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Jstarr

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We just ended a one month rental of a 2020 Sahara 2L from Enterprise out of PHX.
We put on 3600mi, mostly unpaved trails and backroads around AZ, Utah, NM & Colorado and had a great time visiting old friends and tall passes.
Enterprise & their JL were great, and I found the JL Sahara pretty competent up until the few points where things got too radical and we had to back out when scraping started to get serious.
I've had a '94 YJ with slight lift and ARB lockers and a few other goodies since new, and this trip made me interested in a possible JL upgrade. I've also got a Tacoma & 4Runner and big John Deere 5300 around here, but the jeep thang is calling me.
 

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Twisted Jeeps in Moab has some awesome people working for them. I broke my LCA while in Moab and they delivered one to my campsite at the KOA within 30 minutes of calling them. If I rented, I’d go with them without thinking twice.
+1 on Twisted Jeeps. They have the most built Jeeps and allow the most trails in Moab from what I understand. I wheel with a couple that flies in every year and rents from them, and they swear by Twisted. I just rented from them on a motorcycle trip out that way a couple weeks ago and was very happy with the experience as well.
 

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I would strongly recommend keeping away from Barlow. Terrible experience. They confirmed my 3 day reservation first so I booked hotels etc. for me and my friends. Then they asked for a list of trails we would like to drive so I sent them the list of trails I considered and asked them for recommendation about what to choose.
After receiving my list, they just let me know that I am not a good fit for them and they cancelled my confirmed reservation. I asked them to reconsider and offered a security deposit but they did not even bother to answer my e-mails or phone calls. It was extremely inconvinient for me as I already had my entire vacation planned and my friends had also made plans accordingly.
Curious, what trails did you mention?
 

ClaytonW

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Curious, what trails did you mention?
This is copied from an e-mail I sent to Barlow Jeep Rental after they confirmed my reservation and asked for the plan:

My plan looks like this:
Day 1: Some of these trails near Sedona:
26. Broken Arrow
24. Soldier Pass
27. Oak Creek Homestead
23. Devils Bridge
21. Outlaw Trail
22. Greasy Spoon

Day 2: Some of these trails near Sedona:
17. Horseshoe Canyon
16. Smiley Rock
20. Red Rock Powerline
18. Woodchute Trail
19. Mingus Mountain
28. House Mountain

Day 3: Some of these trails South of Prescott
31. Desoto Mine (red) 4-5 hours, difficult
32. Turkey Creek (red) 5-6 hours
35. Black Canyon Creek (red) 2-3 hours

The numbers are according Charles A. Wells Guide to Arizona, 2nd edition
I'd be happy for you recommendations. I understand that you probably don't like trail 31 - Desoto Mine and I will respect if you do not allow it (or any other trails from my list).


And this is what Nena Barlow replied to me (Nena mentioned Rubicon trail as I told her by phone that Rubicon trail can be done in 8 hours - which is true, it's 5-6 hours of driving without stops - I did it many times, I am local there):

Thank you for your interest in Barlow Adventures, but it seems like your needs and our service are not a good match. We rent our Jeeps for visitors who want to explore local trails for casual scenic tourism. If you are accustomed to driving the Rubicon Trail in 8 hours, then we are really not interested in renting one of our Jeeps to you. Thank you for your honest inquiry and description of your driving preferences. We have removed your reservation from our system, and, of course, there is no charge. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Happy trails,
Nena Barlow


So, if you would ever need to rent anything from Barlow, be very careful.
 
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