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Own A Jeep, Best Own The Problems That Come With It

Catherine Bach as "Daisy Duke" on the set of CBS's "The Dukes of Hazzard."

So you've seen those vehicles called JEEP on the road? You just had to have one. Your friends have one. You remember Daisy Duke having one when you were a kid watching the Dukes of Hazzard on TV. The Army had them during World War II, The Korean War, even the Vietnam War. Again, you just had to go out and get one.

Did you foresee all the problems that would come with Jeeps? You call it a Money Pit. JEEP most say stands for, Just Empty Every Pocket. Let's not forget the socials! The ego's of those who think their rig is better. Those who feel they know it all, drove it all, seen it all, experienced it all.

James Mayer installing front control arm skid plates.

What about the financial problems? Replacing axle seals, brakes, oil coolers, axle shafts, tie rods, needing to keep up with your buddy who has the latest and greatest.

But you bought it to ride in it, to drive in it, to explore in it. Have you done that? Or are you parked down at the local taco hut on Tuesday's? Doesn't matter your reason. It's what matters to you. It's yours...or as some say, it's the bank's. Even at that, who cares? It's still yours to make yours.

Wait! I'm not done. Now, you want to get into a club, create your own club, join an off-roading organization, Facebook page, some Chapter of an association. Some clubs accept only one particular model of JEEP. Some members complain why they didn't receive a wave back. Some have the vinyl decal of a hand wave on their mirror. I hope that doesn't mean they shouldn't have to wave now.

Okay, after typing all that negativity about some of what goes into being a Jeep owner, let's talk about what it can do for you in a positive light.

Caleb Rush on his way to Moab, Utah. Making a stop in Clear Creek County, Colorado.

Well, it can push your limits. By limits I mean, it can force you to learn to ride. Can force you to drive and drive good! It can teach you how to become more mechanically inclined. It can open you up to explore parts of your State or other areas of America. It can teach you to become more social. It can help you find yourself again as a person. It can get you closer to loved ones. It can make you get a pet for a trailing buddy. It can help you put the bad things in your life on hold, or give you a fresh perspective on things and help you solves some, if not all your issues.

I'm on my third Jeep, and certainly not my last. However this is the first that I have truly modified, went off-roading in, and obviously built something special for thousands, the Florida Trail Stompers. At times it had been a bumpy ride since 2017. Apparently I love it so much, Trail Stompers of America is the latest creation.

(L) 2000 Jeep Wrangler Sahara, (M) 2014 Jeep Wrangler Sport, (R) 2017 Jeep Wrangler Sport Unlimited

I end this write-up by leaving you with this. You will spend thousands of dollars on your JEEP. You will buy mods, double-dip on mods, you will break things. You will meet people, become friends, even lose friendships. One thing that is the most important, never lose who you are.

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