Believe it or not, there are thousands of Jeep Wrangler’s sold each year to people who have ZERO plans to go off-road. In this case the Wrangler will sadly spend more time at a kid’s soccer game than on a dirt trail or climbing rocks. Absurd we know. We pulled together some of the top excuses for not going off-roading and why they are just excuses.
Sadly, there are many Jeep’s sold to customers who don’t fully understand how truly capable it is. Yet, there is hope! In many areas, there are off-road clubs, companies and/or Jeep events which can show you what the vehicle can do. Are you still a bit too timid to dive right into an off-roading club or event? No worries, there are plenty of great online forums and communities that welcome newbie Jeepers with open arms. Try a place like JeepForum or WranglerForum.
2. No Sanctioned Trails Close By
You might think it’s impossible to go off-roading in your city. Actually, there are places to go everywhere in the U.S. and this map has all wheeling-friendly trails mapped out in the US. No more excuses about where to go! Get out there.
You might think you need a lift kit to go wheeling, but the truth is a Jeep Wrangler is ready to go from the factory. It has plenty of clearance and plenty of entry and departure angle clearance to handle many obstacles. Sure, a lift kit and bigger tires built for wheeling are going to do wonders for your Wrangler and increase its off-roading capabilities immensely, but it’s not a do or die modification. It’s always good to hit a trail or two in stock form to get a feel for what the factory Jeep can do. You’ll then better understand how much that lift kit and new set of tires helped.
4. Dings, Dents Hurts Resale Value
We have all heard this one before: off-roading hurts my vehicle’s resale value. While sure this is technically true, what is the alternative? Parking in a garage and never driven? The fact is whenever you drive your Jeep to the grocery store you are “hurting its resale value” by putting miles on it. Most people buying a used Wrangler have come to expect a few dents and dings and rarely is it a factor affecting whether or not someone buys. After all, they’re probably going to be doing some off-roading too and will expect a certain level of cosmetic impurities.
If this is really a big concern, put some armor on your Jeep and prepare it for getting dinged up. These accessories protect your Jeep from the occasional paint scrape and absorb the serious dents. The best part? You can remove the armor when you are ready to sell.
Stop worrying about the little “use marks” and enjoy the Jeep Wrangler.
5. Wheeling Sometimes Can By Boring By Yourself
We can sort of see this one. Where is the fun in off-roading by yourself? It is there, but not as great as with others. Sure, you can buy the necessary safety equipment and hit a local trail, but nothing compares to a group adventure.
Like the advice above on learning what your Jeep is able to do, the best thing to do is get involved. Join a club or go out with a professional company. You won’t regret it and your weekends will never be the same.
6. Worried About Getting Stuck
Isn’t getting stuck part of the off-roading fun? Sure it is! Just make sure you are prepared for when/if it happens. There are plenty of accessories to get you out fast like winches, recovery jacks and tow hooks.
Plus, learning how to get out of tight spots is an essential skill all drivers can learn.
At the end of the day, not taking the Jeep Wrangler off-road should be the larger concern. It is one of the best-stock vehicles for tackling some pretty extreme terrain in the world. Get off the pavement, grab your buddies and enjoy the day and your Jeep. Your Jeep Wrangler will thank you.