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post #21 of 70 (permalink) Old 01-26-2016, 10:00 PM
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Anybody else we should tag go ahead, it'd be nice to have a bit of KL representation there, I'm not rolling into that event alone lol
You can count me in, should be fun.
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Buddy from Peterborough is coming down this weekend, gonna see if we can set that weekend up keep you guys posted
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Sounds like this might work. Registration opens up to the public on the 15th of February. I'll be registering first thing that morning to guarantee a spot, hope others can make it!

Also, my gf would be very happy to not be the only female hanging out, so if that's a pitch to your wives you can use it lol

Another edit to add, sounds like @Craigman TH plays the guitar, so entertainment for the fire is taken care of

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Sounds like this might work. Registration opens up to the public on the 15th of February. I'll be registering first thing that morning to guarantee a spot, hope others can make it!

Also, my gf would be very happy to not be the only female hanging out, so if that's a pitch to your wives you can use it lol

Another edit to add, sounds like @Craigman TH plays the guitar, so entertainment for the fire is taken care of
Oh Christ, I ain't that good, and don't have an acoustic, Invite @Dunx then we will be on a roll! Still thinking of a way to smooth it over with the old lady here.

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Oh Christ, I ain't that good, and don't have an acoustic, Invite @Dunx then we will be on a roll! Still thinking of a way to smooth it over with the old lady here.
This would be fun for sure....I'll keep it in mind as the date gets closer, we're usually at a cottage that weekend though...

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Still thinking of a way to smooth it over with the old lady here.

It's a good way of makin' new friends! I was surprised at how little convincing it took to get my gf to agree, especially on a long weekend. If we can work getting her a new vehicle as we buy a new house, she might be wheeling on her own, she wants her own Jeep too.

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Alright, just got an email back from the organizers finally, I'm getting the vibe they don't want TH's showing up there...I answered a few of their questions and I'll let you all know what they say...Wrangler drivers don't want the risk of being shown up I think...

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Ok here we go, we've got this cleared up lol..we're more than welcome to go to the event. Sounds like it'll be a good time. I hope some of you can join me in going, I think it'll be an awesome experience. Here's the emails I've had back and forth with Angie.

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Good morning,

Iím interested in attending trailfest this year, and may be able to bring a small group with me. My question is, weíd all be coming in the new Cherokee Trailhawk, and I want to make sure that there are trails that arenít going to be killer on the daily drivers.

According to your required specs, weíd be ok. I know itís not the ďtypicalĒ Jeep, but still a very capable vehicle. There arenít many options for rides like this in Ontario, and Iím sure weíd all enjoy the event.

Look forward to you input!
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So I wonít lie, a few of the trails will definitely put those Trailhawks through their paces. Are you guys somewhat experienced wheelers or would you be starting out? Is everyone bone-stock? Even our simpler trails are designed for stock wrangler clearance - so rocker panels will take a massive beating. We have gotten stock cherokees through, but that came with some running board/rocker damage. I can try and give you a better idea if you let me know more about the vehicles.

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Thanks for the reply Angie.

Most guys would be bone stockÖThere isnít much of an aftermarket yet for these, if anything Iíll be the only one with upgraded tires. As far as experience, limited at bestÖ

Stock Wranglers (in the sport/willyís trim) have less ground clearance than the Trailhawk does. Trailhawk also comes with the rear locker/low range and a limited slip front diff, as well as skid plates standard.

What kinds of obstacles are to be expected? A bit of everything Iím assuming (logs/rocks/mud/water etc)

Obviously no want wants to wreck their vehicles, so if you truly feel weíd be out of our element thatís fine, thatís why Iím emailing you ahead of registrations opening up.

Thanks,
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Alright, I just hit up the google image gallery and feel so much better about life - I also apologize, I had the Renegade in my mindís eye, not the Cherokee Trailhawk. So I donít know if you took a peek at this part of the website - http://trailfest.ca/index.php/trails where the trails are listed. A more aggressive lug of tire will DEFINITELY help navigate the terrain but I would say that Timberbear and Rathwell would be navigable with no major hassles, if among you, there are people who are less familiar with their vehicles and the technicalities of offloading the Bumps & Bruises trail on Saturday would be a huge benefit. Thereís a short information/explanation session that talks about both the vehicle, and the drivers, in terms of strategies and trail manners that every novice driver can benefit from, then thereís a little obstacle specific part where people practice things like lining up 2 tires and driving with one side of their jeep on a log, and some practice with short steep climbs and descents - then thereís a whole trail that they do. For the more adventurous among you, the only thing youíd likely ever damage on the vehicle is the thing thatís not a rock rail on a unibody. LOL. Rocker panel I guess you would call it. Big likeliness of scratching it, less likely to crack it. But of the body damage Iíve seen over the past few years, thatís usually it. If anyone has upgraded to a metal rock rail or solid steel running bar, then Iíd also unleash them on Dewdney without too much concern. The trails we run were once logging trails but have been mostly cut and maintained and jeep trails, so thereís also the leaf/branch/rub scuff marks that can happen on the doors, Lots of rocks, some stumps and fallen trees, a bit of mud, but no deep/troublesome water. As a rule we are all there to have a good time, make sure our participants donít get in over their heads, and make sure that everyone is able to drive home on Monday.

Here are the pics from last yearís trailfest, theyíll definitely give you an idea about all kinds of terrain (if it looks terrifying, we wonít send you there!) Trailfest Gallery
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Just another addition, if a few of us go, it may not be bad to do the Bumps & Bruises beginner course that involves the Wheeling 101 portion before we do trails, help get some confidence into us and a bit of technical information into our brains.

They also require everyone have an FRS radio at minimum, or a CB...I have a couple FRS radios I'll be bringing along if someone needs to borrow one from me.
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Just another addition, if a few of us go, it may not be bad to do the Bumps & Bruises beginner course that involves the Wheeling 101 portion before we do trails, help get some confidence into us and a bit of technical information into our brains.

They also require everyone have an FRS radio at minimum, or a CB...I have a couple FRS radios I'll be bringing along if someone needs to borrow one from me.
LOL, looking at the gallery, if a Compass can handle it, I'm pretty sure we'll be okay!

I'm heading to Rausch Creek at some point this Spring, so after getting my Badge of Honour, and doing the Beginner courses there, I'd be down for a refresher in London.

Normally, my trucks are 1/10th the size.

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