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Old May 4th, 2012, 01:52 PM   #41
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I agree with most that trailering is the way to go for long distance trips, but this is not the proper way to do it:

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and yes, a F-150 will fit on a 14ft trailer...with about 2.5" to spare...
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Old May 4th, 2012, 02:04 PM   #42
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Is that a dude or a girl in the Jeep?
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Old May 4th, 2012, 02:18 PM   #43
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Is that a dude or a girl in the Jeep?
That's my wife after driving the jeep for 5 hours straight. Yes, she can kick your ass.
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Old May 4th, 2012, 02:27 PM   #44
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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?

no question if you feel the rig is built good enough and your "mechanic" skills are up to par.

round trips that mine has seen before becoming a trailer queen
Tellico (on 33 and also on 37s)
AZ (33s)
Paragon (33s)
Moab (31s)


make sure you are prepared if so


that being said, trailer if possible. always safer that way due to not knowing what you stressed during wheelin and what will decide to break at hwy speeds

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Old May 4th, 2012, 06:51 PM   #45
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The 'Drive it' comments I see hear are obviously from those who have never had to deal with or witness a major breakdown of a vehicle.
Witness one or have to help a friend out of a pinch will make most reasonable people never think twice about using a trailer.
Plus like WR indicated, start to make your breakdowns a 'norm' of your offroad trips and you'll find your invites few and far between.

The exception to this rule is Expedition adventures. In those cases being well prepared is an understatement. However, travelling across country in those types of trips rarely involve level 9-10 rated trails.

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Old May 4th, 2012, 09:44 PM   #46
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boy oh boy you guys dont make it easy for a guy in a pinch.
1. ive wheeled all over with my willys and always towed it. I know the pros and cons of carnage.
2. my tow vehicle doesnt have enough weight to tow the trailer and commando and am worried about getting popped by DOT for that.
3. the fuel cost will be tremendous while towing if i risk it.
4. i could drive it there and chances are i wont have one damn problem and in case of carnage i could spend the UHAUL fees (which would still be 1/2 of the cost of getting my junk together and still have the insufficient tow vehicle)
5. just ordered the chromoly rear shafts
6. said commando goes down the freeway very comfortably.

Im still on the fence and not sure what will be the ultimate decision. Obviously i would choose to trailer the rig, but i might not be able to pull it off this time. Im very thankful for all the input on this subject. lots of good info here.
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Old May 5th, 2012, 06:24 AM   #47
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Well, since you don't currently have a proper tow setup, here's hoping your drive is safe, you don't have carnage, you have fun and you make it home without issue.
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Old May 5th, 2012, 11:07 AM   #48
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Either way there better be some pics.
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Old May 6th, 2012, 06:25 PM   #49
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Trailers are for pussies.Adventure is where the good stories come from.
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Old May 6th, 2012, 09:57 PM   #50
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I used to drive 5 hours regularly, wheel hard, then drive home. I'd never do it again... Much better to trailer it.
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Old May 8th, 2012, 11:41 AM   #51
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The 'Drive it' comments I see hear are obviously from those who have never had to deal with or witness a major breakdown of a vehicle.
Witness one or have to help a friend out of a pinch will make most reasonable people never think twice about using a trailer.
Plus like WR indicated, start to make your breakdowns a 'norm' of your offroad trips and you'll find your invites few and far between.

The exception to this rule is Expedition adventures. In those cases being well prepared is an understatement. However, travelling across country in those types of trips rarely involve level 9-10 rated trails.

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I have dealt with a major breakdown of my vehicle and spent hours wrenching so I could wheel the next day and drive it home. I have had my ride hauled halfway home from the Mounds on a flatbed. I have also had my passenger get out and drive somebody's trail rig home because their trailer broke. I have taken 2 flat trailer tires into Fenton to be fixed while the owner of the trailer waited on the side of the freeway. I have had to assist a friend towing his vehicle over some of the last few hills to the old GL4X4 property in Manchester because his tow rig couldn't pull his trailer up hill on the snowy roads. I have also used my trail rig to tow a trailer with a tow rig on it out to the freeway while the owner went to borrow another truck to get his stuff home. I have also left BRONCOHAULIC at the Mounds because he trailered his ride up there but didn't carry a spare to get it back to his trailer. That was his 2nd flat of the day, not only didn't he have a spare he didn't have a jack or the tools to change it if he did. If I could afford to keep a reliable tow rig & trailer around I would but I will continue to drive, wheel and drive home. If I have an issue I will call a wrecker or get a u-haul.
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Old May 8th, 2012, 12:37 PM   #52
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Years back i drove my Tj from Waterford to the Sault then 1+hour north into Canada for a weekend of wheeling. I packed plenty of tools and spare parts, it was fun but stressful
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Old May 8th, 2012, 12:39 PM   #53
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I drove a yj to Mackinaw island, and got stuck in the sand on the beach for hours. My wife loved that move.
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I drove a yj to Mackinaw island, and got stuck in the sand on the beach for hours. My wife loved that move.
You must have had one hell of a snorkel.
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Old May 8th, 2012, 01:16 PM   #55
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Trailers are for pussies.Adventure is where the good stories come from.
fuck yeah!

and just get AAA premier and you get 1 free tow up to 200 miles away and the other 3 or 4 are good for 100 so you can always limp it close enough and have johnny tow driver take you the rest of the way home. Use it once and its cheaper than a tank of gas.

The farthest I've done is 4 hrs.
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Old May 8th, 2012, 09:23 PM   #56
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Again, its all in what you want out of the trip. Its not correct to say 'oh the people saying drive it have never experienced major breakdown'. It depends on many many factors. In the large/not street legal/winch run vehicles, I see that. In the smaller vehicle category, I've honestly seen probably as much issues caused by trailers breaking down, blowing tires, snapping hubs, or pulling the silly driver backwards down an embankment, then I have in the dual purpose rigs breaking down and not making it back. Personally, I've always driven home every time that I drove somewhere, but I've had some minor breakages (dead starters and alternators and ripped tires) that I dealt with. Trailering, I've had the tow rig have trans and brake problems, and a nasty trailer blowout that led to hours of problems.

In general, I trailer everywhere. But like I said in the 2nd post, if you wanted to have a more laid back adventure that a cool road trip in a vintage auto brings, go for it, and just have a plan for what you'd do if something bad happened.

Similar to old/classic/hot rod cars, some people trailer them to shows or the track, some liek to hop in and drive 250 miles. Both is just fine, and enjoyable.

For most things I do, I'll trailer this year, but I hope to do one expedition run where we drive all over to the UP and back without a tow rig.
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Old May 9th, 2012, 08:11 AM   #57
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Old June 10th, 2012, 05:28 PM   #58
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with the trip coming soon, i ended up modifying the trailer so i could move the jeep forward. Got the proper tongue weight and put new tires on it. Looks kinda hokey but it works and had no problem on the freeway. Now if i can get my brother to tow it ill be in good shape. Thanks for all the input on this. I will be trailering it. Btw i drove it 2 hours one way to run and on the way back i just wanted to be out of it, so a 7-8 hour trip would have been brutal.
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