Hi everyone, my name is Randy Rosetta and I am the technical inspection coordinator for this year's Cruise Moab event. The entire CM13 committee is looking forward to another fun and safe event for everyone. One of the ways we ensure that is to make sure everyone shows up with a vehicle that is safe, reliable and prepared to take on the challenges of Moab.
Please be sure and read through the "Vehicle Requirements" section on the Cruise Moab 2013 website link. It's pretty straight forward but we’re starting this tech forum now so folks have a chance to ask questions if they have any concerns. Don't hesitate to post up with any question. If this is your first trip to Moab we welcome "newbie" questions of any kind no matter how basic they may be. If I can't answer your question I'll enlist the aid of one of our many Moab veterans who can. We are also looking for volunteers to help us conduct tech inspections. If you would like to volunteer or contact me directly for other questions, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s a few tips and suggestions to get things started:
It's almost February! You need to get started NOW getting those brakes fixed, repacking those hubs and wheel bearings, and deciding whether to go with 33's or 35's for those new tires, etc. In spite of this, I know some of you will end up burning the midnight oil at the 11th hour to get that new clutch in just before leaving for Moab I know sometimes that is part of the fun. Just make sure you give yourself enough time because we want to see you all here!
If you have a winch, nows a good time to make sure it works well. If you need new solenoids or other parts they can take some time to arrive. It's always a good idea to have a friend help you unspool your cable/rope all the way out and check it for cuts, nicks and frayed areas. Spool it back on straight and even and be sure to wear heavy leather gloves (bring them with you too). Clean the electrical connections at the battery too.
Almost every rig will have a minor drip here or there. Those aren't a problem but please check your rig for more serious leaks and get them addressed early. Remember, for most of the trails we run in Moab we are a guest of the BLM and we have to apply for permits every year for CM. One of the ways we've been able to maintain our excellent relationship with the BLM is by making every effort to protect the environment. We do that by making every effort to not leak coolant, oil or grease onto the trails. All of our trail leaders also carry spill kits in case there is an incident too.
One of the most common tech failures, especially for some of the older rigs, is not having a coolant overflow bottle attached to the radiator. Make sure your rig has one. You can get the generic ones at most auto parts stores for $10 or so, we've even seen liter soda bottles rigged up. As long as it will catch any overflow, you're good to go.
You will see some amazing scenery in Moab, but it is also a very fragile environment. We always stay on the marked trails and never take short cuts or drive into new areas. When you're out of the vehicle watch where you walk. Certain areas around Moab have very sensitive and protected ground covering, learn how to recognize them and don't walk on them. If nature calls, be prepared to pack out your TP and solid wastes. In Moab's extreme and dry desert environment, any waste left behind could last for decades. The only "snow" we want to see on the side of the trails is the type that melts in spring.
Folks show up all the time with a variety of straps, ropes and chains for towing and recovery. We strongly recommend you invest in a heavy duty webbed/nylon type tow strap that is properly rated for the size/weight of your vehicle. Ideally you want one that has sewn loops on each end and does not have metal hooks already attached. The hooks have a way of breaking and becoming high speed UFO's. A couple of good quality D rings are a good idea, and make sure you have good attachment points on your rig both front and rear.
If this is your first trip to Utah, especially if your rig is heavily modified, it may be worth going online and checking the Utah DMV website. Moab is a Mecca for 4 wheelers of all types and from everywhere. As a result the Moab police and Utah Highway Patrol are usually pretty accommodating for all but the most heavily modified rigs. But, if you plan on driving on the roads there are rules and limits on certain things like how far your tires stick out, having fenders or mud flaps, etc. I am not an expert on all of those requirements so please check the Utah DMV website and learn the restrictions so you don't get a ticket.
Tech inspection will be in a new location this year. Previously we held it in Slickrock Campground next to the cabins where the trail boss was headquartered. This year we will hold Tech in the lot directly South of SRCG where we hold vendor night and where the large tent used for the dinner/raffle will be. It will be open and available per the following schedule:
Wednesday May 1st; 8AM to Noon then 1PM to 5PM
Thursday May 2nd; 7AM to 8AM
Friday May 3rd; 7AM to 8AM
Saturday May 4th; contact me to arrange an inspection
If you are going on either of the overnight runs, please contact your trail leader for the run you're on as they will be arranging tech inspections separately.
The 2013 Tech Inspection form we'll be using (it says 2012 on it) is available for download if you go to the Cruise Moab 2013 link on our website. This will give you a good idea of what the safety teams will be checking for when your vehicle is inspected.
To be clear, our inspectors are not on a mission to find every little thing in an effort to fail vehicles. We ARE determined to do our best to make sure everyone is as safe as possible so you all have a great time and can go home with lots of great stories to tell. We will work with you in every way possible to ensure your rig passes without compromising anyone’s safety.
If you want to download this form, use it to perform your own inspection before Moab to see if your rig passes. If you want to fill out the top sections (name/address; Maximum Trail Rating registered for; initial the 3 insurance/registration/Drivers license statements) sign the bottom then print it out (full size please) and bring it with you to CM13 it can save a little time in the inspection line. We will have blank forms to complete in the inspection line though if you don't have one with you.
Please make sure you have your current (not expired ) drivers license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance with you. In speaking with some of the veteran inspectors it appears having expired proof of insurance is one of the most common failures. It can be a real hassle trying to call your agent and find a place for them to fax POI to so remember to have your current info with you before you leave for Moab!
I’m looking forward to seeing you at Moab!