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I'm new to the forum, new to everything Jeep.
We loved vacationing in Moab and Ouray, Love the west. We always rent Jeeps, we don't own one yet. But my company finally decided to expand to the "west coast" and build a plant in Nevada. Luckily I didn't have to beg them to pick me to go handle the project, they asked me!
So we will be relocating from Florida to Hederson/Vegas area.
I plan on buying a Jeep when I get there, well as soon as I make some Jeeping friends that can educate me in the art of finding a good off road vehicle.
Oh, and, I have to find a house too, with enough room for wrenching and holding all my tools and toys. Finding a house with a decent shop or room for one is proving to be quite a challenge. ;-)

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Hi Jeff, Congrats on the new job and move! It is however quite obvious that you are new the the Jeep world. This became apparent when you stated you want a Jeep AND a house:rofl: ! None of us have a house or apartment...we are too broke from buying Jeep parts. Many Newbs don't realize that the reason the JKU was developed was so we could sleep in it. But alas it's good to have dreams of owning both a house and Jeep. ;)
 

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I'm new to the forum, new to everything Jeep.
We loved vacationing in Moab and Ouray, Love the west. We always rent Jeeps, we don't own one yet. But my company finally decided to expand to the "west coast" and build a plant in Nevada. Luckily I didn't have to beg them to pick me to go handle the project, they asked me!
So we will be relocating from Florida to Hederson/Vegas area.
I plan on buying a Jeep when I get there, well as soon as I make some Jeeping friends that can educate me in the art of finding a good off road vehicle.
Oh, and, I have to find a house too, with enough room for wrenching and holding all my tools and toys. Finding a house with a decent shop or room for one is proving to be quite a challenge. ;-)

Jeff
Yeah, my three car garage...is good for two to account for tools. When searching for a Jeep, scan the JK or TJ forums concerning best starter rig foundation components depending on your series model. If yours isn't going to be a pavement princess, you are going to want one that can handle a bit of rock crawling (I do both overland and rock) as we have a mix here in the Valley, plus Logandale (Overton, NV), Sand Hollow (Hurricane, UT), Big Bear, CA, and Moab have rock thrown in. Some of the items you want to key in on are axles D44 vs D35/D30 and gearing (either you are going to have to regear if putting on bigger tires or someone else should have done that for you if it is already lifted/bigger tires. Nothing wrong with an already built rig imo (can save $$$$), but the components have to be thought out. 3.07 gearing, less than Dana 44s, rolling 37s on a JK is cringeworthy...and costly in the short and long run (breakage is coming).

Key is to luck out in picking out a good foundation (like I did) or actually go into it with good situational awareness (preferred). :)
 

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That is why I'm here. I need to figure out if buying a street driven base vehicle as a base is better than buying a rig that has seen hard use.
 

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The Jeeps here in Florida are daily drivers, or mud, you would grow old looking for rocks.
Prices look about the same. I want something I can offroad and not cry about, no pavement princess in my garage.
 

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Hey Jeff, in all seriousness before you buy your jeep find someone to take you out on that very hard Trail. You cannot understand or appreciate what a well built rig is cable of , until you ride in one with a skilled driver. This will help you decide what type of trails you want to be able to do. If you buy a Sahara because somebody that has never done rocks says you'll be fine and then you decide you want to do rocks you'll spend additional money building up that rig.

Look on eBay, this will give you an insight as to what different builds are selling for around the country. I actually bought my rig and saved a substantial amount of money over buying it here in Colorado! Then check CL, our Classified section people are always getting themselves in trouble and the need to sell their rig to pay for that trouble. There are ridiculous deals out there, you just need to be patient and be ready with the money when they present themselves!

If you want to stop in Colorado Springs on the way to Nevada we will get you out on our trail to give an idea what's out here in the West. Trails are substantially different here in the West than they are in Florida! A Jeep that does great in Florida may need a re-gear to regain low end torque. Flat landers can't comprehend what 7000' much less what 10,000 to 14K feet in elevation does to a Jeep when they're giving advice to a newbie about regearing. So what may be a good gear ratio on the East Coast is insufficient out West. Good luck!
 

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When we go to Moab we rent "extreme" Jeeps. And this year I hired a guide to be able to do the more difficult trails. It was expensive but well worth the expense. He did the spotting and via radio coached me to improve my driving skills. I didn't like wheeling alone, I wasn't learning as much and I was worried about being stranded.

 

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Well, I found a house. And I got it cheap enough that I will be able to buy a Jeep! ;-) I am very soon to be a resident of Pahrump. I got house with a 3 car garage, and a 28 x 40 shop. So, Now to find a money pit to go off roading in!
Well, I suppose I need to get there and set up shop first.
 

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Well, I found a house. And I got it cheap enough that I will be able to buy a Jeep! ;-) I am very soon to be a resident of Pahrump. I got house with a 3 car garage, and a 28 x 40 shop. So, Now to find a money pit to go off roading in!
Well, I suppose I need to get there and set up shop first.
This sounds completely backwards to me... the house before the Jeep? You're not going to make it on this forum with those kind of priorities....
 

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I'm new to the forum, new to everything Jeep.
We loved vacationing in Moab and Ouray, Love the west. We always rent Jeeps, we don't own one yet. But my company finally decided to expand to the "west coast" and build a plant in Nevada. Luckily I didn't have to beg them to pick me to go handle the project, they asked me!
So we will be relocating from Florida to Hederson/Vegas area.
I plan on buying a Jeep when I get there, well as soon as I make some Jeeping friends that can educate me in the art of finding a good off road vehicle.
Oh, and, I have to find a house too, with enough room for wrenching and holding all my tools and toys. Finding a house with a decent shop or room for one is proving to be quite a challenge. ;-)

Jeff
Just curious, What kind of plant are you building and are they hiring? Nevada - hmmm much more wheeling out there.
 

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This sounds completely backwards to me... the house before the Jeep? You're not going to make it on this forum with those kind of priorities....
Yeah, a place for the tools and hard liquor storage is pretty important.
In Florida there isn't any decent 4 wheeling just mud bogs, and I'm not into that. Hence not Jeep currently in the mix. But don't worry, the promotion that is sending me to the desert is going to buy a lot of Jeep stuff. The problem is, for me, I like to build my own stuff. But, I don't want to wait that long. So I'm in the market for something to get me going now. Streetable, but just barely.
 

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Yeah, a place for the tools and hard liquor storage is pretty important.
In Florida there isn't any decent 4 wheeling just mud bogs, and I'm not into that. Hence not Jeep currently in the mix. But don't worry, the promotion that is sending me to the desert is going to buy a lot of Jeep stuff. The problem is, for me, I like to build my own stuff. But, I don't want to wait that long. So I'm in the market for something to get me going now. Streetable, but just barely.
This ideology that you have chosen to follow here I find confusing... Hahaha

Congrats on the move and the promotion! Sounds like you found a good spot to set up base as well.
 

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Welcome to Pahrump... we love it here!
 
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