It has been a great wheeling season so far this year, and with Fall in full swing we’re glad to say, “The best is yet to come!” Cooler temperatures and foliage on the trail present an interesting new twist to the off-road experience. We want you and your passengers to have a safe and enjoyable time wheeling this Fall.
Before you head out to explore new trails or roll through your favorite wilderness playground we recommend checking your rig for the following must-have items:
- Tow Straps (looped ends…not hooks)- Any time you’re going out on the trail with any other Jeepers, it’s a good idea to pack along at least one loop-ended tow strap. Nobody plans to get stuck on the trail, but sometimes the forces of nature catch us off guard.
- Tow Hooks (D-ring)- Why take the chance of having a tow strap slip off an open end hook? We’re all about safe wheeling and strongly encourage the use of D-ring style tow points.
- Full Size Spare Tire- The last thing you want to see when you puncture or tear out the sidewall on your oversize tires is an undersized sized spare.
- Jack- The best type of jack to use with your Jeep is the one that came with it. Of course, once you lift your Jeep and put on big tires, your jack will need some modification or assistance to reach an effective height. Another option is the Hi-Lift jack. These jacks are significantly less stable, and should be used with extreme caution.
- Winch– You might not be the sort to push the limits, but when you find yourself in a jam, having a reliable winch can be just the thing you need to make it up, over or around an obstacle.
- Tree Saver– We’re not as extreme as some folks, and we don’t expect you to be either. Tree savers allow you to use a tree trunk as a winch anchor point and cause minimal damage to the tree (so others can use it in the future) and to your winch cable.
- Trail Cleaning Equipment- Things like a shovel, kitty litter, super absorbent pads and moisture-proof waste bags are a must have. Jeeping is all about enjoying nature and going where other vehicles simply cannot. The last thing we want to do is harm the environment with spilled oil, antifreeze or other fluids.
- Tool bag/box- It’s better to have a bag of tools and not need them, than to need a tool and know exactly where it is in the garage at home.
- CB Radio– More than just a way to be chatty (and sometimes obnoxious ) with friends, the CB radio is a safety tool that can be used to warn other Jeepers of hazardous trail conditions or send out a distress call.
- Blanket and/or Coat– During the day, the weather might be just right…but if you’re out on the trail when the sun starts to go down, temperatures can quickly drop. Having a jacket and or blanket in the back can help keep you and your passengers more comfortable if you find yourself running behind or (worst case scenario) stranded over night.
**An Intro to Off-Road event is taking place October 17, 2015 at Sayersbrook (Potosi, MO). Registration is through the Mid West Jeep Thing.