Jeeps are great for road trips. You are stuck on the beaten path if you have a regular car, minivan or other vehicle. Four-wheel drive Jeeps, especially the Trailhawk and Trail Rated versions, give you a lot of leeway in your road trip adventures. You should prepare your Jeep to meet the needs of your upcoming road trip no matter if it is a Wrangler, Renegade, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee or other model.
Get the Right Tires
Tires can make or break an adventurous road trip in your Jeep. There are different tires for different purposes. The problem is that specialty tires to get you through mud, snow or sand may not be the best for highway driving. Your road trip in your Jeep is likely going to involve a lot of miles of highway driving to get to the off-road trail, mountain lake or ocean beach where the real adventure begins. You can either choose a hybrid tire that is a mix of highway and specialty tread or haul a small trailer with your specialty tires behind you.
Inspect Your Suspension
Jeeps are tough, but they are not all equal. A highway road trip, even into snow country, is easy for any four-wheel drive Jeep. However, if you are going to go even a little bit off-road, you need a solid suspension system. Trailhawk and Trail Rated Jeeps already have better suspension components to make trails easier to tackle. However, the more severe the off-road trail, the more serious your undercarriage needs to be. Wranglers can be upgraded with special shocks and even axles, drivetrain components and brakes. At the very least, you should make sure you have skid plates installed to protect your oil pan and drivetrain.
Coordinate Group Travel
One thing Jeep owners like to do is get together for off-road and other events. Even old Jeeps make for a great reason to take a road trip. If you have friends or family who own Jeeps, consider taking a camping or fishing trip together. If you are limited on time, just pick an easy local off-road trail and go have a picnic lunch together. Owning a Jeep is your excuse to get outside.
There are some elaborate tent setups made for Jeeps. One version is a tent on top of an elevated platform installed on the roof of a Jeep Wrangler. Adding a tent made for your model of Jeep vehicle makes an extended road trip cheaper and more fun. Hotels are expensive, and the whole reason for a road trip in a Jeep is to get outside anyway. Still, you need a roof over your head on the trail, and Jeep is one of the few vehicle brands where there is an abundance of tents designed to integrate with the vehicle itself.
Even if your road trip in your Jeep is going to be limited to travel on regular roads, you will still likely find yourself in areas where there is no cellular phone service. If you are going to go off-road, there is even a higher likelihood of being out where your phone will not work. You can have emergency communication through satellite by purchasing a SPOT satellite messenger. They are great for letting family and friends track your route and for sending check-in notices to let others know you are okay even where cell phones do not work.
Owning a Jeep makes road trips much more fun than having a regular vehicle that is confined to just the main roads. Jeeps extend your road trip adventure capabilities, but many owners just use them for commuting back and forth to work or family transportation. There is much more you can do if you prepare your Jeep for your next road trip.Tags: featured