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Old 07-18-2011, 12:39 PM   #1
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Off Road Driving School for Jeeps?

Years ago my wife and I had a BMW and at the time BMW owned Land Rover so we got an invitation to take a free one-day class at the Land Rover Driving School at the Equinox resort in Vermont. Great class. The instructor took us out in a Discovery and showed how to negotiate hills, mud, etc. and the tools available in the vehicle to help drive off road. I was wondering if anybody knows of a similar school/program for Jeeps. I searched the web and came across a school in Connecticut that's supposed to be fantastic and there is still the Land Rover course at various locations, plus I think I found one in Sedona, but not much else here in the northeast. Jeep itself doesn't seem to offer anything. I think it would be very helpful to have somebody who really knows what they're doing and is familiar with a Rubicon get in and show me how to maximize the driving. Even if I have to pay an experienced driver. Anybody done this or know of a program?

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Old 07-18-2011, 12:43 PM   #3
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Why not look into an offroad club in your area? You will find many people who are experienced in driving that will teach you about your vehicle. They may not get inside and teach you everything, but they will be there to assist you whether it is to tell you when to engage your lockers, or help spot you through a trail.
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Old 07-18-2011, 12:50 PM   #4
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I joined one of the Jeep clubs in Massachusetts and when I went out with them a few Saturdays ago on my first run, the experienced folks were VERY helpful. They gave me suggestions about when/how to use the lockers, placement of my wheels over obstacles, etc. and spotted me. I was just thinking that it would be useful to get a formal training on what my Rubi can do. Thanks for reminding me of the talent pool in my Jeeper group.
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x2 on finding a jeep or offroad club. Most of them have a lot of great people that can teach you a lot of things and free at that. Another plus to it is you will always have someone to go wheeling with.
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Years ago my wife and I had a BMW and at the time BMW owned Land Rover so we got an invitation to take a free one-day class at the Land Rover Driving School at the Equinox resort in Vermont. Great class. The instructor took us out in a Discovery and showed how to negotiate hills, mud, etc. and the tools available in the vehicle to help drive off road. I was wondering if anybody knows of a similar school/program for Jeeps. I searched the web and came across a school in Connecticut that's supposed to be fantastic and there is still the Land Rover course at various locations, plus I think I found one in Sedona, but not much else here in the northeast. Jeep itself doesn't seem to offer anything. I think it would be very helpful to have somebody who really knows what they're doing and is familiar with a Rubicon get in and show me how to maximize the driving. Even if I have to pay an experienced driver. Anybody done this or know of a program?
I've taken the short course done by Bruce Elftrom (the one in Connecticut) and it is unmatched. He trains the Navy SEALS and sets the criteria for offroad training for other military elite units.
It's called Overland Experts and is the best of what's available.
The problem with relying on a club for instruction is that you learn other people's opinion, not always the best methods.

You'll never meet anyone more passionate about safety or more knowlegable about overlanding than Bruce and Dave.

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And they'll be in Rockingham at the end of Semptember at the NE Overland Rally & Workshop. This will be a great event to meet people in the field like them, learn some skills, see some new types of equipment.

Here's a slideshow from our SE event:

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Old 07-18-2011, 01:11 PM   #7
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Have you looked into the Jeep Jamborees? They seem to offer what you are looking for. My wife and I want to check one out after we get our Jeep.

I will caution you about one pitfall of relying solely on local knowledge for your training that I have seen in roadracing and I suspect applies to wheeling as well. If you use techniques on your local trails they may or may not be well suited to trails in other parts of the country. This is because many experienced locals don't teach you proper technique, they teach you a trick of the trade that works in that particular place. If you go somewhere that actually teaches technique you will be able to adapt and apply that technique in a variety of places. If you are just learning tricks they may or may not be of any use to you anywhere else.

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