About

The Banana Jeep in the rock garden at SideRoad Jeep Supply in Martensdale, IA.

 
 

About my Jeep...

My Jeep is a 2006 Jeep Wrangler, spec'd with the 2.4L 4cylinder engine and 6 speed manual transmission. I bought it used from Performance Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Bellevue in June 2015. I joined Just Jeeps of Omaha in September 2015, and since then have met many awesome people who share the same interest as me.

The Name...

One of the questions I get asked the most, is about the name. Obviously I call it the Banana Jeep because it's bright yellow. To be honest the color yellow was NOT my first choice. In fact, I really wanted a white or red Jeep. However, I got a great deal on this one and made it work. On January 1st, 2015, I was waiting to leave on the 2015 Hangover Run to Tuttle Creek ORV park and while waiting someone happened to put a drink on someone else's Jeep. They joking said, "don't put that on my Jeep... put it on the Banana Jeep!" Since then, the name has stuck. 

About the Site...

I decided I wanted to start a place to document trips or events I go on with the Banana Jeep. I thought about a Facebook page, or a build thread on another website, but then I thought... how cool would it be to have my own website, to document fun things I do? Plus, it's way easier to share with family and friends! I intend to write about anything I do with my Jeep, right here on this website. And in a few years, I'll be able to look back on all the fun trips and things I've done with my Jeep.

It all started when...

I've always wanted a Jeep. From a young age, I remember seeing them and thinking how COOL they looked! Just the idea of taking the top & doors off, really excited me. As I grew older, I was extremely jealous of other family members and friends who owned Jeep Wranglers. When I turned 18 years old, I was blessed with a late model Toyota Tacoma. I still have, and love, my Tacoma.

I was sitting at the local Toyota dealership on a Saturday morning, waiting for the service techs to finish up the oil change on my truck when I was browsing local dealerships inventory online on my phone. I came across a 2006 Jeep Wrangler, 6 speed manual, soft top, half doors, and 100% completely stock. I had about 2 1/2 hours until I had to be at work, so I figured..what the heck, I'll go up and take a look. I got to the dealership and immediately spotted my Jeep. It was still relatively early in the morning, and the salesmen and women were not outside yet. I ventured inside to find a sales rep to ask him some questions about the Jeep.

It ended up being a 2006 (with 2004 stickers in the window...dealership mistake), that was traded in my someone who was active duty Air Force. The reason this was great, is because the previous owner came from southern California. The Jeep only had 27,000 miles on it when I bought it. It was a relativity good price, and everything worked really well on it. I remember walking inside with the salesman and they were starting paperwork on the Jeep. I told them I would buy it. I remember texting my mom and asking her, "how mad would you be if I came home with a Jeep?" and texted her a picture of it. She said it looked cool and that I should buy it. I was hoping that would be her response, as I was already negotiating with the sales manager on price. 

The rest is pretty much history. I kept it stock and just enjoyed it for the summer. In late summer, I went to a "Just Jeeps of Omaha" meeting, and got involved with them. JJoO is a great group of men & women who love to off-road their Jeeps, and I'm extremely glad I joined such an awesome club.