Sunday, August 22, 2021

Return Delayed

Wednesday - We just postponed our return to the PNW a couple of weeks as the vehicle we ordered in June has still not been shipped from the factory. This is the picture from the online configurator showing what we ordered. It is a two-door, Sport S Wrangler with a soft top and manual transmission. Other options are a limited-slip rear differential, side steps, and floor mats. Pretty basic. The "S" package does include an Apple CarPlay radio, aluminum wheels, power windows, and power locks. It was ordered in the third week of June and there still isn't a ship date yet though the salesman is confident that he should hear something this week. Other Wranglers that he ordered the same week have entered the build process. I hope he's right. When we ordered, he said that 8 weeks was typical. Last Monday, it was 8 weeks.

Over the past couple of months, I've been ordering all of the bits and pieces to flat-tow the Jeep behind the motorhome. No more tow dolly required. The parts needed were around $2k. It's a good thing that I didn't wait to order the pieces as several of the items took over a month to ship. I did not have them shipped to Alaska but to the location where the RV is stored. I estimate that I should be able to get it ready to tow in a long day or two days at most.

It's none too soon to head south as it dipped into the 30s this morning with some areas seeing freezing temperatures. The picture is just the foggy drive to the Quik Lube shop this morning.

Thursday - More rain and cooler temperatures. And, no, I didn't ride to coffee this morning. (Slacking off) I made a honeyberry custard pie to take along with some vanilla ice cream to dinner this evening. I spent most of the afternoon watching YouTube videos. In other words, a very slow day.

Saturday - Two test sessions today. Sill damp and dreary outside. This is sort of typical for this time of year though I remember the beginning of September not being this way all the time.

6 comments:

  1. Nice wheels Richard! Unfortunately in NZ, the basic package starts at USD 54,000!

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    1. Wow! Much less than that here. They don't depreciate much as I was originally looking for a used Jeep. Hard to find.

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  2. I always wanted a Jeep but in Germany the basic Wrangler comes at 58k€ (66k$), and for this price tag you'd also get a nice reliable (albeit boring) midsize Audi, Beemer or Mercedes.

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    1. Wow! They are kind of expensive here too but we were looking for a fairly basic model. And we were looking for something that tows easily.

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    1. Yep! We have a series of deadlines where we would cancel campground reservations.

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