After two and a half years of ownership, I sold my Jeep Wrangler this week. For the first time in my life, I was actually kind of sad to sell a vehicle. Usually I was glad to be rid of the vehicle I was selling, but not this time.
I guess you get somewhat attached when you have spent several years customizing a vehicle to suit your own needs. My buildup of the Jeep was finally being realized and it was performing better than I planned. However, I had to be practical and sell the Jeep in order to purchase a larger vehicle.
I’ve been going back and forth for the past nine months whether to sell or keep the Jeep. It all started last winter when my daughter started snowboard lessons and I realized that a soft top Jeep is not the ideal vehicle to haul snowboards and gear for multiple people to the mountains. By myself, fine, two or more people, not so good. I managed over the winter by driving the family Grand Cherokee to the slopes when I took my daughter and leaving my wife without a vehicle (she had the option of driving the Wrangler but never did).
Once winter was over, the weather got nice and it was hard to part with Jeep, so I decided at that time I would go ahead keep it. I continued on with my buildup of the Jeep. I had a plan for the buildup but not for how I was going to use the vehicle.
In June, I fractured a bone in my foot which left me off my feet for a few weeks and a lot of free time. During this time, I was introduced to the Expedition Portal by my son and soon realized by reading through the forums, a clearer picture of how I would be using my Jeep. It’s what I’ve been doing since I was a child when I would take off with my dad on trips camping and exploring the Cascades Mountains. My true passion isn’t specifically four wheeling in it self, it’s the adventure of exploring remote areas that may (or may not) require a four wheel drive vehicle (thus this web site).
After several multi-day trips, I realized that a short wheel base Jeep would only suit my needs if I only traveled by myself with my dog and maybe one other person. If I wanted to take my wife, daughter, dog and all of our camping gear, a larger, more comfortable vehicle would be required.
So that is where I’m at now. My Jeep has been sold. I have cash in hand. About the only vehicle that’s available in the US that even comes close to fitting my needs is an 80 series Toyota Land Cruiser. So the search is on for my next adventure vehicle.