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jrussbowman
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« on: May 17, 2019, 07:04:20 PM »

Wednesday we leave on the trip we built the Jeep for, instead of buying plane tickets for the family. It's unfortunately more of a road trip than overland adventure, we're driving 13-14 hours a day to get to a ferry in Prince Rupert BC which will take us to an island called Haida Gwaii just South of Alaska.

We are hitting camp sites on the trip, reservations made where I can, already. 2 in the roof top tent, 2 in the Jeep. I built a shelf and bought screens to put over the back windows for airflow for people in the Jeep.

Got our passports up to date. We practiced set up and tear down and did one camping trip last fall with the full build.

So far my only worry is a fully loaded 4 door Jeep running 33x12.5in tires trying to cross the Rocky's in Jasper with a 3.21 gear ratio. Planned the route, hit up reddit and got told some tips for changes in areas like ND and for the trip down to Vancouver we are taking. I still have a few maintenance left on my maintenance plan, so I can get an Express oil change in Bellingham WA instead of having to do it myself before coming home from Seattle.

Any suggestions of things I may not have considered or just general road trip tips for families?

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Crap, someone call Trevor.
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2019, 09:01:02 PM »

Audiobooks. Make sure you have an open back seat to get space from one another or stretch differently. Make sure you can get to your tire change tools EASILY. TAKING 2-4 BOXES OUT ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD IS NEITHER EASY NOR INTUITIVE. LEARN FROM MY MISTAKE.

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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2019, 06:01:58 PM »

Thanks for the reply. I have 2 giant bins under the shelf. One is the camping gear and the other is all tools. Hydraulic jack, air compressor, several sets of tools, tie downs, extra wrenches I had to buy when doing brakes, my 4 way lug wrench. It's a heavy box lol

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