Jeep Jamboree USA 2018

Jeep Jamboree Convoy

2018 is Well Under Way and the Latest Season of Off-Road Adventure is Upon Us!

JeepHERS are simply cut from a different cloth than other women.

Maybe it’s because the general female population has yearned to be free of their societal shackles for several millennia or maybe it’s because of our distinct history with our nation’s favorite off-road past-time. The reason doesn’t really matter, does it? Because whatever it is, we’re just different. But in a good way, mind you.

And that’s why, no matter what New Year’s resolutions we’ve already given up on, this year should be our year of adventure.

To quench our need for muddy, rocky, off-road fun, Jeep Jamboree USA has organized an even more robust calendar this year than those past. With a wide selection of events for all skill levels across the country to choose from, JeepHERS (and their Jeeper counterparts and offspring) can benefit from the best-organized off-roading experiences available today.

But before you get too deep in the mud of booking your Jeep adventures and beefing up your 4×4 steed, take a few moments to learn about the tradition and heritage of Jeep Jamboree USA.Jeep Jamboree USA 2018

The Legacy of Jeep Jamboree USA

Although Jeep Jamboree USA wasn’t officially founded until 1982, for almost three-quarters of a century, Jeep enthusiasts have been organizing and leading guided off-road trail rides for Jeep devotees from around the world.

Beginning in 1953, founder Mark A. Smith (click on his name to learn all about this legendary Jeep icon) put together the would-be organization’s first adventure which crossed the Sierra Nevada Mountain range via the aptly named Rubicon Trail.

Around the same time and after learning how successful the initial event had been, then manufacturer of Jeep vehicles, Willys Motors, decided to join in on the fun. Since the two entities joined forces, it’s been a beautiful partnership that has grown the Jeep tribe by bringing Jeep people together through the decades for good, clean dirty fun (yeah, that’s an oxymoron. I know).

What Are Jeep Jamboree USA Events All About?

Family and friends. That’s the simple answer. But really, Jeep Jamboree USA events go much deeper because they are all about building a vast network of like-minded people, from all walks of life, and coming together to support one another. That’s something seemingly rarely seen anymore in today’s society.

Whether you are a seasoned 4×4 veteran, or a noob with a stock Jeep Wrangler (although not limited to Wranglers), Jeep Jamboree USA introduces you to a tribe who will welcome you with open arms as long as you are willing to actively participate and contribute to the community.

Every Jeep-centric overland excursion is guided by experts who are just as enthusiastic about showing you what your Jeep can do as you are in learning about it.

Although there are no prerequisite skill levels required to attend a Jeep Jamboree USA event, there may be vehicle and minimum gear requirements as described on each event’s itinerary.

Because many of the overland treks are multiple days in length and consist of crossing remote areas and challenging terrain, mandatory equipment requirements must be adhered to in order to participate.

Items such CB radios are mandatory for all Jeeps participating so that warnings, emergency information, and terrain details can quickly be passed back through the convoy. Here’s the official Jeep Jamboree USA MANDATORY EQUIPMENT LIST for all vehicles:

  • CB radio is MANDATORY! There are many safety issues regarding upcoming obstacles transmitted over the CB radio by your trail guides. It is required that each vehicle have a CB radio. Learn interesting facts about the area – history, local plant, and wildlife, as well as exciting stories (and sometimes off-road scavenger hunts).
  • Jeep vehicles must have four-wheel drive with a low-range (4-LO) transfer case.
  • Front and rear tow points must be properly mounted to the frame with grade-eight bolts.
  • Drawbars, receiver hitches, or aftermarket bumpers with manufacturer-installed clevis or D-ring anchor points are acceptable alternates to tow points. If you don’t have tow points, you may be turned away without a refund.
  • All open-topped vehicles, including older models (CJs, Scramblers, and Willys), must have roll bars.
  • A full-size spare tire; a space-saver spare (donut) just won’t do.
  • Street legal vehicle with current license plate.

Although Jeep Dogs are often our favorite family members and trail companions, Jeep Jamboree USA strongly discourages participants from including their furry friends in Jeep Jamboree USA events due to pet exclusions in certain areas, allergies, and the often punishing conditions extended off-roading exposes them to. Here’s their official statement:

“Jeep Jamboree USA strongly suggests that pets are not appropriate on Jeep Jamboree USA events. Long hours in vehicles, association with people unfamiliar to the animal, access to inappropriate foods, restricted park areas, leash rules and laws, and many other drawbacks make including pets in the events punishing to the pet, the owner, and the other participants.”

If you’ve read to this point, you should be starting to feel that pleasant Jeep wanderlust tingle. Why not take a trip on over to the Jeep Jamboree USA website now to learn everything you need to know about choosing, registering, and preparing for a Jeep Jamboree USA adventure and make Jeep memories that will last a lifetime.

Click here to view 2018 Jeep Jamboree USA Jeep Trips that start in March and end in November around the country.

Jeep Wrangler JK at Jeep Jamboree USA event.
Miss-Chief sporting an ARB awning/room enclosure combo at the October 2017 Jeep Jamboree USA event at Uwharrie National Forest, North Carolina.

Have you attended a Jeep Jamboree USA event? Tell us about your experience and share your photos on the herjeeplife.com Facebook page.

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Be Your Own Valentine and Treat Yourself to One (or all) of These Pieces of Jeep Jewelry

Valentine’s Day. Who needs it?

Well, we’d like to propose something a little different and say that you, dear Jeepette, need Valentine’s Day as an excuse to spoil yourself.

Whether you already have a sweetheart or you’ve already stocked up on Ben & Jerry’s, why not be your own Valentine this year? Because flowers die and chocolate melts, treat yourself to a little something special.

But who are we kidding? We already know you’re dating your Jeep.

Something that not-so-subtly lets others know you’re unabashedly proud to be a Jeep Girl.

Heading out for a night of karaoke at a local dive bar to drown your lonely sorrows? Why not accessorize with a handmade  Jeep Girl /Jeep grill genuine leather cuff bracelet?

Jeep Girl handmade leather cuff bracelet
Badass, yet feminine, and you know your money is going to support the artisan that created it.

Want to class it up a little? Here’s a lovely silver Jeep Wrangler bracelet that boldly announces your Jeep Girl status while being reserved enough to wear at the office or the best martini lounge in town.

silver jeep wrangler, jeep girl bracelet
Keep it classy with silver!

Remind yourself how beautiful you are (Jeep hair and all) and take yourself mudding with this silver Jeep necklace.

handmade silver Jeep wrangler necklace
Another lovely handmade Jeep accessory for a lovely JeepHer!

If charm bracelets are your thing why not add a silver Jeep charm to your Pandora bracelet. But you’ll have to get it from Amazon because Pandora doesn’t make Jeep charms – I checked.

silver jeep charm for pandora charm bracelets
Perfect for charm bracelets or to use as a necklace pendant!

Now, if you’re in the mood to be extra sweet to yourself, you can buy the white gold version of that same Jeep Wrangler charm.

Speaking of charm bracelets…

handmade silver Jeep wrangler charm bracelet
I’m fairly certain I need this in my life!

If you’re in the market for some playful, dangly earrings, here are some fun ones:

dangly jeep wrangler 4x4 earrings

This Valentine’s Day, treat yourself and let the world know you’re a strong, independent JeepHer that doesn’t need anybody to give you the gift of Jeep – although, it’s always nice to receive gifts, so feel free to drop a hint and share these Jeep gift ideas with your special someone.

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Got a Bad Case of Flare Fade? We’ve Got Your Solution!

Jeep fender flare fade restoration

FADED FENDER FLARES, OH NO!!!

Sound familiar? “Help, my fender flares are faded, and I can’t afford to buy new ones!”

Well, guess what? You don’t need to buy new ones. ‘Cause just like how Stella got her groove back, there are plenty of products on the market today to help remedy those faded flares and get your Jeep back into its pre-sun-bleached state of bliss.

The plastic Jeep fender flares typically found on Wranglers and older Patriots can be restored at a very low cost of between $6 and $15. The overall best way to prevent them from fading is by performing regular preventive maintenance in the application of a restoration product each time your Jeep gets washed or the oil gets changed – whichever occurs more often.

It’s natural for the Jeep fender flares to fade due to their constant exposure to everything mother nature has to throw at them. While the sun makes us mortals tan, it, unfortunately, causes our fender flares to fade – sometimes to an almost chalky white in the most extreme cases.

Have no fear, your fender restorer is here!

If your fender flares have already faded, or you want to prevent future fading, there are many products right on the shelves of your local department store (read: Walmart) or easily found on e-commerce sites such as Amazon.

As an added bonus, these restoration products can also be used on other parts of the Jeep made of plastic such as the door handles, mirrors, and those pesky stock bumpers.

At HerJeepLIfe.com, we’ve heard and read about other methods of restoring faded fender flares that include the use of a heat gun or steel wool, but we feel there is too much room for error with those methods.

Obviously, an inexperienced person wielding a heat gun is a recipe for disaster, destined to result in melt marks in their flares. And steel wool? That just wreaks of scratched up frustration. We even found a video of someone using a blowtorch to restore their faded flares. Now, we’re no bonafide experts, but we can see a lot going wrong with that method.

Over the years we’ve tried several “foolproof” products which have all worked successfully and without complication. To take the guesswork out of restoring your flares, here’s a short list of those with which we achieved the best results:

Wipe New Trim Restorer

Wipe New Trim Restorer for faded Jeep Fenders and Flares

Armor All Outlast Trim & Plastic Restorer

Armor All Outlast Trim & Plastic Restorer for jeep fender fade

Meguiar’s Ultimate Black Plastic Restorer

Meguiar’s Ultimate Black Plastic Restorer for faded jeep flares and fenders

If you’ve used a different product or method in the past to restore your Jeep’s faded fender flares, let us know about it in the comments!

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