So your heading off road? As with major trip or excursion with your vehicle there is a checklist you should follow. Follow this list to have a great and safe time on the trail!
You should check all the fluids in your vehicle before a trip including
- Fuel– make sure you fill the tank before heading miles away from any fuel
- Oil — Full and clean oil will prevent engine damage
- Power Steering Fluid — Navigating rough terrain without Power steering will ruin your day
- Brake fluid — Low brake fluid can indicate worn brake components and will require attention before your trip
- Coolant — climbing obstacles at low speeds can increase the engine temperature and having low coolant can cause overheating
- Washer fluid — A muddy windshield with no way to clean can really complicate your trip
This is my my off road load out yours may vary slightly but I wont head onto the trail with at least what is pictured. Including
- Go Pro and Accessories
- Portable Air Compressor
- Tow Rope and Gloves
- Tree Saver
- Zip ties
- Tire pressure Gauge
- Winch remote
- Proper Footwear
- Foldable Shovel / Tools
- D rings
These are the items I will not hit the trail without. I always try and prep my cooler for how long I anticipate riding for and who is riding with me. In this picture I have a small cooler with Water bottles and Light snacks as it was only me in my vehicle. However when my Jeep is loaded with Family and friends I always fill a 20 qt cooler and bring a back pack full of snacks or premade lunches.
Adjusting tire Pressure – There is a huge difference in ride quality and tread patch when lowering the tire pressure. I like to ride at 20-25 psi depending on the trail or terrain of the day.
Tire Repair Kit – Its always a Good Idea to keep a tire repair kit with you in case a tire is damaged.
Spare tire – Having a spare is even better if your able to carry one. I always like to throw mine in the bed of one of the gladiators we usually ride with.
Tire condition – Making sure your tires have tread and ideally are the proper style of tire for your intended use.
Friends / Other Rigs
Riding with friends is alot more fun and safer than riding alone. Having backup to help you over a difficult obstacle, having another vehicle to pull you out if needed, or just having someone to chat with about while making a stop on the trail really will enhance your enjoyment. After all whos going to laugh at you saying roger, over and 10-4 on the radio if your by yourself!