Be prepared going off-road. Whether or not you are going to be out all night, you should be prepared to do so. From my standpoint, it happens more often than planned. Even if you have an RV with you at base camp, you still may not always make it back. We've taken short roads that wound up taking hours to get through and eventually had to camp for safety.
This is obvious but I'll say it anyway. Have a dependable vehicle in good working order.
Rocks may be the biggest enemy to even the most experienced off road driver. Any time you leave the pavement, an unexpected rock could rip a hole in your oil pan.
Bumpers (Bull bars, ARB, etc)
Vehicle Recovery and Repair
If you are going solo into a remote area, it is essential to carry tools and spare parts. With most problems or breakdowns there will be something you wished you had. Unfortunately, we can't carry a semi trailer with us to be prepared for every possible situation. We can prepare for the most common ones however.
Tools should include:
Pliers (needle nose and channel locks)
Hammer (ball-peen, both large and small)
Wrench set (Metric & standard)
Socket Set (Metric & standard)
Spark Plug Socket
Tire repair kit
Electrical & duct tape
Jumper cables and battery booster
Vehicle service manual
Extra hose clamps
Extra bolts & nuts
Electrical wire splice
fluid clean up kit (Oil absorbing pads)
Tie Rod (Ends)
Axle & Driveshaft U-Joints
Full size spare tire
Tire plug/repair kit
Tire valve core
Spare ignition & door key
First aid kit (first aid, CPR, getting additional medical training is ideal)
Fire extinguisher with gauge
Flashlight (carry 2)
Food and water
First aid items for pet
Camp gear (you may plan on getting back but it's to stay out after dark)
Camp stove and fuel
sleeping bag or blankets
snacks, couple cans of food, protein bars, nuts, etc
Front mount winch and control (rear or multi-mount)
Snatch block pulley
Chain 10-20 feet, grade 70, 5/16 minimum
Recovery straps (30K rating, don't used stitched on hooks)
Welding Gloves (for winch cable handling)
Winch cable weight
Communication and navigational equipment
Don't depend on cell phones. They usually don't work in remote locations. GPS is nice but don't rely on it. Batteries and electronics fail, maps and compasses don't.
Cell Phone (car charger)
CB (car charger if portable)
Amateur radio …. include repeater directory
Global Positioning System
Spare fluids are must. From water to gas. We need our fluids as much as our vehicles do.
Octane boost (bad gas in remote places)
As much water as you can carry (drinking and potable)
These are nice to have if you can swing it.
Dual battery systems
Solar Panels and inverters
Higher out put alternators
Personal choice items can include many things. They may be unnecessary to some and critical to others.
These kind of lists are always changing and you may have other items that you needed or wished you had. Please contribute additions.
Adam | Jan 28, 2009 | Category: General
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