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post #11 of 87 (permalink) Old 01-04-2017, 12:54 PM
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Seriously?
I have fire extinguishers in my house and never have any intention of using them. I guess they are "underutilized" as well. Does that make you sad?
lol.....I'm not sure that's an apples to apples comparison. Fire extinguishers are something most people hope to never have to use! I've haven't taken my Trailhawk offroad yet, but I certainly hope to!
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I have bought several Trailhawks and have no intention of using it (present one I now own) on a trail or off road unless I accidentally slide off road in snow which is very rare here in Upstate SC. I love the ride of the TH and the stability of it over my previous Limited (ADI) and Latitude. The Latitude had AD II which made it basically the same height and suspension of the TH I think, but just love the TH so much more that I just bought my 2017 about a month ago. I like the looks better too and the ride is much better in my way of thinking--not others--just speaking for myself. I am a senior citizen and the seats are so comfortable which I guess would be the same in any of them with the Ventilated/Memory seat package. (part of the TH Plus group for 2017) Sorry my TH probably makes you sad too, but it makes me . I hope you did order the tow package as that cannot be added with the same amount of tow capability and it will cost you more if you do add it
Enjoy your new KL--just answering your question about a TH staying clean on the road most of the time
The sad remark was supposed to be in jest, but I forgot the emoji.

I'm glad you like your Trailhawk and chose it knowing full well its capabilities and what role it plays in your life. After we use ours for some time I may envious that I didn't do the same.

Yes, we did order both trailer hitch options. We only have a 1000lbs trailer, but may want to either upgrade it in the future, or have the option of renting a larger model at some point. Love all the possibilities any trim of this vehicle opens up for us.
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A lot of people will buy a vehicule because it caught their eye, or for some status thing, not primarily for its capabilities. And those people are much less likely to join a forum like this one.
Hey if they've got the cash, they'll buy whatever they want. Same with exotics : how many have racetrack training ?

Oh and no need to bring up race or country of origin. It's human nature, no matter where you're from.
I apologize. My remark was inappropriate and was meant as more of a cultural reference and not a racial one. I've edited it so not to offend anyone.

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Define "underutilize" lol
Although it has been a while..........
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I personally bought my 14 TH because of the looks in the HOPE of bringing it off road occasionally. I also sprung for the tow package even though I have not used it yet. I am of the opinion that it is "better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it."

Could I have gotten away with something less capable, sure, but in the end, it comes down to what makes me happy and the TH fit the bill.
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lol.....I'm not sure that's an apples to apples comparison. Fire extinguishers are something most people hope to never have to use! I've haven't taken my Trailhawk offroad yet, but I certainly hope to!
My post may have come across as a bit more aggressive than I intended.
My point was some folks don't buy a vehicle based on what they will do with it but for what it can do. For example, I would much rather my wife get caught in a sudden flash storm in the KLTH than the Kia Optima she previously owned. She can also see over obstacles better with the additional height plus has the luxury she desires. I know she will never take it off-road unless she's showing a country property. She sells Real Estate on the side and thinks she accomplished something going through a mud puddle.
95% of the time I'm willing to bet the majority of people could drive a Camry but it's the unknown 5% of the time for which one must prepare.
I like the fact I feel more confident my wife can get home through pretty much whatever get's thrown at her, as long as the transmission doesn't suddenly go out, and her driving the KLTH has paid off once or twice in 2 years of ownership.
All my vehicles are 4WD: KLTH, JKRU and Expedition EL AWD/4WD. I pretty much never need the additional traction except for that one time that I really need it.
So, yeah. To me, her having the TH is like a fire extinguisher.
BTW, I'm over the EH&S department for a large manufacturing facility and the Responder for about 900 folks so I may think a bit differently. I can't count on two hands where my JKRU has come into play helping those with lesser vehicles and that's just in general, everyday activities. Now that we're in the Texas winter, you know, for two or three days, I figure I'll be called a time or two. It happens.
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This is definitely a question I pondered with myself before I went with the Trailhawk. Since I live in Wisconsin, we don't really have many off-road trails, if at all that I can recall off hand (anyone from the area care to chime in?). What we do have though are usually some pretty harsh winters. Now, you might suggest that if I was looking for a winter beater, then why didn't I just go for a non-TH trim, or even a Cherokee XJ? Well, I was thinking ahead. I was thinking of all the things that I plan on accomplishing within the next 5-10 years, including towing, off-roading (nothing too hardcore), hauling, etc, all while having the creature comforts to make the journey getting there and back to be relaxing. I also use my TH for work purposes as well as a DD, so hauling concrete cylinders, testing equipment, and other doo dads are not an issue. And given how a lot of the terrain I might encounter would be where no roads exist, I wanted the extra ruggedness.

Again though, you might still say why I don't then get something older such as the Cherokee XJ because it'll do all of those things (minus the creature comforts part, and gas mileage). Well, it's precisely the creature comforts why I was sold. Cold Weather package, panoramic sunroof, navigation, remote start, bluetooth, leather seats, etc. I believe there is a definite draw to owning a vehicle you can drive on pretty much any sort of terrain, and then drive it back home with your friends or family at the end of the day. This is something I know a lot of pick-up trucks are becoming, but I am not a pick-up person (Although I do like the new Honda Ridgeline). Before the TH, I had considered the Ford Escape, Nissan XTerra, Toyota FJ Cruiser, Toyota RAV4, Toyota 4Runner, Chevy Equinox/GMC Terrain, Honda Pilot, Jeep Wrangler, Honda Crosstour, and a couple others. In my opinion, the Cherokee Trailhawk was the best compromise for what I wanted, and how I was going to drive it every day.

We'll see how my decision faired though in a couple or few years.
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This is definitely a question I pondered with myself before I went with the Trailhawk. Since I live in Wisconsin, we don't really have many off-road trails, if at all that I can recall off hand (anyone from the area care to chime in?). What we do have though are usually some pretty harsh winters. Now, you might suggest that if I was looking for a winter beater, then why didn't I just go for a non-TH trim, or even a Cherokee XJ? Well, I was thinking ahead. I was thinking of all the things that I plan on accomplishing within the next 5-10 years, including towing, off-roading (nothing too hardcore), hauling, etc, all while having the creature comforts to make the journey getting there and back to be relaxing. I also use my TH for work purposes as well as a DD, so hauling concrete cylinders, testing equipment, and other doo dads are not an issue. And given how a lot of the terrain I might encounter would be where no roads exist, I wanted the extra ruggedness.

Again though, you might still say why I don't then get something older such as the Cherokee XJ because it'll do all of those things (minus the creature comforts part, and gas mileage). Well, it's precisely the creature comforts why I was sold. Cold Weather package, panoramic sunroof, navigation, remote start, bluetooth, leather seats, etc. I believe there is a definite draw to owning a vehicle you can drive on pretty much any sort of terrain, and then drive it back home with your friends or family at the end of the day. This is something I know a lot of pick-up trucks are becoming, but I am not a pick-up person (Although I do like the new Honda Ridgeline). Before the TH, I had considered the Ford Escape, Nissan XTerra, Toyota FJ Cruiser, Toyota RAV4, Toyota 4Runner, Chevy Equinox/GMC Terrain, Honda Pilot, Jeep Wrangler, Honda Crosstour, and a couple others. In my opinion, the Cherokee Trailhawk was the best compromise for what I wanted, and how I was going to drive it every day.

We'll see how my decision faired though in a couple or few years.
I'm sure you'll be happy with your choice as you took the time to consider the differences between models. I don't fault anyone for the choice they make so long as it was educated. We agonized over the Trailhawk vs Limited and ADI vs ADII and went for what best suited us. A few people I've talked with on the street when seeing them with their Trailhawk had no idea what that model was all about and simply chose it based on looks. I can see where they are coming from, though. She's a sexy beast.

My wife and I really believe in getting only what we need and what we might need, so we have to contend with waiting for factory orders. Being picky sucks sometimes.
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Sounds like something my father would used to say (may he rest in peace). I've had our TH out on many, many off road trips, including 8 Jeep Badge of Honor trails (Still waiting on receiving 6 of those from Jeep, my sad song for 8 months and running). Going to visit two more BOH trails later this month.

But besides that, its the "potential" of the TH that also gives reassurance and confidence. Knowing that I have, arguably, the best off road capability money can buy sitting in the garage to be used in any time of need, is nice to know.

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I apologize. My remark was inappropriate and was meant as more of a cultural reference and not a racial one. I've edited it so not to offend anyone.
I've edited mine as well. Thanks.

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