slantsix Reader
8/15/20 8:09 p.m.

We went for a family camping weekend with some friends. We are quite lucky to have at least 4 campgrounds in a 20 mile radius from the house.

We tried a new campground that we have never been at before... as it was so close I decided to tow out the small camper with my 96 Jeep cherokee XJ.
it ran hot when towing with the air on.. but that might be normal on XJs with a stock type...... non- mishimoto radiator.

Saturday turned out to be pretty showery and somewhat of a washout.. so the state forest and mountain ridge is only 20 miles from the campground.  There are plenty of miles of state forest roads that are not paved with no winter maintenance. They double as snowmobile trails in winter.  We decided to do some trail driving before dinner. The last trail that we took out of the forest back tobthe highway hass about a 1000' elevation change. There were no awesome scenic views but it was fun.

rustyvw GRM+ Memberand Dork
8/15/20 8:33 p.m.

Would love to see more pictures, what sort of camper do you use?

Looks like fun

I love a rainy day cruising the national forest.

slantsix Reader
8/16/20 10:47 a.m.

In reply to rustyvw :

I used to have a Coleman popup; th xj pulled that with no problems at all.


Now we have a 2015 Jayco Jayflight 154 BH.  If we go somewhere far or on the highway or mountains a lot we typically will tow it with My wife's escape.. But since we were close and the towing was jut orn rolling hills we tied the XJ.  It's okay but I Should upgrade the radiator, Rear brakes to discs or 10" drums and get better front pads.

The 2015 Jayco had some "standard options" missing that I added as well... 

- Cable Hookup for the TV

- Front scissor Jacks so That it has leveling jacks on all four corners.

- The Factory rear bumper was thin so that on the trip back from state college PA the bike rack and weight of the bikes / Spare tire started to shear the metal bumper where it was welded to the frame. I cut the bumper off and plated it with thicker metal and then welded it back on. so far so good.

JAdams GRM+ Memberand New Reader
11/10/20 12:51 p.m.

Nice XJ! I've had several and will always have a soft spot for them.

slantsix Reader
11/12/20 11:52 a.m.
JAdams said:

Nice XJ! I've had several and will always have a soft spot for them.

Thanks, Drove it to work today.. Just breaking it in at 92,000 Mi



amerson New Reader
1/22/21 2:28 a.m.

Nice XJ. Any performance mods you did?

slantsix Reader
1/22/21 1:24 p.m.

No Not really, - Fixed some rust and put 7 u joints in the thing.  It had terrible death wobble too - was a steering stabilizer that was merely filled with air and not much else, I put a good fox one on there at it fixed that problem Fast.

I like it ' cause it has no options - Kind of idiot proof. - No Power locks or windows.. No Rear speakers, Vinyl seats in place of upholstery  - easy to clean.

Does have Auto, AC, Radio, Skid Plates on the front Mid and Rear, and Rear suregrip Diff.

I would like to add cruise control and Rear 10" Drums or Rear Discs.Also would like to add An SYE to get rid of Highway Vibes. Maybe a mishimimoto Rad to keep it cool in the summer.

Original Coil crapped out on me 2 weeks ago - got stranded at home, Got it replaced in about an hour. Bought a New one and that seemed to wake it up a bit.


Other than that it's stock daily transport.



slantsix Reader
2/1/21 6:17 p.m.

Kid and I both were able to work from home today as we both had snow days.

After our screen time requirements were done we packed up and headed for the elevation.

More XJ Fun on the trails - but in the winter these trails double as snowmobile trails so no salt, no gratuitous plowing, just winter bliss!

Here are some of the highlights..

It's fun driving these trails when a snow machine or dog sled team or cross country skier is in the other lane as oncoming traffic... I Wave the snow machines past when they were behind me.

We didn't even get that much snow - but up in the elevation they get more snow and of course it stays around longer.

A favorite spot to watch the sunrise looking east over the mountain ridges. Calm as can be with the downy white.

The Little one was in tow - she had a blast too.




I wish we would get some snow. It's been too many years since I've had a chance to play in it. 



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