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Old May 2nd, 2012, 09:10 PM   #1
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Gotta big run coming up and im now wheeling a jeep commando instead of my m38. my trailering needs have changed and dont want to spend a fortune before this run. Its a 7 hour drive to go there and wheel it and make it back home. The run will be in windrock and i have built my truck pretty solid. Question is would you drive your junk to Windrock from here and wheel it? OR have you?
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Old May 2nd, 2012, 09:18 PM   #2
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I would, *IF* I had a few extra days to make it relaxing. Driving experience, well, can't be worse than driving my deuce 4 hours on the highway @ 5th gear redline...

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Old May 2nd, 2012, 09:22 PM   #3
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yep i have the whole week off and the only thing i would have to worry about is that i dont have cromoly rear axles but being its a scout axle i could carry one spare for either side. everything else is new, everything.
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went there 2 yrs ago with a built cj, 3/4 ton axles, (44 front) some kinda fancy high dollar axle u-joints (wanna say OX, but not sure). he spent the entire 2nd day replacing front right axle shafts, and ball joints. he was running 38's i believe. that being said, i had a yj with 44 rear, and 30 ft, on 33's and had no troubles, but, i didnt try the trail he exploded on. depends on how many tools you are bringing, and how good you are at gauging your trails.... they got mild to retarded..

Personally no way in hell id go farther than 1 hr without a trailer. even if you dont break on the trail, you have to make it home after a lot of abuse and possibly unseen damage.
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Old May 2nd, 2012, 10:21 PM   #5
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Go have fun don't worry about the little things. With that said make plan for the "what if". A buddy with a trailer that will come get you or a ride home and get her later. Towing insurance?
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Can't be any worse than driving my XJ, which looks like that silver one you have, to Silver lake and back.
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im thinking about just going for it, the money id save in fuel and having to buy new trailer tires covers the chromoly axle shafts and then some. Just found a set brand new delivered to the house for 200
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I wheeled Drummond without trailering. Made it back with tweaked steering and a radiator packed with mud... It was an experience.
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Nope, not me. I trailer in comfort, wheel without worrying about if I break, and trailer home in comfort. Having major carnage hundreds of miles from home sucks. I've had stupid unexpected stuff break, like losing the planetaries in my transmission while idling down a trail.

Windrock has some nasty trails and is capable of breaking any rig, regardless of how well built.
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I would trailer. Windrock is a nice place to go and relax.
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Nope, not me. I trailer in comfort, wheel without worrying about if I break, and trailer home in comfort. Having major carnage hundreds of miles from home sucks. I've had stupid unexpected stuff break, like losing the planetaries in my transmission while idling down a trail.

Windrock has some nasty trails and is capable of breaking any rig, regardless of how well built.
While sometimes senile and often cranky, your elders know what they are talking about.

If there is anyone on this board I'd take life lesson advice from it would be Jim. Seriously.

There is no worse feeling than fucking up your shit hundreds of miles away from home.

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There is no worse feeling that fucking up your shit hundreds of miles away from home.
I say trailer ^^^^^^
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I drove my Jeep to Colorado and wheeled it and made it back home.
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couple questions to ask yourself about it:

will you be in decent comfort driving the rig there and back compared to towing it?
will the added expense of towing hurt you that much?
will you be able to have the mind set while wheeling that you have to drive it home, some people can't and end up breaking big stuff regardless of the need to drive it home, and then sometime shit happens even when you are taking it easy...

I prefer to trailer for most any trip, but then my rig doesn't get that much different fuel economy over the tow rig. Knowing I'll get home broke or not is worth the extra expense to me, but as a few have said, it is definitely doable.
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Old May 3rd, 2012, 06:49 AM   #15
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I have driven my rigs all over the eastern us (hot springs, tellico, rausch creek 2x, wellsville, tracy city tn and some others)), wheeled for several days and driven home....never a issue.

That being said I now have a trailer and would not go back to driving.
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IF I ever build a wheeling rig, it will not be street driven. One 'emergency repair' can easily equal the cost of trailering.



Or, just because you CAN do something, doesn't mean you SHOULD.
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I never enjoyed wheeling as much as I did when I trailered my rig places. As oldrhino mentioned, trailer there in comfort, ride have fun, trailer home in comfort.
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Trailer...

I drove my Jeep 6 hours to wheel ( when it was on 35s ) And wheeling you have to be very cautious not to explode anything.. And the drive home sucked...
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I have driven my rigs all over the eastern us (hot springs, tellico, rausch creek 2x, wellsville, tracy city tn and some others)), wheeled for several days and driven home....never a issue.

That being said I now have a trailer and would not go back to driving.
I'm in this boat. Paragon was the farthest I drove a few times back in the day and made it back. But I don't miss those days.
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I wheel without a trailer...and it was not nearly as exhilarating when I knew that I had a plan B(trailer). Working without a net has added a lot of pucker factor to my wheeling.


But it does blow when you have major problems 100's of miles from home.


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