Episode 342 – Lost Oregon Jeeper Found Alive!

July 20, 2018
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This Week In Jeep

Missing Woman and Jeep FOUND!

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We reported it last week, just days after the call went out, The Jeep Talk Show and national news organizations alike put the word out about a Portland Oregon woman, who went missing in her Jeep on her way down to california to visit family. 7 days later, she was found. Last Friday, two people spotted the crash scene as they were looking for a new place to fish, and called 911. “We saw a bumper first and we were like, look there’s a bumper, that’s weird. And then came around another bend and we saw the car,” said Chelsea Moore. Chelsea and Chad Moore said they heard Hernandez, but at first they thought she was another camper. “We turned around and Angela was right there in the rocks, just looked like hell, but she was happy at the same time, she was really happy to see us. We asked her, ‘Were you in the Jeep?” And she said, ‘That was my Jeep,” Chad Moore said. On Facebook, Hernandez said she swerved to avoid a small animal in the road, before losing control of her Jeep and crashing off the 250 foot cliff. She wrote that she could only remember waking up in her car, with the water rising over her knees.

Here’s an incredible way of doing things…..

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So the roof rack weight limit on a Jeep Liberty is roughly about 150 lbs. Just about enough for camping gear, or snowboards, bikes, or kayaks, or even one of those cargo carrier things. But not so good for full grown men with too much liquid courage. Nor is the anemic roof rack rated to carry full size appliances. Now we’ve all seen those pictures online of a vietnamese guy on a motorcycle carrying a quarter ton of bricks and a 20 ft ladder all on a moped pulled by a donkey. But that shouldn’t be the inspiration for how a person planned on getting a front load washing machine home from the store. When I saw the picture of what this Jeep owner did, I was flooded by a mish mash of emotions. First there was confusion. I had no idea what I was looking at. Then I was in denial. There’s no way I’m seeing what I’m seeing. Then I was both shocked and impressed at the same time, but then that dissolved into a morbid curiosity. For what I was seeing was a full size washing machine strapped NOT to the cargo rack of this little Jeep….. But to the hood. Apparently, one texas Jeep owner thought this to be a good idea. Now I will give them credit, as they doubled up on the moving blankets that were protecting the paint job and were using appropriate sized hold down straps to secure the load. NEVER MIND that virtually the entire windshield is covered by the width of this appliance, and that there is no way this person could drive that jeep down the road without hanging out the window like a slobbering dog.

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Wrangler Talk:

Top 5 Storage Solutions

You get the early scoop on my next episode of Jeep Momma’s Garage. It’s a weekly video series I post on my YouTube Channel. And yes I’m back to My Jeep Momma’s Top 5.   I’ve tested out several… Spiderweb Shade Grab bag https://www.spiderwebshade.com/jeep-products/accessories/grabbag/  11 signature TrailMesh colors. easy-to-access storage in the Jeep goes right on the handle of your glovebox fits ALL Jeep Wrangler models from CJ to current JK Wranglers. Can fit all smartphones and some smaller tablets. You can hook your sunglasses on it. I like to clip my handheld CB to it when I’m wheeling. It’s detachable. BlueRidge Overland Gear Molle SeatBack Panel.  https://www.blueridgeoverlandgear.com/Default.asp This is great if you have younger kids they can store all their stuff in the molle bags. I like to keep the things I need to get without having to open my rear tire swing and tailgate. Molle Bags come in all sizes. Great to put all your Jeep stuff. BlueRidge Overland Gear and Justice Off Road both carry these bags. MoreRyde Ammo Can Carrier with Molle panel Cargo space is a premium in the Wranglers and this storage solution uses some awkward space really good. I have two. They go right over your inner rear fenders in the cargo area. I use craftsmen cloth bags instead of ammo cans. You can add a molle bag and the space between the molle panel and the inner fender is useable too. Hats, gloves, or even a recovery strap. http://www.morryde.com/products/199-jeep-ammo-can-kit-with-molle-holder?return=%2Fproduct-category%2F9-jeep-accessories Justice Off Road Molle tailgate Panel https://justiceoffroad.com/collections/molle-products/products/molle-tailgate-panel-kit Perfect for organizing all your off road needs that can be gotten to quickly. Or check out my build page on Jeep Momma.com http://www.jeepmomma.com/p/jeep-parts.html

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Root One Six – Mud or Rocks?

Tony T. from Canada JL order update!

So back in the second week of May, we got a letter from a JEeper up in Canada who was sharing with us his experience in buying a brand new 2018 JL Wrangler….. And not getting delivery of it. In episode 332, and 333, we told the story of poor Tony T, who has owned Jeeps before, and currently owned a 2013 JKU. Well he went to the dealership, picked out his options, color, the whole nine, and then waited for the delivery of his new Jeep. And he waited, and he waited, and he waited some more, only to be told, that yes his jeep had arrived but no he couldn’t pick it up, as the government or some such power in charge claimed it failed it’s inspection. And wouldn’t tell him why. So he had no other option, but to start the whole process over again. Tony was a good sport though, and he jumped through the hoops he needed to, and even kept us in the loop during the process as well. I will say this though, the man’s patience needs to be commended. As it has been 6 months now since he ordered it the first time, and we’re getting our latest update. He writes: (Listen to hear more!)

Tech Talk with Jeep Talk

Low dollar upgrade to the Chrysler 8.25

There is a ton of options when it comes to upgrading the rear axle of your Jeep. From cool and functional aftermarket differential covers, gear sets, armor, trusses, lockers, chromoly axle shafts and more. But typically none of those will fail you on the trail. Oh sure it’s possible to snap an axle shaft, or break your gears, I’ve seen it happen. And yes, you can break a diff cover too. But it’s going to be way more likely that you break a U Joint before you break any of those other items. You may find U-joint products that claim they are bomb proof, or bulletproof, or come with a lifetime warranty. But none of that is going to prevent you from breaking one in a perfect storm scenario of circumstances when out on the trails. The best thing to do to avoid breakage is to keep yourself out of harm’s way. Wheel smart, and don’t start a run with the words, “here hold my beer, i wanna try sumpthin”  …. But I’m about to share with you a low cost trick you can use to upgrade a chrysler 8.25. Trusses are expensive, and there’s certainly a lot of cost involved in swapping gears. Shure armor will protect you too, and there’s some cool options out there too. But for less than $20 you can gain a little more peace of mind when it comes to your U-joints. Now U-joints don’t last forever. Even if all your jeep ever sees is road miles, those U-joints WILL fail eventually. But if miles aren’t your only concern, and you take your Jeep off road, then this is a mod you’ll want to look at doing. Once upon a time the inventor of the U-joint was looking for a way to hold them in place when he got the bright idea to just strap them in place using a small thin stamped piece of metal. And this is fine unless you plan on putting any stressors on that U joint like those found when wheeling. Sometimes those forces add up, and those puny little U-joint straps can only take so much abuse before they stretch out, or fail altogether. And when that happens, carnage ensues. So, how can we improve on this design, do it easily, and without breaking the bank? Simple, with a trip to the parts store and a drill bit, we’re going to substantially increase the strength of that rear drive shaft joint.

Voice Mail Sean

Guest Interview

Jason Koch of Facebook Group Planet JP #SavannahStrongAlliance

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From the Mind of Nicky G!

Must Have Stuff Pick-of-the-Week for your Jeep!

Maasdam Pow’R Pull 144SB-6 2 Ton Capacity Pow’R Pull  $39.97 & FREE Shipping https://amzn.to/2zQ9wkk

71zXGncD6LL._SL1500_[1]If you’re planning on tackling rough terrain without a winch, then there’s one thing you SHOULD have in the back of your Jeep… thats a come-along. A come-along, or hand winch is comprised of a body and lever arm. A latch on the lever arm of the come-along advances the spool to coil the wire rope on the attached spool. With careful planning and use, you can pull any stuck vehicle out of nearly any situation with the careful application of a lever and a couple of pulleys. Wrapping a tow strap around a solid tree, let out the line and go to town. While cheaply made examples can be had for $20 at stores like HArbor Freight or Northern Tool, do yourself a favor and shell out for a quality model. These will cost much less than a winch, but is a drop in the bucket when compared to being stick or stranded. My recommendation is The Maasdam Pow’R Pull 144sb-6. It is built like a tank, has a two-ton capacity, and will set you back $60 at the most thru amazon, but we’ll have a link in the show notes for this episode to where you can get one for yourself for about $40. If a winch is too much for you right now, consider getting a come-a-long to tide you over in the meantime.

Cherokee Love

2k RPM max on highway to keep Jeep from overheating!

Camp Fire Side Chat

Josh; Three years to get Jeep going again, and a loose ground wire!  Tammy; Nephew, and unladylike like language in YouTube videos!

Wheeling Where

Who/What: Muddy Buddy Jeep Jam
When: Aug 17th – 19th
Where: Clinton County Fairgrounds – Wilmington, Oh.
More Info: http://www.jeepjam.net/
New location, even bigger and better than years past. More vendors, nearly double from years prior, expanded trail rides to include never before wheeld terrain!
On site camping, obstacle course, food, music, and more.

Who/What: Ocean City Jeep Week
When: Aug. 23- 26
Where: Mays Sports Complex in Pittsville, Maryland
More Info: https://www.oceancityjeepweek.com/

Who/What: The Annual Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion
When: Aug 24th – 25th
Where: LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN
More Info: https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/great-smoky-mountain-jeep-invasion

Who/What: Annual Sherrifs Jeepfest & Crawl for the Kids
When: Aug 30 – Sept 2
Where: Just off hwy 53 in Jasper Ga.
More Info: https://www.sheriffsjeepfest.com
A Jeep® event like no other. Started by Sheriff Donnie Craig and the Pickens Sheriff’s Office,
JeepFest is an annual event that helps provide a place to live, food, clothing, supplies,
love and anything else a child might need to prosper. The Sheriff’s Foundation hosts the 3-day event packed full of Jeep® obstacles, trails, mud, concerts, rides, food and much more

Links Mentioned in Episode 342:

Spiderweb Shade Grab bag
https://www.spiderwebshade.com/jeep-products/accessories/grabbag/
BlueRidge Overland Gear Molle SeatBack Panel
https://www.blueridgeoverlandgear.com/Default.asp
MoreRyde Ammo Can Carrier with Molle panel http://www.morryde.com/products/199-jeep-ammo-can-kit-with-molle-holder?return=%2Fproduct-category%2F9-jeep-accessories
Justice Off Road Molle tailgate Panel https://justiceoffroad.com/collections/molle-products/products/molle-tailgate-panel-kit
Jeep Momma build page – http://www.jeepmomma.com/p/jeep-parts.html
Jeep Momma YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheJeepMomma
https://www.rootonesix.blog/collections/promo-tent-clearance (use promo code JTS for a 15% discount!)

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2 Responses to Episode 342 – Lost Oregon Jeeper Found Alive!

  1. Bob on August 1, 2018 at 9:32 am

    There was mention of a mystery wire goung to the front bumper, and speculation that its for front license plate illumination in the EU. That’s doesn’t exist in the EU, and my guess is that the wire is for the outside air temperature sensor that is displayed in the mirror of many models.

    • Jeep Talk Show on August 1, 2018 at 9:37 am

      Thanks! Never looked it up, but I’m going to do that now. The overhead console must be what you’re talking about. I bet you’re right!

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