First, I love my wrangler. I have carefully added a number of mods over the years and love it. Yes, it drives rough but it is without a doubt fun to get off road. I love pulling off the doors and top. I’ve mainly pulled my Tab in flat areas and it’s been fine. I just finished a trip thru the Colorado mountains for a month and that’s where I finally decided, I’m getting a different TV. It sucked and I was white nuckled on most of the drives while towing.
First, because it was a long trip, I was maxed out on weight with all my supplies but well within specs. Using a Jeep, I’ve always been limited with cargo. I have lots of hobbies so I carry a lot to enjoy myself all along the trip. I found the wrangler struggling with the mountains, even on mild grades. Because the Jeep is lifted and I have oversized tires, I don’t carry as much as I’d like…..and you have a real bounce doing 60 or above. It’s why I tow slow. That being said, I was super uncomfortable with the handling thru the mountain grades I encountered. It was fine without the RV in tow.
Second, I’m done with the weight trade offs, I constantly am forced to make. Not to mention, there’s just not that much space in the Jeep. I have numerous containers to organize my junk, and even though I pack minimally, any trip over a week where I’m doing multiple activities, I find I am forced to leave things at home. For me, the reason for going places is to enjoy the new areas and if I can’t take what I want to enjoy things, it defeats the purpose. And folks, I did the CO trip solo and there’s no way my wife’s stuff would have fit.
Third, safety. I had to unexpectedly return home which involved 22 hours of driving over 30 hours. The last leg of the trip was thru 22 miles of road construction on i10. No shoulders on each side of the road, with trucks passing me pushed me around pretty good. I was fried by the time I finally got home. Lifted wranglers aren’t known for being super highway vehicles, but strap 2000 pounds of RV behind them and you’ve got a very unfun recipe.
So…..I’m in the market for a truck. The Tab was awesome during the trip. I boondocked in 20 degree nights and everything worked well. I was super impressed at how little propane I went thru for both the alde and fridge. Never had to winterize the water tanks. My battery upgrade and solar panels provided all the electricity I needed. So TAB=fun, Jeep=fun, but TAB+Jeep= not fun. At least for the kind of places and distances I now want to experience.
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Mabel is my great grandmother that I never knew. She took her 3 sons (ages 8-2) on an epic adventure from Alabama to Florida in the 1930's in the back of a pick up truck. I named my female English springer spaniel after my mother. Might as well go for broke with the brownie points in Heaven!
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