Pavement Ends Episode One

In this episode, I meet the whole Pavement Ends team, and dazzle them with all my college-learned viral marketing skills.  Plus, I discover that my name works great around here. Who knew?

My boss also gets me the Jeep I’m using for this whole summer shoot.

Pavement Ends Episode Two

I think my boss thought it would be funny to make me install this top all by myself as the first thing I do. It was a bit confusing – but I got lucky and got some help from an employee who does this sort of thing all the time.  I could have figured it out! It just might have been a really long video.

This is the video to watch if you’re interested in Sun Caps.

Pavement Ends Episode Three

This was a great time – mostly. I went off roading for the first time, and it was fun. Until I hit a small rock pile kinda hard.

Pavement Ends Episode Four

So, because I sorta smashed a bumper up in the last episode, they decided to make me learn all about bumpers. I talk with the head guy about bumpers and powder coating. And luckily, it turned out that ther was very little damage to the bumper I hit. And no one got fired!

This is a great video to watch if you’re interested in bumpers for your Jeep.

Pavement Ends Episode Five

This is the one where I go go-karting! He said it was to improve my driving skills, but in truth I think this episode was more about my boss getting out of the office. I’m not arguing: it was a great day.

Pavement Ends Episode Six

This one is all about Pavement Ends Accessories: I install a SunCap Plus, a Cab Curtain, and the Canopy Cover. These three things kinda go together: if you do all three, it makes a neat half cab cover for your Jeep.

This is the video to watch if you’re interested in any of these products. They’re all easy to install (now that I have help and practice), so it’s a quick video.

Pavement Ends Episode Seven

This episode is all about the Replay top. We took the old beat-up top off the hardware, and put this new top back on. It made a huge difference in the look of “my” Jeep.

Watch this one for sure if you’re interested in this top. It’s got some great install tips!

Pavement Ends Episode Eight

For this one, I got some new help from another Pavement Ends employee, Britta, as we installed a Flip Top on my Jeep. This top came with all the hardware too, so it took a bit longer to install, but we got a brand new complete top!

Pavement Ends Episode Nine

 

Well, it’s the end of the summer, and the end of the internship. So to celebrate, I joined Britta and some friends on a Jeep based off road scavenger hunt. I don’t want to give any spoilers here, but I totally won! This was a totally great day, and it’s a fun little video that shows off some great Colorado Jeep trails!

 

Springtime is Here

Springtime. The end of hibernation and the start of blue skies dominating over grey. Just the warm thought thinking about open-air exploration in your Jeep Wrangler thaws any hesitation to get out there for another year of trail conquering. There are boulders to master. Fallen branches to snap like toothpicks – You know the feeling.

But don’t be tempted to spring into spring too quickly. Before you go play, there’s a little work to be done. Let’s first take care of your soft top (and your hard top) to make adventures as fun as ever.

Your spring must-dos:

  1. Your hard top and freedom panels need somewhere to nest for a spell. Somewhere safe. Stuffing them into a garage corner or tossing them into the shed won’t cut it. Protect them well. Wrap them tightly in solid tarps and tuck them into good storage space, or try Bestop’s Hoss Cart.
  2. Make sure every component of your hardware is well accounted for. Are you missing a latch? Or a bracket? Even one missing piece could be detrimental to your ride and your safety. Find them all.
  3. Inspect your soft top for any unexpected holes. Mice, rats, squirrels, raccoons, and other four-legged varmints have nasty tendencies to dine on twill. Bad enough that they do this. It’d be even worse if you found out during heavy rains.
  4. Bathtime! Clean the top by first washing it with warm water and mild dish soap, and then drying off with a quality microfiber cloth. Bestop also recommends using a good Vinyl Fabric Cleaner, followed by a Vinyl Protectant to repel dirt and mildew.
  5. Before you go bask in the spring sunshine, your soft top gets first dibs. Lay it out flat on the driveway whenever the temperature reads 72° or above. As the material warms, it becomes more elastic and more flexible to put on your Jeep Wrangler. Colder weather makes it more brittle and shrivels up. Prevent this.