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Old 12-29-2013, 02:21 PM   #1
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Socal Jeepers, Question for you.

Took the wife and kids out in the jeep this weekend, we went up Silverado Canyon up to four corners where it intersects at North Main divide and Santiago Peak. We had a great time in our 2013 Sahara Unlimited and it did great. My question for everybody is what do you do if you have a breakdown in an area like this, I was looking at AAA service and they do not cover towing service on forest roads. I am not really expecting to have a problem but you know how todays Jeeps can be with all the fancy electronics on them. I am more worried about this type of failure over a mechanical failure.

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Old 12-29-2013, 02:26 PM   #2
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Number one advice would be to go with atleast one other offfroad vehicle.
From what you posted, you are in the San Diego area join Justruns on yahoo groups or do a search for it online. They post a lot of runs in the San Diego area

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Old 12-29-2013, 02:43 PM   #3
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I am actually in Orange County, are there any Jeep clubs for this local area.
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Old 12-29-2013, 02:48 PM   #4
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You can also post up in the California section on this forum when you want to do a particular run and see if there are other people interested in it. Can make for some very good friendships and lots of fun outings
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Old 12-29-2013, 03:04 PM   #5
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AW12345,

Thanks man, yeah will have to definitely post earlier to round up fellow jeepers.
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Old 12-29-2013, 07:58 PM   #6
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depending on where you break down there you might see people and might also get cell service. i always make sure to carry a cb radio and tell people where you plan to wheel.

there are rangers that patrol once in awhile. best bet would be to head to the tower and wait till people show up.
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:26 PM   #7
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Rule #1 has always been NEVER WHEEL ALONE
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Old 12-30-2013, 01:41 AM   #8
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Yeah post up earlier. You will get some guys to run. Never run alone if you can help it.
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Old 12-30-2013, 04:18 AM   #9
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Socalrider, I'm in in RSM. As it has been said, don't wheel alone. I had a flat tire up there near the main divide. You never know what can happen. I want to do that trail this week. Maple Springs to main divide to 74. Not sure what day yet. Send me a PM for contact info.
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Gonna get flamed for this but oh well. We violate the never go alone rule out here mostly because we have tough time getting people to get out with us. When we are alone we provide people on our SPOT list with a ride plan and an estimated time to be complete. While on the trail and when complete we send out the appropriate SPOT message. This way they can track our progress and know when we are off the trail, back on pavement.

Here is a link to the SPOT: SPOT SATELLITE MESSENGER :: HOME PAGE

I found this is a good way to keep your bride informed of your progress and status while she is home keeping the house clean, doing laundry, tending to the children as one should be. (OH MAN>>>>that should stir something). But seriously, it keeps the spousal unit at ease when we are out without her. Not only that, and I have done this, you can annoy your Jeep "friends" with updates while you are out on the trail and they have been told NO by SWMBO'ed that they can't go play. That right there makes it worth every penny.
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Old 12-30-2013, 06:49 AM   #11
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Get a ham license. That's next to always go jeeping with at least one another jeep, preferably with a winch. Ham license you can get reception from many miles away where a cb only reaches so far and sometimes you have tons of off readers on one cb channel. AAA offers RV towing for about 35 $ extra but I am not sure what that correctly covers. I know it's adding my motorcycle on towing plan, just in case.

Here is a link for ham radio test:
http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-...e-exam-session

The smaller license is the technician class license. That goes not soo far, but if you use Internet transmitters you can talk worldwide with the right radio. I talked to an Australian guy right from my jeep.

The " big" license is called " general" and you can talk worldwide.

But I can almost guarantee you if you get on a ham channel and you send an emergency message that you need help, someone will hear you and help you.

Hope that helps.

You can also go either on JeepForum or WF and start a tread when u wanna go and where u wanna go. You d be surprised others might join you. Build some nice friendships with other people with similar interests. And most of us watch out for each other, specially while jeeping...
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Old 12-30-2013, 06:57 AM   #12
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I usually vary a trauma kit and couple c collars ( adult/ child) with me when I go jeeping. Am an emt. I guess a good first aid kit would do, always pack enough water and blankets, some fire starters and blankets extra shoes and dog food if you have your dog ride shotgun like my shepherd does.
The footrest service has an ohv volunteer program you can get trail and black diamond certification and they also offer recovery classes. Experience from search and rescue helps tremendously.

Or you can join a local jeep club. They do stuff together. But ts so much politics. Just find yourself couple buddies to go with, that's the best I think.
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Socalrider, I'm in in RSM. As it has been said, don't wheel alone. I had a flat tire up there near the main divide. You never know what can happen. I want to do that trail this week. Maple Springs to main divide to 74. Not sure what day yet. Send me a PM for contact info.
As of now part of the main divide is closed.
I use this site or call the ranger station before hand.
http://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/cl...telprdb5340229
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:16 PM   #14
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As of now part of the main divide is closed.
I use this site or call the ranger station before hand.
http://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/cl...telprdb5340229
I have found it best to call the ranger station.. the website in my experience is not up to date info..
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Took the wife and kids out in the jeep this weekend, we went up Silverado Canyon up to four corners where it intersects at North Main divide and Santiago Peak. We had a great time in our 2013 Sahara Unlimited and it did great. My question for everybody is what do you do if you have a breakdown in an area like this, I was looking at AAA service and they do not cover towing service on forest roads. I am not really expecting to have a problem but you know how todays Jeeps can be with all the fancy electronics on them. I am more worried about this type of failure over a mechanical failure.

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#1 is Never Leave Your Vehicle Site.

Everyone is giving great proactive advice, but if you had broken down in your specific situation where you were alone with your family, do not leave the vehicle site. Do not try to be a hero and hike 30 miles to get help. I have seen more than one search and rescue which turned into search and recovery because someone left the vehicle site up in the snowy mountains after getting stuck... The people that are with the vehicles are found alive...

Now if you are going on a prepared planned trip: #1 Don't go alone, be properly prepared for the area and environment in which you will be wheeling. First aid kits, etcetera etcetera...

Have fun and be safe!
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In SoCal there seems to be a Jeep group or club in just about every area. OC, the Valley, L.A., San Gabriel, you name it. Additionally, many of the shops and vendors sponsor meets and outings where you can link up with like minded individuals. I did a run Saturday with these cats, http://www.meetup.com/SoCal-Jeepers-com/; really cool cats with some impressive Jeeps. I don't think there was a trail around Big Bear that we left untouched! Here on this forum there is a run planned for out Joshua Tree way on the 18th that a lot of us are participating in. Take advantage of the resources at your disposal.
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My question for everybody is what do you do if you have a breakdown in an area like this, I was looking at AAA service and they do not cover towing service on forest roads. I am not really expecting to have a problem but you know how todays Jeeps can be with all the fancy electronics on them. I am more worried about this type of failure over a mechanical failure.

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If your vehicle gets stuck or breaks down and you cannot remove it from the trail, JustRuns.com has a group of members that help out with recovery (if possible). They are a good group of people to be affiliated with. I sometimes lead Jeep runs with JustRuns.com - my next one is to Joshua Tree next month:
http://www.justruns.com/files/JT2014.htm

Last month, I led a trip into Baja Mexico:
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Be careful, and always travel with another vehicle (at minimum).
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As of now part of the main divide is closed.
I use this site or call the ranger station before hand.
Cleveland National Forest - Alerts & Notices
I use that site. Thanks. Maple Springs is closed as of today. Also, a fire is burning near Holy Jim. I had fire trucks going by my house for an hour.
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^^^ What's the deal I didn't get to catch the full news report on the tv?.. Something about 3 offroaders being there to the rescue to help in the fire
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^^^ What's the deal I didn't get to catch the full news report on the tv?.. Something about 3 offroaders being there to the rescue to help in the fire
Here's a link about the fire.
2 Cabins Destroyed In Brush Fires Burning Near Trabuco Canyon « CBS Los Angeles

The fire was put out about midnight. about 2 acres burned.

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