2017 Jeep Compass REVIEW (Walk Around)

2017 Jeep Compass REVIEW (Walk Around)

While I was at the dealership having some updates done on Klondike, I took a look at the new Jeep Compass. I was fairly impressed with it as a mild adventure and largely small family commuter, but it does lack some things that would keep me from tackling much more than an easy forestry road. Interested in more? Check out this video of my walk around and thoughts.   All-in-all, I kinda dig it….. What do you think?

2017 Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival

2017 Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival

For the last few years Alana and I have made it out to the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival in one capacity or another. This year was no different and we were happy to rejoin the on-site trail team and assist as a trail guides with both Dirty and Klondike. While Bantam has a lot to offer any type of Jeeper or Jeeping interest, it’s the trails where we have the most fun. While this likely doesn’t come as much of…

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JK/JKU Parking Brake (E-Brake) Adjustment

JK/JKU Parking Brake (E-Brake) Adjustment

If you own a JK or JKU, and especially if it happens to be a manual transmission, you know how crappy the factory parking brake is. There are a few factors to this. For one, it seems the lever and activation mechanism is prone to breaking and, even when it is working “correctly”, seems to not reset well. The other major factor is in the drum itself. While it is supposed to auto adjust (we don’t see how), we have…

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’17 Unlimited Off-Road Show and Expo in Louisville KY

’17 Unlimited Off-Road Show and Expo in Louisville KY

We try to visit the Unlimited Off-Road Expo that is held in Louisville, Kentucky every year. This said, I must admit that the 2016 Expo was so side-by-side centric that we began to wonder if our money and time was worth it. Still, we opted to give it another go and we are glad we did. This year’s expo seemed to have an opposite biasing back toward full sized rigs that suited us wonderfully! Once you get your wristbands the…

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Horseshoe Falls at Caesar Creek State Park – Ohio

Horseshoe Falls at Caesar Creek State Park – Ohio

Not every adventure needs to be a long one that involves a lot of travel. Sometimes it’s right in your backyard…. This is certainly the case with the Horseshoe Falls at Caesar Creek State Park. We travel a fair amount and are always up for a weekend journey. Even our “local” adventures often lead us a few hours from home but sometimes time and money don’t allow for this. When we found ourselves in this very situation, yet completely unwilling…

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Overlanding The Allegheny National Forest

Overlanding The Allegheny National Forest

In spite of our best efforts, our winter projects rolled right up to the beginning of spring.  Normally this is okay, but the tail end of our winter was more spring-like than some of the first weekends of the actual spring. Due to the ugly weather (and some other things), we have had a heck of a time getting out to enjoy the fruit of those winter project efforts. Something that needed rectifying and pronto! So, we set our sights…

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Klondike Gets Some Color!

Klondike Gets Some Color!

Ever since we got Klondike we have liked her white color… Unfortunately, it seems many people like white Cherokee Trailhawks as well. In an effort to both add some much needed accent color and to separate her from the crowd a bit, we removed some of the factory badging and replaced it with…. well… COLOR! We tried to keep the factory(ish) “Cherokee” font but we made it much larger and made it red.   Not only is it red, but it’s…

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Spied, Inside the 2018 Jeep Wrangler

Spied, Inside the 2018 Jeep Wrangler

This was just posted on Allpar… It’s the first real look at the 2018 Jeep Wrangler “JL”. Personally, I like it…. a lot. I do think they could’ve done themselves a favor and not compared it to the PT Cruiser though 😛 The best news to me is the heated steering wheel!   by David Zatz with Allpar: Here it is — the dashboard of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler, complete with a modern UConnect system. The next Wrangler combines PT Cruiser-style…

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Klondike gets some roof rack cross bars!

Klondike gets some roof rack cross bars!

Our intention all along with Klondike has been to be more of an overlanding and longer exploring trip type of rig. Even so, we have found ourselves in situations that we think may put the KL Cherokee’s limited ground clearance and lower approach/departure angles to the test. A good way to help with these situations is to build ramps or bridges over things and our Maxtrax are certainly up to this task. This said, we currently only have mounts on…

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Project Ehu – Ready for Adventure!

Project Ehu – Ready for Adventure!

That’s right! Our overland trailer project is coming to a close…. at least the first phase of it. We know it’s been a long time since our last update, but frankly we struggled with stopping progress for the sake of posting what progress had been made and instead decided to keep moving forward. With that being said, a video of where we are now was the best way to make an update. As mentioned in the video, we did initially…

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