Full size trucks on jeep trails advice

Stroked 550

Adventurer
hey guys

Im Curious who's running a 3/4 ton truck on jeep trails, what have your experiences been? any regrets having a long bed?

Anyone care to share pictures of your rigs out on the trails?
 

Bubblegoose1

@PNWINFERNOPRO
that wasnt the positive feedback I was looking for :eek: lol

The PNW is one of the areas Im going to be exploring
Be prepare for panel damage, unless sticking to fire roads. Wheeled these trail systems in a heavily built Jeep JKU for over 8 years. Many many moments of folding mirrors in and praying to the door panel gods. The best exploring will require this.
 

Stroked 550

Adventurer
Be prepare for panel damage, unless sticking to fire roads. Wheeled these trail systems in a heavily built Jeep JKU for over 8 years. Many many moments of folding mirrors in and praying to the door panel gods. The best exploring will require this.



I wanna minimize panel damage, thats concerning hearing about your experience with a jeep.... how would running an extended cab short bed fair?
 

Bubblegoose1

@PNWINFERNOPRO
I wanna minimize panel damage, thats concerning hearing about your experience with a jeep.... how would running an extended cab short bed fair?
The width is more of the issue. Of course maneuvering a longer truck will add to difficulty level. Some trail systems actually have width restriction markers to help save the trails and trees. Have seen rigs measured by Rangers, which is a good thing.
 

GabAlmighty

Observer
Taking a full size on a jeep/toy trail is asking for a fun time. You will dent some stuff... People do it, but don't expect to come out unscathed.

It's the equivalent of taking a toy/jeep on a quad trail
 

Bojak

Adventurer
I tried it this weekend, its just not a good idea. Had one trailhead i watched a tacoma take off up the mountain from. I needed a spotter and a 20 point turn to just get out of there and back on the forest service road. He looked like a goat going up that mountain trail though.

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Stroked 550

Adventurer
I tried it this weekend, its just not a good idea. Had one trailhead i watched a tacoma take off up the mountain from. I needed a spotter and a 20 point turn to just get out of there and back on the forest service road. He looked like a goat going up that mountain trail though.

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it sounds like my dream of a 3/4 ton wheeling rig is outta the question, it would have been nice to have the bed for all the gear
 

Bojak

Adventurer
It depends on your terrain. Trees are not your friend. Out west lots of wheeling in 3/4 tons. Utah, Colorado, Arizona, cali, all seem friendly. Larry's thread is full-size porn for sure. I'm in southeast and our jeep trails equal trees. Trees equal body damage. You will beat the crap out of a Toyota and/or a jeep on those trails too. It comes down to what you want to do. A big truck to enjoy off the beaten path, or a trail rig with the whiskey dents to show for it.

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ExplorerTom

Explorer
Even if you do make it unscathed, it'll be stressful. My Explorer (size of a Cherokee) feels big from time to time here in Colorado.

Having a 3/4 ton will limit your options. You should still have plenty to see.
 

Johnston

Observer
I have Overlanded a full size long bed for a long time here in the Northwest with out any issues. Most of the roads are built for log trucks. Now if you go looking for Jeep trails that is a different story but 99% of the time you will be fine.
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Stroked 550

Adventurer
yeah I definitely want to be able to take as many jeep trails as possible

@johnston its great to hear you've been using fullsize longbed in PNW without issues thanks for sharing the pics it looks like you explore some great areas

I will be traveling all over the southwest, west and PNW and British Columbia
 

stingray1300

Explorer
Taking a full size on a jeep/toy trail is asking for a fun time. You will dent some stuff... People do it, but don't expect to come out unscathed.

It's the equivalent of taking a toy/jeep on a quad trail

I l-o-v-e a challenge! :sombrero:
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Look up South Park (Briggs Cabin), Chicken Rock, Pleasant Canyon, Mengel Pass, Dedekera Canyon in Death Valley. Then, imagine a 79" wide, 145" w.b. crew cab F150 on them.
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And South Park (on the way to Chicken Rock) is the kind of trail where I was grazing the uphill cliff with the mirrors while pushing gravel off the downhill cliff with the front tire. Stress? Sure, but what fun! Trees? No. Rocks? Tougher than trees.
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Just go have some fun!
 

Buliwyf

Viking with a Hammer
Even Jeeps don't fit down Jeep roads anymore. Pretty much all the Jeep trails have devolved down to dirtbike trails. So a brand new Rubicon JK is pretty much a poseur car now. An olde YJ or XJ is superior by far, because you don't have to fear denting and scratching them up. Unless you don't mind a dinged up new JK?

In Florida there's plenty of truck sized powerline roads. Park roads in Ocala National Forest, and the park South of Tallahassee. But the "jeep trails" devolve quickly into something jeeps can't even fit down.

There's none of that in Ohio. Overlanding is plain old RV'ing with some off road stuff mixed in, if we're lucky. Wayne National Forest is good for bikes and 4 wheelers. Maybe a few places for the weird golf cart things, which are killing off Jeeping. Powerline Park for mud.

Any "real" overlanding I do now is on a DRZ400s with a tent strapped to my rear fender. Otherwise, my trucks overlanding ability is only used when rain washes out the gravel, dirt, or sand roads. And that happens often. I've lost count of how many peoples trailers I've moved for them.
 

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