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.
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.
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!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. It may end up here in Mailbag, or it may end up as a full story in the pages of Jp.
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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.
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.