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Winter Off-Roading 101

Off-roading in the winter is an entertaining and much needed distraction, especially if you suffer from “cabin-fever”. As a St. George off-road accessory store, we want to give our loyal customers what they want this winter. Below you’ll find all you need for off-roading this winter, from winter off-road accessories, tips and techniques, and even the best destinations to traverse this winter (like the 2019 Winter 4×4 Jamboree that you don’t want to miss).

Off-Road Accessories For Winter

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Tis’ the season to really show what your off-road vehicle is made of. Many 4x4s shine during the winter, but that doesn’t mean truck and jeep owners don’t want to soup up their ride even more! The following off-road parts will make driving your outfit, whether for work or play, a lot more fun:

  • Winter or Snow Tires – If you plan on trekking through deep and/or packed snow with your off-road vehicle one of the most essential and maybe more obvious off-road accessories, are snow or winter tires. Snow tires are designed with treads that are perfect for the snow and provide better traction and overall vehicle control during the colder months. Snow tires are created with a stickier and softer rubber compound than regular tires, meaning they are not meant to be driven on dry roads as they will wear down more quickly. Snow tires come in many different sizes and styles, with some brands being more expensive than others. In addition to snow tires, it’s a good idea to always bring along a set of snow chains, just in case.
  • Winch – When your off-road rig is armed with a winch you can tackle anything winter roads throw at you. These off-road parts in St. George are perfect for when you find yourself in a jam or need to help out your fellow off-roader. And technology and advances in the auto industry have made winches more durable than ever. You don’t want to explore unknown territories without this handy off-road accessory.
  • Snow Plow – For the diehards, a snow plow is one of the best off-road accessories you can equip your vehicle with. In today’s market there are many affordable snow plows that can be fitted to your 4×4. Come see what Red Desert off-road accessory store in St. George has in stock, we even install all of our off-road accessories.
  • Off-Road Lights – In winter out west, the days are shorter and it gets darker faster, so make sure you’re always prepared. In the dark terrain of off-road trails, superior off-road lighting can be the difference between you staying on the trail or not. Off-road lighting offered by Red Desert also allow you to see the path in front of you in all types of extreme weather.
  • Winter Covers – No matter what type of off-road vehicle your driving, you need to “cover-up” during winter. For trucks tonneau covers are the best option and Red Desert offers a multitude of various types in different material, depending on your truck’s make and model and your preference. For Jeeps, a hard cover is your best bet when choosing a quality hard top to cover Jeep. This will help to keep the snow out and make it easier to keep the interior warm in freezing temperatures.
  • Safety Gear – According to FourWheeler Network, putting together a safety/survival kit is easy. Your should include the following, plus anything else you feel is necessary for your safety and survival, “A basic kit should include: a first aid kit, a blanket, a signal mirror, candles, nylon cord, glowsticks, sunblock, lip balm, a whistle, protein bars or MREs, matches, a flashlight, water, a change of clothes, and flares. Other items that should already be in a well-equipped 4×4 are a GPS, a cell phone, a CB radio, a windshield scraper, a tarp, a ham radio (license required), and jumper cables. It’s also worth spending the additional money for a quality first aid kit-a few cheap Band-Aids and a couple aspirin just don’t cut it.”

Techniques For Off-Roading in Winter

When your driving through snow or on ice, there are some various techniques that can get you out of precarious situations. The following information is basic and was gathered from an article directed towards off-roading enthusiasts who are driving 4×4, by DrivingFast.net. These techniques will allow you to enjoy your off-road adventures this winter, without getting stuck (too much):

  • High Range is for cruising, Low Range is for control.
  • When driving on winter roads, use a higher gear than normal for even more traction.
  • Raise the suspension if necessary to avoid grounding down into deep snow.
  • Engage drift locks on slippery roads
  • Keep your speed down, no need for high-speed driving on winter roads.
  • Keep traction control systems on unless they become a hindrance.
  • Pay attention to weather forecasts and be prepared for winter storms by packing the right winter off-road truck accessories and safety gear.
  • Always leave additional room for braking.

Winter Off-Roading Destinations

There are many destinations for the off-roading enthusiast to enjoy during the winter. One of them being the 2019 Winter 4×4 Jamboree held in Hurricane, Utah (2 hours from Las Vegas). This event showcases world-class rock crawling, alongside spectacular views of Pine Valley Mountain, Zion National Park and more! Online registration for the 2019 Winter 4×4 Jamboree ends January 2, 2019. Sign up or learn more about it here.

Other destinations you may want to checkout this season include:

  • Big Horns Mountain, Wyoming – A sister range to the Great Rockies, Big Horns Mountain is located in central Wyoming. During the winter, this range is covered in a thick layer of snow, which is perfect for winter recreational sports. Make sure you have an off-road vehicle with high clearance for this drive.
  • Rubicon Trail – Noted as one of the most challenging off-road trails in America, the Rubicon trail which can be accessed via Lake Tahoe, also has some of the heaviest snowfall in the Nation. Tourists and residents alike enjoy winter sports in this area, however the challenging Rubicon Trail can be treacherous for anyone without a four wheel drive off-road vehicle.
  • White Mountains, New Hampshire – If you plan on heading back east this winter, the White Mountains of New Hampshire are part of the Appalachian Chain and cover almost a quarter of the state. During the winter months, this mountain range, specifically Mt. Washington has some of the most severe weather in the country. But for off-roaders, the severe weather this mountain range boasts is part of the appeal.
  • Wasilla, Alaska – If you want an experience you’ll never forget this season, head up to Wasilla, Alaska. Wasilla is home to Iditarod champions and you can follow the trails as you wish. Plus, you’re close enough to Anchorage to enjoy the city life, while still being able to charter unknown territory out in the wilderness of Alaska.

If you need to get your rig outfitted for your next winter adventure, stop by our off-road accessory store in St. George. We have exactly what you need to hit the open road.

St. George Off-Road Accessories

Underrated St. George Off-Road Accessories

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to talk about a few of the most underrated St. George off-road accessories. This unconventional off-road accessory list first appeared in Popular Mechanics “10 most Underrated Off-Road Accessories” back in the summer of 2017. While lift kits, tires, wheels, and winches are the foundation of what we carry at our off-road accessory store in St. George, the following off-road accessories are noteworthy additions to have with you for whatever you may find out on the trail.

Folding Shovel

You may not consider this your typical off-road accessory, but a folding shovel is your number one tool if you find yourself stuck out in the middle of nowhere. If you need a shovel that will fit in smaller spaces go with a folding shovel, for a shovel that’s heavier duty go with a short D shovel.

MAXSA Innovations 20333 Escaper Buddy Orange Traction MatSt. George Off-Road Accessories

Traction ramps are one of the most underrated, yet invaluable off road accessories you can have with you when you’re hitting the trails. These handy little traction mats will help you get unstuck without the help of another vehicle, if for some reason you find yourself on a low traffic off-road trail. Just as the Popular Mechanics article states “ There’s a reason you see traction ramps mounted to the roof racks of expedition vehicles—they work.”

48″ Hi-Lift Black Cast and Steel Jack

Cheap jacks just won’t cut it on the open trails. Not only is the quality steel jack durable, it also has multipurpose uses, It can be used as a hand winch, spreader, or clamper. The Hi-Lift (originally called the Automatic Combination Tool or Handyman Jack) has been one of the most popular tools for 4WD enthusiasts since the hobby began.

Slime 40026 2X Heavy Duty Direct Drive Tire Inflator

Another important St. George off-road accessory to have on hand is an air compressor. Any veteran of off-road trailblazing knows that after a long day on “the roads less traveled”, i.e., rocks and dirt, you’ll need to put some air back into your tires. Keeping an air compressor like this one that is powered by your truck or another 12 volt power source is one of the smartest things you can do.

 

Craftsman Tool BagSt. George Off-Road Accessories

The more extreme the trail, the more likely things are to loosen, fall off, and in some cases, break. For these reasons, it’s always a good idea to have some type of tool bag readily available. Additionally, it’s essential to pack vehicle and terrain specific gear. It doesn’t hurt to carry engine oil, a multitool, a tire-plug kit, and a container of WD-40. It might also be wise to bring along various sizes of rope, wire and tape.

You can find the complete list of underrated off-road accessories, here.

For additional off road accessories to complete your rig, stop by our off-road accessory store in St. George today. We can get you outfitted with right lift kits, tires, wheels and more!

 

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Illuminate The Trail With Premium Off Road Lighting

At Red Desert, we know that no two off-road vehicles are created equal, this is why we provide premium options for off road lighting, for every trailblazing vehicle. From Trucks and Jeeps to motorcycles and ATVs, illuminate the trail with these state of the art lights designed by leading industry juggernauts. Not sure what lighting system will look best on your rig? Check out our Interactive Garage, enables you to see how any of these lights would look mounted on your Southern Utah off-road vehicle.

Heretic StudioOff Road Lighting

Based just outside of Salt Lake City, we are honored to work with our fellow off-road lighting in southern Utah enthusiasts, Heretic Studio to bring design conscious, premium off-road lighting to our customers. Choose from Heretic’s Wraith Series light bars for your off road jeep or truck or the RZR 1000 Custom LED headlights for an upgraded look and performance lighting. Just a few top of the line products you will discover created by Heretic Studio, include:

  • Quatro LED Light
  • 10”, 20”, 30”, 40”, and 50” Heretic Light Bar (Wraith Series)
  • Can Am Maverick X3 Shock Tower Mount with LED Light Bar
  • LED Halo Kit for RZR 900S/1000
  • Polaris RZR XP1000 / 900S Headlights
  • Polaris General 1000 Headlights
  • Yamaha YXZ Headlights
  • Polaris RZR 1000/900s Headlight/Tail Light Combo

Baja Design

With LED Light Bars that can be used as high power fog lights, for off road driving or regular daytime driving, Baja Design offers off-roading lighting for adventure enthusiasts from all walks of life. Red Desert happily supports Baja Design by offering their one of a kind light systems, as an option for our customer’s off-road lighting needs. Find exactly what you’re looking for, from some of the following quality products created by Baja Design:

OnX6 LED Light BarOff Road Lighting

Available in six unique configurations (OnX6, Hi-Power, Racer Edition, Arc Series, Arc Series Racer Edition, and Dual Control Series), this light bar also comes in 10″, 20″ 30″ 40″ and 50″ sizes.

LED Auxiliary Lights

Designed to fit all types of vehicles, Baja Design offers 12 powerful LED lights that can be mounted on bumpers, other light bars and the roll cage of your southern Utah off-road vehicle.

Infrared Lighting

These military infrared LED lights are available in 850nm and 940nm and are perfect for enhancing night vision effectiveness, hunting and security by providing a dynamic covert IR light source.

Lifetime LED

Backed by their famous lifetime warranty, all of Lifetime LED’s lights are created to take a beating and stand the test of time-just like your off-road vehicle. We know that you will boldly take your off-road vehicle to places that no man has been before and you need effective lighting to take you there. Lifetime LED carries a variety of off-road lighting options, such as:

  • 6” Single Row LED Light Bar
  • 7.5” Amber/White LED Light Bar
  • 13” Light Bar 24 LEDs
  • 20” Mini Light Bar, 54 Watt
  • 20” Brightest Phantom LED Light Bar
  • 40” Phantom Sun 588W Light Bar
  • 50” RGB LED Color Changing Light Bar
  • 4.5” Round Lifetime LED Lights
  • Color Changing LED Light Strips

Rigid Industries

We are proud to carry Rigid Industries off-road lighting for our customers at our Southern Utah Off Road showroom. Below are some of the high caliber series created by Rigid Industries to take your vehicle to the next level:

AdaptOff Road Lighting

Introducing the world’s first ever off-road lighting products that actually change to adapt to the conditions instantly. Select from 8 different beam patterns in a single fixture including, broad short distance to focused long-distance. Adapt series light’s also include RIGID’s new Active View™ Technology, which adjusts the beam pattern as the vehicle’s speed increases or decreases.

E Series Pro

One of Rigid’s most versatile off-road lighting series, the E Series Pro has gone through recent branding enhancements, along with several upgrades to improve both the look and performance of the series. The new blacked out circuit board design gives the lights a more sophisticated edge than ever before.

D Series Pro

An excellent choice for when you need a powerful light in a small space. These professional grade lights are versatile enough to be used for handlebar lights on motorcycles or atvs, flood lighting, reverse Truck lights, and more.

Other Series we offer:

  • Radiance Plus Curve
  • Midnight Edition
  • SAE Compliant
  • Reflect
  • Ignite
  • A Series
  • SR Series Pro
  • Site Series
  • UV Kits
  • Trolling Motor Mounts
  • Flashlights and more!

For more information on Off-Road Lighting, be sure to contact us! We’d love to help you get set up with the high quality, performance lighting and other accessories that your off-road vehicle deserves.