Author: Victoria Reynolds
"Victoria grew up in Northern Nevada where 4x4 trails are easily accessible allowing for her to go off-roading daily for many years, always giving her a sense of freedom. She moved to WI with her husband and two kids where they are as active as she can be in their local off-road community as well as travelling to as many off-road events as they can. She has a Jeep that she has spent years building, and is the first vehicle she ever purchased. "
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Tell us about yourself, hobbies, etc:
“I was born and raised in Nevada and moved to Wisconsin 4 years ago with my husband. We have 2 kiddos aged 4 and 2. I have been in love with off-roading since I was able to drive; it gives me a sense of freedom. I have a Jeep that I have spent years building. It is the first vehicle I ever purchased. I enjoy most outdoor activities. I also enjoy going shooting with my husband from time to time. I try to be as active as I can in our local off-road community, as well as travelling to as many events as I can.”
How did you get into offroading?
“My dad bought a Jeep Rubicon in 2007, we took it wheeling on the Rubicon Trail completely stock!”
Tell us about your vehicle:
“I have a 1987 Jeep YJ names SheBeast. She has a 3-link front, 4 link rear, Ford HD 44 open 4:36 front and Chrysler 9.25 rear, Lincoln locked 4:56, 40-inch tires, TS coil spring conversions, custom fabricated armor all around, and swapped 4.0L engine.”
“My first trip to Moab. My husband and I towed the Jeep from Wisconsin. On the first day we had a pinhole puncture in a freeze plug. On day 2 we dropped off a 6ft ledge and lost ALL power. Our interior electrical harness came unplugged from the steering columns. On day 3, we turned off the engine when we aired down, and when we went to turn it on the engine would turn over but not fire. The crankshaft piston sensor was bad. Even though we weren’t able to do much actual wheeling, to this day we still look back on that trip and laugh.”
What was your most exciting off-road achievement?
“My greatest off-road achievement was this year in Moab when I was able to take our sons wheeling with us for the first time. My husband and I met off-roading, and now we are able to pass on our passion.”
“Being able to feel free, out in the wilderness. Also, being with like-minded people. It’s so easy to make off-road friends.”
What do you think is the most challenging aspect of off-roading?
“How technical it can be. It’s not just about getting over a rock. It’s about knowing just what angles to take, and where exactly you want your tires to land.”
Which aspect of off-roading do you think is the most fun?
“The different challenges that come up while you are out on the trail.”
What does prepping for an adventure look like in your world?
“Making a list of all the things that are needed, and finding the most convenient way of doing something.”
“The trails in the Black Hills. I would also love to ship my Jeep to Hawaii and wheel all over the islands.”
Tell us about your typical off-roading companions:
“Typically my husband goes with me. For the most part we will take equal turns when it comes to driving. This was the first year that we decided to take our 4 year old and 2 year old with us.”
What is a piece of advice you have been given that you instill in your offroading adventures?
“A friend from Reno once told me, ‘when you come to an obstacle that you are unsure of, take a breath, look over the obstacle, and proceed one step at a time.’”
Do you have anything else you would like to add?
“I am very excited to be provided this opportunity, and I am looking forward to meeting other girls!”
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Author: Victoria Reynolds