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.