Re: Do you have a \'Jeep\', or a Dedicated Vehicle?
There are 3 basic types of trail rig owners...Within each group, the extent of mods will vary.
Newbies - Some have bone stock vehicles, others might have a new Rubicon. If the wife does not divorce them, they become one of the below.....
Experienced - Some guys are running bone stock jeeps, but know the limitations and know how to drive them....Others are running modified or so modified that the only reason it's called a jeep is because it started off as one in a previous life. These guys are usually more interested in hearing advice or seeing what you have...and more than willing to show off what they have (when asked) as well as lend a helping hand. Usually found in small grougs of 2-3, off away from everyone else doing their own thing. They are also the ones that will pull you 5 miles back out of the trail.
Wanabies - Once again, the jeep can be stock or supper modified....in most cases, the highly modified ones usually contain 'bolt on' hardware, and the mods are usally done by someone else (they take it to a shop and pay to have it done). One reason they don't know how to fix it on the trail. Easy to recognize....they go to where the crowds are so they can show off their rigs and tell you what you should be doing to yours. (Aaron, I would say this is the type you are complaining about). Type most likely to end up divorced.
I saw a good example of all 3 last year when my family and I were trail guids at the West coast Camp Jeep. The wife's cherokee was down (and my CJ in a 1000 pieces) so I rented a new GC with the V8. I had two trail helpers, one was driving a Cherokee with about 6" of lift. Nicest guy in the world...would do anything you asked. The other was driving a Liberty that had every single item you could bolt on. He spent more time telling me what I was doing wrong or should be doing. He couldn't undderstand why I (who was driving a stock jeep) was trail leader when he who had the 'bling' mobile was not.