Video: I Took Our “New” AEV Modded Wrangler Through a Snowy & Rocky Trail…It Did Not Go as Expected

Tommy standing with our new (to us) 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon modified by AEV. Image: TFLoffroad

Our new (to us) 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon, which was comprehensively outfitted by AEV, takes on Tumbleweed Ranch’s OnX Off-road course – in the snow!

Tommy takes our AEV modified Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon to Tumbleweed Ranch for a good shakedown. This new-ish Jeep is not a toy for romping around the woods. Tommy explains that the AEV modified Wrangler is our camera and recovery vehicle. That’s one of the reasons we purchased an already modified vehicle (for $34,000).

Over the next year, we are going to be filming several off-road adventures, and we need a dedicated vehicle that can use permanent mounts throughout for cameras. We like filming with vehicles like the Wrangler because the top is removeable, giving our filming staff more tools to utilize. We’ve noted in the past that the Unlimited provides a good amount of space for gear, and it can to a little bit as well.

Tommy gave it the “beans,” but the tires on snow and ice are a bit underwhelming. (Image: TFLoffroad)

American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) is not a sponsor of our channels or websites. With that being said, the $22,000 spent in upgrades (that’s on top of the $45,000-ish price for the new Jeep) makes for a trail beast. On top of all the AEV armor, and underbody upgrades, the Wrangler has a beefy winch. Believe me when I say, it will come in handy.

In this video, Tommy (yes, he’s wearing orange pants) gets to bounce the Wrangler over a few obstacles. Now, we do understand that tires are incredibly important for any type of off-roading, and that ours suck in snow. Please keep in mind, this is all part of the shakedown that Tommy’s doing. If the tires are poor in certain types of terrain, then we will seek a replacement.

Check out the video and tell us what you think!

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.