Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Ram Mount Test

Last month I bought a new suction cup camera mount for the windshield 
of my Jeep Wrangler. 

I Love My New Ram Mount!!!  -- Blog Post March 7, 2017

Well, I finally got to test it out wheeling on the trails at Rausch Creek. Some folks were skeptical it would even stay on the windshield. It held up just perfectly. Check it out for yourself. 

And I even tested it out at highway speeds. Again no issues. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Top 3 Reasons You Should Be a Jeep Mom

Becoming part of the Jeep family Memorial Day 2013 ranks high on my list of great things in my life. It rejuvenated my energy to enjoy life, and to live my life to the fullest. Now I have more fun with the ordinary tasks of everyday life.

I have been on many amazing adventures I wouldn't normally have taken. It's been a fabulous journey! I look forward to so much more. 

It has been breath of fresh air, something every mom needs in her life. In my opinion every mom at one time should have the experience of driving a Jeep Wrangler!

Personally, I think every mom should buy a Jeep! It can be an older soft top Jeep, a Sport, a Sahara Unlimited or even a Rubicon. Just make sure it's a Jeep that will go "Topless" -- it's the only way.

Top 3 Reasons Every Mom Should Drive a Jeep!

Buh-Bye Carpools -- Are you tired of carpooling -- dragging other people's rugrats around in your car -- cleaning up their spilled juice or crumbled pretzels -- listening to them scream and yell in your car? Well, when you have a Jeep you can say good-bye to those annoying carpool kids! With a Jeep you are limited in your seating capacity. 

Snow Days - Schmo Days 
Are you tired of being stuck in the house with your kids every time it snows, and there is no school? Are you kids constantly nagging you that they are bored after an hour of being home? If you drove a Jeep that problem would be solved. 

Just put it in 4 wheel drive! Getting through the snow to the school-- No problem. No teachers at school? Does it matter? Your kids are at school -- and not at home -- being bored (add a little sarcasm here).  

Better yet you leave the kids at home with the husband. You head out in the snow for a little "Mommy 4x4 Time". Something every mom needs once in a while.

Calgon Take Me Away Moments

You remember those Calgon bubble bath commercials. When life gets too stressful just hop in a tub full of Calgon bubbles, and life is great. I found something a whole lot better than a bubble bath. A drive in a Jeep with the top down. It will sooth your soul, and take away your stress.

WARNING: Once you go "Topless" you are not going to want to go back to your plain old Soccer Mom car again!

Take it from me, a Jeep owner, buying a Jeep was the best vehicle purchase I have ever made. I am feeling younger, and enjoying the simple things in life. 

Jeep Life -- Jeep Living -- Jeep 4 EVER!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

"Boys and Their Toys" -- I Get It

"Boys and Their Toys" 

The Wiktionary definition:  'Used to evoke the idea that adult men sometimes dote excessively on machines, automobiles, and gadgets in a childish manner.'

We have all heard this saying. Many of us have used it over and over again. Well, I can honestly say -- "I get it." You can also categorize me as one of the "boys".

For years to me a vehicle has been to get from point A to point B.  That is not the case anymore! I love my Jeep Wrangler! It's my baby. The time we spend on the trails is amazing for my soul. 
I treat her with love, and lavish her with much attention. I am now a "Girl in the Garage". I love to work on my Jeep. It's empowering to know I can make some of the changes myself. It was intimidating at first, but now I know I can do it. However, I have stayed away from anything under the hood. Thankfully, my Rubicon is still pretty new. Maybe some day I will tinker under the hood.

I can honestly say I am addicted -- some may say I have a problem.  My Jeep is my passion and my hobby. I am always looking for the next adventure to take or the next part to install. I love the adrenaline rush of being in control of such a powerful piece of machinery. I love the empowerment I get from doing my own modifications. Still after almost 4 years of being a Jeep owner I can't seem to wipe the grin off my face.

My #GirlInTheGarage Mods

My front bumper

My rear bumper

My Rock Sliders

My Diff Cover

My OffRoad Lights

My Headlights

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Ladies Ride

Last fall during the Women's Wheeling Day at Rausch Creek Off Road Park, I meet some folks from the Northeast Offroad Adventures. They shared with me about having one of their training classes down at Rausch Creek. So... I decided to check them out this past Saturday for their Ladies Day 101 Class. 

Northeast Off-Road Adventures (NORA) operates a low speed, off road driving school in the Catskill Mountains near Ellenville, NY. They help you learn to drive your Jeep or other street legal 4x4 vehicles. They have certified I4WETA 4WD trainers. 

I know I am not an off road beginner,
but a person can always learn 
new tips and techniques.  

I highly advise anyone new to off-roading to take a few classes. This class is a great way to get yourself introduced to your rig on the trails. There are so many great tips and techniques to be learned. 

The day started with a two hour "classroom" style learning with focus on technique, vehicle preservation, and safety. Then it was time to hit the trails. 

For most of the ladies this was their first time off road in their vehicles. So we stayed on the green trails. This allowed them to get to know their vehicles, get a feel for what they could do, and gain confidence in their driving skills. 

For me, it was a chance to hone
my "See a rock put a wheel on it" skills. 

It was an amazing day to be on the mountain with some great people, and have some fun in my Jeep. And you know what ~~ even though I am not a beginner, and I have wheeled several times, I still learned new things. The certified trainers at NORA 4x4 shared so many great driving techniques. 

Here's just a sneak peak of part of the 101 Ladies Day 

  • Always leave your keys in the ignition when you get out to check out the other Jeepers climbing over obstacles. 
  • Leave an extra set of keys in your center console. You never know when you will lose your keys in the woods while your watching the other Jeepers climb obstacles. 
  • When you are off camber keep your back in the seat. Don't try to lean so your are straight. Lean with the Jeep. That way you will get used to being off camber, and you won't have a false sense of how off camber your Jeep is or isn't.
  • If you use wheel locks make sure you have the key. Also you should remove them, and put on the the OEM lug nuts before you hit the trails. If you need to replace your tire, and in the process drop your wheel lock key in the rocks you won't be spending hours searching for it. Or getting bit by a snake that lives in the rocks. 
  • Always do a 360 inspection before and after your trip. I have never done this before. But now I know what to look for ~~ brake line leaks and branches in places they shouldn't be.
  • For those sticky situations where your wheel just spins and spins, don't let those tires keep spinning. And before you use those lockers try this technique out first. Stop and try turning the tires in a different direction. Or back up and change your approach. 

I can't wait to hook up with the NORA 4x4 guys again. There is so much more for me to learn. I think next time I will make the trek to their facilities in the Catskill mountains!  

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Top 10 Reasons Wranglers Are Cool

With the Jeep being part of our American history it has become an icon. There are so many models of the Jeep from the Cherokee, to the Renegade, the Wrangler to the Compass and many more. But I believe the Jeep Wrangler is probably one of the coolest of all the Jeeps. Here is why. 

The Wrangler is a Great Convertible

The Wrangler is Amazing Off-Road  

The Jeep Wave 

The Wrangler is an Attention Getter

The Wrangler Community is Awesome

The Wrangler is Supported by a Large Aftermarket Industry

The Wrangler Modifications are Endless

The Wrangler is a Great All-Weather Vehicle

All the Cool Jeep Accessories

The Wrangler Just Looks Cool

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