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Episode 53 features an interview with Tom and Aaron from RAM Mount. RAM Mount has been a long time supporter of The 4×4 Podcast and having them on the show has been a long time coming. RAM stands for Round-A-Mount and was introduced in 1995. Far and away the most innovative product line of its kind, RAM continues to evolve into one of the most sought after accessories for electronics. RAM products have quickly become an essential mounting component for a wide variety of applications including rugged vehicle, industrial, military and defense, material handling as well as any application requiring a robust mounting solution. My personal favorite uses of RAM Mount products are the GoPro mount, the X-Grip mount for my tablet and my newest favorite is the self-leveling drink cup holder! One of my favorite features of all RAM Mount products is that they are proudly made in the USA.
If you’d like to purchase any of these products you can do so using any of these links below from Amazon. Be sure to also follow RAM Mount on Facebook.
In the news:
For years the one product everyone has been keeping in their emergency trail repair kit to be used for everything from holding a broken mirror in place, to sealing a leaky vacuum line, has been good ole reliable duct tape.
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Some say, without duct tape, the US Army would not be combat worthy. Well now duct tape may have found its match! Introducing Rescue Tape!
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Rescue Tape is a self-fusing silicone based tape that was developed for, and used by, the US military and is now available to the public. From its excellent insulative properties, to its high tensile strength, Rescue Tape is a must have in everyone’s emergency repair kit. Read more about this amazing band-aide here: http://www.rescuetape.com/?gclid=CI3B6d-js7oCFbFxQgodnQ0Avg
Buy your supply of Rescue Tape here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001JT0ET8?ie=UTF8&camp=213733&creative=393185&creativeASIN=B001JT0ET8&linkCode=shr&tag=the4x4pod-20&qid=1383358132&sr=8-2&keywords=rescue+wrap
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Did this non-solid axle front suspension ever have a chance to make it on the Wrangler TJ? It didn’t appear likely. Could a variation of this design one day end up under the front of a future generation of Jeep Wrangler? Your guess is as good as ours. Want to get the full scoop on Jeep’s future suspensions of yesterday? Click on the link below to learn more: http://www.allpar.com/SUVs/lil-blue.html
Compact solar charging -
Looking for a way to keep your mobile devices charged while out hiking or primitive camping? With all the advancements in solar cell technology, there are literally hundreds of options when it comes to portable solar panels. Gearjunkie.com recently field tested a new compact solar charger manufactured by Bushnell and called the SolarWrap Mini.
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What makes the SolarWrap Mini unique is the solar cells retract into the body of the unit making it very compact as well as protecting the cells when not in use. The unit sports an internal battery for storing the energy obtained during the day, to charge devices even after the sun goes down. To learn more, and read Gearjunkie’s review, click here: http://gearjunkie.com/bushnell-solarwrap-mini-review
You can purchase your very own SolarWrap Mini by clicking here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AMPJNT2?ie=UTF8&camp=213733&creative=393185&creativeASIN=B00AMPJNT2&linkCode=shr&tag=the4x4pod-20&qid=1383358069&sr=8-1&keywords=bushnell+solarwrap
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This four day rally race is going to be held in the spring of 2014 in Sonora, Mexico. One of the advantages to this event is it will be held only 30 minutes south of the US border, making it easily accessible to those of us living in the continental United States! To read more about this event, click on the link below: http://www.offroadxtreme.com/news/new-off-road-event-set-to-bring-extreme-competition-closer-to-home/?utm_source=feedly
Dutch Oven Beef Roast
3-5 lb beef round roast (or round steak)
10 oz can cream of mushroom soup
1 package dry onion soup mix
preheat dutch oven to 350 degrees
remove lid, place the roast in the oven and sear the entire roast
pour half the soup around the roast and half on top
quarter the potatoes and onions and surround the roast
place carrots around evenly
sprinkle the onion soup mix on top of everything
Cook until desired doneness
Ultra4 Racing -
It’s not always easy to find the time to get out on the trails or do a little rock crawling. Not to mention, many of of us have to drive several hours to find a trail even remotely challenging for our rig. Well if you have a smart phone or tablet, you might be in luck. There is an app that might help tide you over until you can get back out on the trail. Ultra4 Racing is an app that combines the challenges of offroad courses, with option of choosing six different offroad vehicles with a range of features from independant suspension systems to solid axles.
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If that is not enough, your vehicle is even susceptible to trail damage and flat tires! Check out the details of this awesome app by clicking the link below: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.GigaBitGames.Ultra4OffroadRacing