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Extra Fuel Cans Are A Real Gas

Badlands Off Road Adventures - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 00:00
Extra Fuel Cans Are A Real Gas One well-known model is the "jerry" can (sometimes called NATO style).
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Due to a number of variables, it’s difficult to say precisely how much extra gas you need for a particular trip. Generally, 5 to 10 gallons is enough for most trips. That will get you to another source of fuel in most circumstances.

One factor is your vehicle’s mileage while off road. As a newer driver, you’re not likely to know that. Your first few trips should be on shorter routes close to civilization. These give you the chance to measure the difference in fuel consumption of your vehicle off-road. (And, of course, build some skills.) Sizes, styles of gas cans RotopaX cans are rectangular and feature hand holds and openings that allow you to mount them in a variety of ways.
(Click picture for a larger image.) You have several styles and brands to choose from. In most cases, the style is dictated by how you plan to mount the gas can.

One well-known model is the "jerry" can (sometimes called NATO style). Wedco and Wavian make this type, in steel. The most common size is 20 liters, which easily holds 5 gallons. (Incidentally, the 5-liter just the right size for holding wine! But probably not food grade.)

The "jerry" can has been around since WWII. An important feature is the special cap. Note that it clasps securely, thereby eliminating leakage while you’re bouncing along on the trails.

The cans must now be sold with a unique funnel. With that special funnel the gas can is CARB compliant. CARB stands for California Air Resource Board. Look for the “CARB Compliant” label on all gas cans and spouts, even if you live in other states. The EPA has adopted the CARB requirement.

RotopaX cans are rectangular and feature hand holds and openings that allow you to mount them in a variety of ways. They come in smaller sizes than the Wedco cans, too. The 2 gallon version is very popular. The cans can be stacked together for easy transport. A RotopaX on a vehicle from www.Olympic4x4products.com
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Cam Cans , by Day Star, are designed to mount on the inside of the spare tire with the hardware provided. They are available in convenient 2-gallon versions. When you are first setting up your rig and need a quick solution, before you have had time to add tire racks and roof racks, look at the Cam Cans.

Another option is the fuel caddy by AEV. This is designed to mount between the spare tire and tail gate. A nifty arrangement, and at 10 gallons, it has a lot of capacity. The caddy is quite heavy with that amount of gas, so it stays mounted while you refuel. You’ll want to use something like a Super Siphon, described below, to transfer the gas to your tank.

You may have heard of or seen a Sceptor gas can. These are similar to jerry cans made of heavy plastic. They don’t have the CARB compliant cap and cannot be sold legally in the U.S. They are only available to the US military and Homeland Security.

A final option is to install another gas tank. That’s an expensive route, although a very nice solution for long range overlanding. Make sure the gas tank is installed properly and that your vehicle still meets air quality standards; that is your vehicle will still pass the Smog test.

You don’t always need that much extra gas while four wheeling, though. Four to ten gallons is usually plenty.


How to mount the gas can Gas cans can also be transported on the top of your vehicle. This image shows six jerry gas cans on a roof rack.
(Click picture for a larger image.) The most common method involves mounting on an after-market bumper. Most replacement bumpers are designed to accommodate the spare tire and at least one 5 gallon gas can - many come with two slots for cans. RotopaX cans and AEV’s fuel caddy, as mentioned above, mount nicely to the spare wheel assembly. (Some extra hardware may be needed.)

Gas cans may also be transported on the top of your vehicle. The image shows six jerry gas cans on a roof rack. By far the largest drawback to roof top storage is lifting the cans into place. As a rule of thumb, you can assume Gas weighs about 6 pounds per gallon (depending on the blend and additives it can be a bit more or less). So a full 5 gallon can of gas is in the neighborhood of 30 pounds. Not too bad, until you have it overhead.

By the way, a gallon of water is 8.3 pounds, which explains why a 5 gallon can of water at 41.5 pounds is so much harder to lift onto the roof rack. Also you should use these calculations to determine the load you are placing on the roof rack. Six can at 30 pounds is 180 pounds which might actually exceed the rated capability!

I have a backup plan for the day, I feel too weak to muscle a gas of can onto the roof rack. I strategically placed the gas cans behind the sun roof so I can pop through and lift one up from the front seat! This is a TJ bumper made by www.Nates4x4.com that holds 2 cans flat behind the spare tire.
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How to safely fill and use gas cans Siphoning doesn’t require you suck gas!
Safety is paramount, even when you’re filling gas cans.

Static electricity is a real concern when working with fuel. Turn off your vehicle before filling. As you step out of your vehicle, touch some metal part of the car. Fill the gas can only when it’s on the ground.

Never smoke while filling. Turn off your engine and extinguish any flame that is nearby. Don’t transport gasoline inside a vehicle. The fumes can build up, overpowering the occupants and creating an explosive situation.

Make sure you use the proper color of gas can for fuels: red for gasoline, yellow for diesel and (typically) green or blue for water. The one drawback to Cam Cans is that they don’t come in red or yellow. Make sure you clearly mark which ones are used for fuel and which contain water.

Siphoning gasoline (and other fuels) used to be a challenge. Remember getting gas in your mouth? Well, times have changed. Safety Siphon and Super Jiggler have developed a nifty siphon that doesn’t require you to suck the gas. The siphon is simply a clear piece of plastic tube with a special brass valve on one end. After inserting the brass end in the source of fuel, you jiggle it a few times. That will get the fuel flowing. It’s like magic!

Both brands are relatively inexpensive, and they’ll drain a gas can in minutes. These siphons rely on gravity flow, so the gas can should be above the gas tank inlet.

Funnels work in a pinch but be careful to minimize spillage. A typical way 2 cans are mounted on either side of the spare.
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If you plan to store your gas for at least a month, add fuel stabilizer (STA-BIL or Motor Medic) to the fuel. Typical mix is 2 oz. for every 5 gallons of gas. Manufacturers claim it’ll last up to 1 year. I’ve had gas remain in good condition for upwards of 18 months.

Carrying extra gas is important for every 4WD trip. Use this information to help you determine which type and size(s) of gas cans are best for your vehicle and driving. You can then go four wheeling confident that you have some spare gas if your tank runs low. ##########################
Related Articles from Badlands Off-road Adventures Did you miss the previous article? Some Upcoming Events

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Mojave Lower Desert, CA
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########################## Rocks Clinic June 20

Rocks

The Class will be in Johnson Valley. This is an introduction to Rock crawling but it is not on "baby" rocks. We take our time and stress careful wheel placement. We use spotters for difficult sections. You learn by inspecting the obstacle and predicting the line; by watching others try their line; by experiencing it yourself; and by the coaching. We recommend you repeat the training several times. You will be much more relaxed the second time over the same obstacles and you will pick up on little details missed the first time. More Details...


You can register directly at http://www.4x4training.com/calendar/calendar.php#Rocks






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Wine Safari July 25 We have two big events coming up during July and August - The Wine Safari and the Rubicon Trail. It is time to register for both events. The Wine Safari is only a few weekends away and you need to start planning for the Rubicon Trail (see below).





Don't miss the Wine Safari. Click here for all details.
Our Wine Master will have a whole new bunch of bottles and some old favorites to taste. Make it a get-away weekend. Camp with us or stay in a local motel.




Register now.
http://4x4training.com/calendar/calendar.php#wine.



########################## Rubicon Trail Adventure August 10- 13, 2015

The Rubicon Trail is the stuff of legends. It is considered the Grand Daddy of trails. If your vehicle has a weakness, it will find it. Any serious four-wheeler needs to "Do the 'Con" at least once. There is no guarantee of avoiding vehicle damage. Even the most skilled driver can succumb to the fatigue of 12 unrelenting miles of rocks. Just bring a good attitude and the best prepared vehicle you can. This could be a once in a lifetime trip but a lifelong of bragging rights. More Details


You need to register now so you have time to prepare. Register directly at http://4x4training.com/calendar/calendar.php#Rubicon








Winch Recovery Bandana & Winching DVD
Click for higher resolution image We have our new stock with many new colors (Red, Orange, Green, and Blue) on hand. The Bandana is packed full of useful information and is a quick reference in the field when no DVD player is available."

The Bandana layout follows the “Vehicle Recovery Plan” with pathways to more detail. A unique section of the Bandana, gives the steps for a “Winch Rigging Check: Walk through” so that you verify every element of the rigging before you commit to the pull. Stuff this in your recovery kit and you will always be ready!

Pick up or order the Winching DVD too! There is no substitute for hands on training. If you can, sign up for one of Badlands Off-Road Adventure’s Winching Clinics.

Warning – the Bandana and DVD are not a substitute for proper training and use of quality equipment that is used within the bounds of their safe working load. We advise you to use the information provided in both the Winching Recovery Bandana and the "Basic to Advanced Winching and Recovery DVD" at your own risk. We cannot control the quality and specifications of the equipment used and the methods actually employed.

Winch Recovery Bandana Order Button
Colors Orange Red Blue Natural Green Natural

Order a Basic to Advanced Winching & Recovery DVD too!


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I hope to see you on the trails!
Tom Severin, President
Badlands Off Road Adventures, Inc.
4-Wheel Drive School
310-613-5473
http://www.4x4training.com
Make it Fun. Keep it Safe.
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If you find this information valuable, please pass it on to a friend. You can forward them the email. If you received a forwarded copy of this newsletter and would like to subscribe for yourself, go to: www.4x4training.com/contacts.html and follow the instructions to join our mail list.
Want To Use This Article In Your Magazine, E-Zine, Club Newsletter Or Web Site? You are welcome to use it anytime, just be sure to include the following author/copyright information: Tom Severin, 4x4 Coach, teaches 4WD owners how to confidently and safely use their vehicles to the fullest extent in difficult terrain and adverse driving conditions. Visit www.4x4training.com to develop or improve your driving skill.

Copyright 2015, Badlands Off-Road Adventures, Inc.

CODE RED CARNEGIE ACTION ALERT UPDATE - Important New Items

4x4 Wire - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 09:27
View of Expansion Property   CODE RED CARNEGIE ACTION ALERT UPDATE – TWO IMPORTANT ITEMS   Livermore City Council Meeting on May 11 changed to May 18, 2015   Alameda County Parks, Recreation and Historical Commission Meeting May 7, 2015     Dear Carnegie Fans,   YOU made a difference last week by sending in your comment letters.  The council has moved the May 11 date to May 18 so they can better study the issue.   Also, the Alameda County Parks, Recreation and Historical Commission has Carnegie SVRA is on the docket for their May 7 meeting.  Sorry for the late notice but this stuff is popping up like crazy.    As you know, we are getting very close to being able to use the new property!  Your letter writing and attendance at this meeting is critical to show local decision-makers that OHVers (and voters) support the Carnegie General Plan.   I am asking you to do two things:
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Forest Service Chief Predicts "Above Normal" Wildland Fire Potential in Much of the West

MuirNet - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:10
North Central U.S. Also Faces an Active Fire Year

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2015 – U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell presented the Forest Service forecast on the upcoming 2015 fire season in testimony today before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Forest Service researchers expect 2015 to continue the trend of above average fire activity.

"Above normal wildland fire potential exists across the north central United States and above normal wildland fire potential will threaten many parts of the West this summer," said Chief Tidwell. "We anticipate another active fire year, underscoring the need to reform our wildfire funding."

Categories: Legislation

Mammoth Boulder Wheels Giveaway

4x4 Wire - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 13:28
ExtremeTerrain is giving away a set of Mammoth Boulder Wheels for your Wrangler!  Stand Out On The Trail With A Set Of Boulder Wheels!

MALVERN, PA (April 24th, 2015) - ExtremeTerrain has partnered with Mammoth on their latest awesome giveaway! The Mammoth Boulder Wheel Giveaway will give one lucky winner a free set of 5 Mammoth Boulder Wheels. This is one of the best ways to upgrade the style of the Jeep Wrangler. The aggressive 5 spoke design is a twist on a classic design, and looks great on any Jeep. Whether it’s a daily driver or a dedicated trail rig, these wheels will be sure to turn heads. The wheels come in two different styles and three different colors, so there’s a combination for every Jeep.


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Mammoth Boulder Wheels Giveaway

4x4 Wire - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 13:28
ExtremeTerrain is giving away a set of Mammoth Boulder Wheels for your Wrangler!  Stand Out On The Trail With A Set Of Boulder Wheels!

MALVERN, PA (April 24th, 2015) - ExtremeTerrain has partnered with Mammoth on their latest awesome giveaway! The Mammoth Boulder Wheel Giveaway will give one lucky winner a free set of 5 Mammoth Boulder Wheels. This is one of the best ways to upgrade the style of the Jeep Wrangler. The aggressive 5 spoke design is a twist on a classic design, and looks great on any Jeep. Whether it’s a daily driver or a dedicated trail rig, these wheels will be sure to turn heads. The wheels come in two different styles and three different colors, so there’s a combination for every Jeep.


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Categories: Legislation

Dismissed: HSUS Lawsuit to Silence Maine’s Wildlife Professionals

MuirNet - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 15:38

On Friday, April 3, 2015 Maine Superior Court Justice Joyce Wheeler issued a final judgment in the question of the state’s ability to comment on wildlife issues. In her ruling, Wheeler sided with the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance and fully dismissed a lawsuit aimed at silencing Maine’s wildlife professionals.

The case started in the closing weeks of the Maine bear campaign over Question 1 on last November’s ballot. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), through their front group Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting, sued the state of Maine alleging an improper level of engagement in the. The “state,” in this case, was the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, whose vocal and public opposition to Question 1 didn't mesh with HSUS’ wish to stop bear hunting in the state.

Categories: Legislation

Forest OHV trails reopen for 2015; feature improvements

4x4 Wire - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 12:13

Gainesville, Ga. (April 1, 2015) – As a sure sign of spring, all off highway vehicle (OHV) trails across the national forest have reopened, many with new improvements. Within the national forest, OHV trails are specifically designated and signed to increase public safety and minimize potential forest damage.
 
“We want our OHV trails to be sustainable ride after ride, year after year,” said Forest Supervisor Betty Jewett. “Improvements such as trail reroutes and size limiting gates help make that possible.”


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Forest OHV trails reopen for 2015; feature improvements

4x4 Wire - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 12:13

Gainesville, Ga. (April 1, 2015) – As a sure sign of spring, all off highway vehicle (OHV) trails across the national forest have reopened, many with new improvements. Within the national forest, OHV trails are specifically designated and signed to increase public safety and minimize potential forest damage.
 
“We want our OHV trails to be sustainable ride after ride, year after year,” said Forest Supervisor Betty Jewett. “Improvements such as trail reroutes and size limiting gates help make that possible.”


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Categories: Legislation

A Year Round Fire Season?

MuirNet - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:33

There was a time when fire season for Western states meant only certain months out of the year. Not so long ago the U.S. Forest Service considered it primarily a summer problem with a few regions breaking the trend in early spring and late fall.

But climate change, according to most wildland fire experts, has turned fire season into a year-round issue.

What used to slow down fire season was winter—a long and cold time of year with lots of snow that killed off many invasive or destructive pests and filled rivers and reservoirs with ample water to supply the needs of millions living in the West.

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Record Low Snowpack in Cascades, Sierra Nevada

MuirNet - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 14:11

WASHINGTON, March 11, 2015 – Warm temperatures in February contributed to further snowpack decline in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada, according to data from the third 2015 forecast by the United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Snowpack in Nevada, Utah and Idaho also fell further behind normal.

Categories: Legislation

When Disaster Calls, Amateur Radio Answers

Badlands Off Road Adventures - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 00:00
When Disaster Calls, Amateur Radio Answers It is great to be able to reach out to an Amateur Radio repeater when off-road
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A recent act of vandalism serves as a reminder to have diverse communications capability with you while four wheeling.

Vandals cut a major fiber optic cable in Arizona on Feb. 25, disrupting communications throughout the northern part of the state. Cellphone, internet and telephone services were affected, along with ATMs, banks, and other entities.

While this was an isolated incident, it serves as a reminder of how vulnerable our communications infrastructure is. You’re more likely to lose comm to some natural disaster, but in these days, we have to be mindful of willful acts of destruction.

Primer on ham radio We often say ham radio communication will be the last standing form in the event of a disaster. This is because each ham owns their own transmitter / receiver and most of it works off the grid – on batteries in the vehicle.

Amateur or “ham” radio is a private radio service available to you. It requires a license, for which you take one or more written exams. (There are three classes of license; each requires a written exam.) Once licensed, you have access to various frequency bands and modes of operation. I hold a Technician class license—the first level—and my callsign is KI6FHA. For more on ham radio, check out the website for the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the national association for amateur radio - www.arrl.org .

There are currently over 700,000 licensed ham operators in the United states. The number is growing weekly (at the end of 1991 there were 494,000 hams).

In addition to offering more frequency bands, ham radio equipment generally puts out more power. This is especially true of the mobile radios. While a CB radio is limited to 4 watts output, mobile ham VHF/UHF radios (the kind I’m recommending here) transmit with 40 to 50 watts or more. You can find single band 2 meter (more on "2 meter" later) radios that will transmit up to 75 watts in a mobile radio. As a ham operator you can legally transmit even higher wattage but that is not practical in a mobile unit using a car battery.

Ham radio operators often access repeaters, as well. Repeaters are standalone transceivers (usually on a summit) that automatically retransmit—“repeat”—the signal. This boosts the effective range of a radio considerably. It is not uncommon to talk with someone several counties away.

Before going on the air, make sure you have your ham radio license. You can get by with the Technician class license. Exams cover a host of topics, including rules and regs, radio theory, operating procedures, and more. The ARRL and W5YI-VEC (http://www.w5yi.org/ ) offer study guides. Practice exams are available at various websites, including the ARRL web site and also this one: www.QRZ.com . Finally, the ARRL website is a good resource to find a test session. (BTW there are only 35 multiple choice questions and no Morse code required for the Technician class. And you can get the entire pool of 350 questions to study in advance.)

Now that you’re licensed, it’s time to buy your ham radio gear. Even though you’ll have access to the full ham radio spectrum, for the purposes of this article, we’ll focus on VHF and UHF operation.

The most popular band for mobile operation is known as 2 meters. This covers 144 – 148 MHz. A very popular UHF band, often called either 70 cm or “the 440 band”, falls at 420 – 450 MHz (for US hams).

All 2 meter and 440 radios allow users to operate in either simplex or duplex operation. Simplex, in simple terms, is what you would use for vehicle to vehicle chatting on the trail. FRS radios operate this way. Duplex operation is used for repeater operation. Your radio transmits on one frequency and listens for the repeater on a different frequency. Having additional power and repeater capability can be very important while four wheeling. (Of course, that depends on whether a repeater is within range.)

Consider a dual-band radio. A dual band radio provide the capability to use both the 2 meter and 70 cm bands. These give you the ability to adapt to the any repeater in places where you’ll be. (You can find repeater frequencies online.) Prices for a good, used dual-band radio probably run around $150 - $200.

If you’re a bit strapped for cash, consider just a 2 meter radio. Being the more popular band, you’re more likely to find 2 meter repeaters where ever you’re going.

No radio operates without an antenna. For newcomers, I recommend starting with a mag mount style. The mag mount will get you on the air quickly. After you become familiar with your ham radio gear, install a permanent antenna. You set the antenna on the trunk or rear bumper, and string the coax through a window. A down side to a mag mount antenna on the roof of your vehicle is it is easily knocked off if you drive through heavy brush.

A good dual-band mag mount antenna can be had for less than $50, based on a quick peek online. You may have to tune (adjust) the antenna for maximum performance. Most ham radio operators would be happy to assist with that.

Ham radio equipment Popular brands include Alinco, Kenwood, Icom and Yaesu. Ask some ham radio operators for their suggestions, then try out a few models. Ditto for antennas. I highly recommend the Yaesu FT8800R. It is a bit expensive but it is a dual band radio that has two radios side by side built into one small package. You could talk vehicle-to-vehicle on one radio and listen to a repeater on the other radio.


Here are some things to look for in a mobile ham radio for 4-wheeling:
  1. Dual band feature (2 m / 70 cm) - access any repeaters as you travel regardless if they are 2 meter or 70 centimeters.
  2. High output wattage - nice to have extra power to reach a remote repeater. There seems to be a tradeoff between power and dual band. Most single band 2 meter radios have more output power.
  3. Large memory capability - pre plan the repeaters for a long expedition and have room to store them all
  4. Easy to read display - size, contrast, back light, for driving safety and ease of use
  5. Removable control head - increases mounting options in the vehicle. The bulk of the radio and can go under a seat or in the trunk.
  6. Sealed radio - the cooling fan should not pull air (and, therefore dust) through the radio.
  7. NOAA weather alert - important to keep an eye on the weather when off road.
  8. Cross band repeater function - see above
  9. Ease of use. This is a bit relative. Today’s radios have so many functions, they can be challenging to program the first time. Another reason to get yourself a mentor (known as an Elmer).


You may like other features; this is just a start.

And I should mention that ham radio isn’t restricted to off-road use. Heck, you’re welcome to operate wherever and whenever. In fact, put your ham radio skills and driving skills to use by helping out in a charity ride. You’ll have fun, polish your operating skills, and help a worthy cause.

Incorporating ham radio equipment into your 4WD vehicle adds a new dimension to your communication capabilities. It is very useful for routine operating, and could make a big difference during an emergency in a remote area.

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Related Articles from Badlands Off-road Adventures Did you miss the previous article? Some Upcoming Events

(click on the link for details)

Calf Creek Falls, Grand Staircase UT
(Click picture for a larger image.) Summary of upcoming events.






########################## Rocks Clinic March 22

Rocks

The Class will be in Johnson Valley. This is an introduction to Rock crawling but it is not on "baby" rocks. We take our time and stress careful wheel placement. We use spotters for difficult sections. You learn by inspecting the obstacle and predicting the line; by watching others try their line; by experiencing it yourself; and by the coaching. We recommend you repeat the training several times. You will be much more relaxed the second time over the same obstacles and you will pick up on little details missed the first time. More Details...


You can register directly at http://www.4x4training.com/calendar/calendar.php#Rocks








Winch Recovery Bandana & Winching DVD
Click for higher resolution image We have our new stock with many new colors (Red, Orange, Green, and Blue) on hand. The Bandana is packed full of useful information and is a quick reference in the field when no DVD player is available."

The Bandana layout follows the “Vehicle Recovery Plan” with pathways to more detail. A unique section of the Bandana, gives the steps for a “Winch Rigging Check: Walk through” so that you verify every element of the rigging before you commit to the pull. Stuff this in your recovery kit and you will always be ready!

Pick up or order the Winching DVD too! There is no substitute for hands on training. If you can, sign up for one of Badlands Off-Road Adventure’s Winching Clinics.

Warning – the Bandana and DVD are not a substitute for proper training and use of quality equipment that is used within the bounds of their safe working load. We advise you to use the information provided in both the Winching Recovery Bandana and the "Basic to Advanced Winching and Recovery DVD" at your own risk. We cannot control the quality and specifications of the equipment used and the methods actually employed.

Winch Recovery Bandana Order Button
Colors Orange Red Blue Natural Green Natural

Order a Basic to Advanced Winching & Recovery DVD too!


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KI6FHA
I hope to see you on the trails!
Tom Severin, President
Badlands Off Road Adventures, Inc.
4-Wheel Drive School
310-613-5473
http://www.4x4training.com
Make it Fun. Keep it Safe.
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If you find this information valuable, please pass it on to a friend. You can forward them the email. If you received a forwarded copy of this newsletter and would like to subscribe for yourself, go to: www.4x4training.com/contacts.html and follow the instructions to join our mail list.
Want To Use This Article In Your Magazine, E-Zine, Club Newsletter Or Web Site? You are welcome to use it anytime, just be sure to include the following author/copyright information: Tom Severin, 4x4 Coach, teaches 4WD owners how to confidently and safely use their vehicles to the fullest extent in difficult terrain and adverse driving conditions. Visit www.4x4training.com to develop or improve your driving skill.

Copyright 2015, Badlands Off-Road Adventures, Inc.

ATV Safety Institute Again Offers Free ATV Safety Training

4x4 Wire - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 21:49

The ATV Safety Institute will provide free rider training for the second straight year during ATV Safety Week this spring. The ASI is again working with partners across America who will be volunteering to provide free ATV RiderCourses and other safety education June 6–14.


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ATV Safety Institute Again Offers Free ATV Safety Training

4x4 Wire - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 21:49

The ATV Safety Institute will provide free rider training for the second straight year during ATV Safety Week this spring. The ASI is again working with partners across America who will be volunteering to provide free ATV RiderCourses and other safety education June 6–14.


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Categories: Legislation

Regular to Rugged Giveaway!

4x4 Wire - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 21:16

ExtremeTerrain is giving away a Rugged Ridge Prize Pack worth $500

MALVERN, Pa (March 12, 2015) - ExtremeTerrain is very excited to have partnered with Rugged Ridge for their latest giveaway. The Rugged Ridge Prize Pack Giveaway includes some awesome Jeep accessories, both stylish and functional. A 13.5’’ LED Light Bar, grab handles, front seat protectors, and front and rear floor mats are all included. With $500 in merchandise, one lucky winner will get to take their Wrangler from Regular to Rugged!


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Regular to Rugged Giveaway!

4x4 Wire - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 21:16

ExtremeTerrain is giving away a Rugged Ridge Prize Pack worth $500

MALVERN, Pa (March 12, 2015) - ExtremeTerrain is very excited to have partnered with Rugged Ridge for their latest giveaway. The Rugged Ridge Prize Pack Giveaway includes some awesome Jeep accessories, both stylish and functional. A 13.5’’ LED Light Bar, grab handles, front seat protectors, and front and rear floor mats are all included. With $500 in merchandise, one lucky winner will get to take their Wrangler from Regular to Rugged!


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Categories: Legislation

Forest Service Urged to Permanently Withdraw Controversial Groundwater Directive

MuirNet - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 21:08

WASHINGTON, DC – House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) sent a letter today to U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, urging the agency to withdraw its Proposed Directive on Groundwater Resource Management.  The letter was also signed by Committee Vice-Chairman Cynthia Lummis (WY-At large), Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans Chairman John Fleming (LA-4) and Vice-Chair Paul Gosar (AZ-4), and Subcommittee on Federal Lands Chairman Tom McClintock (CA-4) and Vice-Chair Doug LaMalfa (CA-1).  The letter echoes similar concerns voiced by the Western Governors Association and others about how the proposal could usurp state management of groundwater.

Categories: Legislation

Nevada Rancher: Helping Sage-Grouse Helps Us All

MuirNet - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 07:43

AUSTIN, Nev. - Private landowners and conservationists in Nevada and several other Western states continue to work together to try to prevent the sage-grouse from being listed as an endangered species.

Duane Coombs, manager of the 250,000-acre Smith Creek Ranch near Austin, Nevada, is among those working to improve sage-grouse habitat on the public and private lands he ranches.

Categories: Legislation

Post-fire logging can reduce fuels for up to 40 years in regenerating forests, new study finds

MuirNet - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 22:23
Woody fuels reduced even when fuel reduction was not primary management objective

WENATCHEE, Wash. March 11, 2015. Harvesting fire-killed trees is an effective way to reduce woody fuels for up to four decades following wildfire in dry coniferous forests, a U.S. Forest Service study has found.

The retrospective analysis, among the first to measure the long-term effects of post-fire logging on forest fuels, is published in the journal Forest Ecology and Management.

Categories: Legislation

West coast log and lumber exports decreased in 2014

MuirNet - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 22:17
Drop in Chinese demand slows exports, year-end analysis finds

PORTLAND, Ore. March 11, 2015. Log and lumber exports from Washington, Oregon, northern California, and Alaska both decreased in volume in 2014 compared to 2013, the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station reported today.

Exports of west coast logs decreased 13 percent to a total of 1,706 million board feet, while lumber exports decreased 14 percent to 892 million board feet. The total value of these exports also dropped—by 7 percent for logs to a value of $1,310 million, and by 11 percent for lumber to a value of $657 million.

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Salvaged Power Window Regulators - 1989 Raider

4x4 Wire - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 17:14

As 4x4 vehicles are subject to frequent dusty environments, an accumulation of dust can affect the functioning of simple things like power window controllers.  The following is a step by step procedure that was used to salvage the power window regulators in my 1989 Raider.  While these steps are specific to the Raider, similar steps may help in other Mitsubishi Montero and Raider model years.  As a word of caution, there are different types of power window control mechanisms.  And, this is an effort meant to save costs over full replacement cost of the regulator.


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