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Old 04-26-2015, 12:32 PM
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Talking Suggestion for 1st timer at an ORV park

I'm going to be going to Badlands Off Road Park in Attica, IN in a few weeks. It will be my first time off roading. (New to the Jeep community).

I would appreciate any general info, but also have a few questions that I am hoping to get answered:
Will one day at the park be enough for a newbie? (Stock, daily driver; can't afford to break it.)
Doors off/door on?
Hotels recommendations?
What to wear? (My wife's question)

I appreciate everyone's input.

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Want to follow responses. While I have been off-road, never to a park with obstacles Etc. You will likely need a flag and CB. Recovery gear like a tow strap, some good gloves, and an old blanket to throw over the recovery strap should you need it... Those would be a plus so you can help or be helped.

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Old 04-26-2015, 01:02 PM   #3
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I've never been to that park. But I can answer s couple questions. 1 day will never be enough. No matter where you go. You'll more than likely want more. I would keep the doors on. If they are off you can't scratch them. But you will forever be cleaning the inside of your jeep. If you have some spare carpet laying around some cut to fit as a floor mat might be nice to keep your floors cleaner if you don't have the nice slush mats. I'd wear boots or shoes you don't care to much about. Same with clothes. They will get dirty. They hopefully have an air station to air back up but if not make arrangements for a way to air back up. I like to go down to 15 psi. That pressure feels right to me. If your not going with someone hopefully you can tag along with a group.
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The badlands is a smaller park. If you get there early enough you can hit all the do-able trails in one day. Be careful there are some trails for super modded or crawlers only.. These are clearly marked or you'll know just by looking at them.. Not sure of hotel stay as I am only about and hour and a half away easy drive for a day of wheeling.. If you don't mind getting the inside dirty doors off.. Wear clothes that are complaint with the weather conditions.. You may need some recovery gear or a friend to go with that has recovery gear (winch).. There are plenty of trails that are stock jk friendly.. I have been twice in an all stock jku.. Let me know when you plan to go maybe I can get up tree with a other buddy as well.. Also if you can go during the week.. Much less trail traffic.. And yes you need a flag
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Here's my stock jku from my first trip to the badlands
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Couple generic tips.
If you have an auto learn 2 foot driving. Light acceleration while using the brake to control movement will give you nice control.

When you're "off camber" or leaning sideways resist the urge and learn to sit "straight" in the seat. Learn this and you will always have a more accurate visual of how steep the angle is.

Don't be afraid to get out and "walk" an obstacle before driving it. Helps you build a better mental picture of what your Jeep can do.
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Thanks for all the tips so far. They have been very helpful.
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Thanks for all the tips so far. They have been very helpful.
Our group is going on May 16th, you are welcome to come with us, and yes, you do need a flag.

http://www.badlandsoffroad.com/custo...?pg=rules-faqs

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We have a group of mostly new jeepers going that day with a trip to the jeep dealership before to get some advice but I'll be going to the badlands first thing.
I've been there quite a few times and know my way around.
Items you need and some I recommend:
Flag, Tow points front and rear, recovery strap are critical. Other items: CB, misc tools, towels, baby wipes, cell phone, zip ties, duct tape, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, boots, old clothes, change of clothes, lunch, drinks, etc.
I have aired down from 8 to 15 without issue (your tire pressure might be different depending on type and size) They have air hoses to air up and a car wash to rinse off after.
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I appreciate the advice and offers to allow me to join your groups. I am going with my local jeep club, but wanted to broaden my pool of advice.

All your tips have been helpful and appreciated. Thank you!
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You can run a stock Jeep on most trails at the Badlands, but you might get some minor scratches and possible damage depending on what parts you have hanging low but they have many bypasses around the tougher obstacles.
There will be times when your guide will tell you to take your feet off the gas and brake which will let your engine and low gear guide you slowly down the hill. Listen to your guide/spotter even if you think that applying your brakes is a better idea. You'll have more control especially going downhill.
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Whats the name of ur local jeep club and where r u based out of?
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My advice is to spend your first time just watching others. DON'T dive in along with everyone else. Like you said it's your daily driver and you can't afford to fix it. Nothing will foul your attitude faster than going home with hundreds if not thousands of dollars damage having some weekend fun. Or worse, damage your rig AND hurt yourself. More than one person has flipped their rig the first time out. Just drive around on easy trails and observe and try to talk to others if you can. If you go home feeling feeling like you were cheated out of the fun others had, you'll be eager to return and next time you'll have a some knowledge and a better understanding.
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Whats the name of ur local jeep club and where r u based out of?
Hoosier wranglers Noblesville/Indy on Facebook as well as indyorv central indiana also on Facebook.
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Whats the name of ur local jeep club and where r u based out of?
Michiana Jeep Club
Out of the Elkhart, Indiana area
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Had a Blast 5-16-2015

Had an awesome time at Badlands this past weekend with the Michiana Jeep Club. Went with the group of stock Wranglers and others on fairly easy trails.

Amazed at what this stock JK Sport will do. Didn't get stuck, had the opportunity to help pull others out, and best of all I DIDN'T BREAK ANYTHING.

Looking forward to the next time.
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I did not run into ur group (Michiana Jeeps), but I did talk to a Dirty Delta member n the campground area. We (Hoosier Wranglers) had a great day as well and went home n one piece.

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