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MOAB!!! Anybody done some wheelin there?

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The wife and I are looking for something to do this coming year and have been talking about a Jeep trip. My first thought was Moab and having never been I have started doing my homework.

I am undecided which Jeep we would take. The Wrangler would obviously need to be trailered, mostly because I don't want to break something and be stuck. So option one is take my truck and pull the Wrangler up there and hit the trails. One concern I have with the Wrangler is I still have problems with my legs working once my low back starts firing up. When this happens it makes controlling my clutch pedal harder. This hasn't been a real issue on the road but on a trail I could see that it may be problematic.

The second option is driving the Grand and doing what wheelin we can in it. Obviously not anything crazy but after watching many videos of Grand Cherokees doing it I feel like we could still have a good time in it. This option could then be expanded buy renting a Wrangler once we are there. So we could spend a day or so doing the easier stuff and getting some Moab experience in the Grand and then rent a Wrangler for a day and do a few of the harder trails.

I found a place that rents different Wranglers that are all lifted with 35s and depending on what you want you can even get full lockers. It is not exactly cheap but I think it could actually come out cheaper. If I pull my Wrangler up and back the gas is going to be expensive in my truck. If we just drive the Grand and rent one that gas money could just go to renting one, though I have not yet done the math. Even if is was not much cheaper or even a little more it may be worth it just to avoid any headaches taking my Wrangler on a trailer.

So anybody been?
Can you still have fund if you are not in a full on rock crawler?
Any time of year the best time to go?
Any advice on what to do, or not do?


For those that may no be aware the two Jeeps I have are as follows:

04 Wrangler X, 5 speed, soft top, 4.5 lift, 33s, 4.19 gears, Adams driveshafts, and will have a winch and new D!ck Cepek Extreme Country M/T tires very soon.

19 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, auto, air ride/lift, A/T tires, will not have a winch.
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Ride the vision and rent the jeep! Lots of beautiful roads in that area. Went out there a few years ago and found a place to stay right on the colorado river. As far as time of year, do a historical weather search. It gets hot out there after the first part of june. Lots of lodging and most of it full. We didn't do any wheeling, but there were a bunch of people there with all kinds of jeeps. We did do the jet boat on the river. That was a lot of fun.
 

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Ok, how about this, take the truck and tow the bike out there. Tonnes of great riding roads and in Moab you can rent the off road side by sides or dune buggies (did I just date myself?).
I was there on a road trip a couple of years ago and just got back from an off road trip in Colorado this year.
No matter what it will be an awesome trip!
 

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Told my wife she was on the scenic side.


I'm going to show those pics to the wife. I know once she see things like that she will really enjoy it. I think she thinks we are going to do some ultra crazy trails but that is not actually my goal. I just was to have a nice road trip with her and see some of the beautiful parts of the US that we have not seen.
 
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Ride the vision and rent the jeep! Lots of beautiful roads in that area. Went out there a few years ago and found a place to stay right on the colorado river. As far as time of year, do a historical weather search. It gets hot out there after the first part of june. Lots of lodging and most of it full. We didn't do any wheeling, but there were a bunch of people there with all kinds of jeeps. We did do the jet boat on the river. That was a lot of fun.
I honestly had not thought of that. I think that was mainly because we were going to go some other places on the way and the way back. Depending on what things we plan to do and other places we plan to go that might work.
 

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I just found a website called trailsoffroad.com which looks to be a nice guide to trails all over. They also have a YouTube channel and do trail reviews so I can read and see pics, then go seea video to get a better idea of what to expect. The site also tells you what type of vehicle is suggested which is really valuable.
 

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This guy gave Fins and Things a great review and said he had no trouble in his Lexus. Reading that I feel very confident with our Trailhawk to be able to do some fun stuff.

 

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It's called "slickrock" but there is great traction. Ground clearance can be an issue on some of the trails.
1999 on a "Jeep Jamboree"

You know I haven't checked the clearance of the Grand while raised up. I'm sure it is enough for most things but that would be good to know.

I read up on the name earlier and learned it became known as Slickrock because of the wagons with metal rim wheels that used to make that journey and got little traction. With tires the traction is said to be incredible and it must be with some of the climbs you make on it.
 

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Dee and I workcamped 3 seasons at the Moab KOA. We got to take all the trips for free. Jeep Safari week is just plane awesome! Rock crawlers everywhere. Potato salad hill is a local favorite. During JSW it's like a girls gone wild event at times.

Just lots of roads and you'll have no problems getting info up there from locals and free maps. You'll regret not having the bike. Cruising through Arches is just special.

I happened to look up KOA to tell them about Dee's death but the owners had sold it. However if you drive into the KOA our sheriff we created still guards the entrance. Snap a good picture please. You'll really enjoy that area. Sooo much to see.
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