When you spend time venturing out on trails, it’s possible for a variety of things to go wrong. While you can’t be prepared for everything, you can do some things to help you be prepared and deal with situations as they arise. Your first step in being properly prepared should be to create an emergency gear kit.
If you aren’t sure what should go into the kit here are some of our suggestions:
First Aid Kit
When you’re off-roading you can, depending on where you are, it can take hours - or longer - before emergency personnel can get to you, so it’s very important to have a comprehensive first aid kit that contains more than just bandages. Your kit should be able to treat injuries ranging from broken bones, sprains, bleeds, burns, dehydration and heat exhaustion, allergic reactions.
Make sure the container is waterproof and anytime you use an item from the first aid kit, make sure to replace it.
There’s always the risk that your truck breaks down and you end up spending the night on the trail when you didn’t mean to. Purchase a small portable stove and keep it stowed with your emergency kit. Don’t forget to pack fuel for the stove and a small pot to cook with if needed. There are many different types available, so be sure to choose the one that’s right for you.
A Good Old Map and Compass
Technology is great, but it isn’t fail proof so make sure to bring a map of the area and a compass along with you when you go off-roading. More than just that look over the map beforehand and make sure you have a plan in case something goes wrong.
If your truck breaks down and you need to get out of the sun a tarp is an easy way to build a shelter. They’re lightweight, pack small, and can be used for for many things in an emergency. If you have the space bring along a tent as well.
Food and Water
Even when only planning on a short day pack plenty of food and water. You never know when something could happen which extends your couple hour excursion into an overnight one.
A solar charger makes a great backup way of charging your electronic devices if your truck breaks down and can’t charge electronics.
A flashlight or headlamp is a must, even if you aren’t going to be staying out past dark. You may need the light to see something under your truck.
In case you get stuck out overnight, you’ll need a fire to keep warm. Don’t rely on bringing just one method to make a fire either, bring at least two different fire starters and keep them in separate places.
Keep Your Lifted Truck Running Great With Our Post Off-Roading Checklist
We’re sure you know, but off-roading can be tough on trucks. Even the most tricked out lifted truck needs to be thoroughly and carefully inspected after each trail day. Trails routinely push trucks to their limits with their many obstacles. And, even if you are just hitting easy scenic fire roads, you need to make sure to look your truck over for any potential issues. The sooner you catch problems, generally the easier and cheaper they are to repair.
We’ve compiled a list of several things you need to get into the habit of routinely doing and looking at after each time you hit the trail.
Clean Your Truck
Mud, dirt, debris, water, and many other things can get into your truck during the course of a day off-roading. Take the time to clean both the exterior and interior of your truck of all debris. This includes under your hood.
You’ll want to do a visual inspection of your tires, including your spare. Look for deep cuts and missing lugs. Check the tightness of your lug nuts and tighten them if needed. You’ll also need to check your tires’ air pressure and then again the next day.
Differential and Transmission Checks
Do a visual inspection of both the differential and transmission for leaks or damage.
Check your shocks, bushings, and mounts for damage
Check to make sure your brake drums don’t have any sand or mud in them. You should also check your brake lines for signs of stress.
You’ll need to jack your truck up to properly check your axles. Do a visual inspection to check for cracks or bends. Then tug on each wheel to make sure they aren’t loose or wobbly.
Start by doing a visual inspection of all suspension parts and look for any issue, such as wear and tear, damage, or pieces rubbing together. Next, you’ll need to get under your truck and check for loose parts and tighten accordingly. The last part of the suspension inspection includes checking the steering box for issues.
Carefully grease any components to ensure proper lubrication.
Do a visual inspection of your truck’s frame, looking for damage or cracks. Places you’ll want to pay particular attention are along the weld lines and in high stress areas.
Take your time and check the belts, hoses, and clamps on your engine for anything that looks worn or is loose.
Check all your fluid levels and refill if needed. You’ll also want to make sure none of your fluids have been contaminated, and if they were, replace the fluids.
Do a visual inspection of your radiator to ensure it didn’t get damaged on the trail. Also check for clogs and leaks.
Hopefully our list helps to give you an idea on what you need to look over after a good day of mudding in your used lifted truck. While it may seem tedious to spend the time checking so many components on your truck after a long day, just imagine how annoying it would be to not find out about an issue until you were miles into a trail and unable to easily fix the issue.
So what are you waiting for? Check out the online inventory of used trucks in Olympia, then visit South Sound Trucks to test drive the truck of your dreams and find a new weekend warrior to hit the trails with.