Finally, you've got yourself a brand new off-road vehicle to take on the trails. The problem is everyone you're riding with is a seasoned pro. Fortunately for you, we've put together a guide of the essentials to ensure that you don't become "that guy" on the ride.
Remember, safety first. Taking a 750lb, 1000cc vehicle up the trails is dangerous. The best thing you can do to protect yourself, and others, is to be prepared for any critical emergencies. When you're riding 20 miles into the woods or desert, medical care isn't readily accessible.
We recommend picking up a good medical kit that manages pain and illnesses with a wide array of medications to treat pain, inflammation, and common allergies. Adventure Medical Kits has a Smart Travel and Sportsman Series medical kit that features all these important tools in a compact and durable package that's perfect for storing in almost any compartment.
Remember, not only do you have to protect yourself and others, you have to protect the land you're on. In case of a fire, you need to have a fire extinguisher readily available. In most private riding areas, it's required. You can pick up an emergency fire extinguisher and store it in one of your boxes, or use Quad Boss's adjustable fire extinguisher holder that mounts to virtually every UTV frame.
Pelican 80 gallon cooler
Ugh, nobody wants to be a mooch. You know him; That guy in the pack that brought absolutely nothing and has to bum and barter everything he needs from everyone. The only thing worse than being out on the trail with "that-guy" is when that guy is you!
Kolpin has a huge selection of different storage bags that are designed to go onto your vehicle, giving you plenty of room to store food, tools and camping supplies. Depending on the environment you typically ride in, there are various colors and patterns that should do the trick.
If you're heading somewhere remote for a weekend getaway, then you might want to think about a heavy-duty cooler from Pelican. These are some serious coolers with a bunch of cool features ranging from 20 gallons all the way to 80 gallons. Even if you're the type that needs to take a computer wherever you go, they also have laptop cases that are designed to take a punishment without breaking your computer.
There, now you can fend for yourself.
Slowing everyone down
There's nothing more annoying than riding with a rider who constantly has to stop because he/she is stuck in the mud, needs to borrow a wrench, or even worse, needs extra fuel. Everyone in the pack has to stop, unload and help the amateur until they're successfully taken care of. Fortunately, all you need to become a star is your own set of safety equipment and tools to handle any situation on your own.
Superwinch is one of the top name brands in aftermarket winches. They manufacturer a 2500lb winch kit that features a rugged, all-steel planetary gear set that's strong enough for the largest loads. This is the "bees-knees" when it comes to winches and it's more than enough power to get you out of any sticky situation.
With a proper winch installed, you'll want to make sure you have the ability to pull too. Kolpin has a large variety of universal and model specific hitches that are great value. Their unique design enables dual towing capability with the ball mount or pin mount.
If you do happen to get stuck with a flat, or run out of fuel, make sure you have a flat tire kit or extra fuel tanks. If you're 10 miles into the ride and you have no spare and no solution for these scenarios, you could of just made your day a whole lot harder. A compact and convenient Flat Tire Kit is a small investment that will surely pay for itself with one use. Place it inside a storage box that houses extra fuel tanks and you're all set.
Voyager GPS unit
Look, know where you're going. It's that simple. We understand that when you're out on the trails, it's difficult to know exactly your position, but you do need to keep track of where you're at. The last thing you want to be is the guy that has no idea where he is, or how he got there. So make sure you have the proper equipment to know where you're going.
Always know where you are, and where you are heading by installing a GPS Computer Kit. We like The Voyager™ GPS Kit from Trailtec® the best! It allows you to create, log and ride trails, and when you are finished, share them with friends. The 2.7” screen uses the most up-to-date technology for amazing viewing, even in direct sunlight.
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