Southern Jeeps has one or more official club rides each quarter. These rides are open to members only, but prospective members may attend Ad-hoc rides before joining the club. Check our forums for the latest on ad-hoc rides!
Your vehicle must meet all of our vehicle requirements (see below) and you must follow the proper trail ettiquette during the ride.
Required Vehicle Equipment
- Valid Driver’s License and Proof of Insurance.
- Fire Extinguisher (1A10BC Dry Chemical) – These are commonly available at any WallMart, Home Depot, Lowes, Sam’s, Costco, or other homecenters. Common cost is typically in the $10-20 range depending on size/features.
- Roll Bar or Steel Unitized Factory Roll Protection Structure.
- Basic First Aid Kit — These can commonly be found for $20 or less. The most comprehensive one we’ve seen is available at Sam’s Club for about $20.
- Tow rope, strap, or chain (Note: Straps and ropes with hooks are not acceptable). As a minimum, straps must be 2″ wide, rated for 10,000 pounds, and at least 20′ in length. In addition to the many fine off-road suppliers, these and other common recovery necessities are commonly available at WalMart and/or Northern Tool.
- Safety belts (one for each occupant). This is non-negotiable. All individuals must be properly restrained by factory or better equipment (for their own safety) inside any moving vehicle on a club ride.
- Spare tire, jack, and lug wrench. Many modified vehicles may require the use of a “Hi-Lift” or farm-style jack. These can be a very valuable tool, and we highly recommend (but do not require) them. They are available at any off-road merchant and/or Northern Tool in the $75 and up depending on features. (Note: The spare tire must be within one inch of the diameter of the vehicle tires. Exceptions are made for vehicles with 38″ tires or larger due to weight and physical size.)
- Front and Rear tow points. These MUST BE FRAME MOUNTED in one manner or another. The hardware is typically available at any off-road supplier or auto-parts store.
- All vehicles must have a functioning exhaust system for both noise control and fire suppression purposes.
- Citizens band (CB) radio.
|Trail Ride Tips & Etiquette|
- Give your Jeep a safety and mechanical check before leaving for the trail ride.
- If you plan on attending a ride let us know so we know how many people to expect.
- If you are expected on a trail ride but decide not to go or you are running late call the trail leader so we know if we need to wait for you.
- Keep an eye on the Jeep behind you. If it falls out of sight or seems to need help, slow down or wait and inform the Jeeps in front of you that they need to do the same. This applies for on the trail as well as on the highway when traveling in a group.
- If you are falling behind and need the Jeeps ahead to slow down or wait give a holler on the CB.
- Feel uncomfortable about an obstacle? Let someone know and we will get someone to spot you. If you are asked to spot someone but are not sure what line they should take ask for help from the trail leader. There is absolutely nothing wrong with taking a bypass or being winched to get past an obstacle.
- There should only be one person spotting a vehicle over an obstacle. Different people giving the driver different instructions while attempting an obstacle can be confusing and dangerous. If you have ideas on how to get a vehicle over the obstacle talk to the person spotting the vehicle about them.
- Give the vehicles around you plenty of room to maneuver on the trail. Do not tailgate. If the vehicle in front of you is going up/down a steep hill climb wait until they are at the top/bottom before you start your turn.
- Vehicles on our rides range from highly modified with experienced drivers to completely stock with brand new drivers. The amount of time and help different vehicles will need getting over some of the obstacles will vary greatly. Always be helpful and patient.
- Be courteous on the CB. Remember that some people will have their kids with them who can hear the CB as well.
- We share some of the trails with horseback riders. If you come across a horse stop and shut down your engine so you don’t spook them. Use the CB to let the other Jeeps know they will need to do the same. Continue on the trail when the horses are out of sight. If we are traveling in the same direction as the horses do not pass unless signaled to do so by the rider. When passing slow your Jeep to almost a crawl and give them plenty of room. Keep your radio down and don’t make any loud noises such as revving your engine or honking your horn.
- Use the CB to let the Jeeps in back of you know when there is oncoming traffic on the trail. If there is not enough room for them to pass let the Jeeps behind you know whether the other vehicles are pulling over to let us by or if we need to pull over to let them by.
- Don’t litter. If you pack it in, pack it out. This includes cigarette butts.
- Dogs are welcome on the trail if they are behaved and controllable. Be sure to bring a leash, food and water for them. Does your dog not get along with other dogs? Check to see if anyone else is bringing a dog with them first.
- Be courteous to other riders on the trail. If they need help, help them out if possible.
- If someone in our group breaks down the trail ride will stop until we get them repaired. We will never leave someone behind. When you attend a ride be aware that it is always possible that someone may have bad luck and break their Jeep and stop the ride. Please be patient, it may be you next time!
- Be aware that a trail ride may take longer than planned due to breakage or unforeseen problems. Bring more food and water than you think you will need and be prepared to get home late.
- Safety always comes first. Please know your vehicle limitations and think of your safety and the safety of others before attempting that insane obstacle. We are on the trails to have a fun time, not to get hurt or total our Jeeps.