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Re: Taking the WK2 Overlanding…My Single Step…

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Hey Echo! For sleeping I have been doing the air mattress in the back of the Jeep as well. I have thus far just been using a Coleman air mattress but I saw an interesting product the other day for trucks called "Airbedz". I was wondering if I could get one of their products for a small short bed truck to fit in the back of the Jeep when I saw a Jeep logo on their website so I clicked on it and it said they were working on a product for the back of JGC. So I called them up and they said they plan on coming out with it later this summer. I do not know the price point yet (I am sure it will be quite a bit more than my Coleman air mattress but unless it is outrageous, I plan on getting one as soon as they come out. Might be something you want to look in to.

The Gobi rack does look top notch. When I get my next Jeep in January, I will probably be deciding between Gobi and Frontrunner when it comes to the rack.

Can't wait to hear your report on the Expo Student!
Thanks for the tip about Airbedz! If they come out with one for our JGCs, I'd be very interested. They aren't cheap but they seem to be of good quality, and they look very comfortable. When you compare the price to hotels the Airbedz will quickly pay for itself.

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I mainly use mine to fill gas cans at the service station for my ATV and various small engines. I don't carry gas cans inside the cabin because they are basically bombs with static electricity as the detonator. I also had to carry a thirty gallon water tank every other day last summer to water small maple seedlings planted at the church the previous fall. We had a terrible drought last year.

OP stated his roof rack was going to be late arriving so I thought this might add some carry space until his rack showed up. (Who doesn't like a nice rack?) lol
I hear you, yeah. About the bombs, remember that fluid burns, but vapors explode. So a full gas can won't explode. But still, you don't want that inside your car.

And guys, I would've replied a lot sooner but I was sifting through Google image search results. It took a long time examining, carefully, the images when searching on 'nice rack'.


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Re: Taking the WK2 Overlanding…My Single Step…

Hello everyone! Sorry I haven't updated this thread in a while. Prepping the Jeep took longer than expected for this trip. I decided to take out the passenger seat. More on that later. I have made it to the Expo! The Overland trip was pretty good! Jake, Ghost Divide Expedition tour leader, did a great job. I have limited access to internet while camping at the expo. I will elaborate more when I get back from the trip. The Expo appears to be a nice size. Everyone I have met so far has been pretty cool... I haven't seen too many WK2s... Anyway I will try to give you guys an update as Expo goes on... So far I am liking what I see...
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Old 05-12-2017, 12:52 PM
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Re: Taking the WK2 Overlanding…My Single Step…

We need details on the overland trip.
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Re: Taking the WK2 Overlanding…My Single Step…

And pics would be even better!!
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Hello everyone! Sorry I haven't updated this thread in a while. Prepping the Jeep took longer than expected for this trip. I decided to take out the passenger seat. More on that later. I have made it to the Expo! The Overland trip was pretty good! Jake, Ghost Divide Expedition tour leader, did a great job. I have limited access to internet while camping at the expo. I will elaborate more when I get back from the trip. The Expo appears to be a nice size. Everyone I have met so far has been pretty cool... I haven't seen too many WK2s... Anyway I will try to give you guys an update as Expo goes on... So far I am liking what I see...
Dang it, i totally brain farted on the expo; as going to head up for the day. Would have liked to see how your jeep turned out.

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Re: Taking the WK2 Overlanding…My Single Step…

Ok guys, finally made it back to town!

Here are some quick stats for this trip:
1) I drove about 3,773 miles which included a lot of extra places outside of the Overland Tour. (Example, Tuweep Campground in the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, White Sands New Mexico, VLA (Very Large Array), Painted Desert, Petrified Forest, backcountry parts of Big Bend Texas State Park.)
2) Overall Average MPG for the trip was ~22 MPG
3) Elapsed driving time was ~82 hrs

I am attaching some quick photos that were taken during the trip...

Once I get settled in, I will try to put together some thoughts...

If there are some specific questions you guys want me to touch on just let me know... For now I am going to have a good nights sleep in a real bed! LOL!
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Re: Taking the WK2 Overlanding…My Single Step…

You hit a lot of the same places we hit on our recent three week trip through Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. Most of our off-roading was done in Utah in the areas around Capitol Reef, but we did some in Arizona and New Mexico as well (the Arizona one was sort of unintended, but it was fun).

Did you get caught in any of the snow? We hit some in New Mexico that last Friday in April when there was an accident on I-40 so we got off and headed south into the mountains. That added several days to our trip because we found a bunch of places we decided to visit, but, being retired, we really didn't care.
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Re: Taking the WK2 Overlanding…My Single Step…

Where did you get the boxes shown in the rear cargo area (showing four)? Thanks.
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Re: Taking the WK2 Overlanding…My Single Step…

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Where did you get the boxes shown in the rear cargo area (showing four)? Thanks.

Those look like Pelican cases.

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Re: Taking the WK2 Overlanding…My Single Step…

@Governor - Quick answer - KJDevilDog is correct... They are Pelican cases... Specifically Storm iM2950. Link: iM2950 Storm - Large Hard Case | Travel Case | Pelican Professional

Longer answer -
It took me a little while to figure out which sized worked best overall...

I used the container strategy to pack the Jeep for this trip and it worked out well when loading and unloading...However I have discovered that the loading and unloading container strategy has some limitations when it comes to Overlanding at a different campsite on a daily bases... More on that topic later.

I selected the Storm cases over the regular pelican cases because I was at an event a long time ago and I was talking with an older gentlemen about how he designs his case inserts and one thing he mentioned that stuck with me was he started switching to the Storm cases because when the arthritis in his hand flares up, he can not open the regular Pelican cases BUT he can still open up the Storm cases... I plan on using these Storm cases for years and considered them as investment over using regular containers that you get at walmart...

The size of the iM2950 works pretty well because it has just enough width, height, and depth to hold most general things in. As well as not being too big that one person can load and unload it depending on how heavy it is BUT the limited size tends to help keep the weight down UNLESS you start loading it with gold coins that you discover on your journey! LOL!

I can also bring the iM2950 on a plane as check luggage without paying the oversize bag fee on some airlines. The wheels on the bottom and the telescoping handle work well when you are walking through the airport or moving them into and out of the garage fully loaded with gear.

As you see, you can get four iM2950 into the cargo area BUT it's a very snug fit which works out good since you don't have to worry about the boxes sliding around however it does make a small indention on the corners of the hatch back door and backseat panels when you close everything up... The orange cargo straps is somewhat of a safety precaution for me... BUT I will talk about those so called "anchor points"
in the Jeep's cargo area later... Very disappointed with that Jeep design!

Overall I am very happy with the Storm iM2950 cases and they work well with the cargo area of WK2. You don't have to get four, you can get one or two and try them out. Two will easily fit in the cargo area and allows you to place "stuff" on top of them...

I am in the process of building out a iM2950 for a coworker who saw what I did and wanted one for his trip.

Anyway I hope that long answer helps to give additional insight...
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@schmieg - That accident sounds like it worked in your favor! When I retire, hopefully I can do some of what you are doing!
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