Jeep 4WD Travel, Destinations and Overland
driven Jeep 4WD vehicles since 1964. My off-pavement driving experience led to journalism, 4WD book
authorship and consulting to 4WD and SUV vehicle manufacturers. In the mid-'90s, I teamed with Bill Burke
(Four-Wheeling America) to instruct the nationwide 'Tread Lightly 4WD Clinic' programs. I have also co-hosted
workshops on four-wheeling and survival with Codin Lundin. Cody operates the Aboriginal Living Skills School
and currently co-stars in the Discovery Channel's"Dual
Survival" series with Dave Canterbury. Cody is also a best-selling author in his field...It is gratifying to
share my 'wheeling experience with four-wheelers of all skill levels. Enjoy the travel stories and videos at
the 4WD Mechanix© Magazinewebsite!"—Moses
A Warn Industries' JK Wrangler was easily scaling this rock wall at Moab
when duty called. Staff asked the driver to stop the vehicle then winch forward. Winching in this situation
provides a stable and controlled means for inching the Jeep along. This is no place for wheel spin or turning a 4x4
Regardless of your Jeep's aftermarket equipment and how much traction and ground clearance you get,
there is that point when driving skill makes a difference. Today's professional rock crawlers were
yesterday's Jeep four-wheelers, regular folks who learned to master trail driving techniques in the
Backcountry trips require planning and skillful driving. In this section
of 4WD Mechanix Magazine, I share 4WD trips, driving tips and off-pavement adventures. You will discover how to
have fun with friends and family while being safe and preserving your equipment, too!
Aftermarket equipment is only part of the 'get home soon and safely'
equation. My first trip through the Rubicon Trail in 1967 was in a stone stock, four-cylinder powered 1964 Jeep
CJ-5. Despite the 30-inch tires, OE step plates beneath each door opening, a cloth top and no factory roll bar or
seat belts, I brought that Jeep through unscathed. Notably, the trail was in better
shape in 1967 than today...
Today, safety equipment comes standard on the Jeep 4WD trail models. We
build additional safety with aftermarket items...A four-wheeler's driving skill, however, remains the best means
for getting through obstacles safely—and preventing vehicle damage!
A well anchored winch can prevent havoc. Winches have
been around since the earliest Willys civilian models. The winch itself must be handled with care, as there
is great force involved with a hefty vehicle recovery. Combining winch and four-wheel drive energy can often
keep a vehicle under control. In my bestselling Jeep® Owner's Bible™ (Bentley Publishers), I write at length about safe
winching techniques and off-pavement vehicle recovery.
Today's factory and aftermarket
equipment makes many driving venues simpler, safer and far less jarring to Jeep 4WD occupants. As a
techno-buff and professional mechanic, I find the latest powertrains, cooling systems, suspension, gear
systems, traction equipment and safety items much to my liking! Yet there's still the matter of driving
ability. At this section of the website, you can learn about challenging trails and discover four-wheeling
adventure! Improve your off-pavement driving skills along the way...
Keep that iPhone or Droid X "smart phone" handy! If you're stuck off-pavement and in quick need of this
website's resources, ask for "Moses Ludel" (pronounced "lu-dell")—a host of Google URL search engine listings
will pop up! Click on "4WD Mechanix Magazine" for insights. Save this section's URL in your off-pavement
Warn Industries has a
variety of technical videos available at YouTube. You can quickly access that video series