Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Crescent Springs, KY
I've been building up my rig for long distance on and off pavement travel, so I guess that counts as an "Expedition Jeep". My philosophy when building the Jeep has been to protect the people first (first aid kit, fire extinguisher, training, CB, cage in the not too distant future, GPS etc) protect the investment second (armor and recovery) and then enhance the performance (lift, tires, axle upgrades etc). There's a lot that can be done in a stock Jeep.
I decided to go the trailer route instead of using a roof rack and I've been very happy I did. I can put myself and up to three other people in the TJ and all the equipment and supplies go into the trailer. The trailer has a steel lid that can be locked against both two and four legged predators. I can drop it in camp for a day of wheeling if I like, and it doesn't raise the center of gravity, eat up mileage or make noise on my daily commute. It also cost roughly the same as a quality rack. In the long run, I'd like to outfit it with a roof top tent as well as a small auxiliary electrical system for lighting, a fridge etc. The only time I've had a problem with it is on two occasions I had to make what would have been a three point, 180* turn for a closed and narrow trail. I couldn't make that tight a turn with the Jeep/trailer combo. I ended up having to unhook, turn the Jeep around, pull around the trailer, turn the trailer and reconnect. I suspect that as I get better at pulling the trailer, I'll learn to handle this sort of problem better.
'99 TJ Sport, 4.0 I6, 5 speed manual transmission, Hi Lift w/offroad kit, Viair 450C compressor, Garmin GPS, Skid Row Engine/Transmission, steering box & radiator skid plates, Kilby gas tank plate, AtoZ Fab full length rocker guards, Performance Accessories 1" Body Lift, OME 2.5" HD springs & shocks, JKS trackbars front & rear, BFG AT 33x12.5r15, EBC Yellow pads and Centric rotors