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Thread: Mandatory equipment list for group runs.

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Dover, NH

    Default Mandatory equipment list for group runs.

    To participate in a group run you MUST have the following equipment. If it is your first time out with us and you do not have the listed equipment, PM me or a moderator beforehand and we can work something out. If you are bringing a friend that doesn't have the listed equipment, please PM one of us.

    For a buying/pricing/deals guide on the following items, see this post:

    Solid front and rear recovery points - There will be no exceptions made for this rule. Autozone/VIP/etc all sell universal tow hooks that cost about $10 and are rated to 10k lbs. While not the best solution, they are better than nothing. If you have a tow hitch you can get a hitch shackle for it. Even the hitch itself can be used if there is enough room to loop the snatch strap through.

    Fire extinguisher - You can get a small extinguisher at Home Depot for fairly cheap. A marine supply store (Dover Marine, West Marine, etc) will have a few on hand as well.

    First-aid kit - Even a small kit is better than nothing. Injuries do happen on the trail.

    Basic tool kit - Things do break on the trail. Be prepared with a small tool kit to fix things on your truck. Duct tape, zipties, and WD-40 are highly recommended as well.

    Snatch strap - A strap with loops on both ends designed for recovery. No chains or straps with metal hooks!!. It must be all fabric with loops on both ends. Any metal in a strap can become a deadly projectile when it breaks.

    Spare tire and tire changing equipment - If you wheel often, chances are that you will end up with a flat at some point. Be prepared with a proper sized spare and the tools and knowledge to be able to change it.

    Snacks and water - When out on a trail, we might not pass a McDonalds for an hour or so . Bring plenty of snacks and water to hold you over. Lunch plans will usually be announced, but be prepared to bring a bagged lunch if its an all day trail run.

    Last, but probably most important, your vehicle must be in a safe, working condition. It MUST have working brakes and not be leaking fluids. This is a mainly off-road forum, so we are well aware that some trucks do not run on the road. I am not asking that your truck have working blinkers and 3/32 tread depth, just that your truck be safe enough to not kill anyone on the trip, or leak enough fluid that you kill off all the wildlife within 10 miles.


    Other recommended, but not necessary equipment:

    CB Radio - This one should almost go in the necessary list. Although not safety related, in most cases, a cb will make the day much more enjoyable. Radio shack sells a handheld unit for $100 that works alright if you need one last minute (if you dont like it, they have a good return policy). Without a CB you will miss out on trail directions, why we stopped, whats up ahead, tips on an obstacle, etc.

    Shovel - This is especially important for winter snow runs. There are many times that you can get yourself out of a stuck with less than 2 minutes of shoveling.

    More advanced tool kit - This is kind of a no-brainer, but the more tools you bring, the more prepared you will be when things break. That one socket that you decided not to bring could be the deciding factor on whether you drive out that day or get towed out the next.

    Knife - Good for cutting things.

    Flash light - Even in the bright daytime sun, trying to trace an oil drip up your engine block can be rough. A flashlight makes things easier, not to mention the obvious benefits when the sun goes down.

    Gloves - Mechanics gloves or the like are nice to have when you have to gather rocks to put under you tires, or to dig in the mud for something you dropped. Also nice for dealing with dirty tow straps, a flat tire, or just keeping your hands dry and clean. Thick leather gloves are recommended if you plan on using a winch.

    Hi-lift jack - Also called a farm jack. When offroad your stock jack will prove to be useless in most situations. A hi-lift is useless without a point to jack from though. A tow hitch in the rear can be used as a jack point, but thats about the only place on a stock vehicle. Aftermarket bumpers and rock sliders are usually great jack points for a hi-lift. Although time consuming, a hi-lift can also be used as a winch.

    Compressor - Great for airing up tires after a run or for refilling a patched flat. Pep Boys has a very good selection of compressors for <$100.
    Last edited by Ryan; 02-23-2014 at 08:50 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Dover, NH


    Trail etiquette

    First of all, when out on a run, you take full responsibility for your own rig. A lot of our runs are stocker friendly, but understand that when out on a run, anything can happen. By going off-road, you are risking potential damage to your vehicle. If you damage your ride, it is your fault and no one elses.

    Right of way:
    The vehicle with the harder path generally has the right of way. Use common sense and if you are in a position to let the other vehicle pass easily, let them. Watch out for other people/animals/equipment on the trails. If you encounter people hiking, walking dogs, riding horses, etc, stop everything and let them pass. Pull over if necessary to allow room for them to pass. Animals are sometimes easily spooked, so let them get a good distance before starting off again.

    Traveling in a group:
    Keep plenty of distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you. Allow them to complete the obstacle before you attempt it. Allow room for them to backup if necessary. Always keep plenty of distance in case of quick, unexpected stops (animal running across trail, vehicle getting hung up, etc). Make sure you can see the person behind you. If they start dropping back, slow yourself and allow them to catch up. You are responsible for the person behind you in a line.

    No littering, obviously. Keep all trash in your vehicle. No cigarette butts left on the trail. Carry out what you carried in. If possible, carry out MORE than you came in with.

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