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Jeep Wrangler



  • At my remote outpost in the desert (near the crossroads town of Mojave) gas is already over $3. Keeping in mind the fact that any disaster that happens here will most likely be an earthquake (but not discounting the possibility of nearly anything else but a hurricane) it is a certainty that it will be at least 5 days before outside help comes to provide any assistance, I feel it is prudent to keep some extra gasoline on hand in case I have to bug out in a serious way.
    I keep three five gallon metal cans with fresh mid-grade gasoline. These are stored near the garage door out of any possible sunlight and as far as possible from my water heater and my air compressor. An outdoor shed would be ideal but the gasoline will last longer stored in a cool place. Heat promotes the formation of shellacs in the distillate. If you wanted to keep it for months rather than weeks a can of fuel stabilizer from the parts store will enable you to keep it for a long time. I would NOT want to store gasoline for long in my garage in plastic cans. This way I have an extra 5 gal for each of my vehicles or enough to nearly fill one up for a dash to safety or whatever. My converted bus sits with a full 96 gal tank of diesel fuel and I surely don't relish the idea of filling it up again soon.
    The answer though is the metal cans. They will take a lot of abuse and the new EPA cans seal very tightly to prevent fumes leaking out.
    Hug your loved ones every day because you just never know...
  • Can someone give me a location that will host photos that can be posted here? Apparently the place I have my photos will not work.

  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Give Photobucket a try. It's specifically designed for boards and forums. It also handily resizes large pics down to 250kb so they don't stretch off the sides of the screen when posted.
  • Here are a couple of pictures of the property. I had pictures of Elliemae on the property, but I deleted them by accident.

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  • Hi everybody,
    I just went to my Jeep dealer and they had the new 2006 Wrangler. There was four of them. (Carson City NV). No real changes that I could tell, just thought you would like to know. Shawn :)
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    Nice looking property! You certainly have a whole lot more trees than I do.

    I've figured out just how important parking at the house with at least a half of tank of gas is this morning. As we were leaving Santa Clarita yesterday, we noticed a sign that said the freeway was closed ahead due to a brush fire. Immediately we started to consider our options, which all depended on where exactly the fire was. It was definitely "worst case scenario" - the fire was at Gorman (for those of you not familiar with SoCal, it is the exit before mine up in the mountains. All of the easy ways around closures of I-5 require going through Gorman). Now we are in my sister's Prius, not our Wrangler, which was a good thing,

    We drove home by way of Santa Paula, Ojai and Lockwood Valley Road - at least an extra hundred miles, and several hours longer because it was all very slow mountain roads. We get home to no power and also to the fact that not only is the freeway closed, the main road into our area is closed due to the fire. No problem - we're upwind and about 7 miles from the fire. I'm a camper so I have a propane stove for cooking. We all have laptop computers, so I can check the CHP website to see when they get the fire out.

    This morning I read that the fire is under control and all the roads are open. However, still no power. And now my laptop is running out of battery power. No problem, I can always just get the inverter and go for a drive to recharge my battery. Ooops - none of the gas stations around have power either, and they can't pump gas. So it looked like the closest gas was 40 miles away - no joy riding to charge the laptop's battery.

    We ended up taking the Prius down to USC (long story) and that charged the battery. Get home and still no power. Neighbor said they were saying 8:00 tonight - well, that's turned out to be optimistic. It's now after 8 and I'm typing on the laptop by monitor light, watching the battery indicator drop while everyone else reads by flashlight.
  • Hi All,

    I havent posted in a while, but while I was washing my jeep this am I noticed a hole about the size of the tip of a ball point pen in one of my head lamps. I have an 05 unlimited that is only about 4 months old. A couple questions:
    Does this need to be fixed?
    If it does need to be replaced where is the best place to get a replacement lens?

    Thanks - Jeff
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    I sounds like your headlamp took a direct hit from a rock. Unlike 99% of modern vehicles, Wranglers use sealed beam headlamps. You'll eventually have to replace the entire unit. To prolong the life of the existing unit you might want to try to seal the hole with a small amount of clear silicone caulk. That said, it will eventually fail. I'd just wait until it dies. Then I would replace both lamps with some decent firepower-Hella E-Code lamps, for example.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    On the other hand, you could just splash out the $7 - $8 needed for a new sealed beam unit at your local Autozone or similar. :)
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Man, y'all talking about MDR and Lancaster has me missing Cali! I'm not driving the Wrangler a whole lot right now. I'm driving my other sedans right now.

    Hey, div, had some questions for ya (not Jeep related). Is there a way for me to get a hold of you?

  • Hi! :)
    Ok - I have a spanking new driver in the house. :blush: He's too tall for every "cool" car out there (At 6'4" he practically wraps his knees around the steering wheels). But he fits in a the Jeep Wrangler.
    I have heard the horror stories of Jeep Wrangler's rolling over. :sick: Great for off roading but not really for highway travel. What is your honest experience with handling city and highway of your wranglers? Would you put your kid/mother in it? :confuse:

  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Any car will be dangerous with a new driver. IMO learning in a Wrangler with its higher center of gravity will teach safe driving techniques. My daughter DID drive a Wrangler until we bought her a Civic for school and I took over the Wrangler.

    Teach defensive driving and proper technique now, and he'll be a lot safer in the long run.

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  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735

    Congrats Tom!

    If anybody deserves recognition for your promotion of a line of vehicles, it is YOU!

  • Thanks for the suggestions! Jeff
  • guy21guy21 Posts: 129
    I'd highly recommend the BLL Xenon lamps from NAPA, around $10 each. Far better lighting than the BL Halogen that was standard in my '04.
  • Being 6'4" will give your driver an advantage in visibility -- he'll be able to see out of the Jeep very well. At 5'9" I think I run the low end of the spectrum on height vs. being able to still effectively see. My 5'4" passenger complains she feels trapped in the Jeep (when doors and top are on).

    As for flippage, sure you can roll a Jeep, if you try. But I don't think "tipping" has been a problem since the CJ models, which is to say 20-25 years ago. Take any corner sharp enough and yeah, you can flip, but these days Jeeps have very little in common with our Suzuki Samurai friends (another vehicle that tipped a lot).

    I think another safety feature of the Jeep is that you can't drive it like a sports car. You can't shift, accelerate, or maintain speeds like you're driving in NASCAR. The six cylinders move fast enough to keep up with highway traffic, but no one's going to mistake the Jeep for a Porsche (the four cyl. will slow it down even further). Which is to say, you can have peace of mind that your driver probably isn't doing anything stupid. Nobody drag races in a Jeep. Also, Jeeps take away all incentive for road rage -- why get upset if you can't do anything about it.

    You ask if I would put my kid/mother in a Jeep. While they've never driven it, I have my parents in the Jeep all the time, as well as my nephews & nieces. Car seats and all.

    As with anything in life, personal responsibility goes a long way. And you can't predict every scenario. That being said, the Jeep is about as safe as safe gets.


    P.S. For the record, my mom gave me the same "rolling" lecture when I bought mine. And I'm 34.
  • im getting killed by high gas here......$3.19 for regular as of 9/06 this am on the way to work.....i thought oil prices were pre-Katrina levels but the gas prices have remained way up there.......
  • keatskeats Posts: 412
    Worriedmom, I love Jeeps, but I would never put a teenage driver in an SUV of any kind. When my children get to driving age they will be driving a nice, slow 4 door.

    Read this article.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,916
    In that vein, these links may be of interest:

    A Car for Your Teen

    Best Cars for Teens and College Students (discussion)

    Steve, Host
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