Not a Trailer Queen
Michigan resident Bob Skoutelas built this Jeep to drive to and from the trail as well as on the trail. His 1997 Jeep Wrangler Sahara was a wedding present for him and his wife, and they have enjoyed it for many years. In its early years it was the weekend exploration and camping vehicle, but the past few years they have gotten more involved in off-road adventures. To keep up with their evolving Jeep lifestyle, they have made the following modifications to the TJ—it’s got a 3-inch lift and Rusty’s adjustable control arms, ARB
Air Lockers front and rear, and MetalCloak Overline fenders front and rear to clear the 35-inch Cooper STT Pro tires. They have driven the Jeep to several off-road events from South Dakota to Tennessee.
Trail Mom Carol
2017 Dirt ’N Drive participant Carol Newton from Inyokern, California, earned the title of “Trail Mom” during our journey. She welcomed everyone she met with open arms and willingly took in a couple of folks that were camping on a cold, frigid night in Utah. Carol submitted her 2007 Jeep Wrangler JKU with 225,000 happy miles on it. 71-year-old “Mom Newton” told us she started Jeeping after her husband passed on about 10 years ago. She tells us that the Jeep and all the wonderful people she has met along the way have restored her life. Our thanks go to you, Carol, for taking care of so many of us on the trail.
Running Wild in the Desert
The Sweeney family from California sent in a few photos with limited information on their 2004 Jeep Wrangler. They enjoy wheeling in the desert with their two daughters. The Jeep is outfitted with a Rubicon Express 4.5-inch long-arm kit, Poison Spyder sliders, and Warn bumpers front and rear. Future upgrades for ARB Air Lockers and an ARB compressor are on the list.
With a little guidance, a lot of gumption, and her own hands, Whitewater, Wisconsin, Jeeper Jenni Arnold built her 2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara. She installed a 4-inch Rancho Crawler shortarm lift, Westin fenders, Westin Snyper triple tube slider steps and skidplates, and front and rear bumpers, among other Westin Automotive products. DV8 inner front fenders, Superchips TrailDash2, and Poison Spyder hood louvers are a few of the other highlights. Jenni says she wheels it and daily drives it, and that she still has a list a mile long of things to do.