4x4 Newcomers Group Classes

Classes meet in Big Bear Lake. After a short drive to the trail head, tires are aired down and several exercises are explained for the drive to our training area. At the training area, an instructor will drive you around the course explaining driving skills on a variety of obstacles. The Instructor will then ride with you to coach you over the varied terrain. The training course consists of hill climbs, descents, ruts, bumps, rock crawling and side slopes

WHAT YOU WILL EXPERIENCE

  • Vehicle Control Use

  • Optimum Tire Pressures

  • How Sway Bars Work

  • Axle Articulation

  • Vehicle Right of Way & Rules of the Road

  • Gaining Ground Clearance

  • Tire Placement

  • Finding Traction

  • Driving in Ruts and Bumps

  • Keeping the Vehicle Stable

  • Using a Spotter

  • Choosing the Optimum Vehicle Path

  • Climbing and Descending Hills

  • Rock Crawling Basics

  • Using the Brakes

  • Controlling Wheelspin

  • Keeping Trails Open

  • Trail Difficulty

  • Communications

Newcomer Off Road Driving Experience

Limited to 12 4x4 Vehicles - 7 Hours - $199

(passengers no additional charge)

Class and Clinics Beginning in July 2021

Winching & Vehicle Recovery Clinics

WHAT YOU WILL EXPERIENCE

  • Situation Assessment

  • Recovery Gear Inventory

  • Creating a Recovery Plan

  • Designating the person in charge

  • Towing a disabled vehicle

  • Using a kinetic "Yanker" strap

  • Using a Hi-Lift jack

  • Changing or repairing a flat tire

  • Using extraction board and traction aids

  • Altering tire pressure for more traction or more ground clearance

  • Road building to get unstuck

  • WINCHING

    • Winching safety​

    • Estimating winching loads

    • ​Winch pulling power​

    • Winch line angles

    • Winching the same vehicle

    • Winching other vehicles

    • Winching anchor points

    • Using a snatch block or recovery ring

    • Winch lines - synthetic vs. steel

    • Using ground anchors

    • Respooling winch line     

Recovery Gear and Winches are not required

Winching & Basic Vehicle Recovery Clinic

Limited to 8 4x4 Vehicles - 7 Hours - $199

(passengers no additional charge)

Class and Clinics Beginning in July 2021

Introduction to Overlanding

WHAT YOU WILL EXPERIENCE

  • Everything in the Newcomer Group Class

PLUS

  • Compensating for heavier loads

  • Driving in uneven terrain with a roof rack and/or roof top tent

  • Minimum gear requirements for a 1-2 day overland experience

  • Trailer towing

  • Gear storage options

  • Dispersed camping

Introduction to Overlanding

Limited to 8 4x4 Vehicles - 7 Hours - $199

(passengers no additional charge)

Class and Clinics Beginning in July 2021