Moab Debate: Jeep Wranglers or Jeep Flatfenders #EJS2016Posted in Moab Experience: 2016 on March 29, 2016
The old greybeard Jeepers were complaining that Moab is overrun by Jeep Wrangler JK’s with drivers hidden behind tinted glass and driving obstacles that a few decades ago were a challenge. But are JK’s really a problem? It seems that the JK floodgates have brought tons of new folks to Jeeping and their families along with them. We met more than a few families who were out in Moab for their first visit and they had everyone packed in a 4-door unlimited. You just can’t deny that the Wranglers have changed the face of the wheeling scene, and in many ways for the better. Sure most JK owners don’t realize that you are supposed to wave at other jeepers (or maybe they just can’t see the other jeepers in the dark cavern of tinted glass that makes up a JK hard top), but that doesn’t mean they are bad people. And the aftermarket has gone gonzo over the JK with countless options for upgrades.
We will always love a classic or well-built flatty, but there were many times we were drooling over some nicely built JK’s as well. Yes the older CJ’s require more driver skill to get up obstacles (and mechanical skills to keep them moving), and flatfenders are what started the Easter Jeep Safari 50 years ago, and it has grown much like those grandchildren JK’s, bigger, wilder, and packed full of more people. The best solution is get one of each. Next year we hope to see some JK’s flat towing flatfenders to our favorite wheeling spot in Utah.