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Jeep Owners Club are invited to attend M.O.D D1 Bagshot Training area September 21st 2013

 

Fancy a Saturday of 4x4 action? Never driven you Jeep off road? Well this could be the day for you! So wether you a beginner or seasoned off roader there is some thing for you all!

 

This site has 3 main trails ! 2 are suited to standard Jeeps the 3rd with water holes is usually good to depending on rainfall !

 

If a standard Land Rover Disco can get round on road tyres I'm sure your Jeep will!!! (No offence to you who own both brands !)

 

Camping is an option too ! BBQ and a few beers ? Check in at the local Premier Inn? In Camberly a couple of miles away or you could just set off back home int time for the X-Factor  :icon_e_confused:

 

Axel From the 4x4 Response Group Hampshire & Berkshire will be having a morning practice off-road driving skills and winching.

 

So if Jeep owners Club Members want to have a session Look out for Axel!  :icon_e_biggrin:

 

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Date 21/09/2013

 

M.O.D D1 Bagshot Training area.

The Maultway, B3015

Lightwater

Surrey

GU15 1QA

 

http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=490619&Y=160700&A=Y&Z=106

 

Places to stay nearby

 

http://www.booking.com/searchresults.html?aid=340152&latitude=51.338177&longitude=-0.700492

 

 

We also have a visitor all the way from Australia from the Melbourne Jeep Owners Club :great: if you haven't spotted him online he is Andrew Down Under! So lets show Andrew a great time! (If you read this Andrew we won't go on about England winning Ashes ! Honest!! :icon_e_wink:)

 

Please reply to this thread if you would like to attend Payment Via Paypal to he Blue Light Off Road Club bloc@hotmail.co.uk  £35.00  Cash can be taken on the day

 

Attendees

 

[*]Stewart, JK Rubicon 4 door Orange Orange

[*] Alison & Ellie, JK Ultimate 4 door Black

[*]Greggster, JK Rubicon 2 door Black

[*]Arno, TJ Black

[*] Patrick, JK Rubicon 2 door Crush Orange

[*]Mark, KJ Silver

[*]46stm Steve & Viv, JK 4 door Black

[*]Howard Lester

[*]Greg Lester

[*] Pete & Zelda, TJ Muddy and dented

[*]Paulmichael31111 - Paul

[*]Doc - David, JK Rubicon Black

[*] Moses and Edi

[*]Jules ? TBC

[*]Terry, TJ Black

[*]Wildjeeper62 - Chris & Leigh

[*]SavMan, Paul, XJ 4.0 Blue

[*]Adam

[*]Graham

[*] Volant165 - Jim Olexa

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Please note the Following

 

Passengers are allowed provided all are properly seated and wearing seat belts ,

 

*** Important ***

 

For Insurance purposes any vehicles must be in roadworthy condition and we would ask If you could bring:

*Drivers license ,

*Insurance certificate

*MOT Certificate,

 

This is not a speed trial! Anyone driving recklessly or dangerously will be ejected from the site !!

 

When you arrive on site we will be forming groups for the different skill levels so please be patient while we organise you in to the suitable groupings :great:

 

Tips for driving offroad

 

Off-Road Driving Tips

Jeeps, Green laning & off-roading is one of the more exciting hobbies you can experience. Going off road opens your eyes to places you would not otherwise see.

 

It also challenges you, as the terrain is far different from what you are accustomed to driving on. And you can find yourself in a remote and very hostile environment in just a few hours.

 

These are some off-road driving tips.

 

Firstly, find some good off-road space where, apart from training new skills, you can also relax and enjoy the views.

 

In order to drive your Jeep safely, the off-road techniques have to be learnt correctly. There are some UK environmentally friendly codes of conduct that should be followed on an off-road expedition.

 

Deep Ruts & Ditches

Make sure you know where the lowest points of your vehicles are. In order to avoid over steering, let the wheels follow their own route inside a deep rut. Be prepared, however, to take control if needed. Cross ditches at an angle, do not try to cross directly on.

 

Deep Water

Before going into deep water, you need to check if the bottom is solid or if it’s soft mud, and if there are any underwater potholes. Directional steering can be affected by sideways current so it’s better to turn the air conditioner off. If the water reaches the cooling fan, switch the engine off and let it cool. An electric fan won’t start up at the crossing that way.

 

Tyres act as floats in the water. Remember that pressure is lowered afterwards. It’s easier for the vehicle to be pushed sideways. Go slowly and steady pushing a bow wave in front. The wave causes a lower water level inside the engine bay. Don’t stop or accelerate through the waves, just nurture them. The Jeep will be difficult to restart if the water enters the exhaust. After leaving the water, check the brakes. Try to dry brakeshoes and drums by pressing brakes lightly while driving a short distance. Discs will be quicker to dry out. If the vehicle was being driven in the muddy water, remove the brake drums and clean them out.

 

Before entering cold water, it is advisable to cool hot axles in order to avoid changing the diff and bearings. Only oil will need changing but it’s much cheaper.

 

In deep water you’ll need well fitted snorkels as well as waterproof electrics in the engine bay. A radiator blind can be made from tarpaulin in an emergency, if you don’t have a snorkel. The aim is to stop water going through the radiator and guide it under the engine. After stalling the engine in the water, dry all electrics before restarting the vehicle, otherwise cranking the engine in gear will move the Jeep forward and backward.

 

Hill Climbing & Descending

Avoiding rocks, stumps and holes is a good idea. Try to check the hill, if possible, to make sure it’s safe for the vehicle. Select the gear, then go with a steady pace. Don’t use too much of accelerator but avoid stalling. If a wheel spins, back off the power to get traction again. If you stop on the hill, apply brakes and select reverse immediately. Release the brake and engage the clutch fully. Don’t brake on the way down. Be very careful as if the wheels lock, you’ll lose steering and will slide sideways or even roll over. Without braking, reverse down the hill in gear, trying to take the straightest line. The engine will brake safely.

 

To descent the hill, use engine braking to low down rather than the brakes. To regain control in case of sliding around, accelerate slightly. Ease off the brake if you brake when driving down and a skid develops. You will regain traction and will be able to steer again.

 

Long Grass

Be very careful while driving in long grass, as there are several dangers hiding there: it can block the radiator, wrap around the crank pulley, catch fire on the hot exhaust as well as hide obstacles and holes.

 

Mud

Successful driving in the mud depends on the tread on your tyres. The more aggressive it is, the more likely it is you’ll reach the destination. Unfortunately, even the most aggressive treads can’t cope with wet clay. In this situation, turn the steering left and right. Again, steady momentums should solve the problem. Avoid changing the gear and accelerating.

 

After driving in the deep mud, remove mud from the vehicle and check the braking.

 

Rock Crawling

If you want to hit large rocks, try to do it squarely. The sidewall is the most vulnerable part of the tyre. That is why it is advisable to avoid cuts scratches. Put you foot off the clutch pedal. Brake only if necessary. If your Jeep has an automatic box, you might want to brake gently as automatic boxes give a bit less engine braking. Maintaining a slow and steady momentum, then starting off again after a stalled engine, is recommended. You need to know exactly where the wheels are and where they will be in a few moments.

 

Sand

The sand is firm if you can see tyre patterns, it’s soft it tyre tracks are narrow vees. Before going to on the sand, check it’s not mostly dry just below the surface. If you follow a vehicle on sand, don’t follow its track, drive your own crust. There will be less chance of loosing critical momentum. Maintain momentum, avoid braking and sharp turns are golden rules of driving in the soft sand. Start off slowly, using 2nd gear in automatics. Don’t change gear or slip the clutch when under load. To get the momentum, you might need a running start and you should be at the highest gear. It’s not for speeding, though.

 

When the wheel is spinning, the Jeep will be dug down very quickly. If it happens, don’t power your way out. Firstly, come out and have a look. On sandy steep descents accelerate out of a slide don’t brake. Don’t traverse the dune or drive blind over the top of it. Drive straight up or down it. Don’t drive through a sand storm. To minimise vibration, drive corrugations at the best speed. It is recommended to buy a long handled shovel, if you plan to drive on the sand often.

 

Snow

Avoid changing gear unnecessarily and use only as much gear as needed to keep the engine going. There might be several hidden obstacles in the snow, such as rocks, branches etc. Keep to the high side of the slope, drive the crown of the track leaving only a wide margin for ditches.

 

You’ll loose traction if you turn the steering left and right while climbing. Never change gear on ice.

 

Be aware that driving in freezing conditions can cause ice to build up around the steering and suspension

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My second drive there !!  :icon_e_biggrin:

Alison, I would love to be able to say the same. Unfortunatly Sarah goes for her op tomorrow and I am not sure how much "care" I am expected to provide over the coming weeks. Something about being bedridden and jeep coming before wife. Not sure what all that is about.

 

So I don't think I can make it, may be next time. :icon_e_sad:

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Howard and Greg.....well bugger me. remember Howard teaching me on my first ever Jeep excursion at woodlands.

 

Hope ya both keeping well :)

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My second drive there !!  :icon_e_biggrin:

Alison, I would love to be able to say the same. Unfortunatly Sarah goes for her op tomorrow and I am not sure how much "care" I am expected to provide over the coming weeks. Something about being bedridden and jeep coming before wife. Not sure what all that is about.

 

So I don't think I can make it, may be next time. :icon_e_sad:

 

Good luck hope all goes well!

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Hope to come but am at Holymoorside the weekend before and will probably not come out of it unscathed. If I do then we will be there so put us down please.

 

Pete & Zelda

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Hope to come but am at Holymoorside the weekend before and will probably not come out of it unscathed. If I do then we will be there so put us down please.

 

Pete & Zelda

 

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Andrew Down Under

Hi everyone I'm really looking forward to seeing how you jeep in England. There is a very poor number of jeeps in Ireland which I must say is the countries only drawback so far. As for the ashes I was in Waterford today and was a few inches away from the magic crystal urn. I hope to find you all well.

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Hi  count me in for this. Recently acquired my grand cherokee my first 4x4 so I'll be learning all the way. :scratch: :zozz_newbie:

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Hi  count me in for this. Recently acquired my grand cherokee my first 4x4 so I'll be learning all the way. :scratch: :zozz_newbie:

 

Added Paul ! Don't worry we're here to help!

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Hi everyone I'm really looking forward to seeing how you jeep in England. There is a very poor number of jeeps in Ireland which I must say is the countries only drawback so far. As for the ashes I was in Waterford today and was a few inches away from the magic crystal urn. I hope to find you all well.

 

Hopefully you will enjoy! Although we haven't got quite as much terrain as Australia to play in!  :icon_e_sad:

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G'Day Andrew DU

Did you that's the same expression that's used in Denmark?

 

Another novice driver tip: hold your steering wheel so that all fingers and thumbs are outside the rim. If you hit a rock with a tyre, the steering wheel may spin and if your thumb is inside, you'll break it!

Maybe a section on off road driving would be useful as a place for these tips?

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Any more takers ?? :scratch:

 

If you emailed over the weekend we may not have got the messages as Our domain name was moving over to a new server along with the email accounts!!

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Hi guys,

 

We would be very happy to join you if there is space for us?

 

What time are you planning to meet there ?

 

Cheers,

 

Chris & Leigh

 

 

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Hi guys,

 

We would be very happy to join you if there is space for us?

 

What time are you planning to meet there ?

 

Cheers,

 

Chris & Leigh

 

Added Chris!!

 

There is loads of space left!!

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