One of my favorite things to do is to write about my own personal experience. Recently, my partner and I made the decision to give up our UTVs and get a Jeep Wrangler to tow behind our motor home. This was a tough decision, as there are a lot of merits to a UTV aka buggy. They can go places that a Jeep can’t. And, they are lighter to tow, even when considering the weight of the trailer on which it has to be towed. But after sucking dust behind our Jeep friends while off roading in Quartzsite last month, we made the decision that the Jeep was what we wanted.
But where do we start? We did a lot of searching on Cars.com, Carmax.com, Craig’s List and our local Power dealers. We narrowed down our criteria and began identifying possible matches. We visited some Jeeps we found online, and ultimately resorted to driving down Bell Road, pulling in to any dealership with a Wrangler out front. It wasn’t until we spotted a Wrangler in front of Bell Honda that a salesman got to us before we left the lot. Even though the Jeep we spotted didn’t meet our criteria for features or price, John Paul offered to search inventory of all of the dealerships owned by the company and found the perfect match. About an hour later, the Jeep showed up and was perfect. It had everything we were looking for, was in great condition, had very low miles and was in our price range. We ended up purchasing the Jeep from Bell Honda.
Just when we thought the hard part was over, it was now time to prepare the Jeep for towing. We talked to friends to get their opinions of their towing equipment. We compared prices on the Internet. And we made phone calls to providers recommended by our friends. The best price we found was out in Mesa at Cliff’s Welding. However, living in North Phoenix, this was a bit far. After doing more research, we found the right package from Little Dealer Little Prices on Deer Valley Rd. Philip in the Service & Parts department was great at discussing options and making recommendations. We agreed on a Blue Ox base plate, the Blue Ox Aventa LX tow bar and a Roadmaster Even Brake proportional braking system. We dropped the Jeep off Tuesday and are looking forward to picking it up Thursday after work.
Our inaugural Jeep ride is scheduled for this Saturday in the red rocks of Sedona. Check back later this month for pictures and details on the trip.
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Photo: 2003 Jeep Wrangler Sahara/Photo by: Rodney Muehlfeld