For off-road adventures, summer can be the most exciting season for putting your Jeepto the test. Fortunately, there’s still plenty of time to take to the trails before summer comes to a close, and plenty of ways to get muddy before fall arrives. If you’re looking for a last-minute getaway in your Jeep vehicle, we have a few ideas for you.
1.) Silver Lake Sand Dunes | Michigan
Want to beat the late summer heat and enjoy a day of off-road adventure? Head to Silver Lake Sand Dunes on the west coast of Michigan. This unique sugar sand landscape is tailor made for adventure and for putting your vehicle to the test on the aptly named Test Hill. Plus, the dunes are situated directly on the Lake Michigan shoreline, so you can soak in the beautiful coastal views while exploring your Jeep’s capabilities.
2.) Big Horn Mountains | Western
They say everything’s bigger out west. Well, one way to find out is to attend the 8th Big Horn Mountains Jeep Jamboree event in Dayton, Wyoming. If you’re into big challenges and conquering the elements — rocky trails, steep inclines and water obstacles — this annual event will provide an exciting challenge. And if you’re into beautiful scenery and fresh mountain air, well, the Big Horn Mountains have that, too.
3.) Catskill Mountains | Eastern
Looking for a getaway from the big city? The Catskill Mountains are just 100 miles from New York, and are home to some of the best off-road trails in the eastern U.S. The Catskill Mountains are home to hill climbs, rocky inclines, river crossings and plenty of mud. There’s also a 101 course at the event where drivers can test their off-road skills.
4.) Hit the Road | Anywhere
Drop the top on your Jeep Wrangler or roll down the windows on any Jeep vehicle and hit the open road — or better yet, head off-road. Whether you’re taking a Sunday drive around the city or cruising the back roads, making the most of summer is all about open-air freedom.
America’s longest-lasting pickup is engineered for work and for play, and designed to perform in nearly any environment. It’s the reason Ram Trucks are as trusted for outdoor pursuits as they are for hauling materials to the worksite.
Of course, every Ram truck owner is driven by their own unique interests, which is why our factory-approved Mopar® accessories are such a great match for adding high-quality, reliable parts to customize your truck for your needs.
Here’s a small sampling of what’s available, to give you a sense of how Mopar can individualize your Ram truck, whatever your interests.
Outfitted for the Outdoors | 2016 Ram 1500
With a class-exclusive available RamBox Cargo Management System and four-corner air suspension, the 2016 Ram 1500 is perfect for carrying all your toys to the great outdoors. Whether you’re camping, hiking, fishing or hunting, the Ram 1500 is your partner in adventure.
When you need to get your boat to the lake or your ATV to the trails, the carriers and cargo hauling accessories will help with the towing. Additionally, the trailer tow mirror will help improve visibility with convex spotter glass for better blind spot visibility. It’s also mounted on sturdy steel to help ensure stable, vibration-free reflections.
And when the day is through, the Camo Truck Tent is the perfect way for outdoor lovers to spend a night under the stars. This custom-fit tent includes a sewn-in floor, large interior with 5.5 feet of headroom and a full rainfly to protect you from the wettest weather. Campsites have rarely been so mobile.
Workday Comfort | 2016 Ram 2500
For workers who are on the move, day in and day out, the 2016 Ram 2500 keeps the workday moving with a best-in-class gas-powered HEMI® engine featuring 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque.*
As you drive from location to location, and get in and out of your truck, you’re bound to bring the elements in with you. During inclement weather, Mopar Weather Tech Mats ensure your truck will stay clean and dry for years to come.
And to make sure you’re comfortable after putting in long hours, the Mopar side window air deflector will allow you cool down the cabin without letting in rain and snow. The workday never felt quite so comfortable.
Tools of the Trade | 2016 Ram 3500
The 2016 Ram 3500 features best-in-class diesel towing of up to 31,210 lbs.* This truck is a flat-out workhorse, and since it’s sure to do its fair share of heavy lifting on the construction site, adding a Mopar toolbox is a great way to keep your tools secure and dry.
The Mopar toolboxes are constructed of powder-coated aluminum in a diamond plate tread pattern, and can hold up to 300 pounds of cargo depending on vehicle application.
Features include key-locking single-lid design, gas cylinders for easy lift and full weather stripping to help seal out moisture and dust.
If you want to make summer 2016 truly sizzle, hop in the driver’s seat of a Jeep® brand vehicle and take an excursion to the city, go on a backcountry adventure, or set off on a day-trip with the family. To celebrate the season properly you need a vehicle that’s capable enough to reach your destination and stylish enough to leave a lasting impression, from the ballpark to the campground and everywhere in-between. Here’s your checklist for the summer necessities. On your mark, get set…
Day at the Ballpark
Nothing says summer quite like America’s pastime. Start planning your day at the ballpark with the 2016 JeepCompass High Altitude. The leather-trimmed seats and power sunroof will make getting to the game, well, a day in the park. Once you arrive, the generous cargo space and available flip-down liftgate speakers will make you the all-star of any tailgate. Just make sure you have Take Me Out to the Ballgame on your playlist.
Weekend Camping Trip
At least once every summer you need to get away for peace of mind. Head to the woods and clear your head in the 2016 JeepGrand Cherokee Overland. The legendary off-road vehicle can tackle any environment, and has the Trail Rated® badge to prove it. On four-wheel-drive models, the standard Quadra-Trac II® 4×4 system features a two-speed transfer case that uses input from a variety of sensors in order to determine tire slip at the earliest possible moment and take corrective action – sending as much as 100% of available torque to the axle with the most traction so you can plan your camping trip in any location and in nearly any weather conditions.
Essential Summer Road Trip
The summer road trip is a right of passage in America. It’s a way to revive the senses and expand boundaries. For those daring enough to explore new locations, the Jeep Renegade 75th Anniversary edition will transport you to the far reaches of your city and your country. And since the best part of a road trip is the open-air freedom, the available My Sky® dual-panel roof will let in the sunshine and summer breezes. Just try to make it home before autumn, if you can.
Whether there’s a trail in your hometown or you’re traveling to with your Jeep, summer is the time to see what your 2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon — the vehicle Four Wheeler magazine named “4×4 of the Decade” — is really capable of. Every Jeep Wrangler is fortified with underbody skid plates to help protect the fuel tank and transfer case, and heavy-duty, forged-steel dual front and single rear frame-mounted tow hooks come standard, in case you come upon a fellow trail rider in a pinch. If the forecast is sunny and conditions allow, drop the top and take off the doors* for a truly exhilarating summer trail ride.
Day at the Beach
Want to turn heads at the beach this summer? Pull up to shore in the unforgettable Jeep Cherokee and stake your claim in the sand. Featuring the innovative Jeep brand cargo management system with handy hooks and removable holders, the 2016 Jeep Cherokee is ready to haul your beach towels, cooler, flying disc, wakeboard and umbrella to the beach, not to mention buckets and shovels for the kids.
Backyard Cookout or Company Picnic
The smell of a grill is the smell of summer. You’re obligated to enjoy as many cookouts as possible, and to play all the croquet and badminton you can handle. Arrive with the family in the 2016 Jeep Patriot High Altitude, with bright exterior accents and the available 4×4 system, and show your true colors. The Patriot helps protect your most precious cargo with safety and security features, including a total of six airbags† and available ParkView® Rear Back Up Camera.‡
June is National Camping Month, and that means it’s time to head to great outdoors and experience all the nature has to offer. Jeeps have a long and storied history of helping campers seek out remote destinations and take journeys to the most beautiful reaches of the globe.
With an eye toward camping, the Trail Rated® Command-Trac® 4×4 system on the 2016 Jeep Wrangler will take you to nearly any destination with Best-in-Class off-road performance.* For all your camping gear, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Trailer Sway Control (TSC)† helps keep you (and whatever you’re towing) safely and securely on course and under control.
Getting there, of course, is only part of the fun. Setting up camp and breathing the fresh air is what it’s all about. The Jeep brand has you covered for the journey as well as the campsite, for everything from pitching a tent, to daylong hikes and romantic picnics.
Here are a few essentials to make your camping trip a success.
Sure camping is about disconnecting and experiencing nature. But keeping your devices charged allows you to record your experiences with photos and videos, take advantage of online maps and outdoor smartphone apps, and stay connected socially so you can share your #JeepWeekend adventures. The Jeep 75th Anniversary portable PowerKit is designed to recharge practically any device: smartphones, tablets, and other cell and mobile devices. The kit includes a 2200 mAh power bank, car charger, multi-device connector cord, and a wall charger with USB output. Disconnect for peace of mind, and stay connected for safety and convenience.
Jeep® Picnic Basket For Two
Just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you have to rough it. Find your favorite spot in the woods, pack a gourmet meal and enjoy the ambiance of the best dining room available — nature. This American-style vintage picnic basket for two features swivel wood handles and faux leather straps and closure, and is fully lined and hand-woven with traditional wood-slat material. The basket comes with coordinating melamine plates and cotton napkins, glass wine glasses, stainless-steel flatware and a wood-handle corkscrew — everything you need for a lakeside dinner.
Jeep® Collapsible Cooler
Whether you need to keep your beverages cool on the trip to the campsite, or whether you’re planning to catch your own meal and put it on ice, this collapsible cooler is a convenient solution for getting the job done. The interior collapses to 4 inches high and it toggles closed for easy storage. An adjustable shoulder strap makes transportation a breeze, and cup holders and a bottle opener ensure you’ll be prepared, no matter where you set up camp.
Coleman 10’x10’ Instant Shelter
For comfortable camping, you need a little shade and protection from unexpected weather or bright sunshine. This high-quality Coleman instant shelter is just the thing you need, with a large 10′ x 10′ footprint that provides 64 sq. ft. of shade with an 8′ x 8′ canopy. It’s fast and easy to set up, comes with a wheeled carry bag, and offers a 50+ UVGuard protection factor.
Jeep® Reclining Camp Chair
Speaking of comfort, once you have your shelter set up, you’ll deserve to kick back and relax at your campsite. The Jeep reclining camp chair features a folding steel frame, padded seat and backrest, adjustable armrests, insulated drink holder and large zippered pocket on the back.
Jeep® Pivot Clip Flashlight
This flashlight can clip to almost anything, making it perfect for wherever you need a little light on your camping adventure. Constructed of ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) plastic, the Jeep Pivot Clip Flashlight features a small rotating head with work light and easy on/off push-button. Batteries are included.
Jeep® Wood Handle Pocketknife
A good pocketknife is among the most essential camping tools — versatile enough for whatever challenges and adventures nature has in store. With a wood handle and stainless steel black blade, this Jeep pocketknife looks outdoorsy and acts the part, featuring a pocket clip and laser-engraved Jeep logo.
Jeep® Terrain Daypack
If your idea of camping is less about relaxing and more about adventure, the Jeep Terrain Daypack will hold the essentials for your trek through the wilderness. The daypack is made with durable 420d ripstop construction and a water-resistant coating. Features include a lockable cinch top, webbing to hang additional gear, padded back, top handle and rubberized mesh adjustable shoulder straps.
Jeep® 32oz Contigo Ashland Water Bottle
For your daytrip adventure, remember to stay hydrated. This convenient water bottle is made with patented single-wall Eastman Tritan copolyester construction, and is equipped with an AUTOSPOUT threaded lid, silicone spout, spout shield and one-touch push-button lid.
Jeep® Boompods™ Aquapod Bluetooth Speaker
Does the thought of leaving civilization without your favorite tunes sound a little too … uncivilized? We have you covered with this 3-watt Bluetooth® speaker. It’s water-resistant so you don’t have to worry about the elements, easy to connect, and with a range of up to 33 feet and up to four and half hours of playing time, you won’t miss a single beat. Includes a removable suction cup, clamp, split cable (USB/AUX) for recharging, 3.5-mm audio cable, carabiner, lanyard and user’s manual. .
Spring is well underway, which means you and your Ram Truck will be heading out for some warm-weather adventures. For many Ram Truck owners that most likely includes boats, motorcycles, and campers tagging along – and with our towing capabilities, you won’t have to think twice.
Towing can be a bit intimidating, especially if you’re a first-time truck owner. If you do your homework regarding proper equipment and practices, the process soon becomes almost second nature. Meanwhile, here are a few simple tricks to help make the trip safer and more enjoyable:
Check Around– Just before you head out, always check the tire inflation pressure all the way around on both the tow vehicle and trailer. Don’t underestimate how a small amount of over or under-inflation can make a big difference in the handling properties of the rig.
Maintain– If a wind gust from an overtaking semi or other vehicle causes your rig to sway or swerve, don’t stab the brakes. Cleanly move your foot off the throttle, firm up your grip on the steering wheel, and give the rig a moment or two to stabilize.
Go With the Flow– When backing up, relocate your hands on the steering wheel from the usual ten and two o’clock positions to five and seven. This makes reverse-maneuvering the trailer much more natural and intuitive.
When it comes to the Ram 1500, don’t let the term “light duty” fool you. A Ram 1500 has a maximum payload of 1,900 lbs, and a maximum towing capacity of 10,650 lbs. If you’ll be towing boats, ATVs or trailers, this is the truck for you.
Ram Truck’s heavy-duty trucks are best suited for towing construction equipment and other heavy commercial loads. With a maximum payload of 7,390 lbs. and a maximum towing capacity of 31,210 lbs. – your heavy-duty needs will be taken care of.
When it comes to towing your toys, we know that capability is key. Whether you’re towing 5 tons or 15, there’s a Ram truck that meets your needs and then some.
The wait is over. It’s the time of year that every Jeep Wrangler owner eyes on his or her calendar — the time to feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your face for the ultimate feeling of 4×4 freedom and adventure. On May 14, the Jeep brand joined in the celebration of Go Topless Day.
A yearly spring tradition for Wrangler owners, this year marked the 9th annual celebration of Go Topless Day. Started by a group of Jeep brand enthusiasts after a particularly cold New England winter, Go Topless Day has grown into an event celebrated by thousands of Jeep vehicle fans around the world.
As the only open-air 4×4 vehicle on the market and the official vehicle of summer, the Jeep Wrangler is the ideal gateway vehicle for warm-weather adventure. And to celebrate Go Topless Day and help owners make the transition to top-off nirvana, the Jeep brand recently teamed up with World Surf League pro surfers Courtney Conlogue and Malia Manuel to produce a series of how-to videos demonstrating the removal and installation of the Wrangler hard and soft tops. No strangers to adventure, Courtney and Malia know that the Jeep Wrangler is the perfect vehicle to help maximize sunshine intake.
For 75 years, the Jeep brand has provided sun-seekers the opportunity to explore the world in search of the whitest sands and tastiest waves. Visit zeiglerchryslerdodge.com for everything you need to know about the Jeep Wrangler.
For true adventurers and Jeep® brand enthusiasts, April showers bring something even better than flowers — mud, and plenty of reasons to get dirty. This past April 4th the Jeep brand celebrated 4×4 Day with Save the Dirt fan photos and the launch of the new official Jeep brand Snapchat channel.
4×4 Day on April 4th
It’s the new holiday that celebrates the wave goodbye to winter, when off-road enthusiasts finally drop the top for spring and take to the trails to splash around in the mud made by the melting snow.
As with any good holiday, what really makes 4×4 Day special is the tradition and the memories. So for this inaugural celebration the Jeep brand pulled out all the stops, leaving no trail unexplored, no puddle unsplashed, no chat unsnapped and no dirt unsaved. Take a look at the new tradition.
Jeep Brand Snapchat
This year we marked the special April 4th 4×4 holiday with the launch of the official Jeep Snapchat channel (username “Jeep”). The Snapchat launch included fan voting on the top Jeep vehicles, and a national Snapchat filter. In addition, at 2,000 FCA dealerships across the country, Snapchat users will find a geo-targeted Jeep® filter through the end of June.
Off-roading, of course, is more than just one day or one snap — it’s a way of life. By using the #4x4ever hashtag, Jeep® enthusiasts can continue to show off their trail pics and videos beyond the holiday. Select lucky fans who use the hashtag may even receive a Jeep® branded keychain capsule that features the 4×4 Day 2016 logo.
Save the Dirt
Off-roaders know that few things feel better than showing up at the office on Monday in a freshly mud-caked Jeep® Wrangler. With that in mind, to coincide with the Snapchat campaign, the Jeep brand launched a #SaveTheDirt call to action on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Instead of taking your Jeep® vehicle to the car wash after a weekend of trail riding, take a picture and post it as a badge of honor from your latest weekend adventure. Go ahead, give them something to talk about until the next 4×4 Day.
The world is filled with adventure for those willing to live close enough to the edge … and there are plenty of edge. This year marked the 50th running of the Moab Easter JeepSafari, as well as the Jeep brand’s 75th Anniversary. It was the perfect opportunity to honor the tradition of off-roading, to share stories on the trail and to look ahead to the future of Jeep 4×4 vehicles. But first, let’s take a look at the scenery from the desert. The views are spectacular.
Speaking of great views and sights to behold, the Jeep brand put out a call to owners of vintage Jeep vehicles to gather for a 75th Anniversary photo shoot at Moab. The photos feature a collection of iconic Jeep vehicles, along with some proud owners. We’ll be sure to share the photos soon. In the meantime, take a look at the Seven New Jeep Brand Concept Vehicles that were brought to Utah.
From vintage and concept vehicles to dizzying cliffs and desert landscapes, there’s plenty to show off from this year’s Moab Easter Jeep Safari.
Check out these interactive 360-degree trail videos shot from a Jeep Wrangler as it covered the Moab terrain – it’s the next best thing to coming along for the ride.
The NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, CA is steeped in tradition and for 56 years, it’s been the jumping-off point for the start of the drag-racing season. The fact that the LA County Fairgrounds (now called Auto Club Raceway at Pomona) has hosted the Winternationals since 1961 is just plain cool. It’s sort of like watching a historic battlefield reenactment, but the soldiers have modernized weapons and the war they’re waging is real.
It was on this very same pavement in 1963 that the 426 Max Wedge Dodge cleaned house in Super Stock. A few years later in 1966, the women’s rights movement, still in its infancy, proved to the world that a pretty Californian housewife could cut a light and beat the boys at their own game, wheeling her 1965 HEMI® V8 Plymouth Belvedere “A990” Super Stocker to a Top Stock title, thus becoming the first female driver to win a major NHRA event.
As the 1960s matured, so did the racing hardware, with the new HEMI V8 Darts and Barracudas terrorizing the competition at the 1969 Winternationals in both the Super Stock and Modified classes.
In 1971, the NHRA Winternationals would also be the backdrop for more HEMI engine glory, as it was this very same pavement that saw the debut of the first rear-engine Top Fuel dragster and witnessed HEMI V8 Dodge Challengers and Plymouth ‘Cudas dominating the Pro Stock class. Even a mild-mannered “factory fresh” 383 Magnum-powered Dodge Coronet Crestwood wagon (yes, a station wagon!) won a heated battle in Stock Eliminator.
Although not quite a trip back in time, coming to the NHRA Winternationals does showcase some of the finest Dodge Stockers and Super Stockers from all over the land. The cars may look the same on the outside, but there are a lot of secrets hidden beneath the sheetmetal, which in some cases is over 50 years old.
With that being said, we wanted to cruise the pits at this historic event and check out some of the cool rides. Therefore, what’s better than a 707-horsepower 2016 Charger SRT® Hellcat? With that unmistakable supercharger whine from its 6.2L HEMI V8 resonating from under the curvaceous hood, sporting a snarling scoop and razor-looking air extractors, this ride instantly got approval from the teams and the race fans.
The Redline Red Tri-Coat Pearl paint glistened in the warm California sun and contrasted nicely with the all-business-looking SRT Matte Black 20-inch X 9.5-inch forged wheels. The massive Pirelli P Zero Summer tires kept us glued on terra firma. We were so tempted to line up next its crazy, ground-pounding, nitro-swilling cousin that also has a supercharged HEMI engine under its hood (or in this case, carbon fiber body) that puts out over 10,000 horsepower, but we knew better.
The Mopar® Funny Car may cross the finish line at the NHRA Winternationals at 3.99 seconds at over 323 mph, but hey, our Charger SRT Hellcat also has a HEMI V8 for motivation. It also has an 8.4-inch Uconnect® touchscreen, a rocking available 19-speaker sound system with a thumping subwoofer, scrumptious Laguna Lux heated leather-trimmed seats and much more — including four doors to bring all our buddies to the drags.
So, if you’re going to make an entrance at an iconic drag race that’s seen its fair share of records broken, the Charger SRT Hellcat is the only way to roll at Zeigler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Downers Grove.
Truck shopping can be intimidating, especially for first-time buyers. There are many specifications that address your specific needs, but often the first question you need to issue can be boiled down to one question: What Ram Truck will best suit your needs?
To help answer this question, first we need to dispel some misinformation. Conventional, standard-duty pickups like the Ram 1500 are traditionally called “half-ton” trucks, but that’s an obsolete way of talking about truck capabilities. In fact, the Ram 1500’s hauling and towing capacities are far beyond a half-ton. For example, a basic Ram 1500 Tradesman has a maximum payload of 1,880 lbs.* (nearly a ton) and a maximum towing capacity of up to 10,640 lbs.* – which are more than sufficient for what you’ll need to get the job done.
Similar old truck designations such as “three-quarter-ton” and “one-ton” are equally misleading. HD trucks like the Ram 2500 and 3500 have far greater capabilities than these terms suggest. For example, the Ram Tradesman 2500 has a max payload of 3,990 lbs.* and a max towing capacity of 17,980 lbs.* So if you’re pulling a large boat or, say, a heavy-duty construction trailer, the 2500 may be great fit for your needs.
Another important difference between the 1500 and 2500 is in their available engine and drivetrain packages. The Ram 1500 is offered with a choice of 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6, 5.7-liter HEMI® V8 and 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engines, which offer a good balance of performance and economy for typical light commercial and consumer use. In contrast, engine choices in the HD Ram 2500 include the 5.7-liter HEMI® V8 VVT, 6.4-liter HEMI® V8 and 6.7-liter Cummins® Turbo Diesel, packages designed to tow and haul heavier loads and deliver long term dependability.
Summing up: A solid understanding of the weights you will be hauling and pulling is the key to selecting the right Ram truck for your needs. And if you have questions, you can visit with the truck experts at Zeigler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Downers Grove.