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Hey all, I have this crazy desire to make this forum more than just a friendly/family hang out and go full bore with the technical/techniques and information on Off-Road related topics. Just like the Trail Info section contains general static information re: trails, lets start documenting other things like trail First Aid techniques, trail witnessed criminal acts procedures, communications procedures, trail mechanical repairs, off-Road techniques and a beginner, intermediate and extreme off-roader build examples and trails you can do with each type of vehicle. I'm sure if everyone takes on a certain subject, we can really come up with some good information to share and at a minimum, save people some money but primarily to save some lives. We are lcuky that there have been no major incidents thus far but i think preparedness will greatly reduce the chance of them hapenning in the future.

I am currently working on a FJ Trail Guide that i will be posting up in the next couple of months that you can double side print and bind it to keep in your FJ. the idea is to eventually print out this general information manual that will contain to the point instructions for pre-run / post run checklists, and what to do if you run into mechanical, medical and safety issues or are just having a complete brainfart and need a refresher. After you have the general information manual, you will pick and choose other more specific items to insert as you see fit. Maybe local area repeaters if you are a HAM. Or certain trail maps for your favorite trails... these are just some ideas I'm coming up with but I'd really like to see this web forum attract people who are seeking information that is well written and informative as well as the friend/family aspect that is already established here.

OK, so maybe this is partly motivated because I HATE BLUE and want to find more reasons to dedicate my time here.

Anyone else interested in this? If not, I will do it myself but it will take a year or so to complete... :(
 

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I am definitely not a good writer, but I am CPR and first aid certified. Maybe I could come up with some stuff related to that and have someone with better writing skills clean it up.
You would think I would keep a first aid kit in the car.
 

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very good idea...

i dont know what i can bring to the table yet but if you need anything translated into japanese i'm your man...


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FJCDZNUTZ said:
how about we get my lights wired up and we put it in the tech area... ;D


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GO for it. Alot of us have the skills (not me) to get things done and have done DYI projects and installs. Some of us have posted our endeavours but it would be nice if we had more people doing this and we had a standardized format. I recently was trying to figure pout how to wire a relay and install ahirn and it took forever just to find a wiring guide. I still had to use zipties to attach the relay. How does this sound, when we do these projects, take a few extra minutes to take photos of the step by step process. And also what tools are needed, time taken, difficulty factor, tools needed, parts needed, where to find parts and the prices. Also if there are any wiring schematics or such that are needed. Maybe it will look something like this.

PROJECT:
DIFFICULTY FACTOR (1-10):
TIME NEEDED:
PARTS NEEDED/USED:
WHERE TO PURCHASE/PRICE:
TOOLS NEEDED:
ESTIMATED TOTAL PRICE:


This is would be nice so that we know what we are getting ourselves into prior to the start of a project, time and price wise. When I get a chance, i will update my CB install with this. Maybe Matt can also make these stickys.
 

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I am definitely not a good writer, but I am CPR and first aid certified. Maybe I could come up with some stuff related to that and have someone with better writing skills clean it up.
You would think I would keep a first aid kit in the car.
This would be awesome. I will definitely need to put a legal discaimer in this manual but after that, we're all good. If you could come up with some typical situation then step one, two, three, etc... for example:

Open Wounds:
Head Trauma:
Shock:
Snake Bites:
Heart Attack:

I'm sure it can start with a one or two brief paragraph explaining to first remain calm, try to call 911 before first aid treatment, etc...
 

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I'm ready to go on this topic. My thoughts are that we create a sub category under the FJ Cruisers Tech category called SOCAL FJ Cruisers Field Guide. In here, we will have several new threads where we can discuss the content that should be in each section of the document. Everyone can then download it and print it themselves to keep in the FJ. The idea behind this Field Guide is that we'll have a reference guide to help us along in any situation from completely clueless on how to wheel through what to do if your vehicle rolls over and causes some sort of injury, field mechanical/electrical repair, proper procedures for situations that require law enforcement involvement, basic first aid, howto communications of all kinds of devices, pre/post run checklists, etc...

So, whatta ya say? Can we get a sub section going?
 

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If we get a sub forum, I will create a post for each section to discuss the content with the second post being a working copy. Here is what I was thinking, I sure would love to hear input on what there is so far:

2009 SCFJC Field Guide (0a) Cover, Title Page & TOC
This should cover the graphics, content and layout of the Cover, Title page and Table of Contents

2009 SCFJC Field Guide (0b) Introduction
This chapter should describe the purpose of this Field Guide and it’s intended audience. It should also cover some disclaimer and release of liability and other general information about the document itself.

2009 SCFJC Field Guide (1) Equipment
This chapter should cover suggested equipment required for the three different trail types, Easy, Moderate and Most Difficult. In addition, it should cover what safety, recovery, communications, survival, etc… gear should be in each vehicle. It might be best to have different levels of gear lists from minimal to extreme that can be joined together so as not to create duplicate items .

2009 SCFJC Field Guide (2) Wheeling
This chapter should contain descriptions of the different terrain types and techniques used to wheel in each type.

2009 SCFJC Field Guide (3) Recovery
This chapter should contain basic and advanced recovery techniques being sure to stress the dangers associated with the tools and methods described.

2009 SCFJC Field Guide (4) Mechanical
This chapter should cover all known mechanical failures that have occurred on the trail runs and any field repairs that can be made to get the vehicle off of the trail for proper repair.

2009 SCFJC Field Guide (5) Safety & Security
This chapter should contain guidelines of how to react in certain situations, i.e., coming across individuals or groups on trail runs or out in the back country who may be involved in illicit activities or wrong doings. It should also contain information on how to make a proper report to the law enforcement agencies including what to say, what not to say, and the specific information they will want to know.

2009 SCFJC Field Guide (8) First Aid
This chapter should include specific as well as general first aid techniques written in a fashion to get the steps across quickly and clearly. Being vague in this section could be the difference between life and death. This chapter is of most concern legally and should be clearly stated that this is only a reference suggesting on last resort methods to sustain life until more qualified help can take over. It should be stressed throughout this chapter that calling 911 is the best course of action before attempting the methods contained within.

2009 SCFJC Field Guide (A) Appendix A
Still thinking of something for here…

2009 SCFJC Field Guide (B) Appendix B Trail Info
This section will contain all of the major SoCal Trail areas basic maps and key information for that area. More specific Trail Info may be downloaded and inserted behind each section at the discretion of each holder of the Field Guide. Examples would be: Angeles National Forest; a map containing the whole forest and major roads/trails with key information such as hospitals, ranger stations, restrooms, water/food, trail heads, difficulty ratings, etc… Additional inserts can be downloaded to contain such information as terrain types, nearest campgrounds, detailed trail maps, etc… for each trail within the Angeles National Forest. All of the National Forests in So Cal should be covered in the basic Field Guide.

2009 SCFJC Field Guide (C) Appendix C Trail Log
This section will contain Trail Logs for documenting each trail run. This can contain several blank forms to fill out general information such as Date, Time, Location, trail run name or coordinating party, weather conditions, terrain types, issues encountered and a notes section for documenting funny stories or incidents.
 

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good job, ill try and get a whole heap of tech write ups done this weeknd (nothing planned :) )
Cool, please take a look at what is already there, (they are mainly just notes that need to be organized better and elaborated on. Also keep in mind that illustrations and photos should be included ONLY when absolutely necessary and you should condense the wordings as much as possible. The goal is to provide quick fix information when you're in a bind out in the field without having the finished product being 6 inches tall. ;D I really appreciate your assistance on this. Good things will come to those who help ;D
 
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