Thursday, December 14, 2017

New Phone Mount

There is a really cool map app called Maprika that I like using when I am out wheeling at Rausch Creek. 

This app has many cool features, but the one I like the most, is tracking myself on the trails. I can see where I am going, and it tracks where I have been. 

However, being out on the trails without a co-pilot makes for difficult navigation. When my friend, CPO from Overclock3d Jeeps, collaborated with me on Episode 8 of Jeep Momma's Garage, I discovered a cool gadget to help me with my navigation.

A phone mount for the JK's by 67Designs.

This Jeep JK Mount with Universal Mount retails for $69. 

Money well spent! 

This mount is easy to install. 

Step 1:  You just remove the plastic change tray on your dash. 

Step 2: There is a OEM hex head screw in place that you use to attach the phone mount. Unscrew this screw.

Step 3: Attach the 20 mm ball mount in the dash with the OEM hex head screw.  

Step 4: Attach the carbon fiber arm to the 20mm ball mount.

Step 5: Attach the Universal Aluminum Squeeze mount with 20 mm ball to the carbon fiber arm. 

Easy Peasy! 

I love that I can rotate my phone 360 degrees on the 20 mm ball for a portrait or landscape orientation.

It's a simple one handed operation - no buttons to open or release the device. Just push one side away and slide in the phone.

I am looking forward to the next time on the trails to be able to track myself on the map with Maprika!  

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Jeep Momma's Garage - Episode 9

Episode 9 of Jeep Momma's Garage highlights another Cool Jeeper as my special guest. Nate, AKA, shares all the Cool Jeep Stuff in the trunk of his Jeep.
Watch all the way through to the end of the video for a bonus blooper at about 10 minutes and 45 seconds.

Monday, December 11, 2017

My New Soft Shackle

Every time I wheel I learn something new. During the Women's Wheeling Day event, NORA 4x4 ~
NorthEast OffRoad Adventures ~ held a hi-lift / winching class.

Jon, a i4wdta certified trainer, shared some really great recovery tips. He also showed us the many different types of recovery gear. One piece I had very little knowledge of was the soft shackle. 

Jon sold me on the importance of this cool Jeep item. I decided to get suggestions from my fellow Jeep friends about which one I should buy. There were many suggestions. Thanks everyone! I decided to go with the GatorJaw 7/16" Synthetic shackle from OK4WD ~ Thanks Christie!!! 


These things are beast. They have a 32,000 lb breaking strength. They are stronger than the steel shackles, and 10 times lighter. These flexible synthetic shackles float. Plus, you don't need to unscrew your shackle to use them. They just slip right thru the D-ring.

I look forward to breaking mine in. Well... not on my Jeep, but maybe I could help another Jeeper out. 

Friday, December 8, 2017

What The Heck Is Jeep Life?

I came across this article on the Four Wheeler Network written by 4-Wheel & Off-Road Editor-In-Chief  Editor Rick Pewe. He asked the question, 

"What the heck is Jeep Life?

Jeep Mom Driving topless
Enjoying Life in my Topless Wrangler
It made me ponder how I would answer it. It is something that is difficult to put into words, because sometimes it's just a feeling you have; a connection to something bigger than anything you have been apart of. 

Jeep Mom wheels off-road on the trails.
Wheeling with New Jeep Friends
For me Jeep Life encompasses more than just driving a Jeep. It's more than taking my Jeep off-road. It's my passion, something I wake up thinking about first thing in the morning, whether it's my Jeep or wanting new Jeep parts, to my blog or my next great Jeep adventure.

It is all about bonding and sharing with like-minded friends, yes, I call complete strangers with a Jeep, my friends. 

Like I mentioned in my post on Monday "It's a Jeep Thing" 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Jeep Momma's Garage - Episode 8

This episode is probably one of my favorites so far. It was a fun collaboration with my friend CPO with Overclock3d Jeeps ~

I shared my version of Top 5 Must Have Jeep Accessories and CPO gave his version. There are some really Cool Jeep Stuff that I have added to my must have list. 

Don't forget to subscribe to My YouTube Channel to keep that Cool Jeep Stuff coming. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Cool Blog - Under The Sun Inserts

4x4 at Rausch Creek Off Road park with Infidel Jeeps
Great Times with Infidel Jeeps
Back in 2013, I started a new journey, when I became a first time Jeep owner. Since then the adventure I began has been exciting, fulfilling and life changing. Along this great trip, I have come across many Cool Jeep Things.

 Now I share those Cool Jeep Things on

Great time at Women's Wheeling Day
Amazing Women Jeepers at Women's Wheeling Day
at Rausch Creek Off Road Park  
Not only do I come across Cool Jeep Things, but many, many amazing Jeep people. This Jeep Community continues to amaze me. It is unlike any group of people I have ever come across. The kindness and camaraderie are off the charts. 
Mike Manley Introduces the new Jeep Wrangler JL
Mike Manley and the New Jeep Wrangler JL

Mike Manley, head of the Jeep Brand, spoke at a press conference during the release of the Jeep Wrangler JL. He described the Jeep Community as a community having a certain mindset unlike no other community. Jeepers bond with total strangers because of our kindred spirits. There is a down to earth appeal with the Wrangler that is so much deeper that is hard to describe, but every Jeeper gets it. We call it "It's a Jeep Thing".

Jeeps on the Trails
Out on the Trails with Krawlin' for Cops
I love this community as it has become my second family. We are an unique group of people with an absolute passion for this well recognized iconic Jeep Brand, especially the Wrangler with it's unmistakable style. 

Jeeping with Jeep friends at Rausch Creek off Road park

We are loyal, proud and love to share our passion, whether on social media, out on the trails or in the way we uniquely modify our Jeeps.

One of those members of my Jeep family is Joe from Under the Sun Inserts. Joe has embarked on another part of his adventure, his blog which provides a cool take on the current Jeep events. Go over and check it out.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Facing My Fear Head On and Forging Ahead

Off Roading in Moab
At the Wheel on Hell's Revenge
Ever since I can remember, I have been afraid of heights. I can't stand driving over bridges, or really high interstate over passes. So driving my Jeep in the mountains can be difficult for me. 
On the scary trails of Hell's Revenge
Scared to Death On the entrance to Hell's Revenge

However, I have a dilemma - my passion and love for off-roading. That sometimes entails heights, like driving up and down the fins on Hell's Revenge. Or along mountain trails in Pennsylvania.

4 x 4 on the trails in the Pennsylvania Mountains
In the Mountains of Pennsylvania
In order for me to transcend these fears and enjoy my love for the trails, I must face them head on. As you can see from these videos one way to face them is to be vocal. 

4 x 4 in my Jeep in the Pennsylvania Mountains
Off Roading the Trails at Rausch Creek Off Road Park 

It also helps to recap these fears in my videos. To watch them afterwards helps me to realize the fear I had at the time really wasn't that bad.  

Off Roading in my Jeep at Rausch Creek Off Road Park
My Happy Place 

The more I try to conquer my fears the easier it becomes. It is okay to be afraid, but I won't let it stop me from enjoying my Jeep on the trails. So if being vocal helps, I will continue to "talk" myself through the fear. Then afterwards laugh at myself at how silly I was, realizing it wasn't that bad.