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On episode 32 of your favorite offroading podcast, we bring you coverage on the Go Topless Day New Hampshire Jeep event at Backwoods Farm in Rumney, NH.
Go Topless Day was originally organized by All Things Jeep to celebrate fun and sense of adventure that comes from owning a vehicle that can go anywhere and do anything, as well as drop the top for some open air fun. There are events all across the world and most of them will be on May 18th for 2013. If you’d like to find a Go Topless Day event in your area, just head over to All Things Jeep and check out their listing.
Back in episode 28, we talked to Tom from Backwoods Farm, NH about their fundraiser where they are raffling off a brand new 2013 Jeep Wrangler. With over 300 Jeeps and their families in attendance, this was an offroading spectacle! The 2 mile long trail ride was well organized and was as challenging or as easy as you’d like it to be with difficult options and easy bypasses. There was an obstacle course that was a boulder shewn area with some nasty tractor tires and broken concrete culverts mixed in. I watched a bit and saw more than one vehicle hauled off the course by a front-end loader. The mud bog nearby was extremely deep and was giving even the purpose build mud trucks and Jeeps a real challenge. I also had the chance to cruise through the vendor area and catch a couple interviews with some non-profit organizations that you should check out.
Wheeling for the Lost (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wheeling-For-The-Lost/143739025674317) is a non-profit to help raise funds for the National Center For Missing And Exploited Children. Please ask all your friends to “LIKE” our page so we can reach as many people as we can to help keep children safe. You can also find out more by sending a message to WheelingForTheLost@gmail.com.
Crawling For A Cure (http://crawlingforacure.org/) is an organization that is working to raise funds to help breast cancer research and the survivors.
Walk a Mile in Their Boots (http://www.walkamileintheirboots.com/) is a fully registered non profit organization that was established with the sole intent to raise awareness and support for other Military Organizations as well as our Veterans. It was started by two women Kelly Merchant and Amy Boynton, who believed in reinvigorating and recognizing other organizations that directly support our Active Military Service Men and Women, as well as our Nations Veterans from previous wars from every Military Branch. They may be New Hampshire based, but they strive to help wherever the need may be.
Any offroading trip is made better when its combined with some great camping with family and great food! This weekend was the first real test of the chuck box that I’ve been working on. Everything worked flawlessly and the only changes that I feel need to be made are the contents. I have too much flatware and not enough spices to be ready for any meal. There was quite a bit of rain but I felt comfortable leaving the chuck box out in the elements because I used a quality latex paint and weather seal around the lid and door that will prevent any water from seeping in. I was very pleased with how everything worked during this first shake down. Over the rest of the summer, I’ll be working on the storage system in the XJ where this chuck box will eventually reside full time. Once that time gets closer, I will probably add some additional protection to the corners and the edges in the form of some metal trim pieces. This will protect it from scuffs and bumps better and will allow it to slide in and out of the storage system better without the need to add actual slides.
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