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Brad Morris and JD Keating

Cool Comm Upgrades

One experience that brings enjoyment to us while wheeling is chatting with our buddies over the radio. Whether it’s on the trail, on route to the trailhead, approaching a tough obstacle, or talking about the day’s events, a good onboard... Read more

Apr 3, 2021 12:00 AM Off-road Essentials

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Brett Levin

Our Top 10 Emergency Essentials

The human spirit for adventure is alive in all off-roaders. Not only do we take the road less travelled, we prefer no road at all. However, that spirit is only limited by the amount of preparedness and self-reliance that we all possess... Read more

Jan 9, 2021 12:00 AM Off-road Essentials

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Peter Boyer

Lifted to Perfection

Like its predecessors, the 5th Gen Toyota 4Runner TRD is a formidable off-road vehicle just in stock trim, right from the dealer’s lot. So why is the suspension commonly one of the first mods among many off-roaders? Manufacturers design and build... Read more

Dec 2, 2020 12:00 AM Off-road Essentials

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Brad Morris

The Importance of Shakedown Runs

Whenever I hear the word “shakedown” I can’t help but envision a Wild West saloon, complete with swinging doors and jingling spurs. While there were no spurs on a recent wheeling trip, we did have our ears perked for jingling. The purpose of a... Read more

Nov 20, 2020 12:00 AM Off-road Essentials

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Jason Spafford @fourwheelednomad

Top Winter Wheeling Camping Tips

Whether it’s the peacefulness off fresh snow falling, beautiful white scenery or just the fact that you can have a popular destination all to yourself, there’s something majestic about wheeling and camping in the wintery outdoors. Unlike the... Read more

Oct 19, 2020 12:00 AM Off-road Essentials

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Perry Mack

Key Tips for Soft Top Maintenance

The world is filled with convertibles and while I’ve had a few soft-tops, they were always on previously-owned off-road rigs. Although they obviously take a good beating compared to their hard-top counterparts on other types of vehicles, it’s been... Read more

Oct 3, 2020 12:00 AM Off-road Essentials

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Brad Morris

Using Ham Radio Off-Road

I had recently pulled into a gas station in Big Pine, CA. Tim and I were scouting for a trip and agreed to meet mid-morning. He arrived ahead of me and was chatting with a guy at the station. We learned that this individual, Dave, had suffered two... Read more

Sep 21, 2020 12:00 AM Off-road Essentials 1 Comments

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Mercedes Lilienthal

7+ Ways to Improve Your Recovery Kit

Recovery gear is essential for off-roading and overland travel. It doesn’t matter if you’re pounding pavement, crawling up boulders, or slashing through sand, a good basic kit could help you turn a precarious recovery situation into a successful one. Read more

May 29, 2020 12:00 AM Off-road Essentials

Refresh Your First-Aid Kit

Summer has arrived, which means the four-wheeling season is kicking into high gear. Now is a good time to inspect all your gear, including first-aid kits. First-aid kits are easy to overlook. They’re usually tucked away and tend not to get used... Read more

Aug 16, 2019 12:00 AM Off-road Essentials

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Virgil Dessouroux NB Expeditions

Impressive Base Camp Selection

Because many 4WD excursions last two days or more, there’s usually the need to select a campsite arrangement. You can elect to go with a base camp, or set up camp at a different location each night (what I call a cruise or a moving camp). Read more

May 29, 2019 12:00 AM Off-road Essentials

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The wonderful world of four wheeling explained like trail repairs, camping tips and driving techniques.