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Jeep Wrangler Fording Water

Jeep Wrangler Fording Water

Thursday, June 2, 2011,  Alan and Jackie Ellis-When you own a Jeep® brand vehicle, it’s hard to resist the urge to take your vehicle off-road. We bought our Jeep vehicle to not only experience the adventure lifestyle, but also to go places without the benefit of a paved road. Trail Rated® Jeep brand vehicles offer that opportunity. So with the next series of articles, we’ll talk about some basic off-roading techniques and how you can safely enjoy your Jeep 4×4 on the trail. Off-roading can involve many different types of obstacles, each one presenting different challenges for both the driver and the vehicle. Water fording and driving in mud are two obstacles that are fun and exciting if done properly and safely.

Knowing how to ford water and get through mud is a useful skill for every off-road driver. Almost every off-roading area in the United States (including the desert) will eventually have a place where you will need to cross a stream, ford a large water obstacle, or drive through mud. The two primary concerns for water and mud obstacles are safety and potential damage to your vehicle.

Jeep Wrangler Fording Water

Jeep Wrangler Fording Water

Water Obstacles: Crossing streams and water obstacles are fun and exciting! While you’ve probably seen drivers speed up and roar across a stream, it may not be the smartest thing to do in certain situations….especially through an unknown water obstacle. The first thing you’ll need to know is your own vehicle’s capability. It is important to check your owner’s manual to determine your vehicle’s maximum water fording depth. As an example, a 2010 Trail Rated® Jeep Wrangler’s maximum water depth is 30 inches at speeds under 5 mph, and a 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee is 20 inches for standing water and 9 inches for flowing water, both under 5 mph. If you don’t have your manual handy when you get to the water, a general rule of thumb is that water up to the bottom of the bumper is a safe depth to cross to avoid damage (but some models may be lower). Water that is too deep can cause damage to the engine, transmission, differentials, and electronics.

Once you arrive at the water crossing, use a long stick to determine initial water depth, or get out and walk out into the stream if it is not too swift and can be done safely. Put your vehicle in 4WD Low, drive slowly, and be ready to back off if the water gets too deep. Watch for large rocks or holes that may appear as you cross. It’s also important to remember to keep moving at all times and not to stop mid-stream. Never cross a water obstacle without another vehicle to assist with recovery equipment if needed. After crossing, use your brakes lightly until they dry out. If necessary have your vehicle inspected to check for water in the differential or transmission.

Jeep Wrangler Fording Water

Jeep Wrangler Hittin' Some Mud

Mud: Usually, if there is water present, there will also be mud. Mud can also take us by surprise as it can sometimes be camouflaged by other debris. Or….maybe you just want to go mudding! Either way, mud can be a fun challenge on an off-road trail. Unlike water (where you can sometimes see the depth), the depth of mud can be hard to judge. You can get seriously stuck in mud, so it’s essential to make sure you have recovery equipment and another vehicle close by to pull you out if needed.

Do not proceed if there are no tracks on the other side of the mud hole. The important thing about mud is to make sure you’re in 4WD low, avoid excessively spinning the tires, and KEEP MOVING. Beware of the middle of deep ruts where you could easily high-center. If you start to get bogged down, slightly turn your steering wheel from side to side to gain more traction while continuing forward momentum. Once you get back to civilization, use a pressure washer to clean the underside of your vehicle to get rid of excess weight and prevent corrosion.

Water and mud can be fun and challenging off-roading obstacles. By keeping these tips in mind, you can enjoy your Trail Rated® Jeep vehicle as it was meant to be used without compromising safety and without damaging your vehicle. Do you like water and mud obstacles? Where is a great place in your area where water and mud can be enjoyed with your Jeep brand vehicle?

As always, click any of the pictures in this post to see more images of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

Ram Power Wagons in Moab, Utah

Ram Power Wagons in Moab, Utah

For those of you not in the know, the Jeep and Ram brands like to take their vehicles out to test their real world off road capabilities. This year was no different. Again this year the Jeep and Ram brands took their vehicles out west to run them through the paces. Here’s what David Elshoff from Chrysler Group LLC had to say about it.

Ram Power Wagon

Ram Power Wagon

“For the second year in a row, Ram brought a fleet of Power Wagon’s to Southern Utah to join 3,000 Jeep owners for the annual Easter Jeep Safari, hosted by the Red Rock 4-Wheelers.

With America’s top off-road media behind the wheel, the Power Wagons tackled tough trails like Hell’s Revenge and Poison Spider Mesa, as well as obstacles like the 10-story tall Hell’s Gate.

Ram Power Wagon

Ram Power Wagon

Power Wagon is availalbe with an off-roader’s wish list of standard equipment, including front and rear locking differentials, electronic disconnecting front sway bar, 33-inch offroad tires, complete underbody protection — and though it wasn’t needed for this outing — a custom 12,000-pound warn winch.

In 2010, the Ram Power Wagon was named Four Wheeler magazine’s Pickup Truck of the year and Heavy Duty Pickup Truck of Texas.”

Ram Power Wagons

Ram Power Wagons

To see more photos of the Jeeps and Rams in Moab, as well as photos of other Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram vehicles, click any of the images in the post. Also, check out the video below. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

Chrysler released a video yesterday afternoon that goes into depth about their TPMS system that is equipped on most newer Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles. TPMS means Tire Pressure Monitoring System, which is the series of sensors located inside the tire that communicates with the vehicles computer, telling drivers when the pressure has dropped in one of the four tires.

TPMS Light

TPMS Light

Chrysler explains not only the operation of their TPMS system, but also offers some tips for how to keep your tires properly inflated to the correct pressure, as well as explaining how to obtain proper pressure on the Ram 2500. With the Ram 2500, the proper air pressure will vary from 45 to 70 psi, depending on whether the truck is empty or loaded down.

TPMS Wheel Sensors

TPMS Wheel Sensors

In other news, it appears Chrysler has addressed the issues iPhone users have been having with the 730N radio (RER).

Previously, users had intermittent connectivity when using Bluetooth to connect their iPhone 4 to a RER radio. The software upgrade is designed to eliminate any “disconnects” and give customers uninterrupted service.

Media Center 730N (RER) Radio

Media Center 730N (RER) Radio

The software upgrade is covered under the 3-year/36,0000-mile warranty, and possibly under some service contracts. For specific details in your case and to schedule an appointment to upgrade your 730N radio (RER) for the iPhone 4 compatibility issues, contact your local Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep® or Ram dealer.

Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall! As always, click any of the images in the post to see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles!

2012 Ram 5500 with Boxtruck Body Upfit

2012 Ram 5500 with Boxtruck Body Upfit

More good news in the Ram world! It seems the Chrysler Group Brands have racked up quite a few awards lately, with the latest being awarded to the 2011 Ram Chassis Cabs.

Last week, Work Truck magazine named the Class 4 and 5 Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab truck its 2011 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year.

2012 Ram 5500 with Rollback Upfit

2012 Ram 5500 with Rollback Upfit

Nineteen vehicles were included in an online ballot and voted on by professional fleet managers, who were asked to consider which medium-duty truck model best fit their fleet requirements, including application effectiveness, durability, quality, servicing, maintenance, and lifecycle costs.

“The commercial truck segment is all about total cost of ownership. When you account for fuel economy, brake wear, tire wear and the best powertrain warranty in the business, Ram Chassis Cab trucks offer the lowest cost of ownership.”

Fred Diaz
Ram Truck President
CEO and Head of U.S. Sales – Chrysler Group LLC

 

2012 Ram 5500 with Tow Truck/Wrecker Upfit

2012 Ram 5500 with Tow Truck/Wrecker Upfit

The May/June issue of Work Truck magazine will feature a complete article on the Medium-Duty Truck of the Year award.

Earlier this month, Ram Truck announced that 2012 Ram 4500 and 5500 medium-duty Chassis Cab commercial trucks will be available with an optional 30,000-lb. gross combined weight rating (GCWR), an increase from 26,000 lbs.

2012 Ram 5500 with Dump Bed Upfit and Snow Plow

2012 Ram 5500 with Dump Bed Upfit and Snow Plow

The info above is from a Chrysler New Release, click here to read more about the 2011 Ram Chassis Cabs. As always, click any of the images in the post to see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles. Thanks for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

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