Forum User Name: TabieK
Chat with Tabie
"I am from Daytona Beach, Florida. I fell in love with Jeeps at a young age; my father owned a Willys. I am a true Floridian. Yes, I do happen to live in the same city as Jeep Beach, but I don't frequent the event often. I enjoy my Jeep, the beach, and hanging out with my Jeep group, East Coast Krawlers. I also love music and Nashville (the city)."
Occupation: Court Operations Clerk
Birthday: December 20, 1975
Questions & Answers
Q: What is your favorite color?
Q: What is your favorite food?
Q: Do you have kids?
A: "No children."
Q: Do you have any pets?
A: "I have 1, an English bulldog named Dixie."
Q: Do you take your pets offroading?
A: "She joins me whenever pets are allowed."
Tabie's Off-Road Facts:
Q: How old were you when you first started wheeling?
A: "I was about 6 years old."
Q: Is your whole family into offroading?
A: "Yes. We are all very active in the Jeep community."
Q: Are you usually the driver or the co-driver?
Q: Do you have any offroad traditions or rituals?
A: "Pre-ride checks and drivers' meetings before each time."
Q: How often do you get to go offroading?
A: "At least once a month if not more often."
Q: How did you get started in the offroad world?
A: "I got started at an early age with my father. His love for Jeeps has carried on with my husband and I."
Q: Where is your favorite place to wheel?
A: "Ocala National Forest in Ocala, FL and the Citrus Wildlife Management Area in Inverness, FL."
Q: Do you belong to an offroad club? Which one? What is their motto/mission?
A: "I belong to Dirty Jeep Girl Offroad East Coast Krawlers (group) our motto is that no one is left behind and that we all wheel together."
Q: What is on your offroading bucket-list?
A: "I have so many! To name a few; Wind Rock, North Georgia Mountains, drive the Blue Ridge Parkway, Rubicon Trail, and Great Salt Flats."
Q: How are you active in the off-road world?
A: "I belong to several Jeep groups, and I ride with others all the time."
Tabie's Off-Road Stories:
Q: What is your most memorable offroad moment?
A: "When playing in the mud in Brevard County, FL, I completely destroyed my transmission...which in turn brought along the motor upgrade."
Q: What was your first wheeling trip?
A: "In the woods of Central Florida with my father and the rest of my family."
Q: What was your longest wheeling trip?
A: "The All Girls Jeep Event 2015: a weekend wheeling adventure."
Q: What was your favorite wheeling trip?
A: "The Dirty Girl Jeep Wheeling & Educational Adventure class at Citrus Wildlife Management Area in Inverness, FL."
All About the Ladies:
Q: Who do you look up to in the industry? Why?
A: "I admire any woman who is conquering the off-road industry."
Q: How do you feel as a woman in the offroad industry?
A: "I feel that we are not given enough credit for our knowledge and our ability to wheel in the off-road industry."
Q: Give us a story, any story, about educating, guiding, empowering ladies in the off-road, past or future:
A: "In the near future, I am hosting a Ladies Wheeling & Learning adventure at one of the local off-road wheeling sites here in Florida."
Q: What changes have you noticed in the offroad industry?
A: "More women are getting involved in the off-road community and learning how to wheel and learning all about their vehicles."
Q: What advice do you have for ladies who want to get started offroading?
A: "Find a rig that you are comfortable with; learn the components of it, learn how to work on and repair your rig."
About Tabie's vehicle:
"I have a 2003 Jeep Wrangler."
Vehicle Name: Wicked Pearl
Q: Does your vehicle also serve as a daily driver?
A: "Yes it does."
Q: What is the best modification you have done to your vehicle?
A: "Upgrade my powertrain from a 2.4 liter to a 5.9 liter."
Q: Do you work on your own vehicle?
A: "Yes, I work alongside my husband, Chris."
Vehicle Type: Jeep Wrangler TJ
Builder: My husband and myself
Tire Make/Size: BFGoodrich Mud Terrains