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Yeah I thought we would go a little quicker, but it just wasn't happening. At the start leading to Muscleman Arch, there were a few rental Wranglers and they were going faster than me. But they were rentals and it was obvious they weren't concerned about beating the crap out of them. But the GC did not respond as well going quicker on those roads. I think it's a combo of it being softly sprung and lack of down travel in the suspension.

There were a few spots where I tried to make up some time, but it was only quick bursts of speed. The closer we got to Whitecrack though, the smoother it got and I wonder how smooth it is past Whitecrack. I swear I think we got airborne once. Road opened up and I misjudged a hump going 40ish. We had to stop and rearrange all of our gear. LOL! Good times.


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Re: Road Trip in my 2012 Overland

You totally reminded me of the driving on that trip I'd forgotten. I remember feeling like I was racing at Baja! Smooth sandy roads unlike anything I've seen before or since. I remember in my Blazer I was in 2nd the whole way pretty much - on the flats...
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Re: Road Trip in my 2012 Overland

Thanks for sharing your trip with us. Great pictures and I'm glad to hear that your Jeep performed well and had no problems along the way.
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Re: Road Trip in my 2012 Overland

AWESOME thread - need more like this.

Can you give me more details on your trip? How did you plan for it, did you know where you were going to stop each night, how long did it take / how many days, etc?

What type of things did you bring as far as any mishaps? Tow rope, extra fuel, etc?

The reason I ask is because I would LOVE to do a trip like this (I'm in Denver, so Moab isn't too far). I wouldn't want to get into anything too crazy which would put me in a position where I'd need help (especially if you didn't see anyone for miles/hours).
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AWESOME thread - need more like this.

Can you give me more details on your trip? How did you plan for it, did you know where you were going to stop each night, how long did it take / how many days, etc?

What type of things did you bring as far as any mishaps? Tow rope, extra fuel, etc?

The reason I ask is because I would LOVE to do a trip like this (I'm in Denver, so Moab isn't too far). I wouldn't want to get into anything too crazy which would put me in a position where I'd need help (especially if you didn't see anyone for miles/hours).
Thanks.

As far as planning, this trip was kind of an extension of last years trip. That helped me decide where I wanted to go and what I needed to bring. I have plenty of maps and then I just spend lots of time figuring out the best possible routes. As was mentioned before, Charles Wells has some great 4x4 trail books. They give you trail descriptions and ratings. Those books along with several good websites such as traildamage.com can really go a long way with the planning. Once I figured out which trails I'd like to go on, I lay out my route.

This year we were equipped with all the regular camping stuff: tent, sleeping bags, portable toilet, etc. No stoves or grilles for cooking. Gas stoves are usually OK even with the fire danger, but we just stuck with sandwiches and dry food.

Being in Denver, you can easily head to lots of good mountain roads. Head on over to the San Juans and spend a night out in the wilderness. Go to Lake City, drive Cinnamon Pass and spend a night at Grizzly Gulch. Then continue to Silverton and work your way back home. You'll never be too far from civilization. Once you start camping out, you'll come to learn what you need and don't need. My supplies are constantly changing as we make more trips and learn what we can do without. Even though we've been "car camping", I like to travel light.

In regards to vehicle equipment, I keep a snatch strap, extra shackles, tire repair kit, gloves, flares, a jump start box, a small air compressor and a few common tools. Good stuff to have in case I need it or in case I come across someone in need of help. Fit it all into a small, tough Rubbermaid bin to keep it contained.

When you're ready to plan something, I'd be more than willing to help you plan your trip.

Edit: Forgot to answer your first questions. Our trip went along these lines: Day one (Saturday) drove to Carlsbad Caverns and then spent the night in New Mexico at Brantley State Park. Day two (Sunday) drove to Moab, UT and spent the night outside Canyonlands at Horsethief. Monday drove White Rim and spent the night along the Rim at Whitecrack. Tuesday spent the night at the La Quinta in Moab through Friday. Spent the week in and around Moab hiking, canyoneering, etc. Saturday drove to Durango where we spent the night at a hotel. Sunday drove over Cinnamon Pass and camped out at American Basin. Monday hiked up Handies Peak, drove back to Silverton and spent the night in a hotel in Durango. Tuesday drove back home.
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Thanks.

As far as planning, this trip was kind of an extension of last years trip. That helped me decide where I wanted to go and what I needed to bring. I have plenty of maps and then I just spend lots of time figuring out the best possible routes. As was mentioned before, Charles Wells has some great 4x4 trail books. They give you trail descriptions and ratings. Those books along with several good websites such as traildamage.com can really go a long way with the planning. Once I figured out which trails I'd like to go on, I lay out my route.

This year we were equipped with all the regular camping stuff: tent, sleeping bags, portable toilet, etc. No stoves or grilles for cooking. Gas stoves are usually OK even with the fire danger, but we just stuck with sandwiches and dry food.

Being in Denver, you can easily head to lots of good mountain roads. Head on over to the San Juans and spend a night out in the wilderness. Go to Lake City, drive Cinnamon Pass and spend a night at Grizzly Gulch. Then continue to Silverton and work your way back home. You'll never be too far from civilization. Once you start camping out, you'll come to learn what you need and don't need. My supplies are constantly changing as we make more trips and learn what we can do without. Even though we've been "car camping", I like to travel light.

In regards to vehicle equipment, I keep a snatch strap, extra shackles, tire repair kit, gloves, flares, a jump start box, a small air compressor and a few common tools. Good stuff to have in case I need it or in case I come across someone in need of help. Fit it all into a small, tough Rubbermaid bin to keep it contained.

When you're ready to plan something, I'd be more than willing to help you plan your trip.

Edit: Forgot to answer your first questions. Our trip went along these lines: Day one (Saturday) drove to Carlsbad Caverns and then spent the night in New Mexico at Brantley State Park. Day two (Sunday) drove to Moab, UT and spent the night outside Canyonlands at Horsethief. Monday drove White Rim and spent the night along the Rim at Whitecrack. Tuesday spent the night at the La Quinta in Moab through Friday. Spent the week in and around Moab hiking, canyoneering, etc. Saturday drove to Durango where we spent the night at a hotel. Sunday drove over Cinnamon Pass and camped out at American Basin. Monday hiked up Handies Peak, drove back to Silverton and spent the night in a hotel in Durango. Tuesday drove back home.
Thanks, great info. Just browsed through the Canyonlands website to find some very disappointing news - pretty much no dogs allowed (except on the paved roads and the camping area), not even in the vehicle. That kind of stinks as I'd love to drive that same trail along the White Rim in your photos. Website gives options for boarding, but kind of puts a damper on the family (me, gf, dog) road trip.
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Awesome shots! I can see a trip like this in my future.
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Re: Road Trip in my 2012 Overland

Very nice and detailed trip report. Makes me want to go pack up the Jeep now and head out.
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Re: Road Trip in my 2012 Overland

Awesome stuff. I can't even imagine taking a trip like that by myself. I'm too paranoid about breakdowns & such to go it alone.

Out west, can you just pull up somewhere beautiful and camp? Seems like we're a bit more tightly regulated here in the Northeast?
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