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The Rubicon Trail – Useful Information Before You Go

What Is The Rubicon Trail? 

If you enjoy off-roading in the western U.S., then you have probably heard of the Rubicon Trail.  If you haven't heard of it, or you're interested in more details, then you need to continue reading. Simply put, the Rubicon Trail is one of those Bucket List destinations for American overlanders. The 22-miles of alternating 4x4-trail and road has something for everyone.

Where Is The Rubicon Trail?

Located in California's historic gold rush territory, the trail snakes its way through parts of the Sierra Nevada range.  Approximately 63-miles east of Sacramento, on Interstate 50, is the junction with Ice House Road. Traveling on this road north out of Riverton will put you at Loon Lake after 23.4-miles. The Loon Lake trailhead sits at an elevation of 6,331 feet. The trail continues to climb in this section and it is here that overlanders will experience many of the legendary obstacles.

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Tom Severin

Are You Keyed Up?

Last month I impressed upon you the importance of storing the winch controller near the driver’s seat. This month I offer an even more important reminder: Buy at least two additional copies of the ignition key. Carry an extra copy when you’re out. Whether four-wheeling or just enjoying the great outdoors, there are numerous ways to lose a key or lock yourself out. Without a spare, you’re up a creek of a different sort. Until you experience it, you can’t imagine the sense of helplessness.
 
Where to store the keys

Keep one copy at home. When in need, you can ask a friend to drive you home. Alternatively, he could fetch it himself, or have a good friend bring it to you. (If you’re uncomfortable allowing others to enter your home, consider leaving the key with a trusting neighbor.)

Another key is on you, of course.

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Tom Severin

Where is Your Winch Controller?

Mt. Patterson was our destination that beautiful autumn day. Part of the Sweetwater Range and located on the western edge of the Great Basin, Mt. Patterson’s summit offers a commanding view of that area.

The drive entails a slow climb on a one-lane shelf road. I was leading a group of seven vehicles up the long switchback. The road can be a little dicey if you encounter anyone coming down. There aren’t too many places to pull off.

At one point a party of six motorcycles came up from behind. Being courteous folks, we let the cyclists slip past. To create additional room, one driver decided to back up. His intention was to aim for the trail’s edge. But he almost went too far, dropping two wheels off the side.

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John Stewart

Axial $5,000 Wrangler and Tacoma Parts Giveaway

Win a $5k Shopping Spree on ExtremeTerrain.com | Sponsored by Axial

PAOLI, Pa. (Oct 9, 2019) – Attention Wrangler and Tacoma owners: here is your chance to win a $5,000 parts spree on ExtremeTerrain.com (XT). Sponsored by Axial, manufacturer of off-road LED lighting, the Axial $5,000 giveaway will award one finalist with $5K to spend on XT’s site. Even though Axial is exclusive to XT and known for LED lighting, the winner can select products from any category on XT’s site including: Tacoma Grills, Jeep Wheels, and Jeep Seat Covers.

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John Stewart

Silverado Headlight and Upgrade Options Technical Guide

How to Improve 2nd Generation Silverado Illumination – AmericanTrucks’ Tech Guides

PAOLI, Pa. (October 8th, 2019) – When it comes to truck lighting, the 2nd generation (2007-2015) Chevrolet Silverado gets the short end of the stick in terms of truck headlights. Owners of 2007-2015 Silverados do not have to suffer from lackluster lighting output due to inferior halogen bulbs. Advancements in lighting technology continue to provide alternatives to remedy dim Silverado headlights, such as LED’s, HID’s, and improved headlight housings.

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