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post #21 of 87 (permalink) Old 01-04-2017, 04:06 PM
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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.

You'll never go wrong in getting a TH.
So prior to getting my TH, I had heard of this Badge of Honor, but had no clue as to what it was. Obviously, it makes sense now, but at the time, I was clueless. Looks like the closest one to me is in Dugger, IA, so not too far out, but definitely a hike to get there. Could easily do that over the course of a weekend if I wanted to actually.
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post #22 of 87 (permalink) Old 01-04-2017, 04:12 PM
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Another thing that came into mind when looking at the TH was the amount of snow that we get here in the NE OHIO Snow Belt. Just a few weeks ago, my wife and I drove to my son's restaurant for dinner in one of the worst snow storms that I can ever remember driving in. By the time we had gotten there, I swear 3 feet of snow had fallen and another 2 were on the way. The TH with its more aggressive tires and extra ground clearance really proved itself that night.

To me, this is "off-roading"
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post #23 of 87 (permalink) Old 01-04-2017, 04:18 PM
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We got our Trailhawk in December of 2013, and bought it specifically for it capabilities and its aggressive look. We have gone off on some fire roads and very lite off roading because that is something we are interested in, but due to my work schedule and we have virtually ZERO experience "off roading" my wife and I have not had many opportunities.
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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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Before I got my 2015 Charger, I didn't pay much attention to Challengers. Once my order was processed, I started noticing all trim level Challengers and Chargers in traffic. Similar to that, once I decided to get a Trailhawk, every Cherokee caught my eye. I rubber neck for all of them. But it's the Trailhawk appearance that stole my heart, and it's what I had to have. It will never reach its potential, but its capabilities are nice to have up my sleeve. At some point I may get some type of rock rails, but they may end up living a sheltered life, too.
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Ah must be nice...

Mind if I ask what your daily driver(s) is/are ?
Daily drivers are a 2008- 35k and a 2010 26k Cobalt , we also have an 2004 SS Impala- 18k.
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Another thing that came into mind when looking at the TH was the amount of snow that we get here in the NE OHIO Snow Belt. Just a few weeks ago, my wife and I drove to my son's restaurant for dinner in one of the worst snow storms that I can ever remember driving in. By the time we had gotten there, I swear 3 feet of snow had fallen and another 2 were on the way. The TH with its more aggressive tires and extra ground clearance really proved itself that night.

To me, this is "off-roading"
I know, right? Technically, you are not "on" the road since there's a layer of snow between the road and your tires. Off-Roading, suckers!!!
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Why I got a Trailhawk, to start with I had a FWD Cherokee sport (silver). Me and my wife both work at the same company in Lincoln Ne and the Sport was perfect as a commuting with the 2.4 Tigershark. Not much need for 4WD and it drove great for work and back. We traded a Mango Tango Caliber (My wife's favorite car color) for the Sport. She liked every thing on the Sport except that it did not come in Mango Tango. Then a big change in life happened we needed to move out to Washington. and with our pets, an issue came up where we needed to pull our belongings in a U-haul and pets in the jeep. The sport could not pull a U-haul no tow package and not enough tow capacity. So by shear chance I went to check if Jeep with the tow package with a V-6 was available to trade into. And just by luck they had a Trailhawk in Mango Tango and the wife was sold. Now that we live in Washington and work from home no more commuting needed. We purchased a travel trailer that we pull around. Then park it go off road. Snow this year has became an issue where the TH is shinning though. We do a few Jeep Jamborees a year and have allot of fun. So the TH was a good bye for all of its capabilities for us.
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I use mine on dirt Forest Service roads a lot during the summer in order to access remote trailheads, However I rarely need to use 4 low mode. I do go skiing/snowboarding a lot, so I think I get good use out of it there.

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**** yes it's underutilized. It spends way too much time just parked at my workplace.
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post #30 of 87 (permalink) Old 01-04-2017, 07:26 PM
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Not a Cherokee owner yet, but I've been considering Trailhawk vs. Limited and leaning toward the Trailhawk. Once the 2018 model year features are officially known I'll decide whether to get an 18 or 17. While I'll never do any true off-roading, we do go to some remote hiking trails accessible via rutted dirt roads, and the only way to get to my house in the mountains is on a dirt road that can be tricky in muddy or snowy conditions. A Trailhawk would give me confidence I can make it home on the really bad days.
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