Road Legal 4WD Forums
- Votes And Opinions
The Road Legal Four Wheel Drive Association and Corporation need the feedback from members on topics so that we may better our group to serve the riding public. In this section, we talk about things we may need to change or ideas to better ourselves through collaboration.
Keep in mind, some of these items have been archived for historical references and may not be an active item anymore. We feel it's important to show how we've grown through the years so others may learn from what we've done.
RL4WD chapters all get their own forum areas. Use these to discuss meetings, rides, trips, and more!
The Overlanding forums of Road Legal Four Wheel Drive. Overlanding is self-reliant overland travel to remote destinations where the journey is the principal goal.
- The Great Divide Overlanding Experience | GDOE
The Great Divide Overlanding Experience (GDOE) is an ambitious project to make an overlanding route that extends from Canada to the Gulf Of Mexico. It is separated into 4 sections. Canadian Divide, The Great Northern Divide, Midwestern Divide, and Gulf Divide. This tour is the trip of a lifetime!
- Wisconsin Trails
The Wisconsin riders forum area. From riding areas to adventures to questions about where to ride.
- Tigerton WI OHV Park Forums After 2 years of trials, the Village of Tigerton has officially made the announcement of allowing Road Legal Four Wheel Drives at their Embarrass River ATV Park full-time in 2020. This is still a trial though and we need to work together as the 4x4 community to help Tigerton manage the new business, transforming trails into all slow-speed trails, and showing our support by visiting!
- Wisconsin Coalition of Four Wheel Drives Your RL4WD membership is now valid with Wisconsin Coalition of Four Wheel Drives https://wc4wd.com/ for events and such. Please contact @Connie ONeill# if you are interested in creating a membership.
- Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
Wisconsin Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest hosts many many miles of off-pavement roads and trails for crawling and overlanding. These forums are broken down into the 6 districts of Lakewood-Laona, Eagle River-Florence, Medford-Park Falls, the Great Divide, and Washburn areas. Please download the Motor Vehicle Map here - https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/cnnf/maps-pubs
2020 Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) Lakewood-Laona Ranger District (pdf) Come visit the Lakewood - Laona District and enjoy our many campgrounds, trails, lake, and rivers!
- Thunder Mountain Trails
Thunder Mountain is a great place to hit the trails in Northeast Wisconsin. Here, we talk about rides, work days and more. This is also specific to Forest Road 55552 commonly known as The Pipeline.
- Eagle River-Florence
2020 Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) Eagle River-Florence Ranger District (pdf) The Eagle River-Florence Ranger District offers a variety of different activities to those seeking recreational opportunities. With many campgrounds, lakes, rivers, and hiking trails, the Eagle River - Florence Ranger District has what you need. Three wilderness areas Blackjack Springs, Headwaters, and Whisker Lake are rustic, quiet places in the forest where one can find day hikes or multi-day camping trips away from the crowds.
- WI Great Divide Section
The Great Divide Ranger District offers a variety of different activities to those seeking recreational opportunities. Many different campgrounds, lakes, rivers, and hiking trails are available and maintained for your enjoyment. 2020 Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) Great Divide Ranger District (pdf).
- Medford-Park Falls
The Medford - Park Falls Ranger District offers a variety of different activities to those seeking recreational opportunities. With many campgrounds, lakes, rivers, and hiking trails to choose from. 2020 Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) Park Falls Ranger District (pdf) / Medford Ranger District (pdf)
- Riding and Recovery Stories
We want to hear your stories and see your pictures of the most amazing rides and recoveries you've ever done. Post your stories, pictures, and videos here to share the love or riding with other 4x4 enthusiasts!
The forum posts about becoming a Trail Ambassador along with tips and training after you are one.
Trail communication forums. The RL4WD recommends two basic types of radios. CB and HAM (amateur radio). CB for starting out or short-range and HAM for everything else.
- CB Radio
CB Radio Topics for RL4WD members. CB is the official unlicensed communication method of RL4WD. We highly recommend starting with Amateur radio over CB for increased range, repeater use, weekly trail report nets, and more BUT many of us still use CB so these topics are covered in these forums.
- Ham Radio
Amateur Radio commonly referred to as Ham Radio is our primary communication device out on the trail. It offers the best range, most power, and internet/digital integrations. Our repeaters at events use Amateur Radio much like other clubs across the world.
- WI Recreational Trail Nets The Wisconsin Recreational Trail and Route Nets use the statewide WeComm repeater network. It allows trail users to give real-time trail reports on Wednesday nights at 7 pm. To find a repeater near you, go to http://wecomm.org/index.php/wecommvoice.
- Technician Class
The 4X4 Amateur Radio Forum Area for Licensed Technician Class members. The FCC Technician License exam covers basic regulations, operating practices, and electronics theory, with a focus on VHF and UHF applications. Morse code is not required for this license. With a Technician Class license, you will have all ham radio privileges above 30 MHz. These privileges include the very popular 2-meter band. Technicians may also operate on the 80, 40 and 15 meter bands using CW, and on the 10 meter band using CW, voice and digital modes. - ARRL
- General Class
The General Class license is the second of three US Amateur Radio licenses. To upgrade to General Class, you must already hold a Technician Class license (or have recently passed the Technician license exam). Upgrading to a General license--which conveys extensive HF privileges—only requires passing a written examination. Once you do, the entire range of operating modes and the majority of the amateur spectrum below 30 MHz become available to you.
- Extra Class
General licensees may upgrade to Extra Class by passing a 50-question multiple-choice examination. No Morse code test is required. In addition to some of the more obscure regulations, the test covers specialized operating practices, advanced electronics theory, and radio equipment design. Non-licensed individuals must pass Element 2, Element 3 and Element 4 written exams to earn an Extra License. - AARL
- GMRS FRS Radios
GMRS 4x4 RL4WD Chat. Another popular radio type is GMRS which stands for General Mobile Radio Service. It's used by 4X4 clubs and events over CB as it has a better range and more power.
Forum posts about working on trails and the equipment used to make the job easier.
These forums are related to specific RL4WD vehicle types. If you don't see a place to talk about your vehicle, post in the general area and we'll make a category for it.
RL4WD Scavenger Hunts involve finding survey markers and recording their images to win prizes. Clues will be given where on the trails they are, but they will not have a specific location listed, that's the challenge!
Look for their listings in the directory!