Re: Fixing up the car for the desert

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Posted by SteveS on February 08, 2002 at 11:04:05:

In Reply to: Fixing up the car for the desert posted by Lara on February 07, 2002 at 23:27:34:

Is your tracker 4 wheel drive?

A tracker should work OK since it light, but you need to keep it that way. Don't load it down with stuff (people, gear, etc.)

Yes get good LT rated tires, they are not cheap. But will worth the money. I also carry "safety Seal" and and air comp.

I not a fan of 5 gal fuel cans of any type. I have been using Rubber Maid 2 1/2 gal plastic jugs for years on top in a roof rack. NEVER had a leak, safe location, easy to handle. DON"T buy any cheap fual cans.

Harry Lewellyn has written a few books you should read. He also has a newsletter with products used by back country explores, that he tests (ice chest, gas cans, jacks, etc.) You can order reprints from him.

If you can't use a hi-lift jack, you should look into so of the other types of jack(s). They are real handy. Also a Hi-lift can be used for more than jacking up your truck, I used only the jack handle from mine to make trail repairs. Stock jacks are sometimes very good, but where designed to lift a flat tire on the side of the road, not lift one whole end of a vehicle, which could be helpful.

Check out Harry's info.
or email him at

Keep shooting those great desert shots, Lara.

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