Southern High Rollers
4x4 Club
Southern High Rollers
4x4 Club

Frequently Asked Questions


 

What if I have no off-highway experience?

Not to worry, every one of us has been the new guy or gal at one time or another. We constantly have new members and their families joining and starting their adventures in off-roading. For those very reasons we hold what we call “off-road 101” at several of our outings during the year. During these events, you will be shown the basics of safe off-road driving, trail etiquette, and vehicle safety, among other things. In addition, you will have access to any and all members of the club and their vast knowledge of 4-wheeling. Check out the article "Being the New Wheeler," that was written by one of our members.

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Does my 4x4 have to be modified to take it off-highway?

The answer is no. Most stock 4x4's are capable of off-road activity to some degree. Some of our members have completely stock rigs, and many have highly modified ones. Generally, the events we plan and attend have a variety of trail conditions. A lot of fun can be had by all experience and vehicle modification levels; but if we get into something that's too much for you or your 4x4, just park it and ride with someone else. As you become more experienced and confident in your ability, you may want to consider adding certain equipment to your vehicle to enhance its off-highway ability. If this is all new for you, we strongly suggest you spend some time with other members that have similar rigs so you can evaluate what accessories and enhancements are right for you and your driving style. All vehicles DO need front and rear tow point locations and we strongly recommend a CB radio for effective communication on the trails.

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Where does the membership go off-highway?

These are just a sample of the places we have been and we are always on the lookout for new places to 4-wheel: Hot Springs, AR; Clayton, OK; Marble Falls, TX; Big Bend State Park; and Shiloh Ridge in Alto, TX. Several runs over the last year were work runs to BMRA, the Texas Motorized Trails Coalition property in Gilmer, TX, to build and maintain a pavilion for our camp and our three SHR club sponsored trails. You can find more places listed on our Places to Wheel page. Every year during the first part of December we have our annual charity run and mud bogging event for the kids of Buckner Children’s Home in Beaumont, TX.

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What type of terrain do you usually cover?

Some of us have a lot of time and/or money tied up in our rigs and while we don’t like to break parts or tear them up, we realize that breakage and damage are going to occur. We generally do mostly 'trail' riding but also like hill climbs and rock crawling. We try to split into smaller groups of similar rig and driver experience and cover the type of wheeling that group desires. The group you travel with is entirely up to your comfort level and your vehicle’s capability. Should you happen to break something you will NEVER be left behind; we go in as a group and we come out as a group. There is no requirement to attend certain events or make trips with the club.

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What do I need to know to become a member?

You need to be 18 years of age, have a valid driver’s license and own a vehicle with two differentials. Any vehicle with four wheel drive is welcome regardless of make or model. We do NOT ALLOW ALCOHOL ON THE TRAIL and will not permit anyone to wheel with us that has had a few back at camp. There is plenty of time for that when you're out of your vehicle back at the end of the day. We REQUIRE seat belts be present for and worn by all vehicle occupants.

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What does it cost to be a member?

We have established nominal annual dues that are used to defray our costs in keeping in touch with membership, conducting routine activities, paying for the club's membership in the UFWDA, and maintaining the club website. Dues are covered on our Club Information page.

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What do you do at your meetings?

Our meetings are not filled with a lot of parliamentary procedure. We usually have dinner, generally have about an hour of business, swap stories, catch up on the last trip, and head to the driveway to talk about our vehicles. We consider this a family club so mates and children are always welcome. The more... the merrier!

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If I join, what do I get?

Most importantly we think, you get access to other people who share a love of four-wheeling, the outdoors, and using it in a respectful fashion for recreation and enjoyment. You also get: 2 SHR logo decals for your vehicle(s).

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Can I bring my pet to events?

While SHR has no restrictions on bringing a pet, some of the places we hold events do. Please check with the hosting agency at the specific location. Not everyone is a pet-lover, so please keep them leashed or confined to your area and don’t let them become a nuisance to others. Also, remember--you chose to come out here to the middle of nowhere in the extreme heat and rough conditions, “Fluffy” may not think it’s as much fun as you do.

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Are kids welcome at events?

YES! This is a family club and kids are a very important part of it. Since it can be a dangerous place at times we ask that you pay special attention to them as they are most likely not familiar with all the potential dangers. We also use the group family approach where we all try to look out for everyone else’s children as well. Most of us have kids of our own and know just how fast they can get away. We do require that they have proper restraints and protective seating when they are on the trail.

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Do I have to camp out?

No! Some camp out and some stay at a motel in a nearby town. Both have their pluses and minuses. Much of that decision depends on the season and weather conditions. Check with the rest of the group to see what is planned, since most of them have been to the area before. They are also an invaluable resource to consult when choosing a hotel/motel.

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What do I need to bring?

This depends a lot on the time of year, weather, and where we are going. Use common sense and ask questions of the other members. Basically, you need clothes and lots of water to drink. If you are going to camp out, then you will need sleeping bags, tent or shelter, cooking and eating utensils, food, chairs, etc. OH yeah! Something to drive is a definite plus but not required. There are usually several empty seats available. I think you’ll find a good attitude and the promise of a couple of beers back at camp will get you a ride with just about anyone.

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Frequently Asked Questions