REMEMBER: As with any club trip, grade 1 or not, we are off-roading! Anything can happen, so be prepared for breakages and or damage.
Grade 1: Standard unmodified trucks, easy driving, novice drivers, no damage or scratches likely.
Grade 2: Standard trucks with good tyres, easy tracks, novice drivers, some brush marks or scratches likely, bumper deep water, some mud.
Grade 3: Trucks with some mods (mud tyres, snorkel) and good ground clearance recommended, slightly harder more technical tracks, some off-roading experience required, wheel deep water, more mud, brush marks and scratches likely, some damage to sills or panels possible.
Grade 4: More heavily modified trucks (mud tyres, snorkel, raised/upgraded suspension, winch preferable) harder tracks, steep hills/inclines, good off-roading experience required, bonnet deep water, deep/lots of mud, expect brush scratches and possible sill/panel damage.
Grade 5: Very heavily modified trucks (as grade 4 but winch a must, scrub bars) very hard technical tracks, experienced drivers, tippy/steep tracks, bush bashing/big rocks, winching will be needed, over bonnet deep water and mud, expect damages!
Minimum Safety Equipment and recommended gear
The following items are compulsory for all vehicles, on all club trips, the trip leader will check you have these and may refuse you if you do not.
- Rated tow hooks or recovery points front and rear – NO TOWBALLS !
- First aid kit
- Fire extinguisher
- Recovery strop/snatch strop
- Rated D/bow shackles
- Shovel or spade
- Snatch/winch blanket
- Spark arrestor (for summer months)
We also strongly recommend every truck is equip with the following:
- Basic tool kit
- Toilet paper
- Spare wheel
- Jack and base
- Hi-vis vest
- Tree truck protector and snatch block, if you have a winch
- Supplies of water, oils (engine, transmission, brake fluid etc)
- Common spare parts for you vehicle (alternator belts, cvs etc)
- Traction/snow chains
DON’T RELY ON OTHERS FOR RECOVERY GEAR, IF YOU USE OTHER PEOPLES RECOVERY GEAR AND BREAK IT, YOU REPLACE IT!
Please support our local 4WD store, Central 4WD, they have a great range in stock and of course competitive prices – simply mention you are a member of the club!
Check out Mudstuck online too, they have a great range of quality products.