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- Jan 22, 2020
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- Toronto, Canada
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Great points. I didn't even think about the insurance aspect. I think this is why people in the 4X4 clubs were insisting that I use my own vehicle rather than renting someone else's. As a result, I may look into ATV rentals just to at least get started.Hey no worries.
It's fairly difficult even here to get a 4x4 rental "with" insurance for driving it onroad. Most insurance companies don't do off tarmac, which is an issue here in Australia in rural areas because many of the roads are just red gravel roads, and aren't insurable because of it. (plenty of iron ore around in WA!)
I'd imagine in Canada it would be similar out back yonder, so be careful if you have the right insurance for going off-road before going on a trek. I think the best way would be to bum a ride off someone in a 4x4 club and act as a spotter. That would be a good intro and you'd learn a fair bit already, after that maybe you will get lucky and someone will let you drive their rig.
But failing that the only other way would be to get a used vehicle to do some training with, just be aware that some of the lessons you learn will apply, and some won't with the CT. Especially the whole low range, selecting the right gear parts of ICE 4x4 will be fairly useless, but will give you a keen understanding of the traction and inertia dynamics involved.
There might be a few good 4x4 books around, but I have never read any of them, I've just been going by experience so far. Happy to correspond with you otherwise, if you have questions.
What sort of terrain do you expect to be traversing? Maybe we could start a dedicated thread for "Going off-road with my CT - Tips and tricks"
Putting down my CT deposit is what got me into off-roading. I follow a few YouTube channels to gain some knowledge (The Road Chose Me, The Story Till Now, Itchy Feet) and I even read the most recent Jeep owner's manual to understand how all of the additional mechanisms and tools work.
As far as where I'd like to go - I'd like to travel through Canada, US, and down into Costa Rica; visit Black Bear Pass and Moab (not do Hell's Revenge though ); as well as the Pan American Trail. So not too technical or risky. Would be great if an OEM would have a more affordable off-roader in the near future - like Jeep.
For sure, a dedicated tips & tricks thread would be a great idea. I remember Cybertruck Truck Guy saying that CT would have similar off-road capability as the Humvee; was watching videos about it to better appreciate its capabilities.