What do I get for my membership?
There are lots of benefits explained here. We have options from a "trial" free membership to the full-on premium membership for those who want the best stuff, deepest discounts, and to give the most help.
We use membership dues to further recreational trail building, mapping, education, and preserving the trails we develop. Much of what we develop is on private land and private trails. Some, as in Tigerton, we started as private rides and then wanted to see them open the park to all RL4WD's for public use. However, by doing that, those parks that are public, we will no longer fund trail development, marketing, etc. with RL4WDA funds.
We have hosted public rides and guided tours but our club insurance isn't designed for that type of thing so most of the Trail Ambassadors don't do those anymore. Meet and greets, sure!
Our site is designed so you can make a free profile and check out the validity of what we do. In these times of fake clubs and wannabe Facebook groups who don't actually do anything for the recreation, be cautious, and ask questions. We wish more people did that as there are so many "fake" clubs run by private individuals that just want your sticker and raffle (illegal) money that they just quietly pocket.
Our goal is to build slow speed trails, host classes on how to ride, show people where to go, and connect private trails through fun public routes. The cost of the equipment, fuel, materials, etc. can be very expensive and because we mainly fund everything ourselves, we make serving our premium members who actually pony up the money a top priority.
Again, we do have a FREE membership where you can see the trails, reviews, pictures, videos, chat in the forums, etc. But premium members get a lot of perks for helping us fund what needs to get done. Furthermore, we want to be part of making an RL4WD public program for Wisconsin and the upper Midwest through grassroots legislative efforts so more of what we want to see can be used BY THE PUBLIC much like sleds, quads, and bikes have.
We highly recommend watching the videos and reading the blog post here https://rl4wd.com/blog/wi-vip-ride-2019 as we spell out what we're trying to do in front of legislators, tourism, and DNR folks. We're the real deal and look forward to helping form local chapter clubs who share our vision and want to open riding trails in their area on top of the basic gravel roads and such the state already has. If this is of value to you, join up!
The many volunteers, paid members, sponsors, and supporters will continue to work for 4x4 access in Wisconsin and the USA, the more of a voice we have, the more members we have, the more we can do and the more government and land managers will listen to our requests.
We've learned that the 4x4 community is plagued with clubs that burn out, fly by night promoters, and other unethical characters. The Road Legal 4WD Association believes that transparency is very important. We do things right, hold the proper legal filings, pay our taxes, use accredited/licensed accountants, and make the money flow available at our annual meetings. The President works with the advisory and grant boards to make sure proper checks and balances exist. Bylaws are written so if a chapter folds, they must donate remaining funds and items back to the main foundation which is then recirculated to the current chapters via more grants. We even ask our members for thoughts and opinions in these forums. Notice you can even comment on every article and page we post on our site!