Sunday, June 30, 2013

My Jeep's First Car Wash

New Jeep Owner Tip #1

My car BTJ (Before the Jeep) was pretty trashed with ketchup stains, chocolate stains, spilled sodas, bike handle bar scratches on the side, and baseball dents. Well, that is so not happening with my Jeep. I solemnly swear: I will empty the trash from my Jeep daily. I will keep up with the needed maintenance like oil changes and tire rotations. I will keep it shiny by washing it when it needs to be washed - which I'm told Jeeps are supposed to be dirty - but that's a question for another post.  I like my new Jeep shiny. Now, here is where New Jeep Owner Tip #1 comes in. A week after I got my new Jeep I took it to my son's Boy Scout Car Wash fundraiser. 
Yikes, Should they be using a bristle brush on the Jeep?
   What was I thinking turning my Jeep over to a bunch of boys to wash?  Well, overall they did a really good job.  Except, I learned on the internet - which BTW -  isn't everything you read on the internet true ;) You just can't take your Jeep to any car wash. Which was my first mistake.  I should have done my research.  Jeep soft tops are pretty delicate.  You can't just use any soap on them. Or so that's what "they" say on the internet.  I'm a sucker for those infomercials and info on the internet.  I did buy those detox foot pads.  My husband still makes fun of me for buying them. 

Yikes, there is non-soft top soap on my soft top and the vinyl window!

My poor precocious baby.  What was I thinking? I wasn't!  I was still in new Jeep owner Euphoria!

  Tip #1: Never make decisions about your New Jeep in the first two weeks! 

So, after I did some research on the internet, I immediately broke out Paypal and purchased soft top cleaner, soft top protector, and vinyl window cleaner. As soon as it arrived I went to work and treated my Jeep Wrangler to a Jeep Spa treatment! I could hear the ooh's and ahh's as I massaged in the special oils and cleaners. Plus, I went ahead and purchased zipper lube, which BTW -- is for sure necessary as the advise comes from a real live Jeep owner!

Back on the Road (BotR) for my Next Adventure!
Happy Trails!  

Saturday, June 29, 2013

I Love My New Jeep!

LOVE my Jeep!  

I've said that at least three times a day since I first purchased my 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited - (Sahara Edition) 4 X 4 on Memorial Day. Funny story, how I came to be a Jeep owner.  Technically, my husband Robert is the Jeep owner - on paper - but I.... own the keys.  

For years Robert's dream car had been a Jeep. Notice I said HAD...that story comes later.  I always squashed that dream, because it didn't seem like a sensible vehicle for a family with small children to own. In my family, I was called the Happy Fun Killer, and being the responsible - Helicopter Mom - I was (notice I said the past tense WAS) I would say No to getting a Jeep! Like the old saying goes...  If I only knew then what I know now ...
What a great time our family would of had. How different my(our) life would be.  To be a part of the Jeep community! Ahhh... well, I can't dwell on the past that I can't change. I can only live today like it's my last. 

So... The Jeep idea slowly started to implant itself into my subconscious.  Two dad's, in my older son's Boy Scout Troop, are Jeep owners. I remember now seeing the their Jeeps on many occasions, but at the time I never really saw them. I guess I was too busy taking care of things in my life - too busy to "stop and smell the roses".  But, subconsciously I saw them. One dad brought his Jeep on a camp out.  I was more relaxed at this camp out, because I didn't need to take care of things in my life.  The boys were in charge, and I could sit back and relax. I saw the Jeep, and was mesmerized - the seed was planted.

Two weeks later, we were eating dinner at a local Mexican restaurant, and my youngest son Ben was playing with Siri on my Iphone.  He was asking her silly questions.  One was where is the nearest Lego store?  Then, he decided to ask where the nearest Jeep Dealer was - low and behold.  It was only blocks away - Darcars Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Rockville.  So after dinner we stopped by, and the love affair began.

   5-29-13 TRUE LOVE!!! 

The dealership was closed, but this Jeep Wrangler Unlimited - (Sahara Edition) 4 X 4 - manual transmission was unlocked, and we took a peek.  It was Love at first sight! The next day we spent lots of time on the internet looking at used Jeeps.  The used Jeeps were just as much money as the brand new Jeeps.  So, we decided a new Jeep would be the way to go - IF and it's a big IF, we were going to buy a new vehicle.  Which we desperately wanted to do since we hated our current lemon - oops, I mean car.    Unfortunately, we still had two years left on our lemon -  oops, I meant car again - which shall remain unnamed - as we are too embarrassed to admit we owned this lemon - I mean car or crossover as they call it. Plus, we didn't have any money for a down payment. 

Monday morning, Memorial Day rolls around, and we decided - what the heck, let's take a test drive to see if we even would like the ride of a Jeep.  Need I say more.  WE LOVED IT!!!! But, there is still the little factor of a down payment.   So, on the way home we stopped by the post office box, and low and behold a huge check was waiting for us.  Fate intervened.  Robert dropped the boys and myself off at home, and he headed back to the dealer. And now I am the proud owner of a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited - (Sahara Edition) 4 X 4. Or should I say Robert is the proud owner of a a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited - (Sahara Edition) 4 X 4.  But, I have the keys!
First Day Home!
Back on the Road (BotR) for my Next Adventure!
Happy Trails!

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