Off-Road Essentials

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    Mads Schmidt

    How Prepared are You on the Trail?

    If you’re old enough to remember the Apollo space program - or the Apollo Missions - you may recall hearing the term ‘active redundancy.’ At the time, NASA was referring to the use of extra,  backup electronics in the Command Module and Lunar... Read more

    Mar 20, 2022

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    Tow Vehicle Bed Protection

    From aftermarket lighting options and navigation systems to more aggressive tires, there are a number of ways to enhance your tow vehicle for better RV experiences. But bling shouldn’t always overshadow practicality. Adding real convenience and... Read more

    Mar 7, 2022

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    Maia Scholtz

    Non-Winch Recovery – A Guide to Safety, Tools and Tactics

    Not to be the bearer of negative news, but if you regularly challenge the trails sooner or later you’ll get stuck in the mud, sand, and rocks or encounter someone who has. Assisting fellow wheelers is a creed among the off-road community. Short... Read more

    Jan 20, 2022

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    Peter Boyer

    The Essential Off-Road Garage

    This article isn’t about creating a dream garage. Who doesn’t already think about a large clean space with a two-post hoist, cabinets of tools and having a designated space for mods and tune-ups to their vehicle? Even though my garage is the best... Read more

    Jan 8, 2022

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    Lisa Carter

    Managing Emergencies with a Ham Radio

    Throughout this past summer, wildfires raged in dozens of locations in the Western U.S. and Canada yet four-wheelers still wanted to enjoy their hobby. Of course, no one would drive into an area knowing a forest fire is blazing nearby, but when... Read more

    Dec 24, 2021

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    Jared Clark

    Rough Recovery in Bear Country!

    Last summer, I was visiting family in Horsefly, BC, a rural community in the central Cariboo region. Despite its odd name, the community and surrounding area are beautiful with pristine lakes and rivers, and far from any large commercial centres... Read more

    Dec 9, 2021


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    Skyler Smith Unsplash

    How to Store Your Jeep or 4x4 for the Winter

    Many off-road enthusiasts - including us - embrace winter wheeling but we would be remiss not to mention the important steps of properly storing your trail-dedicated Jeep or 4x4 if spending time off-road just isn’t in your plans over the next four... Read more

    Dec 2, 2021

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    Rafael Vianna Croffi

    Avoid These Common Wheeling Mistakes

    We were cruising in Ocotillo Wells, CA. It was a sunny day with great visibility. Though the area consisted mostly of sand dunes, it‘s possible to encounter long stretches of level sand. From a distance, the area appeared featureless but looks can... Read more

    Nov 26, 2021

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    Summit 4x4 Company

    Do You Need Differential Lockers?

    Not every driver on the road needs differential lockers, but wheeling enthusiasts could use them at some point when off-roading. Most stock 4X4 vehicles come equipped with open differentials, including the Jeep Wrangler and e-locker Toyotas, while... Read more

    Oct 26, 2021

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    How to Choose the Best Air Compressor for Off-Roading

    A quality air compressor is perhaps the most important purchase every new off-road enthusiast needs to make. Not only are they essential for inflating tires after airing down or fixing flats but - depending on the model - they can be used for... Read more

    Oct 5, 2021

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    Coastal Offroad

    Do You Need to Upgrade Your Skid Plates?

    The most important aspect of any off-road vehicle is reliability, which means having the ability to get out on the trails or backcountry roads and overcome tough conditions, the weather and unexpected terrain, and then retrace your path to return... Read more

    Sep 2, 2021

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    Loaded for Wear

    While I was on my way to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, my vehicle just plain died as I bottomed out from the entrance ramp to I-15. I had just fueled up in Las Vegas and as I coasted to the shoulder, I contemplated my options. One was to see... Read more

    Aug 12, 2021


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    Roof Rack Readiness

    You have the perfect adventure vehicle, you have your camp gear ready and you have grand expectations for remote travel, but where do you store all of your ‘stuff?’ You’re ready to load your rig but your 4x4 doesn’t have the capability or ideal... Read more

    Jun 28, 2021

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    Nick Taylor

    Are Your Trailer Tires Off-Road Ready?

    Overlanding and trail-riding enthusiasts have long been waiting for the early signs of summer to kick-off the wheeling season. If you’re one of the majority who is craving a dirt-filled, dusty environment where many wouldn’t dare to venture, fine-... Read more

    May 30, 2021

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    Off-Road Bumpers Explained

    If you’re eyeing an aftermarket bumper for your off-road rig, there are several factors and three main styles of bumpers to consider including bolt-on, modular, and weld-together kits. But what are the differences in durability, vehicle protection... Read more

    May 10, 2021

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