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Newbie Thinking about taking my Taco Off Road

Discussion in 'Northern California' started by marchballer, Jan 3, 2014.

  1. Jan 3, 2014 at 7:53 PM
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    marchballer

    marchballer [OP] New Member

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    So I live near Palo Alto and bought a 2014 Prerunner a month ago. Love the truck. After driving it around I really want to take it off road and see what it can do.

    Are there any easy trails I can try off roading for the first time around the Bay Area? Can I go off road in my prerunner?
     
  2. Jan 3, 2014 at 8:17 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Staff Member

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    Welcome to TW!
     
  3. Jan 3, 2014 at 9:04 PM
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    marchballer

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    Thanks, first truck I have ever owned and after a month I love this thing. Not a single regret. Looking at adding some side steps, addings a rod holder for fishing and who knows.
     
  4. Jan 3, 2014 at 9:15 PM
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    Mademan925

    Mademan925 Senor Taco

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    I started offroading in my prerunner. I got hooked and traded it in for my 4x4. Hollister has some good green trails you can do. Make sure you put weight in the bed. If you wanna do the blues make sure you go with a 4x4 who can help you out if you get stuck.
     
  5. Jan 4, 2014 at 1:33 AM
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    kalieaire

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    +1 for hollister svra, it's close by and super easy to navigate. get the gaia gps for android/ios for your phone so you can download maps and take a look at the area and map out your trail. you should be fine in all the green areas and most of the blues in a stock tacoma.

    some folks head out there at least once a month so you'll have plenty of trips to go to. also, we do wheeling/camping trips from spring -> fall, there's always room for a passenger too. :)

    just checking though, do you have the E-locker on your pre-runner??
     
  6. Jan 4, 2014 at 8:29 AM
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    I used to be into the offroad for many many years and my husband and I used to be trail guides. We would often have 'wheelin 101' trips for the beginners.

    First & Foremost
    1) Never go offroading alone. ALWAYS have another vehicle with you.
    2) Stay on designated trails. Tread Lightly http://treadlightly.org/

    In my experience in dealing with new folks.... Offroading is MUCH MUCH MORE than a drive down a dirt road. You will be driving over rocks, into gulleys, over burms.... and you CAN & WILL damage your truck. If you have any 'timid' thoughts about it - I would highly recommend riding shotgun in someone elses truck so you can see exactly what you're getting yourself into.

    You need good driving skills & PAY ATTENTION to every aspect of what you're doing on the trails. Trails do not have shoulders, guard rails, or warning signs.

    I once had a guy with a spanking new Dodge Power Wagon. He didn't listen to the 'helpful tips' that were given at the morning drivers meeting....and the guy drove down (off trail) into a narrow passage. His truck didn't fit between two trees. He ended up gouging half the side of his truck before even realizing what he'd done. We then, had to try and rescue his truck from further gouging. It was pathetic.

    Just sayin.... (sorry, got off on a rant)
     
  7. Jan 4, 2014 at 9:49 AM
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    brian

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    Dead on Jan! Saw too many people on my last trip not paying attention to their spotters and damage their vehicles big time. I highly doubt op will be doing anything crazy at this time though.

    Op, try one of the SVRA's like Hollister or Prairie City if you're going solo. Theres always someone to help you if you get stuck. Go easy on your vehicle, its still breaking in :)


    On a side note, quoted for posterity:

    Good luck!
     
  8. Jan 4, 2014 at 2:11 PM
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    Nice quote, I think I am going to sig that :)
     
  9. Jan 4, 2014 at 4:48 PM
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    Thanks for all of the advice. I'll check out the greens in Hollister either next weekend or the following. The next time there is a TW meetup at Hollister maybe I will tag along and try out a couple of trails or ride shotgun with some of the more experienced guys and see what I'm getting into.

    Those are awesome tips and advice Janster. Are there any of those wheelin 101 things around the Bay Area? Sounds perfect for someone like me.
     
  10. Jan 4, 2014 at 8:40 PM
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    Mademan925

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    We had a small TW meet today at hollister but a 4x4 was required for what we did and I think we all even ended up using our lockers.
     
  11. Jan 5, 2014 at 12:13 PM
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    You should be fine on the greens at hollister... They are very much like logging or mining roads in the sierras.

    Welcome to tw :) I'm new too. If you head down, lmk, I may go put around with you. Just know I'm new too, and don't have much armor or recovery gear - take it slow.
     
  12. Feb 5, 2014 at 9:30 PM
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    Did you guys ever go I wanna see what it looks like I wanna see if I can go sometime
     
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