a group? It would be wise, but then the vehicles in that group may not appreciate his pace.

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