Jeep Ducking?

 

What in the Duck Is Jeep Ducking?

The craze sweeping across the worldwide Jeep community all began with one person’s act of kindness.

Stuart A. Bourdon MotorTrend,  Apr 4, 2023

The act of placing a rubber duck on someone’s Jeep—called Jeep “ducking” and/or “Duck Duck Jeep”—began with one person, named Allison Parliament, from a small town in the Canadian province of Ontario. She unknowingly started a movement of kindness, fellowship, and recognition with that first rubber duck she placed on a Jeep.

Allison’s reason for perching a little yellow duck on a Jeep Wrangler just like hers that she saw in a parking lot was simply to bring herself a small sense of joy after a frightening verbal and physical encounter with someone earlier in the day. Two years later, that single gesture has morphed into the Jeep ducking craze that has swept throughout the Jeep enthusiast community in the United States as well as in nearly a dozen other countries around the world.

What are the rules of Duck Duck Jeep or Jeep ducking? Who can duck a Jeep? Is it only for Jeeps? Read on to learn how to be part of the Jeep ducking phenomenon.
(Editor’s Note: Thanks to the “Official Ducking Jeep Est 2020” for the photos in this story)

What Is Jeep Ducking and Why Do Jeeps Get Ducked?

According to Allison Parliament, who is credited with starting the Jeep ducking phenomenon, “Jeeps get ducked for many reasons and with lots of motivations and meanings. For me, it was an act of kindness, a healing of sorts, as well as recognition of and greeting to a fellow Jeep owner. But it can just be that you like their Jeep, or it’s the same Jeep you have, or maybe a classic Jeep you would like to own one day. You don’t really need a reason for Jeep ducking other than to connect, bring a smile to someone’s face, and have fun.”

Is Duck Duck Jeep Just for Jeep Wranglers?

Jeep ducking began as a Jeep Wrangler thing, but you can duck any Jeep. Jeep ducking is all about appreciating another Jeep enthusiast’s rig. The random act of kindness is something that is appropriate for any Jeep model, old or new, rusty or shiny, bone-stock or built-to-the-hilt rockcrawler. Duck Duck Jeep is a game for any and all models of Jeep. Even a child’s Jeep wagon can be ducked.

Are Yellow Rubber Ducks Best for Ducking Jeeps?

The prototypical small, yellow rubber duck (many have subsequently been decorated with the slotted grille motif) is a primary choice for Jeep enthusiasts engaged in the act of Jeep ducking. These rubber ducks are widely available (good if you want to remain anonymous) and relatively inexpensive. They’re also a popular choice for their bright yellow color, making them stand out against just about any Jeep’s paint color, and they’re also easy to write on if you want to leave a message.

Fancy Rubber Ducks, Tags, and Where To Get Them?

The standard yellow rubber duck is abundantly available through any number of sources such as Amazon.com. For those who want to put a little more pizazz in their Jeep ducking adventures, there are also many different upscale and stylish ducks available. The beautiful, rhinestone-studded duck pictured also has a custom-printed tag attached to it. A fancy duck and a tag can create a bespoke duck for your Jeep-ducking activities.

Ready for Ducking Jeeps With Rubber Ducks?

Most duckers may have a few ducks and a marker stashed in their Jeep’s glove box, but Allison Parliament is ready to duck dozens of Jeeps at any given moment. This pile of rubber ducks in all shapes, sizes, designs, and colors is a typical load for Allison during her travels to promote the Jeep lifestyle.

What Is a Jeep Duck Pond?

Some Jeep owners have been ducked so many times that they have a large collection of rubber ducks in a range of colors, shapes, and sizes lined up along the top of their Jeep’s dashboard. This collection is known as the “duck pond” in their Jeep. We’ve seen rubber duck collections that fill the dashboard from window to window, and then some.

Allison Parliament, BFGoodrich Ambassador for Jeep Ducking

Allison Parliament is one of the BFGoodrich Ambassador program team members and travels to dozens of major Jeep events across the country to help spread the spirit of Duck Duck Jeep and Jeep ducking among Jeep enthusiasts. Allison and her ducked out silver Jeep Wrangler JKU can be found in the BFGoodrich OnTrail display area at popular Jeep events such as Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. Special BFGoodrich Jeep ducks can also be found in the OnTrail display.

What are you waiting for?

Newest Club Sponsors

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Welcome our newest sponsors;

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We always encourage our members to patronize our sponsors, before looking elsewhere.

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Becoming a RattleSnake 4x4s Sponsor

 

This club is about benefiting it’s members, be it by saving money, getting free swag or raffles or giveaways. To that end sponsorship of RattleSnake 4x4s is pretty painless, all that we ask is that a business provide our members (club sticker/card) a nominal discount (10% or better), and be further willing to contribute by providing goods or services for the purpose of club giveaways, contests, and fund raisers once or twice annually.

 

Sponsors are encouraged to join our forum and share info, answer questions and generally represent their company accordingly, as well as have an open invitation to attend our general membership meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Sponsors are further encouraged to present ideas that further the sport, our club and their business.

 

Sponsors will be listed with all contact info and a logo if available here, on the forum, and mentioned on our Facebook page so that club & forum members and guests can see which vendors we appreciate most in our area, and beyond, and the advertising value is there for our sponsor. We encourage our members to patronize our sponsors, before looking elsewhere.

 

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or know of a company that might be willing please let us know by sending us an email to founder@rattlesnake4x4s.com or by PM on Facebook.

What are you waiting for?

Fall Farm & Country Fall Rally 2023

Fall Farm & Country Fall Rally 2023

The Basics:

Our club has decided to put on an event to further help the Hawaiian Fire victims. We came up with a fun way to get people together around a vehicle event with a positive focus of sharing our love of vehicles/driving, and helping folks less fortunate. Our hope is to encourage folks to join in on our first of such events, and to raise some funds for the folks over in Hawaii who experienced one of the worst fire disasters in history.

We’ll meet up on October 14th, 2023 @ 10 at Columbia Center Mall (behind Firestone), for sign-in, tech check, etc. from here we’ll be sending out vehicles in 3 min intervals starting at or around 12 pm.

You’ll get a set of instructions that will hopefully get you through the 4 check-points. At each check-point you’ll recieve a time check, and possibly some guidance on where you are time wise, and upon completion you’ll get your time checked for the final time.
We can manage up to 40 vehicles for the event, it should be a fun day out and will end at the starting point (behind Firestone at the Mall. Once all have completed we’ll head over to CG Public House that will have food and drinks available to purchase (not included in the entry fee), and do the closing ceremonies, and maybe enjoy a meal or beverage together.

We hope to see you there! Be easy on us, this is supposed to be a fun time to meet others, see some cool vehicles, and maybe make some new friends!

Thanks in advance for your participation!

RattleSnake 4x4s

Registration:

You can register on the day, or pre register online, however, in order for your pre-registration (below Online Form) to be accepted, you must include participant payment/ticket puchase on our store

Ticket price to enter is $20, although we will gladly accept more donations  as all proceeds go to the fire victims in Lahaina. To make a payment go to our STORE and go to events to purchase a ticket (there are only 40 available).

We encourage additional donations in any amount, and add a message Donation for RS 4x4s Farm & Country Fall Rally.

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Bye Bye PNW4WDA

Bye Bye PNW4WDA

WHOA! Wait A Minute! What The?

Since creating this club a major topic of discussion has been the Pacific NorthWest 4 Wheel Drive Association (PNW4WDA). In the early days it seemed the club “needed” to become a member club to be recognized as an “official” 4×4 club. So we worked to meet all their requirements and paid a healthy fee to become part of the membership. I say healthy as we incorporated and passed on the fee to our members in their dues, essentially making each membership a dual membership in both RattleSnake 4x4s & the PNW4WDA.

As I recall it might have taken us until our second year before we actually made it, as the biggest  or least attractive thing was to cost. $40/yr per member/family. Now the club was only asking $25/yr at the time and added $10/yr to support The Blue Ribbon Coalition, so that meant $75/yr for a membership, with nearly 60% going to an organization that to date has yet to really provide any service other than a newsletter, and an alledged discount for parts (that our members get anyway). We have asked (over the years), the PNW4WDA to help us better understand and explain how that 60% was benefitting our members. We most often got something to the effect of “it’s on the (PNW4WDA) website.”

Well, that hasn’t sat well with us for the last 3, 4 maybe 5 years, and has been a constant discussion at meetings and get togethers as is would clearly appear the the PNW4WDA, uses monies collected to further mostly, if not only the interests of one group that being the racing community. West of the Cascades on the wet side of Washington, racing is a big deal, but on the Eastern (dryer) side there is less interest in racing and much more interest in actual 4 wheel drive adventures, whether that be rock crawling, chasing trails to simply explore out public lands or actually overlanding & camping.

Our leadership has in the past brought this to the PNW4WDA’s attention to still not have what we believe to be a valid or sensible (understandable) response.  CRICKETS!!!

So from this day forward RattleSnake 4x4s will no longer be collecting dues for or recommending membership in the PNW4WDA to our members, current year memberships will not berenewed by the club, and allowed to run out, next year’s dues will be adjusted to only $60/yr and will include support for Tread Lightly. 

We know that our sister club The Midnight Mudders have also pulled away from the PNW4WDA, most likely for similar reasons, like us they most likely felt cheated watching the racing scene get trophies and accolades, whilst we just pay up and stay quiet.

Most clubs and organizations are about making things better for their members, and since we as member don’t feel we got our monies worth, we’ll happily step aside and allow those into racing to fund their endeavours and we’ll save our money and support organizations that keep our trails open, in the forefront of discussion across this country.

 

 

2023 Is Just Around The Corner!

May Membership Meeting

Hey Gang!

Our next Membership Meeting will be held @ the Greenwood’s Patio/Pool Deck. Regular time 6:30 pm, Business meeting starts at 7:00 pm.

Address is;

1612 W 38th Place,
Kennewick, WA 99337

If you get lost, call Lance 509-420-0890

*ALSO:* Please bring your preferred drink(s)/snacks and a folding chair