Personally, I really enjoy Jeep Jamborees. I know that a lot of folks here don't care much for them for whatever reason, so be it.
I've been on quite a few all over New England. The Maine trip, Mohawk Trial in Western Mass., Adirondacks up in New York State, and this year the Poconos in Penn. for the first time this coming June. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
Sure, the trip is $200-something, and that doesn't include your lodging. But, you get some really good all-you-can-eat breakfast and dinner for 2 days, plus a lunch for the trail each day, plus another all-you-can-eat breakfast before heading home on Sunday morning. That's 7 meals. We're talking shaved Prime Rib, dessert, the whole deal, and Lobster up in Maine. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img] So, let's say you'd have to pay $15 a meal to get that at a restaurant, that's over $100 already.
You are assured that you won't get caught tresspassing, and the land you're on - it's OK to be there.
There's nothing like being around 130+ Jeeps getting ready to hit the trails. show me a small-town group that has that going for it. And, each night in the local watering hole, everyone gets around the big screen TV for a few beers and some videos of the day's events.
Yeah, it can get a little slow if you've got some stockers on your trail, but I really enjoy seeing people come out for the first time, and showing them how to drive off-road. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img] We all were a first-timer at one time, and the organization of a Jamboree really helped me get into wheeling, and learn about Jeeping.
Now, going on 5 years since my first Jamboree, I will help out as a tailgunner for a trail if one of the trail guides has to help limp a broken Jeep back to town, etc. It's a lot of fun, and the people are really top-notch, in my opinion.
For those of you who think the trails are too tame, what do you base that on? I've watched serious breakage, Jamboree rollovers, and almost gone over myself. There is always adequately challenging stuff even for the hardcore, at least here in the Northeast. Maybe some of the other locations don't have the challenging terrain of the Northeast, I can't comment on that.
At the end of each weekend, they give away a Ramsey winch (that's how I got mine!) ARB air compressor, set of tires, hilift jack, sunglasses, etc., etc. So, you could walk away with a winch!
So, to each his own, I enjoy the trips, and that's based on probably 10 of them, not 1.
Don't mean to hype them up, but let's base the discussion on something more than "the trails are lame, and it costs a lot".
Pete - not affiliated in any way with JJUSA.
88 YJ - trails/beach trips only![img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
79 4WD F250-hauler/tower of my toys
70 Jaguar E-type - the best car England ever made. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/cool.gif[/img]
90 Honda CRX - Daily pavement-pounder. 42 MPG. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/cool.gif[/img]