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Old 07-08-2013, 12:47 AM   #1
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4x4 routes

my lease is up in 2 weeks, would like to take the car out to do what its good for, off-road

any local noob friendly route suggestions? preferably day trip

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Harrison west to Pemberton FSR is prob the best and easiest road to take it on for more of an adventure.
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have you ever taken it off road?
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Harrison west to Pemberton FSR is prob the best and easiest road to take it on for more of an adventure.
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From Vancouver, take Highway 7 to Harrison Mills. Turn left onto Morris Valley Road and turn left again onto West Harrison Forest Service Road
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are you giving it back after the lease? the reason I ask is why did you wait so long to enjoy it.
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that looks fun, but seems easy to get stuck? will be going solo

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yes giving it back, no reason really...never too late!
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that looks fun, but seems easy to get stuck? will be going solo


yes giving it back, no reason really...never too late!
if you go to stave, make sure you have a few tow straps so others can pull you out when you get stuck...might also want to consider bringing some cash up as well as a "thank you" for pulling you out (cash or beer works), cause a tow truck to come up there and pull you out will cost you hundreds of dollars.
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i dont recommend stave. i dont think hes going to be buying recovery straps and equipment for a one time deal. theres a good chance hes going to destroy his range rover at stave and all the rednecks will be laughing at him. plus he'll have to pay a fuck load in "reconditioning" costs if he wrecks it before returning it on lease.

if you'd like to go "off-road" and for a nice cruise with the girlfriend you should hit up east side of harrison lake.

the road starts here: http://goo.gl/maps/jMTdO

when you get to the fork take the left side, that will be harrison east forest service road.

you could easily get out to cogburn beach with your range rover although i dont recommend going past silver river (you'll know you're at silver river when you pass the large logging station) as the road gets pretty rough and i'm not really sure you want to risk it especially going solo.

make sure you take some spare clothes, water, food, etc. theres plenty of traffic on that road, especially on weekends so i doubt you'll have any trouble if you get stuck or break down but its always good to be prepared to spend a night out should something go wrong. theres no cellphone reception out there so be mindful of that and leave a trip plan with a family member letting them know when you'll be back.

drive slow and use your gears instead of riding the brakes. theres active logging on the road during weekdays so watch out for logging trucks.

have fun and take lots of pictures. maybe this little trip will inspire you to get something a bit more off road capable for your next suv. maybe a land rover LR4 or a lexus gx460 if you plan on sticking with luxury vehicles

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take your truck up to Harrison. Sasquatch provincial park logging road is a pretty good one for off roading
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For a first timer, stick with roads that are on a mapbook.. NOT JUST GOOGLE MAP! Rely on a mapbook you can buy at the grocery store. Mapped road = ICBC covers you if things go bad, unmapped trails you are on your own and leasing company would come after you.

If you are a typical leaser who don't really care much about their cars.. your tires are probably tired. I would suggest you just stick with flat tops for the next 2 weeks.

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harrison east is graded reasonably well and he'd make it through with highway tires no problem.

he can pick up a copy of the backroads map book at canadian tire or london drugs which has all the routes that are mentioned in it.

you need atleast $200,000 third party liability insurance in order to travel on forest service roads regardless of what vehicle you take.

harrison east is pretty tame, i've seen people bring civics up to cogburn beach although they did drive pretty damn slow and had to pull over for the trucks passing them.
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harrison east is graded reasonably well and he'd make it through with highway tires no problem.

he can pick up a copy of the backroads map book at canadian tire or london drugs which has all the routes that are mentioned in it.

you need atleast $200,000 third party liability insurance in order to travel on forest service roads regardless of what vehicle you take.

harrison east is pretty tame, i've seen people bring civics up to cogburn beach although they did drive pretty damn slow and had to pull over for the trucks passing them.
Um any current plated vehicle has liability $200000 is the minimum
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Bad idea IMO. Done a lot of off-roading over the years and you don't want to go out if you have no experience or equipment to help you if you get in a bind. And this close to your lease expiring? Last thing you need is to break something expensive because something happened off-road that you weren't expecting.

If you stick to the easy roads where you're not going to have any problems then you're not really off-roading. If you attempt a challenging route then you're taking a big risk. You should have tried this early on in your lease, starting with some easy routes and going with a few buddies until you get a feel for it. Off-roading is far more than having a good vehicle - you need to know what you're doing.

I would compare off-roading to weekend track racing - you need to start slow and practice. Taking an SUV off-roading just before your lease is up is like buying a 911 and tracking it just before you return it. Sorry, I just don't see the point.
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Honestly... go with a group. Not just for safety, but it's more fun that way. There are lots of places that can provide some excitement and great views with just a little challenge and not much chance of damaging your ride - West Stave/Pemberton for a longer trek, Britannia Mines (not the museum) for a bunch of history, Elaho... go up to the end of Florence Lake FSR along west Stave for some cool views, but do it on a weekday when the weekend warriors aren't overrunning the place.

Tag along with some experienced guys who can show you the way and help you out if you run into any trouble. The 4x4s forum is a better place to ask, there are always guys willing to ride out for some quick wheeling.
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i remember $200,000 being the magic minimum number for all vehicles including atvs and dirt bikes for use on FSRs.

if the min is $2,000,000 on plated vehicles then OP should be good to go.
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thanks for the great tips and suggestions guys!
will def start easy to have a taste of off-roading

waiting for new car to arrive in oct, full size range rover, so figure this would be a good start to get some runs in during the dry season
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