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2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited RESQ1 - An Extreme Road Trip

2007 Jeep Wrangler Resq1 Wheeling In Mud
Verne Simons
| Senior Editor, Jp
Posted October 1, 2013
Photographers: Alan Huber, Harry Wagner

Driving RESQ1 on the Ultimate Adventure

What is the ultimate road trip? Well, the answer to that question depends on any one individual’s opinion of what makes a road trip “the ultimate.” With that in mind, our sister title Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road’s Ultimate Adventure may be pretty close to what many Jeepers would consider the ultimate road trip. Is it? Again, that’s up for debate. But heck, it sure ain’t a boring old walk in the park either, that’s for sure! And finishing the UA is a lifetime achievement for many. What is the Ultimate Adventure according to 4-Wheel & Off-Road? Well it’s a week long on- and off-road trip that can take participants practically anywhere and usually ends up taking them well over 1,000 miles total. You have to be ready to hit and conquer hardcore trails and then drive down the highway at speed for 150 miles without needing to go to the gas pump. Generally this trip includes travel through four or five states. The best part is that participants don’t know where they are going, only where they started and where the event will end. It’s a great time and a true test of a vehicle’s durability. If the hard trails don’t get you, the road days will. You also need to be self-sufficient, which means bringing recovery equipment, some spare parts, camping gear, and food for at least a few days.

The adventure began with the completely untested RESQ1 getting shipped to the Offroad Connection in Fultondale, Alabama where we added a few last-minute items required for the event like a CB radio and front and rear tow hooks (apparently our D-ring shackles didn’t pass the letter of the trip event law). If you find yourself near Fultondale, go by the Off-Road Connection and tell them Verne sent you. That evening some of the UA participants from Louisiana treated the early arrivals to a Cajun-style shrimp boil. Yum!

This past June and July we were able to participate in the 2013 Ultimate Adventure as duly-appointed representatives of our UA sponsor, Discount Tire, with our freshly finished project, RESQ1. As per usual, all we knew going into the UA is where we were starting, namely Oxford, Alabama, and to boot the UA would basically end up being RESQ1’s shake down run. Well, spoiler alert, we and the big grey ’07 JK you’ve seen us build at dtresq1.com also made it through the UA. The fact that a new rig made to the end of the UA relatively unscathed is a testament to the construction of the vehicle. That the Jeep made it through this adventure without breaking glass or destroying and abandoning various large parts of the big Jeep is a testament to our amazing luck—or maybe skill. Either way, we’ll take it. To see what happened to us and our Jeep on what might just be the ultimate road trip, follow along as we made our way through the Southeast on Ultimate Adventure 2013. Check dtresq1.com for full coverage of the RESQ1 buildup and video of this amazing vehicle in action.

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Living and Camping Out of RESQ1
Living out of any Jeep is easier than living out of a backpack, but living out of a Jeep, even a big Jeep, on an Ultimate Adventure in the Southeast is a dirty, humid, mildew-filled experience. Generally speaking, after the first day on the trail any dirt or mud follows you into the Jeep and then hangs around for the trip. After a few surprise rainstorms, almost everything was wet or damp including our clean clothes and camping gear. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to build a fairly waterproof living area with a tarp, zip ties, a tree or big Jeep and some ratchet straps. In the end, the Ultimate Adventure is an amazing experience. After the countless bug bites heal, the laundry has been washed enough times to get rid of the mildew smell, and our bruises have healed, we’d be ready to go on it again—anytime, anywhere.

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Are You Ready?
What does it take to go on the Ultimate Adventure? Well, some would say it takes a person of questionable sanity and a well-prepped Jeep. We can’t argue the sanity point, but we can tell you that you do need a reliable rig that can hit hard trails and head down the highway without a worry. Our Off Road Evolution-built and prepped RESQ1 sure did the trick for us. What other requirements are there? Well here are a few: At least 35-inch tires, a rollcage, functioning winch, towhooks front and rear, a first-aid kit, a spare tire (or two), locking differentials, a portable potty, a fire extinguisher, camping gear, cooking gear, tools, and a CB radio.

At the End, There Was Some Damage
Here are a few of the parts of RESQ1 that received some damage. Not too bad considering that there were several other vehicles on UA that ended the week with broken glass and doors that no longer functioned. Somehow we also managed to keep the big Jeep rubber-side-down despite a few hairy moments. Dented driveshaft? Check! Mashed muffler? Yep. Dinged door? You bet!

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