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Jp Magazine - - Table Of Contents - By John Cappa jped­i­tor@jp­magazine.com

Jeep or Off-Road Na­tion

I’ve been read­ing the whole thing about the Jeep wave. My take on it is that this sep­a­rates the Jeep na­tion from the off-road na­tion. The prob­lem with many new JK own­ers is not that they bought and didn’t build their Jeeps (I wish I could af­ford that), but that they get a Jeep that is far be­yond their skill level. They get into places, not due to the driver’s skill, but due to the Jeep’s abil­ity. Then when there is a prob­lem, driv­ers that are more ex­pe­ri­enced have to help them even if we are not a Jeep na­tion per­son. Let’s slow down, learn how to stay on trails of the driver’s abil­ity, and most im­por­tant, re­mem­ber that all off-road­ers should wave, not just Jeep own­ers. Jeeps work great, but don’t try to put your group over all oth­ers.

Jay Mulino, OR

That’s in­ter­est­ing in­sight and good ad­vice. The Jeep JK and JL Wran­gler Ru­bi­con mod­els are ar­guably the most ca­pa­ble Jeeps ever of­fered. Pre­vi­ous ver­sions of the Wran­gler were not as on-road friendly as the JK and JL. The Wran­gler is no longer the toy and daily driver of off-road en­thu­si­asts. It has be­come com­fort­able enough that nearly any­one can drive one daily with­out many com­pro­mises. Of course, the new own­ers would even­tu­ally take them off-road, so it makes sense that you would see more new Jeep peo­ple than ever us­ing their ve­hi­cles in the dirt, and some get­ting into trou­ble. In the be­gin­ning, it’s fun to help the new per­son out and teach them things along the way. But you are right, it can be frus­trat­ing for a sea­soned wheel­ing vet­eran to see off-road spots be­come clogged with more and more peo­ple driv­ing ex­tremely mod­i­fied ve­hi­cles on trails that are far above the driver’s ca­pa­bil­ity. You could also blame the easy ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion. The in­for­ma­tion on how to build a ca­pa­ble 4x4 was once only avail­able through a few small shops and word of mouth. To­day, any­one with In­ter­net ac­cess has an in­sane amount of in­for­ma­tion read­ily avail­able. Off-road­ing in Jeeps is no longer a niche hobby, it’s be­come fairly main­stream. As it be­comes more pop­u­lar, the trails will likely be­come even more clogged, but hope­fully time will pro­duce more ex­pe­ri­enced driv­ers, less in­con­sid­er­a­tion, and ul­ti­mately less frus­tra­tion for ev­ery­one.

Back­log Proof

Is there a way to read older ar­ti­cles from the ’90s? I’ve been Jeeping since 1994, but have friends new to it and they don’t be­lieve me that 33-inch tires were con­sid­ered big back then and 35-inch tires were con­sid­ered ex­treme.

Bran­don Bright Via face­book.com/jp­mag

You can find some of the older sto­ries at jp­magazine.com. You’ll need to use the search field to find them, but it’s best to have an idea of ex­actly what you are look­ing for. Back is­sues are avail­able at circ­source.com; how­ever, they only go back to about 2015 and not all is­sues are still avail­able. You can also do a sim­ple Google search for im­ages of some of the pop­u­lar ’90s off-road events such as Fun in the Desert, Desert Sa­fari, Easter Jeep Sa­fari, and so on.

Sub Solutions

I’ve sub­scribed via the iPad app on iTunes, but for some rea­son I can only down­load the July ’18 is­sue. I have the 30-day free trial and pre­sum­ably the billing starts af­ter. I couldn’t just subscribe with­out the free trial. I’ve tried restor­ing pur­chases sev­eral times the last cou­ple days, but it’s the same prob­lem. Is there any so­lu­tion for this? Many thanks!

Gabriel Brosteanu Via face­book.com/jp­mag

For sub­scrip­tion prob­lems, please con­tact our Reader Ser­vices de­part­ment at 800/678-8012 or email them at jp@email­cus­tom­erser­vice.com. Please in­clude your name, ad­dress, and phone num­ber on any in­quiries. The mag­a­zine edi­tors and so­cial me­dia per­son­nel aren’t part of the sub­scrip­tion de­part­ment.

Club Props

I’m the pres­i­dent of a Jeep Club here in Paintsville, Ken­tucky, and I read Jp all the time. I love the how-to sto­ries and the events to go to among other great stuff, but I was won­der­ing if you would be in­ter­ested in do­ing a small story on our lit­tle group. We not only do the nor­mal trail rides, we give back to our sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties. We hold food drives for the home­less and an­i­mal shel­ters and pro­vide coats and back­packs for the less for­tu­nate kids. If this is some­thing that may in­ter­est you, give me a shout.

Danny Price Via face­book.com/jp­mag

We al­ways love to hear pos­i­tive sto­ries about the Jeep com­mu­nity. If you or your Jeep club want to be men­tioned in the pages of Jp, drop us a line with your story at jped­i­tor@jp­magazine.com. It may end up here in Mail­bag, or it may end up as a full story in the pages of Jp.

More Back Is­sues

Thank you so much for putting our Moab pic­ture and story in the June ’18 is­sue. We love it; how­ever, now ev­ery­body in my fam­ily wants a copy. How do I go about or­der­ing eight copies of the June

’18 is­sue of Jp? I keep try­ing on­line, but I’m not hav­ing any luck.

Jeanne Parker Via face­book.com/jp­mag

Newer back is­sues of Jp are easy to get your hands on! You can pur­chase dig­i­tal back is­sues at zinio.com and print back is­sues at circ­source.com.

Jeep Help­ing

I loved the Trail Head col­umn in the June ’18 is­sue about us as a wheel­ing com­mu­nity stick­ing to­gether and help­ing each other out. My local club, South­ern In­di­ana Jeep Mili­tia, has 4,000-plus mem­bers. We re­cently helped flood vic­tims in Utica, In­di­ana. We helped move fam­i­lies out be­fore the Ohio River crested, then went back for cleanup af­ter­wards. Our club gives as much back to the com­mu­nity as we can, which in­cludes our yearly Back the Blue ride, and do­nat­ing our time to local char­i­ties. Thanks for a great mag­a­zine. Been a reader for 18 years.

Joey Bryant

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