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Episode 70 – Interview with RockIt Offroad

Posted by on May 5, 2014

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On this episode of The 4×4 Podcast I get Craig back on the show.  We also feature an interview with Merrel from RockIt Offroad.  Merrel talks about how he got into offroading and all the great stuff happening at RockIt OffroadRockIt Offroad is a custom 4×4 shop in New Braunfels, TX. RockIt Offroad provides installation, fabrication, restoration, service and repairs for Jeeps, trucks and 4x4s.  Merrel also talk about some of the best places to go offroading in Texas so if you’re in the area and looking for some places to wheel, this is a great episode to check out.

RockIt Offroad

In the news we talk about the fact that physics still applies to large vehicles being safer than small vehicles.  PickupTrucks.com reports that insure.com’s list of top 10 vehicles to cause the most property damage in an accident.  The top 10 includes:

  1. Ford F-250
  2. GMC Sierra 2500
  3. Ford F-350
  4. Ram 1500
  5. Infiniti QX80
  6. Dodge Durango
  7. Toyota Tundra
  8. Jeep Grand Cherokee
  9. Cadillac Escalade
  10. Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The worst vehicles are:

  1. Toyota Yaris
  2. Fiat 500
  3. Toyota Corolla
  4. Mitsubishi Lancer
  5. Nissan Versa
  6. Kia Forte
  7. Nissan Altima
  8. Ford Focus
  9. Chevy Spark
  10. Toyota Camry

Also in the news we talk about an AutoBlog.com story highlighting a backseat trick that the GMC Canyon can do to make it safer for kids in car seats.  Car seats must have at least 80% on the seat but some mid-size trucks don’t have much seat cushion. GMC’s solution is to remove the headrest and insert it into the holes on the front side of the bottom seat cushion, creating an extension to the seat.  Pretty smart!

Photo from autoblog.com

Photo from autoblog.com

The last article that we talked about was the Jeep Renogade.  Jeep has released some more details and I’m pretty sure that I like this one more than the Cherokee.  I do not think that its going to be good of offroading, but may be a great option for someone that wants something reliable year round, fun to drive, economical, and stylish.  I also think that this will be a pretty good option if all you’re going to do is day trip down some rough roads.

Photo from Jeep Blog.  That is a classy dash that has lots of hidden gems.

Photo from Jeep Blog. That is a classy dash that has lots of hidden gems.

Photo from Jeep Blog.  The My Sky is a really cool option!

Photo from Jeep Blog. The My Sky is a really cool option!

Photo from Jeep Blog. Tail light represents the old fuel cans.

Photo from Jeep Blog. Tail light represents the old fuel cans.

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