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MiscellaneousCamp Jeep 2007 - Highs and Lows
Posted by mike on 2007/8/1 7:36:50 (2413) reads

ScramberKen just got back from Camp Jeep and was kind enough to write some stuff up for us. Over the next few days, we'll be posting Ken's dispatches so everyone can get a feel for this year's premier Jeep owner's event. Today's episode covers Ken's impressions of the highs and lows of this year's event. Take it away Ken...

Last year I wrote a couple of articles regarding Camp Jeep in Wisconsin. Once again, I was fortunate to go again this year, and I thought I would fill everyone in on some of the good and bad that occurred at the 13th annual event.

Last year there were rumors that Camp Jeep would be dropped or just become an occasional event. Letís face it; the $295 price tag for admission does not pay for this event, especially considering that this is for existing owners. The good news is that Jeep recognizes the best Jeep sales people they have, the current owners of Jeeps.

This is now the 6th time the event was held in Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, and for good reason. The area is one of the few that can hold such a large event with a wide range of trails right near by. Sadly, this location deters some from the West coast, and for some, having the event at the same location can get a bit dull. Fortunately, the scenery in the Blue Ridge Mountains is something you have got to see.

Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate. In my past experiences of Camp Jeeps, the weather is usually hotter than blue-blazes, and this was no exception. The worst of it was that on the last day of the event when we are given a free dinner and live entertainment, Camp Jeep had to close early. The big issue is lightning, and when this is in the area, they have no choice but to close down.

Ok, now for some of the Highs and Lows:

If you have ever wanted one of the classic Jeep CJ8 Scramblers, the Scrambler Owners Association is raffling off a completely restored 1982 White Scrambler. This vehicle was up by the staging area where many of us were while waiting to go out on our trails. This little truck looked great, and tickets are only $5, and it is for a good charity.

Unfortunately, the drawing is not until next year, so Iíll have to wait a while before I win (well I can dream at least!). If you are interested or just want to see all the work they did to restore this classic, take a look.

The trails were fun, and my hats off to the trail guides, who were put thru the paces. Most of the guides were very helpful and gave good advice to the Ďnewbiesí and experienced drivers as well. The bad news is from the amount of vehicles that were either pulled out or limped out; I think some training for some of the owners was needed.

In the old days, there was the classic Jeep 101, where you could take a brand new Jeep along a course and actually get some real instructions on what to do. What we have now is some nice guy or gal that was hired for the event to ride with you in a new Jeep. Most of them did not own a Jeep, let alone know anything about Jeeps, and they had no clue what 4WD stands for.

Donít get me wrong, many of the attendees needed little help, and most of us took the Rubicon Challenge or other test drives of the new Jeeps just to play with the new Jeep toys. What regular Camp Jeep attendees need to remember is that Camp Jeep is the first off-road experience for many new Jeep owners, and from the number of vehicles in the repair pit, I think the return of the real Jeep 101 is needed.

Now for the experienced Jeepers, Camp Jeep has the Ďplay groundí. This was a great way for those that wanted to get real muddy. Now you had to sign up for this, and Iím glad I did not. I saw quite a few Jeeps either get pulled out or became disabled after they tried to play submarine commander in the mud pool. That Virginia clay is like glue when it gets on your Jeep, and the local car wash in town got a lot of business. They had a wonderful big sign on their roof that read ďGot Mud?Ē

This is another high point I want to make, and that is a big thank-you to all the locals in the area. I know having Camp Jeep there gave many of the businesses a big boost to their economy, but it was nice the town folks were pleasant and helpful. Having to put up with a bunch of crazy Jeepers for 3 days is a bit of a challenge. How many of you have dealt with several thousand adults acting more like 2 year old kids?

On another high point, those needing service had the Jeep engineers right on hand to help. During one of my trail rides, a Commander did not fair too well after trying to cross one of the creeks. It was unclear as to why the vehicle would not start.

A quick call over the CB, and we were getting some advice from the Jeep engineers. Iím happy to report the Commander was re-started and able to complete the journey. Having access to the Jeep engineers is one of the best things offered at Camp Jeep, and in my next article, Iíll give you some information of what might be in our future.

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Posted: 2007/8/2 15:57  Updated: 2007/8/2 16:00
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 Re: Camp Jeep 2007 - Highs and Lows
This was our first Camp Jeep and we had a blast! We plan on attending again if it's reasonably close next year. We had a great time on the trails (L, N) and twice through the owner's playground (my bro-in-law was afraid to get his JK dirty so I took his window sticker for the 2nd ride). My 4 door Rubi climbed right out of the "mud pit" without a problem. My 3 and 6 yr old sons loved all the muddy Jeeps and they were lucky enough to win the Bestop drawing for the battery powered Jeep. Needless to say they've been riding it in the front lawn all week!!! I got some free gifts myself from the Mopar tent after winning the best time in the soft-top up/down contest. Overall a great experience, I've never waived to so many Jeeps in my life...when cruising through the estate and around town I just left my hand out the window

Great Job Jeep - see you next year!

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Posted: 2007/8/1 18:20  Updated: 2007/8/1 18:20
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This was our 4th Camp Jeep and as usual we had a blast. We did 3 trails (H,I and J) all were different and fun although it was very dry. Call me crazy but I like mud (not enough to hit the mud pits in the owners playground). No where else in the world do you get to immerse yourself in everything Jeep, it's incredible. After we left Camp Jeep on friday we went to the meet and greet at Battlefield Jeep in Charlottesville. About 20 or so Jeeps showed up in the rain and my son won a $250.00 gift certificate from 4wd Hardware so all in all it was a great three days.

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Posted: 2007/8/1 12:58  Updated: 2007/8/1 12:58
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This was our 4th Camp Jeep. Like always we had a great time. It really was hot! My son was thrilled as he got to see Tony Hawk and got his autograph. It was amazing to see how many 07 Wrangler Unlimiteds were there. The event sold out for the first time ever with around 2,900 people regestered and over 12,000 people attending! The trail rides were fun and somewhat challenging but our Commander made it through undamaged. We didn't go on the owners playground either. The Wranglers were having a hard time in the mud, I don't think we would have ever made it through. The cleanup would have been tough. I saw people taking their 07 Unlimiteds through the mud and had as much inside as out. I bet they are going to be sorry they did that when it comes time to clean up. Our only disappointment was the fact they had to close the grounds a couple hours early on Saturday but we were pretty tired anyway. We came back for the B-52's concert which was great. I am sure some people thought they were pretty strange but it was a great show. Not a big Tim McGraw fan but the crowd was huge for him also and I am sure his fans loved it.
Got to see the new Liberty up and close and sit in it. The new folding roof looks pretty cool. Most of the concepts and SEMA Jeeps were there. Even saw a few Compass's in the crowd. Lots of free stuff and the Jeep store was as great as ever.

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Posted: 2007/8/1 11:20  Updated: 2007/8/1 11:20
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I agree with just about everything. We were one of those that got pulled from the mud pit (and we are not newbie's). The mud pit took out my cooling fan and alternator. Totally my fault too, wife was driving and after making it through the smaller of the 2 pits I was dogging her to try the other....oh well. 7th camp jeep and this was my first damage

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Posted: 2007/8/1 9:16  Updated: 2007/8/1 9:16
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Hmmm... no online order form for the tickets? That means I will need to find where the heck my checkbook is... thanks to online banking I haven't used my checkbook in like a year.

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Posted: 2007/8/1 8:54  Updated: 2007/8/1 8:54
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I can agree with everything with everything that was said. My wife,daughter and I went again this year (02,04,06,07) and had a good time.

You're right, the weather was HOT. With a 2 1/2 yr old, we spent a good deal of time in the air conditiioned kids tent

I bought a couple of tix for the Scrambler, and rememberd in 04 when a CJ-8 pulled out a H2 that got stuck on a tree stump in a 'parking lot' near a vendor booth.

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Posted: 2007/8/1 14:42  Updated: 2007/8/1 14:42
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This sounds like something I will have to get some of my jeeper friends together for next year. Thanks for the articles on it, sounds like a blast!
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