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Since the Jeep be­came pop­u­lar decades ago, but more re­cently with the boom the JK has cre­ated, Jeeps are ev­ery­where you go and you’ll rarely be able to hit an off-road trail any­where in the coun­try with­out see­ing one. Sev­eral years ago, a few friends of mine de­cided to rebel against this Jeep In­va­sion at one of the largest yearly gath­er­ings of off-road­ers: Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. Be­ing fans of full-size rigs, they de­cided to call this re­bel­lion “Full­size In­va­sion.” Full­size In­va­sion started as a small gath­er­ing of trucks and SUVS hit­ting a trail or two and grew into a mas­sive group hit­ting one or mul­ti­ple trails per day dur­ing the EJS week. On th­ese rides you’ll see any­thing from mainly stock tow rigs to fully built rock bug­gies. Ev­ery­one is wel­come (Jeeps, mini-trucks, cars, etc.) and there’s no cost in­volved other than the gate fee ($5). EJS hap­pens each year the week be­fore Easter.

Last year they de­cided to try some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent and called out diesel own­ers for a ride on the slick rock. It would be called “Diesel In­va­sion”— still part of Full­size In­va­sion, but with a twist. It was a great turnout with maybe a third of the group run­ning #2 diesel. This year, how­ever, was a to­tally dif­fer­ent story. Diesel In­va­sion drew roughly 35 trucks, all full size, and all but maybe five were diesel. It was a great way to spend the evening, lis­ten­ing to tur­bos spool­ing all around me and watch­ing big trucks dom­i­nate ob­sta­cles their smaller, gen­er­ally more ca­pa­ble brethren strug­gled to get atop. Plus, the looks we got from oth­ers—no one could be­lieve we were tak­ing such large ve­hi­cles on the trails. The size of the group made those re­ac­tions even more fun. By the end of the week our group had re­ally be­come great friends and the com­radery was great to see. As I men­tioned, ev­ery­one is wel­come on the Full­size and Diesel In­va­sion trail rides. If you’ve never been to Moab, it’s a gor­geous place to visit with tons to see and do. It’s worth the trip no mat­ter where you call home. Heck, I did 24 hours of driv­ing just to be in town for one day. Put EJS and Diesel In­va­sion on your cal­en­dars for next year. I’ll see you there.

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