Friday, October 23, 2020

Jeep Momma Quick Tips


Years ago, I spent a lot of time reflecting on my life. I was lost and looking for direction. I was trying to find my passion.  After a lot of digging deep, I came to realize a long lost passion of writing and photography was my passion. It started in 4th grade creative writing class. I would always go back to it. High School was the newspaper. My career in TV news. Then my blog. It wasn't until I dug deep that I realized I had been living my passion. 

Search of my Passion Blog Post 

Once I made that connection I expanded my YouTube videos.  I stepped up my game with Jeep Momma's Garage videos by expanding to How To's, Top 5, Reviews, Installs. 

Jeep Momma on YouTube

Now once again I am adding Jeep Momma's Quick Tips. Short videos with Jeeping or Off-Roading or camping Tips. Check them out. I have uploaded five Quick Tip videos so far.  

Responsible Wheeling Quick Tip with Jeep Momma Wheel Spin destroys and Damages

Overlanding How To & Tips To Get Started in Your Jeep or 4x4 Vehicle 

Jeep Momma's Quick Tip OFF Road Recovery Gear Must Have Colby Valve + Discount Code

Jeep Momma's Quick Tip & Neil's Two Cents Winch Care & Maintenance

Jeep Momma's Quick Tip - Jeep Off Road Lights Aim

-How To Find-  Where to Wheel For those New Jeep Owners Jeep Momma Quick Tip  


Monday, October 19, 2020

A Must Do Jeep Modification

If I had to do it all over again Jeep Cables would be my first upgrade on my Jeep. Especially since I planned on lifting my Jeep eventually.



WHY?  

Check out this video Neil and I produced that explains why Jeep Cables are a great
upgrade, especially if you are going to add electrical modifications to your Jeep. 

Jeep Cables VS OEM Cables 


HOW?


I
nstalling them in your Jeep is doable but can be time consuming. Watch the detailed step by step install video here for the JK/JKU.

Jeep Cables Step by Step Install Video 


Saturday, October 17, 2020

Lithium Trim Serum Update


Recently, I used Lithium Trim Serum on my plastic fenders on my Jeep Wrangler. Overtime these plastic fenders fade from UV rays and get stained from mud. I have tried product after product trying to find the best one. 

Trim Serum Review Blog Post

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Below are pictures 2 weeks and 3 weeks after the first application of the product. I am living in the high desert of Colorado so it can be very windy and super dusty. I needed to wash the fenders so you can see how the Trim Serum is holding up. 

2 Weeks 

3 Weeks









 


Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Bucket List UPDATED


I haven't talked about my Bucket List in quite a while. It's been over a year. I guess it's because I have been on one big bucket list of an adventure. 




Well, I checked off a biggie this year. The Rubicon Trail. I never in a million years expected to be able to check that one off the list. But I did it. I can't wait to go again. It was an amazing trail. 

Now that I checked off the number one item on my list what's next? 


Ironicly, it's back to where it all started for me, Rausch Creek Off Road Park. I remember thinking when I first started wheeling, I would never be able to wheel those red trails. Well, now I am ready! Rock Creek and Crawl Daddy are on my list. I will then have come full circle. 




Visit Zion National Park
Head back to Rausch Creek to get the last Jeep Badge of Honor Crawl Daddy & wheel Rock Creek 
Wheel the Kentucky Adventure Trail
Wheel in Arizona
Visit Lake Tahoe
OffRoad at Windrock Off-Road Park 
Visit Iceland
Take a dip in the hot springs
Wheel in Colorado
Party in the Keys
Visit San Diego to watch the Navy Seals Train 
Overland across the US up thru Canada to Alaska
Jeep the Rubicon Trail
Sturgis
Hike Old Rag
Hike part of the Pacific Crest Trail
Gold Mine in Alaska
Visit a "Dude Ranch"
Visit Crater Lake 
Climb a Volcano in Hawaii
Revisit Yellowstone
Camp in the Grand Canyon
Hike & Wheel Big Bend National Park
Visit Bond Falls Houghton, Michigan
Visit My Family Farm in Norway 
Wheel Silver Lakes Sand Dunes

 Bucket List Ideas 

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Discount Code: JeepMomma20

Those plastic fenders on the Wranglers are hard to keep looking sharp. The suns UV rays fades the plastic, and mud tends to stain them. For the past couple of years, I have been looking for a solution to keep them looking factory fresh. 

Fender Mythbusters YouTube Video 



Lithium Auto Care reached out to me and asked if I would try their Trim Serum product on my fenders. I have tried peanut butter and erasers, so why not.

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Lithium’s Trim serum auto care product says:  TRANSFORMS WEATHERED & OXIDIZED TRIM – RUBBER & PLASTIC – IN SECONDS. 

Lithium Trim Serum Review



True, I would agree with that 100%. 

Out of all the products I have used, trim serum right off the bat makes my plastic fenders look amazing. Trim serum is designed to penetrate and seal all the rubber & plastic trim surfaces to make them look new again. It also helps keep the rubber and plastic from drying out, cracking and oxidizing.     

 


How long will it last? There is no trim protectant product that will last forever. The question is which one will last the longest. Trim serum from the start made my plastic fenders look brand new. It is supposed to last for several months. The company says about 20 washes. However, as Jeep owners most don’t even wash their Jeep that much in a lifetime. 




I plan on at least washing off my fenders weekly to check on how this product holds up. So far 2 weeks and they still look great. Out here in the San Luis Valley it's very dusty so my Jeep gets filthy constantly.   I used Trim Serum on all my plastic Jeep Parts - door handles, mirrors, dash, and the rubi rails.



Step 1 Wash the surface before applying the trim serum

Step 2  Apply trim serum to surface in a circular motion and let it remain on the surface for several minutes then buff dry.

Step 3 Allow the trim serum to cure for 6 to 12 hours before getting wet.

Additional coats may be needed for severely damaged or faded plastic.

 


Monday, October 5, 2020

Top 5 Must Have Items on the Rubicon Trail

 My Top 5 Must Have Items

When you wheel the Iconic Rubicon Trail



Now some of these items seem like no brainers as we would normally bring these items when we wheel.

 


Water  Yes, you should always bring water. However, it is vitally important on this trail to bring more then you think you need. I would double, maybe even triple the amount of water you would normally bring. Especially if the weather is going to be hot. It may not seem like wheeling is strenuous, but it can get that way especially if you are doing a lot of getting out of your Jeep to watch other Jeepers attempt an obstacle or you are doing a lot of spotting or even a little hiking on the trail.



Fridge  Yeah that may sound silly, but it really isn’t. Having a cold bottle of water can do wonders when you are out wheeling. A cooler with ice is most likely not going to make it through the whole trail. Now remember some people have made it through the whole trail in 2 days. That is going really fast. You aren‘t able to enjoy yourself and appreciate the trail. For some folks this is a once in a lifetime trip so take your time and enjoy. Plus, expect the unexpected. Some Jeepers need a little more time to wheel through those obstacles or you may have delays due to Jeep troubles. So, having a fridge to keep your water cold and store your food is so important. Last fall, we bought a Costway fridge and have used it every day since our purchase in September of 2019. It is still holding strong, and only cost half of what you pay for those name brand ones. It plugs right into my Jeep, and will stay running as long as my Jeep is on. At night it keeps cold until I turn it on the next morning.   




Food another of course you need to bring item, but again bring extra food in case you get stuck out on the trail. I would plan on a meal or two, extra snacks, and extra lunch. Maybe peanut butter and jelly or those MRE type meals as back up. Like I said before, expect the unexpected. You just never know what will happen on the Rubicon trail. Remember once you get on this 22-mile trail there are no quick get off and get back on spots. We were low on our lunch rations, and the last day we were rescued by some great California guys who left us with extra cold water, and some of the best sub sandwiches we ever had. A big shout out to those Cali Guys. We were lucky for they came along, so we did not turn into the Donner Party




Extra Fuel First make sure you find the closest gas station to the trailhead you will be entering the Rubicon Trail. For us at the Loon Lake trailhead there was a gas station on Icehouse Road. Stop and top off your tank. Every drop of gas is needed on this trail. I made it out to the McKinney Lake trailhead, but you still have a way to go to get into the town Tahoma and then to find a gas station. As I was coming off Observation Hill my gas was low, Eventually my gas light came on. Luckily, I came across a super nice guy and his family coming into the trail to camp at Rubicon Springs for the night. We stopped and chatted for a bit, and I shared our trail woes. He said he had a 20-gallon gas can in his truck at the trail head. There were 5 gallons left in it, and said it was mine. I am fairly sure I would have run out of gas before I found a gas station. One of the reasons is, I left my Jeep running through out the day even when we were stopped. As well as at camp to keep the fridge running. It was an unusually hot week up in the Sierra Nevadas, so it was warm inside my jeep. An extra 5 gallons can make a big difference.




Winch  I was able to wheel the whole 22 miles without winching myself off the obstacles or getting winched off by another Jeeper. However, we put my winch to good use helping other Jeepers. Especially the ones without lockers. Expect to winch or to be winched, and expect body damage. The Rubicon Trail is quite an experience. For me it was amazing, but at the same time very frustrating and stressful as the situation we were in. It was life changing, and I plan on going back. This time under different circumstances. I hope it will be less stressful so I can enjoy it. Remember on the Rubicon Trail Expect the Unexpected and Be overly prepared. I know the Donner Party can attest to that. 

Monday, September 28, 2020

Top 5 Lessons Learned on the Rubicon Trail


I shared "My Lessons Learned on the Rubicon Trail" on the Jeep Talk Show Podcast where I am a co-host. You can go listen there as well in my segment "The Jeep Life with Jeep Momma". Also check out my Rubicon Trail Videos on my YouTube Channel





Lesson Number 1: Off Road Etiquette
The Rubicon Trail is located in the Sierra Nevadas east of Sacramento and west of Lake Tahoe. A 22 mile trail that offers beauty, history, adventure, and a challenge for the off road enthusiast. It is a fun and exciting trail, but can be very stressful and dangerous. Here is some Off Road Etiquette for the Rubicon Trail (some I knew and some I didn't). These tips can be adapted to other off-roading trails as well. Always stay on the trail, you don’t want to drive thru the meadows or over vegetation. You want to do your best to straddle gullies, ruts, and washouts and only cross streams at designated points. You will want to minimize wheel spin as this destroys the trails and your Jeep. Some parts of the Rubicon Trail are private property so make sure you stick to the trail. Keep an eye out for trail markers and follow them. There are some parts on the granite that have trail markers like light reflectors. Don’t attempt the Rubicon trail alone. Carry a spill kit, and you might want a ham radio or satellite phone for communication as there is no cell service. Something very important to know. There are pictures on social media of Jeeps flexing and posing on the Rubicon Trail. Some of these pictures are a big NO NO. Just because you have seen another person post a picture flexing doesn’t mean it right. On a rock sure, but on those man made bridges NO. DO NOT POSE your Jeep with your tires on the frames of these bridges. If you want more information about what to bring and winter on the trail. go to www.edcgov.us/government/Rubicon



Lesson Number 2: Exhaust trail damage is no joke. 
A while back when I was wheeling in Kingman, Arizona I remember coming down hard on my exhaust pipe. I put a little dent in it. That little dent made the pipe just a tad smaller in circumference. I thought no big deal. Well, fast forward to the Rubicon Trail. Again I came down on the exhaust pipe squeezing it together just a little bit more. During the trip my check engine light came on. Then if would go off. Then come on again. When we got back to Colorado we checked it with a code reader. It read misfire on cylinder 6. We cut off the damaged part of the exhaust pipe and the check engine light went away. UNTIL… I was eating my lunch of tacos in a fast food parking lot while idling my engine so I could have AC.  We changed the spark plugs. I was told it was a good thing I cut the pipe. If I hadn’t I could of really messed up the heads. The check engine light went back on. We changed the injector and it was fine. Then it went back on again. Still trying to fix the problem. 





Lesson Number 3: Know Your Group  
This is something I hadn’t experienced on the level I did when we wheeled the Rubicon Trail. Now this isn’t just for newbies either. It’s a good reminder for all levels of off Roaders. When you go off road, whether it’s your trail ride or you are going with others Know Your Group. There are so many aspects of Know Your Group. This is vitally important on the Rubicon Trail. Sometimes this isn't just a one or two day trail ride. This can be 4 to 5 day ride. Possibly even longer.
--- A side note. I highly suggest i when you wheel the Rubicon Trail keep the Jeep group to 5 or less. Especially if you go with inexperienced rock crawlers. It will be much more enjoyable for the whole group with 5 or less vehicles. There won’t be a lot of waiting around for others to make it through the obstacles. --

Just because you are wheeling the Rubicon Trail don’t assume all the folks in your group know the level of difficulty the trail is or how long it can take. Make sure all Jeepers know what to expect, like there will be body damage and most likely other trail damage while you are on the trail or damage you may not notice for days off the trail. Make sure you know what kind of previous wheeling they have done. Just because they have a badass looking Jeep don’t assume they have the skills to match. Some of those obstacles on the Rubicon are exceedingly difficult. Your group should have an experienced spotter, someone experienced in recovery and trail fixes. The Rubicon Trail is no joke mainly because of the length of the trail, 22 miles, and there are no places in the middle of the trail to jump off. Unless you have a Ham Radio there is no cell service to call out for help. Make sure you discuss expectation before you even hit the trail like what to bring, how long it will take, what happens if someone breaks, food and water prep, Jeep prep, off roading levels etc. This is vitally important especially if folks are coming from all over. It is so important to have these discussions so everyone knows what to expect, so you can avoid issues and enjoy your time on the trail. For some people this is a once in a lifetime trip. And some folks come from a long ways to wheel this trail so expectations are so important to know to avoid any issues on the trail. 



Lesson Number 4: Prepare Your Jeep
Make sure your Jeep is Trail Ready. This not only means the mechanical part of your Jeep, but the items to keep your Jeep moving forward on the trail. We were using metal gas cans we got from a friend. We assumed they were good to go. Unfortunately, they weren’t and were full of debris which clogged up our whole fuel system which was the big contributing factor to having to leave the CJ5. Making sure all your equipment and Jeep is trail ready is so important especially on a trail like the Rubicon. Once you go in thru the trailhead you either go the full 22 miles or turn around and go out the in. Performing Pre-Trip maintenance on your Jeep and equipment is vital. Even those little things like checking your tool bag to make sure all your tools are still there, your gas cans & water jugs for leaks, and to make sure they are free of debris. Check your winch, you may even want to pull the line and respool, double check all your recovery gear, pull it all out to inspect it. Check your engine and transmission fluid, your brakes and fluids, radiator coolant, secure your battery, check your belts and hoses for cracks and leaks, your power steering system If you even have power steering. Check for loose nuts and bolts, and lug nuts. I notice one of mine was loose. Grease all your fittings, and check those seat belts. Double check you have all your items needed to keep your Jeep moving forward like extra parts, ratchet straps or bailing wire, extra bolts and spare parts, make yourself a leak kit. If you have something on your Jeep that is leaking fix it or leave it at home. One item that is a must on the Rubicon Trail is a spill kit. While we were on the trail near Little Sluice we ran across a Friends of the Rubicon representative. Super nice guy. He gave us a spill kit for our Jeeps. They actually provide them at the Loon Lake Kiosk.

If you experience a leak on the Rubicon trail, actually any trail.
  • Control the leak.
  • Contain what has spilled using an absorbent spill pad. Which the Rubicon spill kit has or you can buy them online.
  • Make sure you carry out those absorbents in a plastic ziploc bag or trash bag. If the spill soaks into the soil take that out too.
  • Treat the spill area with Bio-Response which is included in the Rubicon Spill kit or you can search on google for a bio detergent.
Just remember to Tread lightly, what you bring in you must bring back out.




Lesson Number 5: Plan Vs. Prepare
This is a lesson I first learned when I took my first off road trip across the country. It’s knowing the difference between Plan and Prepare. A plan is always good to have, but something off roaders / overlanders / Jeepers need to know is a plan can disappoint you. A plan can prevent you from seeing or doing something amazing. We had a very detailed plan for our Across America Adventure. However, we had to deviate from it from the moment I left my driveway. That was really hard for me. I am a planner. I plan all the details. When a plan doesn’t go as planned I get upset. It will ruin my adventure. After a few days on that trip I learned to let the Adventure lead me. Because of that attitude, we saw things we wouldn’t have seen. We did things we hadn’t planned, and we met so many amazing people we never would have met. When you are flexible on your adventure it opens up your ability to take that side road.   I worked really hard to remember that when we were getting ready for the Rubicon Trail. One Jeeper who was going to go with us kept asking us what our Plan was. She wanted a detailed day by day where we were planning on wheeling and camping. We shared the meet up time and gave a list of things to Prepare for and a couple of possible “leave the trail” days. She wasn’t up for that and needed a more detailed Plan. This is where Planning and Preparing differ and being Prepared as an off roader / overlander is way more important. Planning can disappoint. Being Prepared makes the trip so much more fun. Preparing for all possible outcomes makes for a better trip. When we headed up Icehouse Road to the trail head it took longer than I expected, and I had to keep reminding myself to chill. I was going to be okay if we were going slower than I thought. I kept remembering my trip from this past fall. It’s okay to have a plan but you need to be flexible to deviate from that plan. It is much more important to be prepared. Extra food, extra water, recovery gear, warm clothes, extra gas etc. Be prepared for breaking down, Be prepared for bad weather, Be prepared to help others on the trail. Prepare your mind mentally to expect the unexpected. It is a really good idea to discuss all the possible preparations needed. This will make your experience so much better.