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Budd Stanley

Making the Perfect 4WD Trip

What makes the perfect 4WD trip? Close your eyes and think about that for a moment. Picture the ideal off-road adventure. What does it look like? I got to thinking about this the other day .... more

Sep 8, 2017 12:00 AM Off-road Essentials

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Tom Severin

How to Properly Abandon a Vehicle

As Trail Leader, you should plan for issues and problems. Some plans are generic since you cannot predict the exact situation. You apply your skills, tools, and techniques to the problem. ... more

Jul 31, 2017 12:00 AM Off-road Essentials

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Bryan Irons

Complicated Issue? Trail Spacing!

Four wheeling, especially when multiple vehicles are involved, requires teamwork to be successful. Everyone must be on the same page for the trip to come off without a hitch—or ... more

May 11, 2017 12:00 AM Off-road Essentials

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Budd Stanley

Cold Weather Camping

At this time of year, thoughts often turn to escaping to sunny, sandy beaches. Some folks, however, enjoy romping in the snow. They brave the elements, and camp out in the wild. ... more

Mar 17, 2017 12:00 AM Off-road Essentials 1 Comments

An Army Marches on Its Stomach

We were in a real jam. Two days into a 10-day trip, mechanical problems forced two vehicles to head home. We hated to lose our four-wheeling friends, but more importantly, we ran into ... more

Jan 22, 2017 12:00 AM Off-road Essentials

Prepare for Snow

Winter has arrived in many parts of the country, and that means a hazardous situation awaits you nearly every time you get behind the wheel. You may know how to drive in snow, but do ... more

Nov 15, 2016 12:00 AM Off-road Essentials

Mechanical Sympathy

Budd Stanley

Mechanical Sympathy

I vividly recall a beautiful morning in the sand dunes drinking my first cup of coffee while watching the sun poke its nose over the bank of clouds behind an 18-metre dune. An early ... more

Oct 2, 2016 12:00 AM Off-road Essentials

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Curing Hydrolock

Hydrolocking. If this is a word you don’t recognize, you should learn it fast in the world of wheeling. For those who have not yet had the very unpleasant experience of meeting this ... more

Aug 26, 2016 12:00 AM Off-road Essentials

Do you know Jack?

A jack is one of those pieces of equipment that is just plain essential for four-wheeling. The stock jack supplied by the manufacturer isn’t going to help off-road: terrain is rarely level and ... more

Jul 12, 2016 12:00 AM Off-road Essentials

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Budd Stanley

Pick the Right Rig

I often get asked, particularly by those new to 4WD, which vehicle to buy. Meaning, of course, which brand and model. I don’t like to recommend particular brands and models. As you’ll see, ... more

Jun 15, 2016 12:00 AM Off-road Essentials

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