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If you are getting into the Jeep lifestyle and have recently joined the world of off roaders, you should seriously consider joining an off roading club. These clubs offer many benefits that you would not think of. Not only will you have the camaraderie of others sharing your lifestyle choices, but you will also have access to a support network that you wouldn’t believe. Here are some of the top reasons to join an off roading club.

  1. You will have buddies to go off roading with. It is always best to go off road with a buddy or two or three or more. This way if something goes wrong you have someone there to help you. You should never go off road alone.
  2. If you are dumb enough, or inexperienced enough, to go off roading alone, you will have someone to call on if you get stuck. Anything could go wrong when you are out on the trail. Something could break or stop working, you could flip, or worse you could roll your Jeep. Having someone to call that can get you out of sticky situations can be a blessing in disguise.
  3. Many club members will do anything to help out a fellow member. This includes swapping parts and helping with upgrades and Jeep modifications. Some clubs spend every weekend together, and work on someone’s rig nearly every weekend. If you have a lot of work to do on your off road vehicle, this is a great way to get some help with it. Just remember that you have to be willing to help out on someone else’s vehicle as well.
  4. Having off road buddies is more like having another family than having friends. Everyone watches out for everyone else.
  5. You can get a lot of advice and tips on how to modify your vehicle or what to do when you take your vehicle out on the trail from people who have already been there. Even newer off roading groups often have at least one or two members that are very experienced in off roading and Jeep mods. This advice and help can go a long way to a beginner.

Of course, all of these benefits can only be had if you choose the right off roading club. Visit a club and attend a meeting or two, maybe go on an outing, before you decide for sure that the group is for you.

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If you want to truly live the Jeep lifestyle, there are some things you need besides your off roading Jeep. There are certain things you should keep in your Jeep so that you are prepared for whatever comes your way while you are off road. Whether you are considering a day trip or a camp out, these items could come in handy either for camping or in an emergency situation.

  1. Tent. If you are camping you will obviously need shelter. But you should keep a tent in your Jeep at all times, so that if you get stuck in the middle of no where you still have shelter. Don’t forget to also pack a tarp to put down under the tent, just in case it is muddy where you wind up camping.
  2. Water. You can never have enough water. Keep a flat of bottled water or several gallon jugs of water in your Jeep any time you plan on going off roading. If you get stuck, you’ll need that water, especially during the heat of the day, to stay hydrated.
  3. Basic first aid kit. This kit should have bandages, tape, gauze, disinfectant, and more. This is a must for any off roading trip no matter how long or short the trip may be.
  4. Other emergency items. You should always have a lighter in case you need to start a fire. A flashlight or head lamp is also important if you are out at night, whether you planned to be or not. A roll of duct tape and a long piece of rope could have many uses in an emergency, as could a swiss army knife or similar multi purpose tool.
  5. Food. If you are planning on camping, you are probably going to take food with you. But if you are going out for a day trip, you may not think about it. Having some extra food in your Jeep, even if it is just bread and peanut butter, is important. If you get stuck off road, you may need to have food readily available.
  6. Map. You should always have a map of the area you are off roading in, as well as a compass. This way you can find your way out if you were to get lost or turned around while off roading.
  7. CB radio or cell phone with great reception. Cell phone reception can fail, so it is always a good idea to have a CB radio any time you go off road. This way if there is an emergency, you can call for help.

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Many people wonder what type of Jeep is best to buy for off roading. This is a common question that has no definitive answer. It really depends on what year you are looking at buying, and what type of off roading you plan on doing. Let’s look at new vehicles first.

The Jeep Commander is not a good Jeep for off roading. It is so big that it is really only good on flat sand or dirt. Modifying it is not really an option either. So forget that model if off roading is your goal.

The Jeep Wrangler is the most capable of all the Jeeps for off roading. The Rubicon version is the absolute best for off roading. The Rubicon version of the model adds stronger front differential and stronger axles, locking differentials, lower ratio gears, and a disconnecting sway bar. These upgrades are workable for most moderate to difficult trails. However, they are not considered best in class, except the strong axles. If you do decide to modify this Jeep to make it even more suitable for off roading, the factory parts have decent resale value.

The Liberty or Grand Cherokee can also handle easy to moderate terrain, especially if you modify them. The modifications are expensive, but the additional cost is well worth it if you decide to go with this type of Jeep. The advantage to getting a Liberty or Cherokee is that they have added space and great highway capability, so if you spend as much or more time on the highway than you do off roading, it can be well worth it to get one of these models instead of the Rubicon.

If you are looking at older vehicles, perhaps the best off roading Jeep available is the older model Jeep Wranglers, the TJ Rubicon model. It has all of the same upgrades as the new Rubicon version, with the exception of the disconnecting sway bar. It has a peppier engine than the newer Rubicon though.

The older Jeep Cherokee, model XJ, is also very good for off roading with a little bit of work. It takes more money to prepare a XJ for off roading, but you can usually pick them up for a few thousand dollars. So for about ten grand you can have a great off roading vehicle that also has additional cargo and passenger space and has on road manners.

What style Jeep do you sport on the trails?

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The funny thing is; a lot of Jeep owners tend to spend a lot of time, energy, and money on things for under the hood or for the exterior of the car.  However, when it comes to the inside they forget to gussy it up.     Below are a few ideas on how to make the interior of an older Jeep look like new again.

Black Neoprene Center Console Armrest Pad for Jeep Wrangler JK 2011-2012 by Rugged Ridge

Black Neoprene Center Console Armrest Pad for Jeep Wrangler JK 2011-2012 by Rugged Ridge

New or Add a Center Console

One of the easiest things to do inside a Jeep is to replace or install a new Jeep center console.  A lot of the older jeeps never had these, so there isn’t any place to lock up your valuables or (if you get the right one) hold your beverages.    Rugged Ridge makes a great one for 1976-1995 Jeep CJs that comes with a nice one made in black vinyl with a nice padded armrest, two cup holders, and a lock.

Front Trailmax High-Back Fixed Position Bucket Seat for Jeep 1976-02 CJ & Wrangler

Front Trailmax High-Back Fixed Position Bucket Seat for Jeep 1976-02 CJ & Wrangler

New Seats

A lot of the older Jeeps come with seats that are about as comfortable as sitting on a bumpy log all day.   Not only are they not comfortable they are not safe, especially for people who spend a good deal of time off-roading.   Jeep replacement seats can usually be had for less than a $150 per seat and are very simple to install in the comfort of your own garage.

MasterCraft 2" Dual Series Seat Harness

MasterCraft 2″ Dual Series Seat Harness

New Seat Belts

Seat belts are a very important piece of equipment no matter if you spend all your time on the highways or in the wilderness.  Old seat belts can easily get stuck or not function properly leading to some very dangerous situation.  Jeep replacement seat belts can be easily found in either the standard shoulder belt or in a variety of safety harness.

GRAB HANDLE PAIR NEOPRENE REAR COVER RED 07-10

GRAB HANDLE PAIR NEOPRENE REAR COVER RED 07-10

   Grab Handles

Of course any good Jeep off-road enthusiast knows that if you are going to have any fun out in the wilderness you need to install sturdy Jeep grab handles for your passengers.   Now we are not talking about your standard issue grab handles here.   We are talking about sturdy pieces of steel wrapped with a little padding.

High-Back Bucket Seat Covers For Jeep 1997-02 Wrangler

High-Back Bucket Seat Covers For Jeep 1997-02 Wrangler

Seat Covers with Storage

Once you get your new seats installed you will want to dress them up with removable/washable Jeep seat covers with a little storage in the back.  We love the Smitty Built G.E.A.R covers made of 600 Denier polyester and seven different pouches to store everything from a first aid kit to extra bottles of water.  The true genius about these kits is that they are easy to access while sitting in any seat and they will hold all loose objects in place.

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The 17th Annual All Breeds Jeep Show

PA Jeeps Inc. is a local, non-profit, educational organization which strives to protect everyone’s right to use public lands, not only for safe off-highway driving but also for hiking, horseback riding, camping, etc.

Jeep owners and lovers will once again unite on July 21 and 22, 2012 in York, PA for this one of a kind annual event celebrating all things Jeep.  The event is sponsored by the PA Jeeps club which touts itself as “a non-profit, educational organization  which strives to use public lands, not only for safe off-highway driving, but also for hiking, horseback riding, camping, etc. “

The All Breeds Jeep show is a combination event that will feature a wide array of activities.  Some of the events allow Jeep owners to enter their Jeeps in various competitions and events.  Some of the competitions include:  the RTI ramp competition, the slow crawl competition, the best trail ready Jeep competition, the ultimate beater competition, and the longest distance traveled competition for the Jeep that drove to the event the furthest.

Non-Jeep owners or Jeep owners who don’t want to enter their Jeeps can also get in on the fun by attending non-participation events including:  new Jeep displays, a swap meet, various family activities, vehicle recovery demos, advice from manufacturers,  a Jeep parade, and a lot more.

Registration is now open to all participants.   People who register before July 18th will pay $35 for Saturday only and only $40 for both days.  People who sign-up at the event will pay $45.00 for Saturday or $50.00 for both days.  PA Jeeps members pay only $25.00.  The first 400 registrations will receive an event dash plaque, a goodie bag, and event program, a bonus raffle ticket and “Poker Run 500” playing card.

Participants in the event will be able to register in one of the 13 classes and 3 categories.  The classes are:  military, Willys, CJ5s, CJ7s, CJ6/CJ8/Commandos, Wagoneer/J-Trucks/FC, Cherokee/Comanche, Grand Cherokee, Wrangler YJ (87-95), Wrangler TJ/LJ (97-06), Wrangler JK (07-Present), Liberty/Compass/Patriot/Commander, and Non-Street Legal.     The three categories include:  Stock, Modified and Unlimited.

Vendors interested in being part of the vendor area need to register by July 14th.  Space rental ranges from $150 for a 10×40 booth all the way up to $300 for a 40×40 booth.    Vendors wishing to bring larger trucks need to contact the show chairman for more information.  Swap meet participants can get a 10×40 booth for $60 each.

The 17th Annual All Breeds Jeep Show opens their gates at 7am both days with the first event starting at 8am and the final event ending around 5pm.  On-site camping is available starting at $20 for a basic tent only campsite.

Time: July 21, 2012 to July 22, 2012
Location: York Fairgrounds
Street: 334 Carlisle Ave
City/Town: York, PA 17404
Website or Map: http://www.pajeeps.org
Phone: (717) 309-0513
Event Type: jeep, show, wheelin’
Organized By: PA Jeeps

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I am always up for a good trail ride and love sharing my adventures with others. So when Brian LaVoie asked me to be the Vermont Trail guide 6 months ago, I had no idea this adventure would bring me so much satisfaction. Brian is the founder for Wheeling for The Lost and raises funds to help support the work of the National Center For Missing And Exploited Children. Brian uses his hobby of Off-roading to hold events that will promote Child Safety. Brian wanted to do a first of its kind, Jeep thru all 6 New England States in 6 days. Plus raise money and awareness along the way. This trip was to include 5 Jeeps, as the event neared 3 dropped out, which left Brian’s JK, and my YJ, JT Croteau from NH was able to join us with his TJ.

This amazing trip wouldn’t be complete without a navigator, so I asked my amazing friend Opal Justice to join us. Opal Justice is a singer/songwriter from Nashville, and her first CD which was released in 2010 which included Good Girls, & Dirty Jeeps. I knew with her amazing voice and experience we could include a benefit performance. She was on board right away with raising money and awareness for WFTL.
She arrived in Albany NY on Friday June 1st – that evening we went over to CJs a small local bar in Rutland VT. There she was introduced to The Space Monkees, Duane Carleton – Vocals & Guitar, Steve Audsley – Vocals & Bass Guitar, Gary Spaulding – Vocals & Drums, a local band, who just a couple hours before heard her CD. That night she performed Good Girls & Dirty Jeeps with the backing of The Space Monkees and together they rocked the house.


On June 2nd we began the trail ride here in Vermont. It had stormed the night before and was still sprinkling as we met up. We headed out with the 3 Jeeps and my husband in his CJ5, as we drove up the town road towards the class 4 trail, we were met by fallen trees that came down in the storm the night before. We cut the trees out of the town road, and further up we had a few more to cut out. Once on the trail, it was still wet and damp from the storm which made trail conditions a little more challenging. We wandered through the back woods of my beloved Vermont Green Mountains, I shared stories of previous adventures and discussed different lines along the trail. We arrived at a rock ledge that had a steep incline, one of my favorite spots to climb. The rock was damp from the weather and I proceeded up the face, with Opal Justice in the passenger seat. She had never been on a trail ride and this was her first, at one point because of the steep grade all that was visible was the sky. We climbed up in 2nd low gear and made it to the top. Brian in his JK decided to try it, he approached the ledge and wasn’t finding a grab, with wheels a spinning. He attempted a couple times and wanted to give up. I told him his Jeep was perfectly capable of this obstacle, and with a little less skinny pedal let the tires grab while staying steady on the gas. With that he crept up this ledge and was able to experience the upward climb. We finished the trail ride in about 2 ½ hours.

The rain had started again, and decided to skip the camping at the state park, and camped out on the floor of my living room. That evening was Opal’s performance at The Granville Forum in Granville NY. We all arrived in our Jeeps and there were already a few Jeeps in the parking lot. We set up the stage and table for the donations for the money we were raising for The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Friends from The Mettowee Extreme Off-road Park and Extreme Buggys were on hand. The Space Monkees arrived and played an awesome set. Opal Justice went on stage to perform an acoustic set as she sang a couple cover songs and songs off her first CD, Flaws and Raw, she included a few new songs she had just written. The Space Monkees took the stage again with Opal Justice and rocked the house with fan favorite Good Girls & Dirty Jeeps, and before ending she revealed her new song, Its Jeep Thing. The night ended with everyone wishing us well on our journey, thru the remainder of New England.

On June 3rd we woke to dry weather in Vermont, and loaded the Jeeps and headed for CT, while passing thru MA the rain began to fall, sometimes very heavy at times. We made it to CT where we set up the booth for Wheeling for The Lost, and handed out child safety and ID kits. When we were done we headed to a trail which began in CT, and ended in RI. It was different terrain than VT, slightly sandy and few rocks. Upon completing this trail into RI, the skies opened up and poured rain, thunder, and lightening. We continued plowing thru the deluge of rain, at times with my bikini top and half doors the rain was coming inside as bad as the outside. I had rain blowing in sideways covering my windshield, I would use my sweatshirt to try and wipe it, and needless to say it was very challenging keeping the windshield clear so I could see. We stopped in Plymouth MA and stayed the night, in hopes the rain would calm down.

June 4th We braved the rain that was still pouring down on us, and we visited the beach in Plymouth. I opened the door of my Jeep and the gust of wind caught it, I thought for sure it would pull off. The waves were crashing in over the bulkheads. We went to Plymouth Rock, and saw the Mayflower. Then we made our way north as we drove thru the tunnel that went under Boston on our way to Maine in hopes the rain would let up soon.

June 5th We had arrived in NH/Maine border where we were able to hit the trails. The rain was calming down now and only a spritz here and there. We drove on about 5 or 6 trails throughout NH and Maine. On one trail we had a rock ledge to climb up, Brian went first in his JK, I went second, and JT had turned the wheel of his TJ over to Opal Justice. JT spotted Opal over the rocks, and up the ledge as she climbed for the first time behind the wheel. I will never forget as she stepped out the Jeep, and said, “JEEP. I UNDERSTAND!” This was the point she realized what everyone in the Jeeping community had been talking about. She now was hooked on the freedom a Jeep offered.
We continued up the trail to a spot Brian referred to as Suicide Hill. He said he witnessed an XJ that had tried to climb the hill and failed. So of course on that note, I walked up the hill and surveyed that terrain, which at the base was loose flowing mud, then changing to steep dirt, and two thirds the way up changed to very large rock and washout, the top had a small spot to turn around. No one in our group wanted to attempt it. I had come too far not too, so I picked my line and began my ascent up this Suicide Hill. I was thinking the bottom slick stuff would slow me up, but my YJ climbed with grace and valor as she brought me to the top of the hill. I turned around up top and began my descent down, very proud of my Jeep.

We continued on thru creek beds that were flowing pretty well with all the rain fall. We went thru a logging header and headed out of the woods. This was a very awesome day.

June 6th We set up at The Scarborough Police Station, with the child ID kits. We were visited by a woman who was following our trip thru New England, on Facebook and was excited to meet us, as we were to meet her. She had asked about our journey, and looked over my Jeep as I explained all that I had done to build her. She is in the market to buy a Jeep, and I look forward to sharing the trails with her someday! It was time to clean up and everyone head home, we all knew the adventure was over, but didn’t want it to end. We had all became friends which began back in Vermont.

Opal and I began our trek back to Vermont, finally the weather was on our side. With blue sky and sun we wandered thru the little back towns of NH and VT. We arrived in VT around 6pm, and found out she had an invitation to come to open mic night at the Center Street Alley Bar, so off we went and waited for her turn to sing on stage. We listened to local talented artists sing and perform. Opal took the stage and sang a cover and 3 of her own songs, Good Girls & Dirty Jeeps, My Country, and Dumbass. This was great end to our journey.

I am so pleased Brian asked me to join him on the 6 days in 6 states event. I have endured the battering of torrential rain, wind, and hours of highway miles with my Jeep. Some even doubted that my Jeep would be able to make it thru all of New England. I am so proud my Jeep she has made me the person I am today, strong and confident. I am looking forward to our future adventures together.

If you were unable to make it out to any of the events and want to contribute to Wheeling for the Lost, please contact Brian LaVoie @ wheelingforthelost@gmail.com

If you are interested a copy of Opal Justice’s CD please contact Opal @ opaljustice777@gmail.com

Please continue to follow The Vermont Jeepgirl on Facebook and her Adventures, in wrenching, building, and trail riding.
June 2012

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As most people know it is harder and harder for Jeep lovers to find places to play off-road without fear of the authorities running you off, or worse, putting you in handcuffs. That is why we occasionally drop you a little note about a cool place to play safely and legally. This month we are focusing on a park opening at the end of summer or early fall of 2012 called Wicked Hills Off-Road Park.

Wicked Hills is located at 271 Parmenter Hill Road in China, Maine which is one of the highest points in central Maine. The location and elevation are perfect for varied topography with amazing views. The park boasts 605 acres boarded by Palermo and China (the city not the country) on the east and Bog Brook on the west. Locals tell us that Wicked Hills is easy to find and has great paved roads leading into the park as well as tons of parking for trailers and other vehicles.

Once inside the park; off-roaders will be pleased to find a mix of old country roads, tote roads and discontinued roads. We have been told that the most of the roads have been cleared of any major issues which will allow for a fun day on the trails without having to worry about removing unwanted brush. The trails have a nice mix of steep inclines for the expert off-roaders as well as milder terrain for the newer riders.

Wicked Hills plans to open the park this summer with just the basic needs and little else. Once the park starts to gain popularity they plan on doing a phase 2 building project which will add camping, food, bathrooms, and pavilions for lunches and picnics. They are also hoping to add an obstacle course and more trails as well.

Out-of-towners looking to take a little vacation in Maine will be pleased to find China Lake about 6 miles west of Wicked Hills. The lake is a great place for spring and fall trout fishing and summer bass fishing. Boat rentals are also available at the Lake. There are also a bunch of well-priced cabin rentals and few bed and breakfasts as well.

The park has not opened yet, but you can keep an eye on the progress by visiting their website at wickedhills.com. Currently they are doing a monthly update as they work their way through the permit process.

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