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Members' Rigs: Joe Zollner a/k/a "Scouter"





Joe Zollner's "Scouter" JK Unlimited

About the Jeep: 2008 Wrangler Unlimited, Sahara, 2.5" Teraflex Budget Boost, Homemade Front Bumper with 10K lb winch, Warrior Products Roof Rack, Olympic Reversa-Bar Sliders Jeeperman Rear bumper and carrier (with Rock Hard Jerry can holders), 10 additional external lights of various makes, Cobra 75 CB with Wilson antenna, Yaesu FT-2600M HAM radio with Comet SB-25 antenna

The JK is my 3rd Jeep, My first was an '86 YJ that I purchased in 1993. I loved my YJ and had tons of fun in college with it. I learned a lot about vehicle maintenance with the YJ an did a lot of inexpensive customizing. About 3 years later, I decided I wanted something a little nicer and purchased an '89 Cherokee Laredo. It was in great condition and was just a good on the trails as the YJ. However about a year after buying it I rolled it on a gravel road when a truck ran me off the road into a deep ditch. Now the XJ was not totaled, but it started a string of problems that while were not horrible it was a challenge. The final straw came when my wife and I were expecting our first child and when we went to test fit the baby carrier, it would not fit in the back of the XJ. Now here is where I made a huge mistake. Instead of going with another Jeep, I bought a car instead. Now fast forward about 9 years and two more kids I had pretty much given up on getting a Jeep as a daily vehicle because all I wanted was a Wrangler. Given they sat only 4, there was no way I could get one, but then the dream arose once again with the launch of the Wrangler unlimited and seating for 5. Now, I was not in a place to buy at the time, but knew that would be my next vehicle. About a year later, I was driving to work and a a full size pick up decides they are going to forget how to use the brakes in traffic and slam into the back of my car, totaling it. Knowing I was going to get a few extra dollars due to some injuries, I went out and ordered a new Wrangler Unlimited. I was very particular with what I wanted and no one else had it and at the time, demand was very high so it tool about 3 months for it to come in, but it was well worth the wait. November 13th, 2007 she was in my hands.

As for trips, I've had it on many trails across the state and can't wait to get it out of state and hopefully to Mexico at some point. Jeep Expeditions is the perfect club for me as I'm not looking to beat my vehicle on rocks all the time and don't care about doing the toughest trails just because they are there. As a part time photographer I prefer great scenery over tough trails any day. However, If the trail is tough to get to great scenery I know I have a Jeep that can get me there.

About me: Joe Zollner, Gilbert, AZ Married to my wife Tamey, will be 14 years in June of 2011. She is a teacher for Gilbert Public Schools We have 3 great kids: Kieran, 12 - the brainiac Logan, 9 - the athlete  and Mackenzie, 8 - the ice skater

As for a job, I have a regular office job where I do Project Management. However if I had my way I would do photography full time. I love all types of photography, but prefer landscapes and macro. My hobbies include being very involved with my kids activities, the Boy Scouts and of course Jeeping.






 

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Jeep Expeditions is a non-profit corporation registered in the State of Arizona.  

The state recognizes us as a fraternal organization,  we prefer to say we are a club.  Our members and volunteers are dedicated to the exploration  this great land  for the educational value, historical value,  scenic beauty, the geology, paleontology, the camaraderie of people who share the same interests and to escape the confines of civilization if only for a few days. Our organization and members adhere to the standards of "Tread Lightly" and "Leave No Trace".

Jeep Expedition Members enjoy adventures that vary in length from one day, a weekend, long weekend, week long, two weeks and like our Arctic Expedition in 2011, a full month. Don't worry, most of our trips are one day and two day trips. We are Family Friendly and we have a number of members who bring their friendly "Jeep Dogs".

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