North Carolina has some pretty good opportunities with that. There are so many rich people in Mooresville that just lift their **** and don't wheel it you'd make a fortune! In all seriousness NC isn't a bad choice. I'd keep away from Pennsylvania and the like. RC is in PA but PAs laws are dumb as ****.
Oliver Springs TN. It is a small rural area west of Knoxville and Oakridge TN. The Windrock off road area is in that area. Woolys Offroad park is SW of there. Harlan KY is not to far northeast. And Adventure offroad park and adventure center just opened recently west of Chatanooga in South Pittsburg, TN.
You could pick any little town in the triangle from Nashville, to Chattanooga, and Knoxville and be well placed for rural, yet still close enough to the big cities so you can get there vehicles for builds also. TN is nice in that they have no state tax so more of the money you make will stay in your pocket. The people are good people and the climat e is pretty decent. We do have some snow and winter weather but it isn't bad.
Just a idea but we wheeled at Superlift and SMORR over the summer.
Noticed neither place has a shop.
Maybe talk to the park owners and see if you could set up a shop at one of the parks?
Superlift is only open on the weekends but I think SMORR is open all year long.
Another park that does not have a shop is Flat Nasty. Open all year long and is close to Rolla MO.
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Truck633 - Let me know the name of the shop and when it opens. I got standed at the very top of Imogene Pass. The jeep would not turn over (bad battery and alternator) and jumping did not help at all. The wife was none to happy having to push the jeep over the edge to get the bow pointed down hill so I could pop the clutch to get off the mountain. We had to decide between Telluride or Ouray at that point. We were staying in Ouray, so we went that direction. By the time we made it to the autozone in Montrose (40 miles), the voltage was below 10 volts and the odometer leds were flickering. I had to replace the alternator and battery in the parking lot.