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Old 05-23-2019, 04:35 PM
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first time offroading what do i need ?

shovel or two. food water. first aid kit. cell phone. cb on 19?. extra jack?. tow strap one or two? deflate tires for sand 12 psi mud ? rock ? gen off road 20 psi highway 35 psi. tire deflators. air compressor. maps gps. a friend to trail spot. any help is great thanks

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Others to know where your going, and when you plan to return !

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Are you going yourself or with a group? By yourself, imagine what could possibly go wrong and then how you'd get out of that mess. With a group, especially an organized club, they'll likely have a list of what you MUST have and then probably some other suggestions.

In the club I go on runs with, they'll describe where we're going ahead of time, difficulty level, possible go arounds for difficult obsticals and what the Jeep needs. For example, we're doing unmaintained roads this weekend. A stock Jeep is all you need. Later, there's a very difficult area where it's listed minimum 35" tires, 2 working lockers and a working winch.

Our requirement as a minimum to run is first aid kit, tow strap with no metal, fire extinguisher and an FRS radio. I don't have a winch or lockers. Others in the club do have winches and snatch blocks and the skills to use them.
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Depends what kind of offroading.

At the very least:
  • A tire deflator and a little compressor to put the air back in
  • A tow strap
  • Some good shoes for all occupants

Then depending where you go:
  • A shovel
  • Other recovery tools
  • Water & emergency food
  • Other emergency supplies depending on terrain
  • A first aid kit

For example, I play in the rocks and mud in Vermont. So I invest in recovery stuff. But I'm never more than 5 miles from civilization so the emergency stuff is at most for overnight.

On the other hand, you may be on an easy trail in the desert, not need much in terms of technical stuff but be 50+ miles from the nearest water hole...
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Fuel, coolant, spare, tools, flashlight, and some sweet tunes...
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a winch is a must in my mind regardless of what your doing with the jeep. then if your going to air down, you need a way to air back up, so a high cfm air compressor is good to have (specifically this one - compressor )


then a snatch block along with a tow strap and a couple d rings. so much that a snatch block is useful for!
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All really good suggestions

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Fuel, coolant, spare, tools, flashlight, and some sweet tunes...
Hadn't thought of the tunes! A good attitude is also key. You'll build good karma when you assist others on the trail.

As far as equipment, I try to carry a good portion of my backpacking gear that typically includes water, 2-5 dehydrated meals, a single burner stove (w/fuel, pot and spoon), a water purifier, and solar powered USB/phone charger battery.
Key tools will include zip ties and duct tape.
I hope to someday be able to carry a small generator and welder.
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Reading these responses I wonder where the cutover is to consider you are prepared for overlanding? Just add a tent/sleeping accomodations? Seems I need to revisit the checklist of things to take out on my next day trip in the woods hitting some muddy trails with the guys.


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Reading these responses I wonder where the cutover is to consider you are prepared for overlanding?
It's when you add patches to your headliner
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shovel or two. food water. first aid kit. cell phone. cb on 19?. extra jack?. tow strap one or two? deflate tires for sand 12 psi mud ? rock ? gen off road 20 psi highway 35 psi. tire deflators. air compressor. maps gps. a friend to trail spot. any help is great thanks

You asked, so I will try to, the best answer is another party with their own vehicle that has experienced the area you are going to.

If you want a list of things to boldly go alone, it will not help you without a list of videos to watch to at least have a concept of how the tools are used.

Finally, it's all about the terrain and lines you choose vs the current state of your jeep. That context makes it nearly impossible to answer. But I will say this, if you do not have a winch, go buy a come along. Tow straps require another vehicle.
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The basic hand tools for vehicle maintenance. Even if you're not mechanically inclined, if someone comes to help you, you'll have the means to assist.
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A lot depends on whether you are planning a day trip or for a few days. At a minimum you will want a Shovel, Cum-A-Long, tow/snatch strap, water, axe, first aid kit.
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shovel or two. food water. first aid kit. cell phone. cb on 19?. extra jack?. tow strap one or two? deflate tires for sand 12 psi mud ? rock ? gen off road 20 psi highway 35 psi. tire deflators. air compressor. maps gps. a friend to trail spot. any help is great thanks
I definitely recommend another vehicle, tow strap connects only to another rig! My first times out I went with a club/group of 12+ vehicles and had plenty of support and lots of time to watch and learn. Drove a very difficult trail (for newbies) and had no issues.

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my first run in my jeep i didnt take anything special at all.. i just took a friend (he had his truck too), went slow and made sure to keep you tires on higher ground.. focus on NOT hitting your difs..
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A big dose of restraint and common sense. Regular people 4 wheeling isn't like all of the extreme videos. You can have a great time without breaking anything.
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