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Tom Severin

Help: I am stuck in an Endless Circle of Indecision

(Rules for decision making)

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What you plan to do impacts your need for modifications if any. (Click picture for a larger image.)

And I am enjoying it. I get to chew over every catalog, every Internet site and every vehicle I see. Maybe the analogy is a stretch, but it feels a bit like dating.

Four wheeling, as a rule, entails frequent changes or improvements to the vehicle and gear. You should understand that your vehicle will evolve as you develop more skills and a better understanding of the type of driving you will be doing.
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Tom Severin

Catch A Burro If You Can!

Catch A Burro If You Can!

Sign Marietta was a town developed by Francis Smith when he mined Borax on Teels Marsh
(click picture to read the text on the sign)


One of the things that makes four wheeling so much fun is seeing new and unusual places. The driving itself, while an experience in its own way, can be secondary to what you see while off road. The destination can be as fascinating as the drive.

One of the more fascinating areas in the southwest is known as the Great Basin. Encompassing parts of California, Oregon, Nevada and Utah, the Great Basin covers more than 184,000 square miles. What makes this area unique is that its rivers and lakes have no outlet to the sea (unlike other waterways). All the water stays inside the basin.
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Tom Severin

10 Rules of Trail Etiquette

10 Rules of Trail Etiquette

Don't lose the vehicle behind Keep track of the vehicle behind you.

Despite what some people think, we four wheelers are very considerate when off road. We stay on marked trails, look out for others, obey the rules, and clean up after ourselves. I’m sure you are a responsible driver. Even so, it’s good to review trail etiquette from time to time.

Here are my top 10 rules of etiquette for four wheeling and camping. Read this list carefully. Are any of these unfamiliar to you? Do you need to brush up on any principles?
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Tom Severin

Camping Gear Repair Kit

Camping Gear Repair Kit

Strap, Rope, Hardware Build a repair kit for your off-Road gear.

One of the keys to a successful off-road trip is preparation. I’ve written about that many times. Understandably, the focus is on preparing your vehicle and yourself for the journey. With this article I’d like to zero in on personal items and camping gear.

Do you know how to handle breaks, tears or holes in your camping gear, clothing or bedding? It begins with the proper tools and supplies. Let’s take a look at some of the items you should pack.

 

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Tom Severin

Keep Recovery Gear Accessible

Strap, Rope, Hardware

You’re in the middle of nowhere stuck in the sand. Your buddy waits patiently while you paw through your car looking for the recovery strap and gear needed to get you out of your bind.

“I know it’s in here somewhere!” you scream (along with a few choice words).

Your off-road adventure is becoming a disaster because you either didn’t pack a recovery strap, or you packed it so deeply it’ll take you a long time to find it.

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