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Old 01-07-2014, 09:38 PM
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I can't leave the wife an dog at home...

... but the jeep has a very limited haul capacity. Even with the rear seat removed the space inside the Jeep is at a premium. I have a trip to Easter Jeep Safari this spring planned, it's a two day drive and a 5 night stay in a hotel in Moab. Also this is my first such trip in the Jeep and I am not sure what to take along and what to leave behind.

It is mandatory that the wife, dog (service dog) and my wife's scooter (she is an amputee) go inside the Jeep. I have set a one suitcase limit for her and myself.

So, here is my question, having never been to Easter Jeep Safari I am not sure what to take along for the off road excursions. What do I need and what can I leave behind at home?

I am planning on going only on the mild trail runs and spectating at the more hard core stuff. Thanks

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Bring a trailer, or one of those trailer hitch receptical carriers for what does absolutely NOT need to be in the Jeep with you.


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I am kind of thinking that I need to put a rack up top or something like that. I haven't been to EJS before and would appreciate suggestions on the essentials of wheeling on the rocks, should I bring my high lift jack, shovel, straps??? Or just concentrate on being comfortable all day in the great out of doors. Cooler, folding chairs, BBQ, you know that kind of stuff.
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Get a roof rack and put most of your stuff lightweight and small in height. That way you can load the scooter and dog inside. When you go you will want tools and recovery gear that you would normally take on the trail.

Long trip in a YJ is tough but can be done.

See what you can find and if you aren't taking that much stuff try a hitch basket on the back.
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I would be as prepared for anything out on the trail. You don't want to be the guy relying on others for help. Be prepared and you will be helping the less prepared.
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always better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it,,

have you thought about a rental truck to pull your jeep down there the everyone and everything can go with ya,,
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Old 01-08-2014, 12:42 PM
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Good suggestions all, hadn't considered towing the Jeep. I do have a full sized chevy PU that should have no problem towing the jeep. Hmmm, thinkin' on it thanks.
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If I were you, I would do like suggested and tow the yj. You can get a decent towbar for $79 or less and flat tow it there and back. Not to mention if you break something there you won't have to worry about fixing it before driving it back home.
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I have not towed a Jeep (or anything really) before, do I just put the transmission and transfer case in neutral and go? It has an automatic and I really don't wanna destroy the tranny.
Any precautions I should be aware of before traveling at freeway speed, with the Jeep in tow?
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your welcome for the suggestion, i have a yj and if i were to go very far to wheel it i would tow it there, you could even rent a dolly from u haul pretty cheap , but im sure someone on here will chime in that flat tows there,s but i sure see more jeeps being pulled behind motorhomes than any other vehicle and there flat towed, not sure if u need to remove the front drive shaft or not but i dont think so,,--
if u go to a web site called irv2.com there are alot of very freindly folks on there that would love to help you out,,great people on there,,,--

and as stated above if you break something no worries getting it back home,,
best part the whole family can enjoy the trip..
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...do I just put the transmission and transfer case in neutral and go? ...
No.
1)Transfer Case in Neutral
2)Transmission in Park
3)Key in Unlock Position
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Most organized runs have a list of required off-road and safety equipment. Check the sponsor site and find their list. The group I ride with require a working parking brake, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, tow strap without hooks, jack that can lift vehicle, towing hooks or D-rings front and rear, 40 channel CB. If you don't have whats on their list they may not allow you to ride with their group.
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You folks have been very helpful, Thank You Very Much for all the help. If you think of any thing else please don't hesitate to post it here. I am watching the Red Rocks 4 wheelers facebook page for updates on sign ups and registration info. They are opening registrations on the 21st., so as far as required equipment I should be able to find out at that time.
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[IMG][URL=http://s1036.photobucket.com/user/kareklaw/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2014-01/Roof%20Rack%20Project%202014/NCM_0062.jpg.html

I am putting together a roof rack, it is built completely of recycled metal. It took me a couple weeks to gather up the materials and figure out my design, but it's coming together nicely. I took a couple pictures of it for the forum.
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Trying that picture link again...
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No.
1)Transfer Case in Neutral
2)Transmission in Park
3)Key in Unlock Position

just like this^^^. if you were going to put the front wheels on a dolly you would need to pull the rear driveshaft. flat towing is the way to go tho.

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