Trail Re­spon­si­ble

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Re­gard­ing the Boy Scout Motto (Trail Head, Nov. ’18), I wish ev­ery­one I wheeled with stuck by this phi­los­o­phy. Be­ing pre­pared is one of the most im­por­tant parts to be­ing a re­spon­si­ble Jeep owner who goes off-road­ing. I check my Jeep me­chan­i­cally and the tools and parts I carry be­fore a trip. It can be ir­ri­tat­ing to have to bail out the un­pre­pared wheeler, but we help out be­cause it’s the right thing to do. This ar­ti­cle made me think that it would be a good idea to do an ex­panded ar­ti­cle on what to pack, in­clud­ing toolk­its, re­cov­ery items, spare parts, and so on. I love Jp!

Nick Mc. Pitts­burgh, PA

It’s a great idea to look over your Jeep and what’s packed in it prior to ev­ery trip. With the ad­vent of the Ru­bi­con Wran­gler and read­ily avail­able high-performance af­ter­mar­ket off-road parts that can be in­stalled at any num­ber of off-road shops, there are more Jeep­ers than ever who are likely driv­ing ve­hi­cles that are far more ca­pa­ble than their skill level and ex­pe­ri­ence. There is a learn­ing curve that comes with off-road­ing. In the past, the skills were ac­quired over time as our Jeeps slowly be­came more mod­i­fied. Today, a new

Jeep owner might go straight to 37-inch or even 40-inch tires right off the bat and at­tempt to drive over ex­tremely dif­fi­cult trails, which, as you have noted can lead to some dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions when there is an un­ex­pected fail­ure. The thing to re­mem­ber is that we are all out there for the same rea­son. Help the new guys un­der­stand why they need to know their Jeeps and learn the lim­i­ta­tions of not only the equip­ment, but their driv­ing skill level too. Over time, they’ll learn that spare parts and tools are just as nec­es­sary as snacks and drinks.

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