We have a Bubblegum 2up and are also in Alabama. Have had ours out twice, first time busted wear ring in the first hour and the second time, a blown spark plug. Starting to wish we had seen some of these negative reviews before we purchased! I am getting extremely worried about my kiddos being out on this thing. We're going to give it one more shot this weekend, but if we have any more issues, I am not sure what we will do. I am hoping things go better, as the 2hours we've ridden have been a blast!