Essential equipment for an ORAC training trip – what do you need to take?
a) You will have already declared the type of vehicle – if you change this let the organiser know as some are unsuitable for driving in sand. Also you will be allocated to a team with similar vehicles to yours to make the event easier to manage. Please check to ensure you have towing points and that all gears and shifts to 4WD actually function. Read the manual and be familiar with how things work if you have an automatic transmission.
b) You must have the following
: we can ask you to leave the trip if you don’t have these
- A sand flag of some description – those of you who do not drive jeeps – please think how you will fix this to your vehicle – jeeps are easy!
- What is a sand flag? Basically it can be a true sand flag purchased from somewhere like a quad bike shop or anything durable and about 2m long that can be fixed to your vehicle and display a coloured flag. Sticks are not durable but cheap fishing rods often work well. Fixing it to anything other than a jeep can be a challenge – so look early for fixing points!! Don’t drive on the black top with a flag, (a)the ROP dont approve and (b) at high speed it will probably break.
- A suitable air compressor to inflate tyres – I find the twin cylinder ones sold in Carrefour for about 20-30 OR quite OK
- Under new training plans, while you should have a suitable jack to allow you to raise the vehicle you are driving + a base plate of some description that will stop this sinking in the sand, trainers will also carry with them larger jacks which make the lifting easier. Remember a standard car bottle jack is unlikely to lift a jeep with 4" lift and 33" tyres.
You will not be excluded from a trip if you dont carry a first aid kit
and a fire extinguisher
that's in date and pressured, but its still wise that you carry these.
You may also like to bring a shovel.
You do not need to purchase
any recovery straps or shackles
- they will be supplied by trainers on each trip:
c) You will benefit if you also have the following but you will not be refused on the trip if you don't
• A GPS device that allows entry of UTM coordinates
• Some basic tools and spares just in case
• Work gloves – tyres can be very hot in the sand.
• Spare water other than drinking water.