Thursday, January 25, 2018

Building Your Off-Road Recovery Kit

Must-Have Essentials in Your Jeep

My Jeep being recovered off a stump

For those embarking on their journey as a new Jeeper or off-road enthusiast, trying to figure out what gear to purchase and where to even begin can feel immensely daunting. To ease into this terrain, starting with a few essential items can lay the foundation for your Off-Road Recovery Kit. It's crucial to meticulously review these tools, ensuring they align with appropriate warnings and load ratings to guarantee they're properly rated and in optimal working condition.

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Off Road Insiders Podcast: Recovery Gear 👉Watch Here

Most recovery straps and ropes typically arrive with warning tags containing vital details, such as strap type, rated capacity, material specifications, and precautionary measures. Checking and understanding these tags are crucial in building a reliable and safe off-road gear collection.

Must Have Recovery Tools on the Trail 👉 Watch Here

Warn Recovery Strap

Recovery straps

You need a good-quality recovery strap. Make sure it’s a recovery strap, not a tow strap. The recovery straps are designed for the rigors of pulling out a stuck vehicle, and a tow strap is designed for flat road towing. When making sure your gear is right, it is important to consider the weight of your vehicle. All recovery straps are rated according to their breaking strength, which at minimum should be approximately twice as much as the maximum vehicle weight that it can safely tow. So, if your Jeep weighs 5,000 pounds, you will need recovery straps that can pull at least double that amount or over 10,000 pounds.

My go-to Recovery Strap 👉 Click Here to buy

Jeep Momma Tip

Keep your recovery strap underneath the driver's seat. That way if you get stuck in the mud or water you don't need to get out of your Jeep to look for your gear in the trunk. It will be right there for you to get. 

ARB Tree Trunk Protector

Breaking strength tag

Tree Saver

My ARB Recovery tree trunk protector. A tree trunk protector can be used with a winch and pulley block. So a 10000# winch can potentially pull 20000#. That's why the 12000kg (26000#s) protector is good. So doubling you're winches capacity in general is safe.

My go-to tree trunk 👉 Click Here to buy 

soft shackle

  • Snatch block
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Communications - GSMR or CB Radio 

  • Gloves - My go-to are Mechanix Gloves 👉 Buy Here

  • HiLift Jack - This tool can be dangerous if you don't know how to properly use it. Watch my HiLift Jack "how to" safely use your jack. 👉 Watch Here 

Recovery Class

Only shackles AKA D-rings that are load-rated should be used for vehicle recovery. Load ratings are stamped onto the shackle. It will be in the form of WLL (working load limit) or SWL (safe working load). 

Shackles with a rating of at least 3.25t should be the minimum and are suitable for attaching one end of a strap.  4.75 t-rated shackles have a larger eye and are more suited to applications such as tree trunk protectors where two ends of the strap are fitted in the shackle.

Jeep Momma Tip

Never over-tighten the shackle pin. Forces exerted on the shackle by vehicle recovery can cause the pin to seize. The correct method is to tighten the pin until it seats, then back off the pin at approximately ¼ turn. 

Tire Deflators

Tire Deflators

My go-to deflators are the J.T. Brooks Tire Deflator Pros. You can set them to your desired PSI, no pre-setting is needed. 👉 Click Here to buy

Off-Road 101: Airing Down 👉 Read More

Colby Valve

Colby Valves 👉 Buy Here   Use Discount Code - "JeepMomma" 

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Weather Emergency Gear for Your Jeep

Must-Have Gear for Off-Road Preparedness  

When you are out in the elements whether on the pavement or on the trails you should always have the necessary gear to get you back home if you get stuck or break down. 

Must-Have Gear for Jeep Off-Road Preparedness 👉 Read More

Emergency Winter Weather Kit

Snow Shovel 
Emergency Blanket / Sleeping Bags
Flashlight with extra batteries
Food (snacks)/Water
Hand Warmers

How to build the Ultimate Winter Survival Kit 👉 Read More

Jeep Momma Fire Extinguisher Mounts

Nylon Mount 👉

Fire Extinguisher on roll bar

  • Made of black Nylon, durable and reliable. It is very easy to install
  • 3 adjustable straps to any size that you want. Suitable for different fire extinguishers
  • All accessories attach to roll bars using hook-and-loop fasteners.
  • Works with 3-inch roll bars. Can be held by one 3-pound fire extinguisher 

Bartact Mount 👉 Buy Here

  • High quality,
  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Color Choice to match your Jeep
  • Fits both padded and non-padded roll bars
  • Fits PALS webbing as a MOLLE accessory

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Must-Have Jeep Off Road Preparedness Gear

Being Prepared Makes for a Better Time

Jeep Girl Gets dirty
1st Time OffRoad

When I became a Jeep owner back in 2013, I suddenly became overwhelmed with all the different accessories you could buy for your Jeep. Then, once I realized you could modify your Jeep, I didn’t know which direction to go.

Lessons Learned

In the years since, I have learned quite a bit from my experience, online research, and stories shared by other Jeepers.  Knowing where to start is the first step. There is so much out there, it’s good to have the basics to build upon.

Here are some starting points that you can build upon to have the necessary tools and equipment in your Jeep when you take it out on the trails. 

5 Must Have to Be Prepared for Off-Roading

This doesn’t include everything, but a good place to start and build upon.

#1 Road Safety Kit

This should automatically be in your Jeep even if you don’t go off-roading. Some of the items in this kit are jumper cables, a jack, a lug nut wrench, road flares/glow sticks/warning triangle, fire extinguisher, tools for repairs, personal knife, Duct Tape, Tarp, Nylon Rope,   and First Aid Kit.  

#2 Airing Down/Up Kit

Tire Deflators, Tire Gauge, and Air compressor are the main items in this kit. I love my Tire deflators from J.T. Brooks. I just ordered the pro-series. The Air Compressor is a good idea if when you air down there is no place near to air up.

Off-Roading 101: Airing Down 👉 Read More

J.T. Brooks Tire Deflators Pro 👉 Read More

Air Compressor 👉 Buy Here

#3 Recovery kit  

This kit can contain many items such as a tow strap, tree saver, shackles, bottle jack, Hi-lift Jack and more. 

Building Your Off-Road Recovery Kit 👉 Read More

#4 Off-Road Shoes

The right kind of shoes are important when you are out on the trails. I like my Merrell hiking shoes when I am out on the rocks or in the woods. A pair of rain/mud boots are good for when the trails are wet and muddy. Other personal items to have is a change of clothes, sunscreen, bug spray, chapstick, raincoat, 

5 Must Have Personal Items 👉 Watch Here

#5 Tool Box 

When you off road you never know when you will break down or even a friend could break down. It's good to carry the necessary tools for trail fixes. 

Must-Have Tools on the Trail 👉 Read More

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