Electrical
Jeep Tech

Vehicle Electrical Systems – Ignition Repair

There is nothing worse than having a vehicle that won’t start. Well, maybe starting your vehicle and not being able to shut it off. It’s the absolute worst when you have each of those problems on both of your vehicles. Last year the ignition on the 2004 LS powered LJ broke. A few weeks later […]

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Electrical

Vehicle Electrical Systems – Power Distribution

Gearheads love to add accessories to their vehicles. It could be auxiliary lights, a stereo amplifier, or maybe just some utilitarian charging ports. Regardless of the accessory in question power distribution is something many people overlook. Think of it this way, when do you install the fuse panel and wiring in a house: before or […]

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Electrical

Vehicle Electrical Systems – Automotive Battery Basics

Battery Basics Without patronizing you too much I’ll just say this about batteries.  They are an integral part to a vehicle’s electrical system.  They provide the necessary electrical power to turn the starter motor which in turn gets the motor’s alternator turning in order to provide the electrical power necessary to keep the vehicle running. […]

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Jeep Tech
Product Install
Product Review
Storage

Tuffy Security Products: Mid-Size SUV Drawer

Every vehicle based travel enthusiast suffers from the same quintessential problem: WHAT DO WE DO WITH ALL OUR STUFF?!? More precisely, how do we keep it secure and how do we keep it safe. No one likes sifting through a rat’s nest of gear to find something. Worse, no one likes having their vehicle broken […]

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Communication
Product Install

Midland USA MXT575 50 watt GMRS Radio install & review

I’m sure we’ve all seen the commercial. “Can you hear me now?” Sure it got old, but I bet we’ve all uttered that phrase at least once while out on the trails when using a radio. CB’s dominated the 4wheel-drive and Jeep scene for decades. As previously mentioned they were a mainstay in popular culture […]

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Podcast

Echoes of Adventure: Season 3, Episode 12

All good things come to and end, and Season 3 of the Echoes of Adventure Podcast is over. Well, at least not till the end of this episode. Thank you for all of your positive feedback about this season. So excited to have so many great guests. Also so much fun to explore the idea […]

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Podcast

Echoes of Adventure: Season 3, Episode 11

Well, we’re done. Time to wrap it up and go home. Wait, this is only episode 11? But we’re on Essential number ten. Probably the most essential of the essentials because without it we’re not going anywhere. Yup, that’s right. Won’t get far on an empty tank. So for this episode Dan Grec and I […]

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Podcast

Echoes of Adventure: Season 3, Episode 10

There are many solutions when it comes to shelter. Everything from the basic hammock and tarp all the way up to the Global Roam 5K™. There is no one single perfect one-size-fits-all solution. There are a lot of variables that will influence your shelter solutions. To discuss those variables I am once again joined by […]

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Camp Cooking
Podcast

Echoes of Adventure: Season 3, Episode 9

Is there anything better after a long day on the trails than a hot meal? Well, maybe a cold adult beverage, but for the purposes of this episode we’re going to be talking about food and water. We will save the adult beverages for another time. The guests on this episode are Eric and Brittany […]

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Podcast

Echoes of Adventure: Season 3, Episode 8

Heads up, there were some technical difficulties with this episode. Did my best to clean it up, but a few spots were still glitchy. The rest I chopped out so if you hear a few rough edits this has been equal parts apology and warning. Dan Grec is BACK. Actually, he never left. This week’s […]

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Podcast

Echoes of Adventure: Season 3, Episode 7

It wouldn’t be a season of the Echoes of Adventure Podcast without perennial guest Dan – The Real Deal – Grec of The Road Chose me. He’s been on every season so far and he’s back to share some of his knowledge and experience when it comes to tire pressure management – even if we […]

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Podcast

Echoes of Adventure: Season 3, Episode 6

“Can you hear me now?” Remember those ads? Well this podcast might as well start off with that tagline because it’s all about overland communications. Joining us once again is John Fury of Fury Training Concepts and he is going to share some of his radio knowledge with us. He is a licensed HAM (Amateur […]

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Podcast

Echoes of Adventure: Season 3, Episode 5

Arguably one of my favorite topics, Navigation is something I love to talk about. However this podcast isn’t just about me. It’s about tapping into a wide range of people from across the spectrum of adventure travelers. For this episode I am joined by Mandy and Irma of the Hemispheres United Rebelle Rally Team. For […]

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Podcast

Echoes of Adventure: Season 3, Episode 4

Although number three on the list of 10 Essentials, Recovery is more like a second #2. Just like first aid is essential care for your body, recovery is essential care for your vehicle. In this episode Ted from Overland Experts joins me to discuss – at length – some of the essential aspects of recovery. […]

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Podcast

Echoes of Adventure: Season 3, Episode 3

Picking up from last week’s episode on Training, we look at what is often the most important essential: Safety and First Aid. However, as we will find out, training is a valuable component to both safety and first aid which si why this is #2 on our list of 10 Essentials. Our special guest this […]

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Podcast

Echoes of Adventure: Season 3, Episode 2

In this episode we kick off the first of our 10 Essentials. This essential is the bedrock foundation for all the ones that follow it. You’ll hear me say time and time again throughout this season that I am a broken record and will always come back to: Training. Training is the best investment you […]

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Podcast

Echoes of Adventure: Season 3, Episode 1

Let’s start the new year off right with a fresh season of the Echoes of Adventure Podcast. In this episode we not only kick off the “Back to Basics” theme of the new season but lay the foundation for the next ten episodes which will cover the “10 Essentials” for overland travel. This season is […]

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Podcast

Coming soon…

In a few days Season 3 of the Echoes of Adventure Podcast will go live on all popular podcast platforms (Apple, Google, Audible, etc). This season will be a rundown of my “10 Essentials for Overland Travel” talk. Each topic will get its own episode and each episode will have its own guest (or two). […]

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Opinion/Educational/Humor

Back to Basics 2: On the essence of travel

For the last few months I have been driving a bone stock 2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. There was a brief period of adjustment since prior to that I had been driving a 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee with 330,000+ miles on it. Both of these Jeeps fall in the shadow of my 2004 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited […]

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Event Report
Trip Report

A Rally, a Trail Ride, and a Video

A Weekend on the Trail Earlier this month I set out on a two-day weekend adventure with some friends. We set off over the mountains from central Virginia with plans to snake our way into West Virginia via nothing but back roads and forest service roads. This end of Virginia is dominated by Jefferson and […]

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