Modern Jeeper, Corey Osborne, on Episode 100


A renaissance man, Corey Osborne keeps re-inventing himself and his ideals by learning everything he can. From corporate suit to off-road guy, Corey brings the CTI trailer to the masses for conversation and insight. Join him at Modern Jeeper online or one of their many adventures.

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3:57– It’s a demented curiosity…

13:43 – are you sure this is something you want to do?

21:37 – so that’s why you have a yellow Jeep!

27:54 – …literally having a party for a year and a half straight!

32:22 – you ought to do something you enjoy

38:59 – from “that’ll never work” to just over 9000 rigs on the CTI trailer

43:23 – “you can only say no twice” – you have to be available

49:50 – my most horrible experience off-road, followed by my second worst experience

1:05:03 – I want to be inspired, I want to be inspirational

1:15:17 – Modern Jeeper is really about the adventure side

1:23:03 – the educational side of the off-road industry is going to be important


We want to thank our sponsors Maxxis Tires and 4Low Magazine.


[00:01:20.110] – Big Rich Klein

On today’s episode of Conversations with Big Rich, we have Corey Osborne. Corey is the RTI trailer articulation trailer, let’s put it that way. We’ll talk to Corey about that. We’ll talk to Corey about his experiences in off road time at Metal Cloak and Modern Jeeper. So, Corey, thank you so much for coming on board and being part of Conversations.

[00:01:46.570] – Corey Osborne

Good morning, Rich. Yeah, thanks for having me.

[00:01:49.130] – Big Rich Klein

Oh, yeah, absolutely. You’ve been on my list. It’s not that I get down to where I just take everybody in order. I just look at who I think is available. This particular moment. I knew you were at home.

[00:02:03.240] – Corey Osborne

That can be a challenge.

[00:02:04.890] – Big Rich Klein

Yes, it can. As doing a podcast, you know?

[00:02:09.070] – Corey Osborne

Absolutely. Yeah. It’s very difficult, especially. I mean, winter months are typically better for all of us in the off road industry, I think. But yeah, you never know when somebody is going to be around or not.

[00:02:20.580] – Big Rich Klein

Correct. All right. So let’s just jump right in. And Corey, where were you born and raised?

[00:02:27.010] – Corey Osborne

I was actually born in Southern California, about 30 miles north of San Diego in Oceanside.

[00:02:33.470] – Big Rich Klein


[00:02:35.050] – Corey Osborne

Yeah, I lived out there for about twelve years. My folks were divorced and I lived with my mom out there. My dad was in Colorado the whole time. And yeah, it was a different life living in SoCal. I was a beach kid and a skateboarder and all that kind of stuff. But yeah, it was okay at twelve, moving back to Colorado and spending some time with my dad.

[00:03:03.750] – Big Rich Klein

Okay. Let’s talk about that beginning there in Oceanside. You said you surfed and skateboarded. Any other interests? I mean, I’m sure you were biking at a BMX bike or something like that, too.

[00:03:18.150] – Corey Osborne

Oh, absolutely. Yeah. If it wasn’t for my little BMX bike, I don’t think we would have gone or done anything. It was our transportation in those years and how we got back and forth to school and. Yeah. And even then I was a tinkerer. So we took our bikes apart and maintained them and messed with them. And maybe that’s where the mechanical side of our brains came from.

[00:03:45.980] – Big Rich Klein

Right. I think it’s an innate thing with you or it’s not to dive into taking things apart and putting them back together.

[00:03:57.870] – Corey Osborne

Yeah. It’s some kind of demented curiosity. I think it is.

[00:04:02.240] – Big Rich Klein

Like how does this toaster really work?

[00:04:04.490] – Corey Osborne

Right. What’s really going on here.

[00:04:06.530] – Big Rich Klein

Kids, if you’re listening to this at home, make sure you unplug the toaster first.

[00:04:11.790] – Corey Osborne


[00:04:14.010] – Big Rich Klein

So then those early years, up to twelve years old, you’re what, in about 6th grade then?

[00:04:21.390] – Corey Osborne

Yes. 7th grade. Yeah.

[00:04:23.630] – Big Rich Klein

Yeah. What kind of things did you do down there Besides the surfing and skateboarding? Were you involved in any I mean, that’s pretty young for organized sports, except for maybe getting into some softball, baseball or something like that. Little League. Did you get into any of that?

[00:04:44.130] – Corey Osborne

Not really. In those years, it was all about going to the beach. As I recall, we spent a lot of time, like I said, riding our bikes and riding up and down the coast. In fact, I remember a time when we actually got on our BMX bikes and we were up near the main entrance to Camp Pendleton, the Marine Corps base there in Oceanside. We rode our bikes from there all the way down through to Escondido and down to Carlsbad and 10-11 years old. That’s just kind of what we did. We took off and would just ride to go either down the beach further or go to the malls or whatever. Lucadia, all that stuff. That was quite a riot. Eleven years old in the 70s.

[00:05:35.650] – Big Rich Klein

Absolutely. And it’s interesting that we didn’t have cell phones for communicating with our parents.

[00:05:42.950] – Corey Osborne


[00:05:43.570] – Big Rich Klein

Our parents trusted our judgment for the most part until we screwed it up.

[00:05:50.250] – Corey Osborne


[00:05:51.570] – Big Rich Klein

It’s so different nowadays with kids being attached. You can get trackers for them. If they’ve got the phone, you’re tracking them anyway. But I mean, it’s just crazy.

[00:06:05.730] – Corey Osborne

It is. And to think about then versus now, I don’t know. Parents don’t even let their kids go outside across street, down the street. And then we basically from sun up until sundown if it got dark. We knew we had to get home, but more so because we just knew we didn’t want to be outside in the dark, not because it was some kind of a weird requirement. It was just what we did.

[00:06:31.540] – Big Rich Klein

Yeah. It was a different world. Definitely safer. I don’t think that there was I mean, there might have been all the crazies that there are now, but you didn’t hear about them. It wasn’t instantaneous in your face. This is somebody got abducted or somebody whatever.



[00:06:52.090] – Big Rich Klein

There’s a great thing about information and having it instantaneously and being able to get that information right away. But anything you can think of, you can do that. There’s a lot to be said for not having access to all that for sure.

[00:07:14.110] – Corey Osborne

I’m sure we’ll talk more about this later. But being a kid meant being a kid, whereas now even very young, what do they have in their hand? It’s either a phone or a tablet, or they’re connected to the Internet in some way, shape or form. And I don’t know, I don’t necessarily agree that that’s healthy, but it is what it is. It’s technology and it’s evolution and all of that.  READ MORE

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