Web page within our system that's connected to our community
High-quality membership cards and sponsored mailings (free to the Chapter)
Point tracking services that encourage more participants at events
You keep all your event fees!
Co-promoted events with other Chapters
Membership processing (no administration duties!)
Co-sponsored events and products
Event and club insurance (optional, needed for landowner contracts a lot of times)
Printed waivers and sign-in forms
Pre-registration tickets (no processing fee from us)
Web store for your shirts, hats, stickers etc. (no processing fee from us)
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
Wrangler Rider branding and sanctioning upon approval
Fundraising codes are set up in the store so anything that sells on our store through your link, you'll earn a % on.
This is just the beginning! We have a huge amount of benefits to foster amazing growth and success within your local community.
No cost to start!
Must be a legal adult
Must be a current Road Legal 4WD Association member in good standing
Required to promote responsible recreational image and family friendly events for Road Legal 4WD's
Local chapter officers must pass a background check (standard state checking)
Waivers must be signed for all events and meetings
Interview web chat meeting with director and/or advisory board (our vetting process)
Host at least one meeting or event every 60-90 days (30 days preferred)
Chapters must be at least an hour apart and local chapters will only be approved once the other chapters in the area agree.
The Road Legal 4WD Association is actively seeking responsible individuals to run local Chapters. A local Chapter will host everything from simple meet and greet dinners, to road rides, right on up to full blown trail riding multi-day adventures, it really depends on what your local area provides the RL4WD community.
A local Road Legal 4WD Association Chapter is required to run and maintain a local trail system, RL4WD park and/or promote local RL4WD events. Chapters are run as independent non-profits that have access to Wrangler Rider grants and co-sponsorship. The Road Legal 4WD Association will aid in chapter development, branding, training, designations, marketing, website, social media, insurance, merchandising, and event promotions. Our goal is to make a Road Legal 4WD Association chapter as strong as possible so that it may continue to gain local recreational opportunities.
Chapters must use our approved branding; logo and their mailing address city/town will determine the end of their chapter name and service area unless otherwise approved by the advisory board. Chapters must comply with Road Legal 4WD Association 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 the advisory board. Upon the loss of sanctioning, the Chapter must properly file for dissolution and remaining funds from that Chapter will be added to the Road Legal 4WD Association main membership grant account for proper redistribution among active Chapters.
Here's an example of some of the materials we'll send in the packets
No trails? No problem!
Some inner city Chapters will pretty much only host non-trail events, others will ONLY be trail events. We don't stipulate what type of Road Legal 4WD Association 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, business and more that would toss a rock, ramp or something to crawl in urban areas. We can them map them as waypoints and add them to GeoCrawls as your group deems appropriate.
So what does it take to make a chapter? Glad you asked!
Fundamentally speaking, we want you to become a non-profit ($35 in WI) that's dedicated to expanding the goals of the Road Legal 4WD Association (Education, Recreation, Communication). In return, we will provide you with the tools to help you establish your chapter, grow your events and become a staple for Road Legal 4WD Recreation in your community.
The Road Legal 4WD Association has a mission to have local Chapters for every local riding area that serves the RL4WD community. Local Chapters 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. The Road Legal 4WD Association will approve the sanctioning of each chapter each year. We'll advise you on how to run a healthy chapter and provide support via our private host community. The Road Legal 4WD Association 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 chapters will work together to spread out events over a region. This way, we all can go to each others events and help out as needed. Once a region has a few chapters, 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 chapter, 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 Chapter!
As riders, we wanted to try and give Chapters AND members the best of both worlds. This means there is only one membership for Road Legal 4WD Association chapters, not a separate one for each Chapter. Folks sign up through the website and most of the membership dues (besides the costs of the processing, cards, mailing, etc.) is then set in a dedicated grant account or transferred by Paypal (weekly) or check (monthly). Everything we send out is then branded to the local chapter and the RL4WD.
Local Chapters who have set up their non-profit and officers can apply for membership funds from the grant account (past their per-member portion) as stipulated by the advisory council. Grants are awarded based on activity, goals and performance. The more you offer the members, the better.
So there we have it, the best of both worlds... less paperwork but fundraising for the club and only one membership for the folks who ride with us!
Begin by filling out this short survey so we can set up a pre-processing meeting by phone or web.
What if we already have a club?
The Road Legal 4WD Association can adapt and work out agreements with current 4x4 clubs if most of the members use road legal rigs for trail riding. Specialty off-road only clubs wouldn't fit well because we connect our riding areas using legal roads. If your club fits, we can look at honoring your members, getting all your members into our system, issue them our cards etc. Once we have that in place, we should be good to go!