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  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Man, don't disappear on us like that! Texasjeep does the same thing. Is there something in the water down there? :)

    Well, if you can hang in there long enough, then getcha one of those unlimiteds.

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • Has anyone participated in a Jeep Jamboree. They look like fun but seem a bit pricey. The wife has mentioned it and well if its worth the $$$ then I will suprise her with a trip. Thanks, Jeff
  • A longer wheelbase can be better for off-roading. Especially if you are going big. A good number of people are going to scramblers and lengthening their wranglers. I know I have seen longer wheelbase Jeeps and other vehicles tackle an obstacle and a short wheelbase Jeep not make it or not make it as easy.

    Jeep Jamboree
    I wouldn't go on the Ouray, CO jamboree again but I have been several times to the YO ranch and I will probably being going again this year. They definitely cost too much but I enjoy it enough to keep going so far. I would go on more if they weren't so expensive. It is basically 2 full days of Jeeping. There is also Camp Jeep. You will probably have a longer drive but you pay by the Jeep. It is more family oriented and has other activities.
    On the Jamborees it is fun to meet people from all over and check out a lot of different Jeeps. You do wait around some though because you run trails in groups of about 20-25.
  • bmg132bmg132 Posts: 28
    My buddy is shopping some sites for Wranglers and pointed something out you guys might be able to help with:

    When building/pricing a Wrangler w/options dual tops is listed at appx $1400. Some sites list just the hardtop as an option for appx $750. I got a sport and think it says dual tops on my invoice (will double check when I get home). Don't all models come with a soft top? Where is the advantage of getting Dual tops? Is this some kind of pricing scam?
  • Thanks for the info. Actually Ouray was one of the ones i was considering is there a particular reason you would not recommend this jamboree. The other two im considering is Red River, New Mexico and YO Ranch as I live in Dallas, Texas and that one would be close. I have a 98' grand with a 3" lift but just have a feeling i would be the only grand at a jamboree surrounded by wranglers which i guess couldnt be all bad, lol....
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    All models come with a soft top as standard equipment. If you opt for a hard top only then the soft top is deleted and an allowance made for it, which is why you only pay an additional approx. $750 (try buying a hard top aftermarket for $750!). If you specify dual tops then you keep your soft top and pay an additional approx. $1400 for the hard top........... plus any configuration that gets the hard top also gets the full steel doors, and additional wiring and switches for the rear wiper/washer and defroster.

    The dual top option really is the best value for money. I can't think why you think it's some kind of scam???
  • bmg132bmg132 Posts: 28
    Thanks. I got confused. Was looking at the soft top as standard & the hard top as an option. Went completely over my head that the soft top got deleted on the hard top option. Doh!
  • Ouray, CO is very beautiful and scenic and worth going to. Although the trails are not challenging at all and I would rather run the trails with some friends or a small group to see the area instead. The Ouray trails are public land but YO ranch isn't so you have to run the jamboree to do those trails.
    I heard The Palo Duro jamboree is good. (Amarillo)
    There are always a few grands and cherokees on the jamborees. Last year I saw a few stock liberty's.
  • I've ordered my Jeep!

    Man, oh, man am I looking forward to the day she arrives. It's a factory order so there is going quite a bit of waiting yet (dealer suspects that it will be at least mid-January before she's in Edmonton). At least it gives me the time to try and unload my current ride.

    I went with a silver rubi, manual with the following options:
     - Auto Dim mirror w/compass/lamps/temp.
     - Locking fuel cap
     - Floor mats (no charge on these)
     - Dual Tops
     - A/C
     - Deep Tint windows
     - 7 Speaker group
     - Leather wrapped wheel (commonly known as cruise control)
     - The sentry key/block heater are standard and included in the price...

    Not much haggling over price involved as I managed to get in on a friends & family program which gives me a price of 1% under invoice...

    Now, is there any way to track the order as they build it online? Or do I have to hound them over the phone (I do have my VON)? Tom, I saved your post on getting a factory build sheet but didn't see anyway of tracking a new build... Anyone, anyone?

    Andrew
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    All I can say is....

    YEEEEEEEEEHAWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!

    Congratulations, Old Man! You didn't mess around, did you? A RUBI!!!!

    Man, I am so happy for ya, I could croak. You picked out a nice color too. Silver is VERY nice, but it also has the advantage of being a light color that will not show scratches very bad.

    Twylie has someting on his site about tracking your order through the build process. Man, I did that when Thelma Jane was being built, but that was three years ago, and I didn't save any of the info. I don't think you could track it via the Internet back then, and you had to call an 800 number. You can get the number through Jeep.com, I'm sure.

    You can track the progress of the shipping on the puter, though. Twylie tells ya how to do that in his website.

    WAY TO GO, ANDREW!!!!!!!!!!!

    How are WE gonna survive the wait? :)

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • Thanks Tom!

    Not only is this my first ever Jeep, but also my first brand-spankin-new-ordered-from-factory purchase! Very, very, very excited... :-)

    I have to admit that the wait is going to be excruciating, but well worth every second that crawls by... All summer I was thinking about it, going for rides in my friends TJ... finally broke down and bit the bullet.

    Yeah, I really like the silver. I would have gone for the Inca Gold had they still been offering it (the Solar Yellow didn't do it for me) but the Silver looks pretty sharp too. Like you say, the fact it won't show scratches as much is a definite bonus. :-)

    Thanks again. Tomorrow morning will be time to go and hound DC... ;-) (Thanks for posting some great info. Twylie).
    Will let you folks know as I learn where it's all at!

    Andrew
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    You also get a notation on the window sticker which states that..... "This vehicle was built especially for Andrew xxxxx ".

    Adds no real value, but rather nice nonetheless, especially as it's your first new vehicle.
  • nolid5nolid5 Posts: 148
    I hope everyone is enjoying the day.

    Rich
  • Gah, DC wasn't willing to let me know the status of the order - had to go through the dealer and apparently it's in "BX"... Too bad you can't track that online!

    Happy Thanksgiving folks.

    Andrew
  • boredbored Posts: 300
    Here's a list of status codes for factory orders.

    http://www.ewylie.com/jeep/ordering.htm

    Looks like you're at:

    BX - passed edit available for schedule
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Same to ya! And, Happy Turkey Day to all of my other Edmunds Buds too, including our moderators, who have been awfully quiet lately. Steve? Tidester? You guys still out there?

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • hotx3hotx3 Posts: 71
    Looks like DC has made up its mind on the extended offering. Too bad about the Scrambler. Will the Unlimited hold a coupla bikes with the seat folded, iyo? Are there any photos of these to look at? Anything about engine choices? (I noticed the tow rating is up to 3500 lb.) Tops? Will it be a "real" Wrangler?
    I always enjoy your comments.
  • You know, the more I hear about the Unlimited, the more I think I may have to seriously look into purchasing one. Having the extra room will be a huge plus for me as I am an every weekend beach-goer in the summer time. Will these things really be ready for a spring roll-out? I'd also like to know more about pricing. Hopefully they will be close to what the wrangler is now but I bet they won't deal for around invoice until the novelty wears off.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    ...to all of the great wranglers from edmunds.com!

    tidester, host
  • All speculation on my part. I think I remember reading about 17" of extra room in the back? No way that would hold two bikes with the seat still in, even folded. Probably not even with it out unless you do some fancy packing. Those wheel wells that take up so much of the space will still be there. The tow rating probably went up because of the longer wheelbase, the current Wrangler is just too squirelly to tow much safely. It's gotta have a soft top, otherwise there will be revolution. I don't think the Rubicon necessarily started a buying frenzy, and that was the coolest thing I think they could have done for the Jeep. I doubt if the unlimited would be a hot item unless they just don't make many of them. All speculation as I said, always fun to talk about things I don't know about.

    Happy Thanksgiving.
    Gary
  • Latest that I read was that it would end up adding 2" of space between the front and rear seats, and an additional 10-12" in the back (I've seen both numbers on different articles). I think the wheelbase itself is extended by 10"... Of course, I am just trying to remember from the articles I read so those numbers may not be at all accurate.

    One of the articles mentioned a soft-top that was capable of either opening up part-ways (as in, you don't have to fold the whole thing away when putting it down), or all the way down... a little more speculation for you. Wonder how that would work, and wouldn't it cause more noise due to flapping? I think that even if it is ready by April, I'd probably wait until the following year just so they get all(?) the kinks out...

    lol. In a way I wish I had heard about it before I ordered my rubi... but not to worry, I've no regrets. :-) Will be bothering my dealer again on Monday!
    Andrew
  • I was thinking that the Scrambler would have needed a longer wheelbase anyway. Maybe DC is thinking of producing the Scrambler down the road using the Wrangler Unlimited platform. Similar to the way they're introducing the PT convertible and the 2 door coupe/hatchback later down the road.

    The Scrambler would have a smaller market than the Unlimited, with all the extended cab and crew cab trucks out there. Probably the decision came down to the bottom line as most things do.
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Man,

    I bet that new hard top is gonna be a PITA to lift up. Gotta have the top winch for that one. :)

    I dunno though, the longer top just looks goofy to me for some reason. I like the idea of the increased storage and room for rear passengers, but it just doesn't look right for some reason. Maybe it needs some 33's and a lift!

    -Paul
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    I went to that private property today, like I told you guys I was supposed to do. It would be a real nice place to wheel under dry conditions, but it definitely was NOT dry today!

    Still, a good day. Met some nice folks, and we had a good time. The winch got a workout today, that's for sure!

    I crunched the license plate thing again, even worse this time. I was trying a very steep, muddy climb and lost traction. When I hit the brakes after I was able to go no further up, Thelma slipped back down with her tires locked up, and she hit a tree with the left rear corner. I thought I had surely busted my hard top, but I guess the only contact was on the license plate holder. It got pushed into the sheet metal just a tiny bit, so there's a new dent now. Just a small one. :)

    Here's a pic of Clarence Brewer Sr.'s Jeep. Remember, he is the dad of the guy who owns Brewco Motor Sports and the Timberwolf race car. Clarence has his Jeep painted like the Timberwolf car.

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?

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  • I found out today from my Chrysler Zone Rep what the Wrangler Unlimited is all about. It is setting the stage for a 4-Door Wrangler, on steroids and meaner than the Rubicon, meant to take on the all new Hummer H3 head to head.

    Also found out that the all new Wrangler with an all new engineering platform will debut in 2006. Exciting times are coming!
  • For me, the Jeep was always about the fact that it could be fairly inexpensive and it is a simple, basic vechicle. I'm afraid I'd be leaving the Jeep Wrangler clan if it goes a different direction. But then I'm sure I'm really no longer the target they're shooting for either. We'll wait and see. . .
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    I hope the Wrangler doesn't go the route of the XJ, being replaced by an entirely different vehicle that is not a true off road vehicle at all.

    I like all that has been done over the years to get the Jeeps to the point they are now with the TJ. Some old time Jeepers would argue, I'm sure, that the TJ has gone too far, but it is sure a trail-worthy vehicle, and I don't see how anyone could deny that.

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • The brass at Jeep have told the dealer body that every Jeep that will be made or designed from this point forward will be Rubicon able. They apologized to us after the word got out that they were going soft. They meant to say that they were going to improve the road mannors while maintaining off-road superiority.

    Do any of you remember the Dakar concept of a few years ago? This is the foundation for the Wrangler Unlimited and the new 4 door TJ.

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  • Hi, prowling through old posts I saw a thread on old dogs. Briefly, when glucosamine and rimadyl aren't doing the trick, a relatively new drug called dermamax does wonders. Expensive but takes years off the dog.
  • More $$ than Rimadyl, yikes. My old dog Annabelle was barely getting around today, had to slip her an extra pill. I'll check it out. At 95 pounds, she's a weight. I built her a ramp that gets her into the pickup bed and the Jeep without crippling both of us.
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