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Old 06-01-2012, 02:52 PM   #1
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What are the best ways to learn bad-road driving and recovery skills for a big 4WD van? Please share favorite instructors, classes, DVDs, books, etc.

We've taken a few classes from OEX (Virginia-based) at the Overland Expo. Heard good things about Bill Burke (CO) and Tom Severin (CA). We're watching Tom's winching video and are checking out Bill's "Getting Unstuck" video.

Trying to decide the best mix of approaches to get the job done.

Thanks for advising.

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Old 06-01-2012, 03:50 PM   #2
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Looks like you're just going to miss this one. Bill Burke has a big rig class 11-15 June, but it's full.

You can get on his mailing list to get updates on his schedule, or even get on his waiting list for the June class.

http://www.bb4wa.com/


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Old 06-01-2012, 04:35 PM   #3
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Re: 4x4 Training

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What are the best ways to learn bad-road driving and recovery skills for a big 4WD van? Please share favorite instructors, classes, DVDs, books, etc.

We've taken a few classes from OEX (Virginia-based) at the Overland Expo. Heard good things about Bill Burke (CO) and Tom Severin (CA). We're watching Tom's winching video and are checking out Bill's "Getting Unstuck" video.

Trying to decide the best mix of approaches to get the job done.

Thanks for advising.

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Tip: If it feels like you are over your head, you probably are. Even if the van can do it. Experience accounts for a lot.
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Old 06-02-2012, 06:37 AM   #4
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Many people may not know that OEX is a leader in elite forces military off road training, and the extent of what can be taught is very extensive. If you've been to a few days of training, this is really the tip of the iceberg!
These guys get into anything you may encounter off road, from things like mechanical field fixes, to extreme self recovery. I suggest touching base directly with Bruce at OEX and asking his opinion of what you should consider. I don't think he would suggest something that wasn't a real value. I can also say that if you get the chance to take one of his guided trips, do it.
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Old 06-02-2012, 02:44 PM   #5
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Agreed. We were very impressed with OEX's classes at Overland Expo. Best instructor at the Expo, by far. If they had a west coast location, we'd be there. We're roaming the states of the Mountain and Pacific time zones right now.
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