Road Legal 4WD will list all 4x4 clubs who want to use our site as their own as long as the club is ethical and has a good community and landowner status. 4X4 clubs do not need to honor the old universal membership program of the old chapter system. The club cost is $100 a year unless you honor the VIP membership as your own, then there is no cost to use our site.
A local 4x4 club is required to run and maintain a local trail system, park, and/or promote local 4x4 events. 4x4 Clubs are run as independent non-profits that have access to our grants and co-sponsorship. Road Legal 4WD will aid in development, branding, training, designations, marketing, website, social media, insurance, merchandising, and event promotions. Our goal is to make a 4x4 club as strong as possible so that it may continue to gain local recreational opportunities.
4x4 clubs must comply with Road Legal 4WD risk management, insurance, and ethics guidelines to qualify for their yearly sanctioning renewal which may or may not include a renewal fee as determined by our board.
Web page within our system that's connected to our community
Ability to use the VIP Club as your own (dual-branded membership cards)
Co-promoted events with other 4x4 clubs
Co-sponsored events and products
Access to our national event and club insurance program (optional, needed for landowner contracts a lot of times)
Printed waivers and sign-in forms
Ability to apply for trail and park grants from state or other sources (once non-profit is set up)
Participation in the Trail Ambassador Program
Access to map listings and printing services
Road Legal 4WD branding
Landowner insurance guides and training
This is just the beginning! We have a huge amount of benefits to foster amazing growth and success within your local community.
RL4WD grant funds are appropriated based on your local VIP member numbers. The grant fund committee will not vote to approve local 4x4 club grants beyond participation numbers and activity.
Officers must be legal adults
Required to promote the responsible recreational image and family-friendly events for 4X4's
Local 4x4 club officers must pass a background check (standard state checking)
Waivers must be signed for all events and meetings
Host at least one meeting, ride or social event every 60-90 days (30 days preferred)
4x4 clubs must be at least an hour apart and local 4x4 clubs will only be approved once the other 4x4 clubs in the area agree.
No trails? No problem!
Some inner-city 4x4 clubs will pretty much only host non-trail events, others will ONLY be trail events. We don't stipulate what type of 4WD event you host, as long as it's family-friendly, ethical, and promotes our community in a positive way. We want to organize so we can get more recreational opportunities, it's that simple.
We've also come up with crawl spots where you can ask permission at local parks, businesses, and more that would toss a rock, ramp, or something to crawl in urban areas.
So what does it take to make a 4x4 club? Glad you asked!
Fundamentally speaking, we want you to become a non-profit that is dedicated to expanding the goals of Road Legal 4WD (Trail Education, Recreation, Communication, and Trail Preservation). In return, we will provide you with the tools to help you establish your 4x4 club, grow your events and become a staple for 4WD Recreation in your community.
Road Legal 4WD has a mission to have local 4x4 clubs for every local riding area that serves the RL4WD community. Local 4x4 clubs will help establish riding areas, trails, and events and then maintain said areas for sustainable recreational endeavors.
Local clubs run independently of the main association. Road Legal 4WD will approve the sanctioning of each 4x4 club each year. We'll advise you on how to run a healthy club and provide support via our private host community. Road Legal 4WD will provide each chapter with a web page, store, event program, logos, merchandising, grant help, and more. We've tried to handle all the stuff that clubs have a hard time dealing with so you can focus on having fun and growing local interest WITHOUT a huge upfront cost!
Local 4x4 clubs will work together to spread out events over a region. This way, we all can go to each other's events and help out as needed. Once a region has a few 4x4 clubs, a Regional Coordinator will be assigned to aid with events, meetings, etc. Together, we accomplish our goals and get more people into this awesome recreation!
I've never run anything like this, how is this going to work?
Don't worry! We understand that everyone starts someplace and we'll guide you through the process of setting up your 4x4 club, website, social media, and events. We'll work with you personally to help guide you through the process and we'll send you a printed getting started packet as well.
We'll show you how to host meetings, do events, etc. We're available for one on one meetings, video meetings, training, and more to make sure you're comfortable with running and growing a 4x4 club!
VIP Membership Program
We co-brand our high-quality membership material with your local 4x4 club. Our base price is $25 per membership, but you can charge more locally and send in batches of memberships at the same time. We do a lot of this work on your behalf so your new club can have a very professional membership packet, professional web tools, professional media, and access to an amazing network of individuals who are all here to help grow the 4x4 recreation. It's very common to see clubs charge $40 a person and then send in $25 and a membership app for each person that we'll then mail out directly with your logo or name on the front, and our logo and name on the back. Co-branded cards also include a membership to Americas Trails, our multi-recreational mapping site. Upon making the packet, we'll send a free code for Americas Trails if folks want to use that site.
What if we already have a club?
Road Legal 4WD can adapt and work out agreements with current 4x4 clubs if most of the members use road legal rigs for trail riding. If you have a club and want to slowly renew your memberships as VIP members, we can make that happen. The RL4WD is very passionate about serving our clubs that are responsible for the trails and routes we love! Let's chat about how to send us your membership data along with how to make your club part of the fun. Let us help you reduce your processing burden, drastically increase your membership offerings, and advertising your rides to our ever-growing membership base. You keep your local membership dues, we process everything and send out your RL4WD packets, VIP membership renewals, and alike.
RL4WD Risk Management Guidelines
RL4WD Risk Management Guidelines For Members, Clubs, and Trail Ambassadors
Road Legal 4WD Corp. is comprised of multiple clubs throughout the USA. Our common values are safety and education in everything we do. Our members, friends, family safety are our top priorities.
Trail Ambassadors and Clubs may opt to make rides and events specific to paid members, experienced members, etc. Anyone with a valid RL4WD membership card should be able to sign up and pay for an event or trail ride if they are part of the VIP Membership program.
Road Legal Rides - All vehicles must be DOT compliant for legal road use according to state and federal law. All vehicles must have valid liability insurance with limits that exceed local state law requirements.
Private Property Rides - Vehicles must be safe to operate, have a functioning and safe roll cage, along with all the necessary equipment, first aid, and locally required licenses or permits.
Vehicles must have DOT compliant restraints and roll bars/cage/OEM top. Vehicles without a top or roll cage will not be allowed to participate in any chapter function. All vehicles shall be in proper working order and have a legal exhaust system and need to be checked by a club volunteer before an event begins.
All vehicles must contain an ABC or Element automotive fire extinguisher along with front and rear tow points. Vehicle recovery and first aid kits are required for hosts, Trail Ambassadors, and guides while being highly encouraged for all vehicles.
All events must have trained volunteers on site.
Trail Ambassadors - Trail Ambassadors will need to complete the online and/or on-site training and certification courses. Online refresher courses will also be required online every 24 months. Must pass a criminal background check.
All private trails should be scouted before an event (where applicable). The club should identify and sign or eliminate any safety hazards on the trails such as sharp objects and excessive brush.
Any trail with deep mud should be avoided. We advocate for ethical trail use and preservation. Excessive deep water or mud can cause severe damage to 4WD vehicles as such, no event shall traverse these types of trails unless an act of God caused it during an event, and it must be crossed/can't be avoided.
Do not cut switchbacks or take shortcuts. All water crossings should be at designated points with a prepared rock bottom (best to route over a bridge when possible).
Vehicles should be in 4WD low at all times to prevent trail damage and accidents that involve any speed.
Trail Rides - A ride with a group of 4X4 vehicles with lead and sweep drivers and Trail Ambassadors or guides that may be needed for technical help through more difficult terrain.
Meet & Greets - A function where members congregate and are not driving trails. Please refrain from alcohol use during a sanctioned 4X4 event.
Education Classes or Workshops - A volunteer-run class for a local club that trains drivers for trail riding. These small sessions may also be part of a trail ride.
Car Show/Show & Shine - An event hosted by a local club in a show-type setting.
Any other competition-type event will need to be approved and insured before advertised on this site.