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If you love the idea of taking your vehicle off-road and finding an isolated and secluded camping spot, it can easy to think that you just need to pack your vehicle with everything you’ll need and that’s that! However, in reality, the success of an off-road adventure depends on a bit of planning and some tips.

Tips to Help Keep Your Vehicle off the Road and on the Way to Adventure

Below is a great post from Synthetics Northwest with some of these very tips which can not only help you to pack your vehicle right, but keep you adventuring for longer!

Heavier Items First

First up is some advice on packing your truck or off-roader. Start by making a list or even laying everything out in front of you and identify the heaviest items. These are the items which you are going to pack into your vehicle first. Why? Because when it comes time to get your vehicle into angles you are sure aren’t even possible, a low center of gravity is going to be what helps keep your vehicle planted on the ground and not upside down. To further this tip, be sure to spread your heavy items around your vehicle as evenly as you can. This can help to give your suspension a break and can also help to make your ride a little smoother. While this technique may mean that you don’t have easy access to items you will want to utilize when you arrive and want to set up, it will mean that you are able to reach more places safely and successfully!

Correctly Pack Your Roof

One of the most common and popular places to store your gear is the roof of your vehicle. And while it is certainly a great space to utilize, if it isn’t used correctly then you’re just asking for trouble. The first step is to use a cargo rack. Not your regular roof racks or, dare we say it, your bare roof - but a cargo rack. In addition to this, be sure to utilize a high-quality packing netting to take your packing even further. The reason why it is so important to use these items together is simple - tipping prevention. For example, imagine that you pack your roof with a few light essentials, but they aren’t secured and they are packed too high without a netting. As you maneuver your vehicle into almost-impossible angles, the items on your roof start to tilt and lean over the edge of your roof. And while they may not weigh much, you can bet that any amount of weight leaning from your roof is going to seriously throw of your center of gravity leading to your vehicle tipping over. As you can imagine, this isn’t an ideal situation and is one which is incredibly dangerous and can be prevented by using the above tip. Click here to buy Signature Series 0W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil and give your vehicle a synthetic oil change in Salem, OR before you leave. If you want to find out more about this or any of the other products available at the online store, pick-up the phone and speak with an expert at Synthetics Northwest by calling (503) 371-7184.

Can Your Vehicle Handle It?

Of course, it’s one thing to pack a vehicle as well as you can, but it’s quite another to pack a vehicle which just isn’t up to the task. For this reason, once you know your rough itinerary and have a general idea of the treatment your vehicle is going to be put through, take it to your local mechanic and let them check it over. Of course, if you feel that you can perform the task yourself, be sure to pay close attention to the following:
  • Suspension
  • Brakes
  • Gearbox
  • Fluid lines and levels
  • Electrics (including any on your trailer)
  • Any and all safety features your vehicle has

Share Your Sense of Adventure

Every off-roader strives to find the most isolated and serene spots to set up camp and enjoy the views and serenity. However, what if you get stuck in a mud-pit or you get stuck between a rock and a hard place (literally) and just need a simple tow? These are the types of small problems which can easy come up and ones which can put an abrupt end to any adventures you had planned. With this in mind, consider joining a local off-roading group or round up a group of like-minded friends and another vehicle and take to the paths in a group. In addition to working to keep everybody safe and moving in the right direction, it’s also a great feeling to share the adventure with friends and family.

Keep Every Vehicle in Good Shape with a Synthetic Oil Change Salem, OR

Of course, it doesn’t matter how many tips you follow or packing techniques you use, if your vehicle isn’t well maintained then you aren’t going to get very far! To make sure your off-roader and any of the other vehicles, such as a boat or an ATV which you’re towing are up to the adventurous task, speak with Synthetics Northwest by calling (503) 371-7184 and find out how a synthetic oil change in Salem, OR can help.

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