Vehicle Requirements for Guided Tours

Vehicle Requirements for School Classes

Vehicle Requirements Backcountry 4x4 Adventure School & Tours

FOR BASIC TRAINING CLASSES

• A 4x4, must be street legal, with a 2-speed transfer case and tires in good condition (preferably off road tires – All Terrain or Mud Terrain)

• Stock Jeeps,  are all welcomed as long as it is a true 4x4 with a two speed transfer case (high and low range). Modified vehicles are welcomed as well. All vehicles are subject to a basic safety inspection.

• Absolutely no lowered vehicles or low profile tires


FOR JEEP WRANGLER OWNERS ORIENTATION CLASSES

• A JEEP Wrangler 4x4, must be street legal, with a 2-speed transfer case and tires in good condition (preferably off road tires – All Terrain or Mud Terrain)

• Stock Jeeps,  are all welcomed as long as it is a true 4x4 with a two speed transfer case (high and low range). Modified vehicles are welcomed as well. All vehicles are subject to a basic safety inspection.

• Absolutely no lowered vehicles or low profile tires


FOR TOTAL 4x4 ADVENTURE CLASSES

• A 4x4, must be street legal, with a 2-speed transfer case and tires in good condition (preferably off road tires – All Terrain or Mud Terrain)

• Stock Jeeps,  are all welcomed as long as it is a true 4x4 with a two speed transfer case (high and low range). Modified vehicles are welcomed as well. All vehicles are subject to a basic safety inspection.

• Absolutely no lowered vehicles or low profile tires

NOTE: This class is designed to use an easy BLACK DIAMOND road on day three. If your vehicle is not capable, or if you choose not to tackle a Black Diamond road, we will take you on a less difficult route.



FOR BLACK DIAMOND EXPERIENCE CLASSES

NO EXCEPTIONS!!


The type of vehicle, the way the vehicle is equipped and the skill level of the driver all combine to determine the degree of success when navigating a trail . Wshile a stock Wrangler JK Rubicon CAN make it across the Rubicon Trail with an experienced, skilled driver, it is likely that some damage will occur, especially to the underside skid plates. But, then, that is why the skid plates are there. Having said that, damage to bumpers and even painted body panels is a distinct possiblity. With ANY 4x4 vehicle, damage to the body, undercarriage, driveline, wheel and tires is a distince possiblity. The more off road friendly a 4x4 rig is stock, the less likely problems will be experienced on the trail. And modisfications to the 4x4, like a lift, skid plates, all terrain or mud terrain tires, all work together to reduce the risk of damage.

One of the criteria is the difficulty of the trail. In the San Bernardino National Forest, trails are rated at three levels:

      EASY Trails are marked with a Green Circle. Any 4x4 can drive on these roads except in the most   severe weather and snow conditions. Most two wheel drive trucks, SUVs and some sedans can drive on most, but not all of these roads in dry weather and road conditions.

   DIFFICULT Trails are marked with a Blue Square symbol. Most true 4x4 vehicles, with a two speed transfer case and good tires, can drive on these roads in dry conditions. Deep snow and icy conditions will limit the ability of the 4x4 to negotiate these roads. This level of road is not maintained for low ground clearance vehicles and always have ruts and exposed rocks that require care to navigate and some ground clearance to clear. Damage to the uderside of a the vehicle is more likely on these roads. Street tires, as opposed to off road tires which have tougher treads and sidewalls, are more suseotible to damage, punctures and sidewall cuts or even gashes. Since we use Difficult Trails in all of our classes, or rerquirements are very stringent in order to protect you and your vehicle. If your 4x4 is equipped so that it can negotiate a Difficult trail, than you have a vehicle that can drive on over 90% of all of the roads and trails on public lands in SoCal and most other areas. Note that some “DIFFICULT” roads are more difficult than others, and that weather conditions can affect the difficlty of all trails and roads.

   The Most Difficult Trails are marke with a Blcak Diamond symbol. These trails may cause    damage to virtually any STOCK vehicle, even a Jeep Wrangler JK Rubicon is at risk. The Black Diamond designation is fairly broad in the SBNF, meaning that there are easier Black Diamond roads and much more difficult Black Diamond roads. The John Bull and Holcolm Creek are considered by most to the the most difficult trails in the area. While stock 4x4s have made it across these roads sucessfully, they almost always are damaged. And the drivers are usually really exdperienced, or do not car if they damage their rig. In any case, it is wise to stay off these trails without a properly equipped vehicle and considerable experience or a highly-qualified guide like the ones we use. We tray to get most of our students on an easier Black Diamond road on the third day of our TOTAL Adventure 4x4 class. The exception is when the vehicle is not really capable of begotiating the road without a high risk of damage, or if the driver/owner choose to take a pass on the Most Difficult road. And it is always perfectly acceptable, and often a very good decision to pass on roads that you are not comfortable traveling across.

FOR ALL TOURS

• A 4x4, must be street legal, with a 2-speed transfer case and tires in good condition (preferably off road tires – All Terrain or Mud Terrain)

• Stock Jeeps,  are all welcomed as long as it is a true 4x4 with a two speed transfer case (high and low range). Modified vehicles are welcomed as well. All vehicles are subject to a basic safety inspection.

• Absolutely no lowered vehicles or low profile tires


FOR EASY TRAILS


FOR DIFFICULT TRAILS

• A 4x4, must be street legal, with a 2-speed transfer case and tires in good condition (preferably off road tires – All Terrain or Mud Terrain)

• Stock Jeeps,  are all welcomed as long as it is a true 4x4 with a two speed transfer case (high and low range). Modified vehicles are welcomed as well. All vehicles are subject to a basic safety inspection.

• Absolutely no lowered vehicles or low profile tires


FOR BLACK DIAMOND TRAILS

NO EXCEPTIONS!!


ADDITIONAL Requirements for WINTER Tours & Classes

CHAINS ARE REQUIRED

At least one set that will fit your tires; two sets are preferable!

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