Road Legal 4WD Membership Overview

By being a member of the Road Legal 4WD Association, you support our mission to further Road Legal 4WD opportunities through communication, education and environmental stewardship. 

Our organization may work differently than other clubs and associations you may see in the industry in that, our membership is a single universal membership that is honored within all Road Legal 4WD Association Chapters. If a Chapter is properly set up as a non-profit, has it's own board, bylaws and banking, the Road Legal 4WD Assoc. can split the membership funds with the Chapter in good standing. Membership and media is then co-branded and the Road Legal 4WD Assoc. will take care of membership processing and renewals for the Chapter. 

Unlike a small local group, being part of the Road Legal 4WD Association gives you loads of benefits that a small group couldn't produce. These benefits include printed materials, quality membership badge, online profile with a tracking system and the ability to have a larger voice to gain more 4X4 trails! The Road Legal 4WD Association is building the best of both worlds, a smart membership program for 4x4 owners, as well as a great benefit and a fundraising program for local chapters. 

Membership funds are raised to supply the needed items to build and enhance trails. RL4WDA has zero employees and our sponsors such as AAA Adventure Insurance donate much of the printing, advertising, business office space, and postage costs. This is why you'll see information about these sponsors in your membership packets. Our goal is to raise money for trail grants that our chapters can apply for each year. 

For 2021 there are 2 types of rider memberships Basic, and Premium. Premium memberships will go for 365 days from the day you sign up, upgrade or renew. 

Small Business Membership - for small shops, dealers, restaurants, lodging, etc. 

National Business Membership for national retailers, distributors, and manufacturers. 

The free basic membership was formed in 2020 as anyone in the rig will need to have a profile on to make sure we're all "members". Most of our rides will then say "premium members only" where at least one member in the rig will need to be a premium member to go on that ride, the rest of the people in the rig can be basic members.

The free Basic Membership profile is required for each person riding in our events/rides beginning in 2020. The basic membership will give you access to the public trail directory,  reviews, review images, review videos, and most areas of our forums. Past that, this profile is very limited in what it can do and carries no voting rights for RL4WDA. You will not get a membership card and these profiles will come across as blue. 

The $50 Premium Universal Membership fulfills the basic membership requirement for all Chapter activities. Our memberships help us pay the costs of running the association and we thank every single one of you for helping support our mission. Because the Road Legal 4WD Association is a federation of clubs, and each chapter may also be their own entity, Road Legal 4WD Association memberships have no voting rights on an international level (though they may have rights to vote at the local level). Road Legal 4WD Association chapters may appoint a voting representative from each chapter. These profiles will show up in our system as red.

Our yearly membership is filled with great features! 

  • Full Color PVC Membership Card 
  • RL4WD Sponsor T-Shirt
  • 2 or more Color Membership Stickers
  • Full Trail, Waypoint, and Directory Access
  • Downloadable Directory Trail Maps both Printed and GPS Files
  • The Ability to Write Trail Reviews within the Directory
  • Turn by Turn Directions to Directory Listings
  • A few Nice Rig cards for sharing with others
  • The ability to become a Trail Ambassador or Trail Guide
  • List items in our Classifieds
  • Printed & Mailed Newsletters and Brochures
  • Discounted or Free Online Educational Courses
  • Sponsor Discounts and applicable savings in our Online Store
  • Event Pre-Registration & Discounts
  • Automatic Login (if desired)
  • AAA Membership Discounts 
  • Dunham's Sports Discounts
  • RSVP of events online
  • Midland USA GMRS/HAM Radio Discounts


Business Members/Sponsorships

If you are interested in being a main advertiser or becoming a main sponsor for events, chapters, our videos, or this site, please contact Ryan Harden at 855-527-7464. Website and Magazine advertising along with non-membership lobby work and related are handled by our publishing company, Road Legal Four Wheel Drive. 

All donated grants are allocated to our segregated grant account of RL4WDA. RL4WD as the publishing company donates proceeds to RL4WDA for these efforts as well. The goal of these programs is to raise money for trail building, enhancement and education. Each year, the RL4WDA grants committee will review grant requests from our chapters.  

Small Business Membership - for small shops, dealers, restaurants, lodging, etc. 

National Business Membership for national retailers, distributors, and manufacturers. 

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