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Old June 7th, 2006, 22:10
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Moab...Elephant hill...been there?

Starting to have some doubts on if my Jeep can make it up the hill?

Just want to know what you guys think who have been there. For anyone who doesn't know...

97 XJ 4.0 auto, 5.5" lift, 35" tires, detroit rear, trutrac front, 4.56 gears, really flexy in front, pretty stiff in the rear. Winch, sliders, tank skid, T-case skid.

Sounds like it should be easy right? Heres the problem, I hear there are some very tight turns requiring reverse gear. I will be towing this trailer. It also has 35's, 6 inch lift, Jeep width, pintle hook, and massive clearance under the axle. I am only concerned with backing up, not hanging up. My other concern is traction while pulling an extra 1500 lbs. (trailer with load). Are there any low traction hill climbs?

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Old June 7th, 2006, 22:21
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Re: Moab...Elephant hill...been there?

Nice Jeep, I like the trailer.
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Old June 7th, 2006, 22:40
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Re: Moab...Elephant hill...been there?

sheesh, whatcha haulin? do you really need that many spare parts?
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Old June 7th, 2006, 22:49
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Re: Moab...Elephant hill...been there?

When are you talking?

If you're talking Fall Fling you can drop the trailer at Slickrock with one of us I'm sure.
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Old June 7th, 2006, 22:50
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Re: Moab...Elephant hill...been there?

Leave the trailer at the trailhead? If I remember right, Elephant hill trail is a loop. Just leave it at the trail head and pick it up when you're done.
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Old June 7th, 2006, 23:05
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Re: Moab...Elephant hill...been there?

Exactly. Don't worry about the trailer. Lock it up in town somewhere. It is a very 4X4 friendly town.

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Old June 7th, 2006, 23:29
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Re: Moab...Elephant hill...been there?

I think you will be find with the trailer PROVIDED!!! you know how to back up. What the deal is with Elephant Hill is this. There is a set of three switchbacks. The first one you drive down...then instead of making the turn you back down the second one and drive down the third. They are all strait and as long as you can back a trailer up ok you should be fine. The part you have to back up isn't more then a 100 yards.
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Old June 7th, 2006, 23:30
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Re: Moab...Elephant hill...been there?

I think he is camping on the trail which would explain the need for the trailer.
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Old June 8th, 2006, 07:13
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Re: Moab...Elephant hill...been there?

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I think he is camping on the trail which would explain the need for the trailer.
Ding Ding Ding...we have a winner. I am leaving tommorrow...so it's basically too late to change plans.

I cannot leave the trailer, we are camping for a couple days at Bobby Jo.

Will their be enough room to pass the turn and back up the swithback?
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Old June 8th, 2006, 14:50
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Re: Moab...Elephant hill...been there?

I did that trail in my bone stock 93 XJ. I mean STOCK. The tight turn where you need to back up..you don't really need to back up. I made the turn and drove through the switchback forward. I wouldn't hesitate at all to take your jeep with the trailer on it over the hill.
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Old June 8th, 2006, 14:55
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Re: Moab...Elephant hill...been there?

Just take some ramps with you and put the trailer on the roof rack while wheeling.

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Old June 8th, 2006, 18:35
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Take a video camera!
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Old June 8th, 2006, 19:42
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Video and stills will be plentiful. Someone will have to post the video for me. I still have no idea how to connect my vid to the computer? Guess I'll have to buy a cable when I return home.
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Old June 8th, 2006, 20:41
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Re: Moab...Elephant hill...been there?

I don't think you'll have a problem John. Traction shouldn't be an issue at all, we took our '91 with 3.07's and bald 30" tires and a budget boost thru without any issues whatsoever. Ryan is correct about the switchbacks. It isn't a long run backing up, and not technical thru the switchbacks at all. Just make sure you're able to back up a trailer straight and you'll be fine.

There should be enough room to back the trailer sufficiently to get the Jeep past the turn.

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Old June 9th, 2006, 14:03
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Re: Moab...Elephant hill...been there?

My buddy did it easily in a Tacoma. In the rain. Traction was not an issue although he had to do an 8 point turn. The ability to manually apply your trailer brakes independant of the Jeep brakes would make it easier.
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