American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) Open House November 2019

American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) for sth past two years has hosted an open house at their Michigan facility.  This year my good friend Tom and I drove up to go to it, its about a three hour drive, so we made it a day trip.  This year was going to be different as they had some of the new Jeep Wrangler JL products on display and Chris Wood ,who is the International Sales Manager, and also hosts AEV’s Recovery training in Oregon was going to be there, so that is why we made the trek up there.

It was great to see and chat with Chris. He was able to show us the new products that AEV is developing for the new JL line.  AEV has taken a new approach to making their products.  They are using a new Hot Stamped Steel process, this makes the products stringer and lighter than traditional steel.  They are using this on their Chevy Bison Products; bumpers and skid plates, and the new JL line and more to come.  Also to help make the counterfeit products harder to make and easier to differentiate, they are stamping the AEV Logo into their product line.  AEV also bough an LED light company and have developed new LED Spot lights and light bars.  Chris told us that in their JL lift kits they are using Steer Smarts Yeti track bar instead of MOPAR. They feel that the Yeti track bar is stronger and a better thank MOPAR.  This was very interesting to see as AEV has always used MOPAR parts as much as they can.  

This is my second time going to the AEV Open House and this was fun to chat with some of sth other AEV people I know and seeing their new products.

Published by Expedition Team. Overland

As a Boy Scout Eagle Scout, camping, camp fires and maps have always been a passion. After getting my professional carrier established as a Boeing 737 Captain for a Major US Airline, I was able to get back to my routes of playing in the woods, mud and building things. I got my first Jeep in 2012. It was a 2002 Jeep Wrangler TJ, I did not modify it, and it had many mechanical problems, as I was a novice, and not mechanical, I sold it for a new 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport Unlimited. In 2014 I installed an American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) 2.5" lift with Kelly Safari 35" tires. In 2015 I continued my build with AEV front and rear bumpers, snorkel, skid plates, and off road lights. Up until now, I did off-roading at the local Southington Off Road Park, Rausch Creek in Pennsylvania, and Badlands Park in Indiana. was an outstanding resource and I was able to make life-long friendship. In 2015 I did my first big trip with the jeep, first we stopped in Ouray, Colorado. We had two days of trails and did Imogene & Engineer Passes. I left part of myself in the San Juan Mountains and my want to return has been strong since. After Ouray, we went to Moab, Utah for Jeep Jamboree. Moab is "Jeepers Paradise". Endless miles of trails, from dirt roads to the most extreme, Moab offers endless possibilities for the Jeeper, hiker, mountain biker, everyone. Since 2015 I have returned to Moab in 2017 & 2019. In 2018, I traded in my 2013 JKU Sport for a 2018 JKU Rubicon Recon. I did this drastic move, because I was at the point in my build where I needed to upgrade my axels. I made the very difficult decision and striped as much as I could from my 2013 Jeep to move to the new jeep, as they were both the same style of jeeps; JKU's. I spent the spring and summer of 2018 to build my jeep. I once again installed an AEV 3.5" lift, 35" BFGoodrich KO2's and AEV front and rear bumpers. With this build I wanted to move from the "Rock Crawler" to an Overland build. I can still do all the difficult trail of Moab, Rubicon Trail, but also the fire roads and cover many miles full of camping and off road gear. With Overlanding in mind, I have build a cargo platform for my ARB 50q Fridge, and specific loading of the camping gear. Where is the Future? Buying an Earth Roamer and exploring as much of the country as possible? Thats a goal, but I hope in the coming years to get a roof rack, roof top tent, and then doing more Expeditions though Appalachian, Rocky Mountains, desert of New Mexico and Arizona, and the National Parks west of the Rocky Mountains.

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