It’s that time of year again, we had our annual Christmas tree run up in Tollgate, OR. Nobody ever gets a tree, but it’s a great excuse to hit some fresh white powder before the trails close Dec. 1st to motorized vehicles, until next April.
We gathered up at a friend of the club’s cabin (Thanks Brandon) and aired down and set out with plans to change our route from past runs.
We started out from the cabin to Skyline road, and followed it up to the warming cabin, taking the scenic route, finding it difficult to plow much past the Snotel (warming cabin), with a couple of break downs along the way.
Our origin plan was to drop into Tiger Valley then down to Walla Walla, but as it took us 4 hours to get that far we called an audible and decided we had better head back out, taking the Jubilee lake road for some different scenary. We all made it out before dark and aired up and parted ways from the intersection of Hwy 11 & Skyline. The weather was perfect the powder was fresh and everybody made it out!
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WHOA! Wait A Minute! What The?
Since creating this club a major topic of discussion has been the Pacific NorthWest 4 Wheel Drive Association (PNW4WDA). In the early days it seemed the club “needed” to become a member club to be recognized as an “official” 4×4 club. So we worked to meet all their requirements and paid a healthy fee to become part of the membership. I say healthy as we incorporated and passed on the fee to our members in their dues, essentially making each membership a dual membership in both RattleSnake 4x4s & the PNW4WDA.
As I recall it might have taken us until our second year before we actually made it, as the biggest or least attractive thing was to cost. $40/yr per member/family. Now the club was only asking $25/yr at the time and added $10/yr to support The Blue Ribbon Coalition, so that meant $75/yr for a membership, with nearly 60% going to an organization that to date has yet to really provide any service other than a newsletter, and an alledged discount for parts (that our members get anyway). We have asked (over the years), the PNW4WDA to help us better understand and explain how that 60% was benefitting our members. We most often got something to the effect of “it’s on the (PNW4WDA) website.”
Well, that hasn’t sat well with us for the last 3, 4 maybe 5 years, and has been a constant discussion at meetings and get togethers as is would clearly appear the the PNW4WDA, uses monies collected to further mostly, if not only the interests of one group that being the racing community. West of the Cascades on the wet side of Washington, racing is a big deal, but on the Eastern (dryer) side there is less interest in racing and much more interest in actual 4 wheel drive adventures, whether that be rock crawling, chasing trails to simply explore out public lands or actually overlanding & camping.
Our leadership has in the past brought this to the PNW4WDA’s attention to still not have what we believe to be a valid or sensible (understandable) response. CRICKETS!!!
So from this day forward RattleSnake 4x4s will no longer be collecting dues for or recommending membership in the PNW4WDA to our members, current year memberships will not berenewed by the club, and allowed to run out, next year’s dues will be adjusted to only $60/yr and will include support for Tread Lightly.
We know that our sister club The Midnight Mudders have also pulled away from the PNW4WDA, most likely for similar reasons, like us they most likely felt cheated watching the racing scene get trophies and accolades, whilst we just pay up and stay quiet.
Most clubs and organizations are about making things better for their members, and since we as member don’t feel we got our monies worth, we’ll happily step aside and allow those into racing to fund their endeavours and we’ll save our money and support organizations that keep our trails open, in the forefront of discussion across this country.
We met up last weekend (April 30th, 2022) at the Mercantile north of Pasco a total of 5 rigs and aimed for Moses Lake Sand Dunes.
Actually, we went straight to Sporties for lunch then with bellies full we drove out to the dunes. The plan was to camp, but unfortunately on in our group cancelled at the last minute and we had 3 of our newest members with me as the lead.
Anyway, we played in the sand, Mandi & I took some in cab video, didn’t get any outside shots. We were back to pavement by late afternoon, and were headed back home.
The funny part was one of our new members got his video out and it reminded me that I have a year of video footage to catch up on. So I’ll tag his video, and share a link to last years trip video I just got edited and post some pics that we got also…
Our next Membership Meeting will be held @ the Greenwood’s Patio/Pool Deck. Regular time 6:30 pm, Business meeting starts at 7:00 pm.
1612 W 38th Place,
Kennewick, WA 99337
If you get lost, call Lance 509-420-0890
*ALSO:* Please bring your preferred drink(s)/snacks and a folding chair
I’m Lance (Livin4Today), I started my crazy love of rigs many years back as a kid riding in friends and family rigs and loving the outdoors and the access it provided to God’s creation.
However, I didn’t actually own a Jeep until the very last few days of 2011, when I bought this beauty, I call Julia. She was a bone stock Sahara at the time, although within a month she was sporting some new gear. I had promised myself that I wasn’t going go in head first on a vehicle ever again, but Julia kept asking for bigger and better parts, so you might say I indulger her. It took aboult 8 years putting her together a little at at time, I wish I had the talent to save and buy what I really wanted instead of throwing money at “get me by parts” that would eventually get passed along for the huigher end stuff.
Now nearly 10 years of ownership, I’ve got her to where she can do most anything I point her at, but as you’ll find out if you don’t already know – you’re never done building your perfect rig.
As far as clubs go, I helped create this club after a 3 year stint with another club, and then taking a year off before creating RattleSnake 4x4s. Our ideal was to trim some of the “mandatory items” that I felt held other clubs back, and create a fun club that gets together for fun outings, and keeping our sport alive. Our club has something for most anybody from newbies to experienced wheelers, but it all comes down to good people. I hope you’ll check us out and join us as we continue to explore the great outdoors.
2007 Jeep Wrangler JKU Saharicon
40 ” Milestar Patagonias
17″x 9″ Beadlocks
Fox 2.5 Coilovers w/remotes
Home made sliders
OR Fab Tire Carriers
35 Spline RCVs in Front Composite 35 Spline in the rear
ARB Air Lockers F & R w/5.38 Gears
Warn 8274 Winch
Bestop Trektop NX
We met up over the weekend (2-6-21) at Kahlotus Korners to fuel up with about 6 rigs to head out to Juniper Dunes. My first time over the new road, some of group stayed overnight out in Smith Canyon, so 3 more rigs were found on arrival. After an air down and quick drivers meeting we were off for a day (4 hours) in the sand. The temps were low, it was sunny for the first part of the day, then cloudy later. But the wind was redonkulous!
Anyway, we played in the sand, I took some in cab video, not realizing my mic was off, so you get to follow along with a stock music track to help get you through. Hopefully others will add some pics and vids in comments. We were back to pavement by mid afternoon, as some of us were hoping to get back and catch some KOH updates. Enjoy!
Our annual renewal is due tomorrow…
If for any reason you have yet to pay for your renewal please go online and do so now. Yes the price increased, the club is charged $62 per family membership (1 or more people), we have the membership up on our store for $62.50 (to cover the fees we’re charged by Square). The club does not make money from these memberships, so unfortunately we must pass on the costs of this convenience to you.
If you are a new member, and pay for an LFN membership, YOU MUST FILL OUT THE APPLICATION, or we cannot process your membership, LifeFlight’s rules says they must receive an application. We forward all applications to them.
If you happen to already be a member and want to become part of our group please fill out the application with your membership number included (new members will be assigned a number upon enrollment).
What are lockers? How can they help? Are there many options?
Clubs across the world hear questions like these from new members and guests at meetings, but since not everybody asks, but many wonder we found a video from Bleepin’ Jeep that helps answer and/or explain these questions and more.
Short Arms or Long Arms???
Many folks wonder which is the best suspension to run, Short arm or Long arm, and these videos might help you understand the differences better than searching forums or listening to all the opinions.
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