Here are some questions we hear often and their answers:
Why is it called a "Virtual" Jeep club?
The "virtual" part denotes that we usually spend most of our time online. We don't have regular physical meetings because everything is available online. Some of your favorite members may be people you might not meet very often but talk to weekly on this website. We can offer advice to each other, share ideas, trail information, pictures and swap/buy/sell parts right here. Does that mean we don't get together? Absolutely not! Members get together as often as they want.
Who is the club president and who are the officers?
Unlike a normal Jeep club, our "club" doesn't have a leadership staff. Members discuss plans openly in the discussion forums, create trips, etc. The TNVJC is a meeting place, a conduit, a central hub of information. Any member can become a "trip leader" for a trail ride or event.
Are you anti-club?
No way! We love Jeep clubs but we don't know of any that encompass the entire state of Tennessee and the intention of the TNVJC is to be useful to ALL Tennesseans. You can still become a member of a local Jeep club and we encourage that. For those who don't want to be involved with a local Jeep club, we're here for you, too.
Where is the club located? What trails do you run?
Tennessee. The TNVJC is state-wide. We encourage members from any part of the state to setup runs whereever they like to wheel (legal places, of course). Sometimes the runs will be in OHV areas like Tellico, sometimes they may be on private property. Some events or trail rides might be out of state. If you see one you'd like to go on, sign up!
What is expected of me?
The only thing we expect of TNVJC members is to follow Tread Lightly guidelines for using our natural resources responsibly, obey the law, present a positive image of OHV recreation, help where you can and never leave anyone behind. There are no dues, no minimum participation requirements and no mandatory meetings. We encourage our members to contribute to land use issues as much as possible to preserve OHV recreation for future generations.
Is the TNVJC family-friendly?
Absolutely! Our sister clubs in other state see a large number of families participating in club events. But before you head out on a run, make sure you read the trip details for what kind of skill level, vehicle level and activities will be involved. All runs should be clearly designated as easy, intermediate or advanced. Firebreathing V8 Jeeps on 44 inch tires won't have much fun on an easy trail and stock Jeeps won't have any fun on hardcore rockcrawling trails. Be safe and don't overestimate what your vehicle can handle. Furthermore, we encourage trip leaders to specify if the trail run is family friendly. Some of our members might have in mind to tackle a trail as quickly as possible and that may not be the best run for someone with small children.
How do you protect the environment?
Some people feel that OHV enthusiasts are a bunch of crazy lead-footed nuts out to destroy the earth. While every hobby has its rule-breakers, you'll find that most Jeep enthusiasts are themselves environmentalists. There is little to enjoy in junkyard or trash dump. Jeep people like to enjoy the outdoors, see things most people can't see without a 4x4 and overcome the physical challenges of trying to reach a place most vehicles can't reach. There, families spend time together, friends grow closer and we mere humans gain respect for a planet that will never be completely tamed. You'll find most of us don't want to "pave paradise and put up a parking lot". Just the opposite! We want to enjoy the ruggedness of the land. Many of us spend a significant amount of personal time cleaning up trails, working with land management agencies (such as BLM Bureau of Land Management and the US Forest Service) and sometimes even helping fence off areas that need rehabilitation time. The TNVJC and its sister clubs also conduct education projects to communicate trail status, proper cleanup techniques (in the event of fluid leakage) and promote responsible recreation to members and non-members alike.
That being said, keep in mind it's easy for someone to put a TNVJC sticker on their Jeep, do something they shouldn't and make the club look bad. If you've seen a Jeep with a TNVJC sticker on it doing something wrong, please let us know so we can discuss it with the member. Please don't think that the poor decisions of a few reflect the attitude of the rest of us. And of course, if you observe blatantly illegal activity, contact law enforcement.
Do I have to be in Tennessee/own a Jeep to be a member?
It helps! We welcome you if you used to live here, are moving here or are a Tennessean at heart. Jeep ownership is preferred but if you're getting ready to buy a Jeep or used to own a Jeep and have something to share, join up!
My Jeep is stock/mildy-built/super-modified. Can I still join?
Of course. The TNVJC is open to all Jeep enthusiasts, whether you have a stock Jeep Liberty or an AEV conversions Hemi Rubicon on 38 inch Iroks...and everything in between. There is something for everyone.
Okay, how do I join again?
Just click the "Register Now!" link on the top left or click the big link below:
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