This is my first post here! so Hello and Thank you for reading this!
If I am posting in the wrong forum, or this has been answered a million times, or I am breaking any established WranglerForum.com etiquette, please forgive me and direct me to where I need to go and I will be glad to delete my post and find my answer elswhere! <3
I have wanted a Jeep Wrangler ALL OF MY LIFE! It is only now, in my 30's that I am finally able to get myself one. Unfortunately, I didn't have a dad, and don't now have a husband who knows anything about vehicles.
So, with that, I am depending on you, dear WranglerForum, to help me decide on a vehicle and how to modify it to my needs!
Anyone feel up to the challenge?!!
This vehicle will be my primary means of transportation. I work in town, so I won't be driving long distances and need a terribly comfortable vehicle. I am used to driving trucks and old VW bugs, so I'm not spoiled with the best amenities, but now that I'm older, I'd like to treat myself a little. I always fantasized about the two seater, but I have some nieces and older relatives I take back and forth to the doc, and I think that with wheelchairs, etc, I will need the Unlimited style Wrangler.
Now for the fun stuff! I live in the Southeast, in a flood prone area. Not HUGE floods, but chronic, small swampy floods, that flood out low sedans. We also have a problem with downed pine trees blocking our roads, or downed oak limbs- nothing HUGE, but not something you'd try to go over in a mustang.
I have NO plans to rock crawl, but I do have friends that "mud bog" in their older style jeeps every so often, and I'm kinda tired of riding shot gun all the time. It would be nice to have my own jeep to take out. Also, I have vacation/ retirement property which exists at the end of a looooong dirt road that seldom gets graded. It is full of potholes and ruts and turns into its own style of red Georgia clay mud on and off during the year.
So- I want a jeep that I can feel secure in getting home in during small flash floods, maybe crossing downed tree limbs, moving through mud, and across holey roads. Lastly, I'd like to be able to tow a small trailer on which mine and my husbands motorcycles would be, or our small camping trailer.
I'm thinking the standard Sport would be fine and that the Rubicon would be overkill considering that 90% of this Jeeps life will be on the road. To be extra comfortable, I could spend my extra dollars and get the Sahara package, but I don't need the Rubicon equipment since I am not climbing rocks. Is this correct?
What jeep would you suggest I buy and what modifications would you suggest I add! I am SOOO excited and have NO ONE I know to talk this over. As you can imagine, most ladies my age are not this into Jeeps and their old Honda CB350s!
Thanks so much! <3