So after ~4000 miles, we are back. That trip was an awesome way to break in the Jeep. If you want to see a slideshow of all the pictures, I have them here
Overall, the Jeep did great! I had zero issues the whole trip and it was a lot more comfortable than I thought it'd be. I can only think of two things that could've been improved.
#1, the headlights. I can see why people upgrade these. They're not bad around areas that are lit, but the second you get away from cities and onto highways that don't have light it becomes very easy to outrun your lights. The other issue is bad weather. As we were coming up to Meridian, Mississippi, I heard a trucker on the cb say "If you're heading towards Meridian, you need to pull over now. They have tornados on the ground, trees on the highway and zero visibility." The storm was pretty terrible and my lights were not making it any easier to see where I was going. That's definitely an upgrade I'm going to look for in the future.
#2 Gas mileage. Ok, nothing we can do here. I did get 21mpg for a while which was nice, but average for the trip was 19.
Overall, though, it was a great roadtrip vehicle. We did hit some pretty terrible weather but the Jeep had no problems. There were several times where we hit flooding and it was nice to not really be worried about it. I had read that Jeeps don't handle well in the rain, but I had no problems. It probably also helps that my tires are practically brand new.
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The basket on the back worked really well. I couldn't even tell it was there while driving. I did strap it to the tow hook so it wouldn't move around as much.
I upgraded to a 4 foot Firestik antenna while I was home. I'm really happy I did because that CB came in very handy during the bad weather. Also while sitting in traffic, it was amusing talking to the truckers. I still have the 3 foot that I'll use in my normal day to day since the 4 foot doesn't fit in the garage.
When we got home, we found a nice surprise waiting for us. A bunch of my family had gotten together and got us an early baby gift.
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We are now a 2 Jeep household. I'm looking forward to modding and wheeling the second Jeep this coming June.
So now that I'm back, I'm going to continue working on my website JeepParking.com - Jeep Picture Image Hosting
. I want to write an Android and iPhone app to make it easier to add pictures. It's been a fun little side project and it's nice to have a simple spot to host all my pictures.
I'm also going to start saving up for a headlight upgrade. After that, probably a set of Currie Anti-Rock's for the front. I really want to get this Jeep out on the trails and don't want to mess with disconnecting sway bars.