Last week we were invited to check out a gathering of FJ Cruiser owners in SoCal by our friend Ryan of Millen Adventures. The FJ Cruiser Meet and Greet, which was scheduled by a group of owners on the FJC Forums, took place at Claremont Craft Ales in Claremont, CA. Claremont Craft Ales was an excellent meeting place for the group because everyone enjoys a good, cold beer on a warm Saturday afternoon.
With over 3o FJ Cruiser owners in attendance, it was a great opportunity to network with fellow enthusiasts as well as check out the different setups and styles owners had selected. The Meet and Greet had everything from a few stock trucks whose owners were just getting into FJ Cruisers to some Cruisers that were over the top. You could easily tell that the bulk of these owners wheel their trucks regularly and we’re afraid of a little desert pinstriping and souvenir dings from the trail.
Whether you’re a FJ Cruiser owner, a Jeep guy, or own some other off-road vehicle you’re passionate about, get-togethers like the SoCal FJ Cruisers Meet and Greet we attended on Saturday are a great way to meet fellow enthusiasts who are passionate about the vehicles and the outdoors. Not only can you see how different people outfit their own rig, you may get invited on the next wheeling adventure, trail clean up, or camping trip!
If you don’t already own an off-road vehicle, but you’ve been thinking about buying one, see if there is a local owners’ group or club in your area. Meet ups or gatherings in your area are a great way to talk to owners as they’re an incredible resource. They can also tell you the key things to look for when buying a new or used vehicle as well. That’s exactly how I went about buying my own FJ Cruiser. I reached out to the local owners’ group, met some members that let me test drive their nicely setup FJ Cruiser, and even made some great friends in the process!