4-Wheeling America Getting UNStuck with Bill Burke DVD (UNSTUCK) $35
Bill Burke has taken his almost half century of fourwheeling experience and condensed it into two hours of detailed vehicle recovery techniques to create this DVD. Traveling from Moab to the beaches of Cape Cod and back across the Colorado Rockies, Bill takes us through desert and barren mountain peaks to illustrate the proper recovery techniques and proper use of recovery products such as Superwinch Winches & Winching Tools, Bow Shackles, Pull-Pal Land Anchor, Hi-Lift Jack, Heavy-Duty Transport Chains, Protective Gloves, proper recovery points like the Shackle Mounting Brackets, RUD 4x4 Grip Chains, and Synthetic Winch Lines. Each recovery technique/tool is a different chapter in the DVD and the viewer can skip to various chapters. DVD format. 120 minutes.
4-Wheeling America Getting PREpared with Bill Burke DVD (PREPARED) $25
Bill Burke shares his decades of fourwheeling and field experience in this DVD. Topics covered include trip planning, vehicle choices and modifications, mechanical preparedness, recovery gear storage, field tool sets and spare parts, supplemental fuel and water containers, packing strategies, personal gear, camping gear, navigation basics, first aid kit basics, field cooking, and special preparations required for children and pets. Bill also covers the vehicle modifications he made to his own Ford truck, Defender 90, and Range Rover Classic. Also included in the DVD jacket is a short booklet that covers a pre- and post-trip vehicle checklist, a list of common driving hazards, general points for good mindset, Hi-Lift Jack recovery kit, winch recovery kit, basic personal and vehicle kit, Bill's famous "bug-out bag", first aid guidelines, as well as personal clothing and hygiene items. DVD format. 80 minutes.
Bill Burke of 4-Wheeling America is an internationally recognized 4x4 trainer who teaches backcountry driving techniques, winching and extrication methods, vehicle preparation and maintenance, land navigation, and woods skills through classes, private training, trainer courses, and backcountry trips. Bill's clients include individuals, families, groups, clubs, vehicle manufacturers and dealers, tour operators, governments, and all companies that use 4WD vehicles in their operations. Environmental awareness and trail etiquette are taught on every outing. Bill is a permitted outfitter guide through the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, and is one of the founders of the International 4-Wheel Driver Trainer's Association, whose mission is to promote safe training doctrine and help self regulate the training industry with basic guidelines and recommendations, as well as generate basic outlines for training curricula to ensure thorough teaching programs and comprehensive skills development. Bill also travels the globe to consult and to lead backcountry expeditions, and serves as a technical consultant in the areas of four-wheeling expertise and environmental concerns to various businesses, the media, four-wheel drive manufacturers, dealerships, and government organizations.
While Bill also deals with large organizations, he also provides the personal touch. Here, Bill spots Chu Son over an obstacle on the Behind The Rocks trail in Moab. Immediately before Behind The Rocks, Bill guided Chu through Pritchett Canyon, up White Knuckle Hill, and down the High Dive, all without damage. As far as we know, Chu's Disco2 was the first Disco2 to complete these trails and obstacles.
Bill supervises the rigging as Pat Bickford winches Chu up an obstacle on Behind The Rocks. Winching can be extremely dangerous if done incorrectly and Bill Burke's winch safety lessons on the Getting UNStuck DVD should be heeded by all.
Bill demonstrates the proper way to rig a 3/8" Choker Chain during the Recovery Seminar at his On The Road ... Moab offroading clinic in 2001. The Recovery Seminar was but one of many 4x4 educational seminars at OTR. Bill is also very proficient with the Hi-Lift Jack and JackMate recovery tools. In the Getting UNStuck DVD, Bill discusses the use of the Hi-Lift Jack, both for lifting the vehicle and for using the Hi-Lift Jack as a hand winch.
Students listen intently as Bill shows the right and wrong ways to rig a recovery strap to a vehicle. While many may believe this is common knowledge, Bill's experience and insight are such that even experienced offroaders will come away from his clinics having learned some things.
Bill lifts the front of a Disco2 with the Hi-Lift Jack. Note the position of Bill's left thumb. Savvy Hi-Lift Jack users will know why his thumb is placed where it is and why it is not placed around the jack's main beam. Such lessons are contained in the UNStuck DVD.
We were fortunate enough to have Bill Burke visit the EE Shop and put on a Camel Trophy Slide Show and Recovery Seminar. Here, Bill shows the class how to rig the Hi-Lift Jack and use it as a hand winch. Bill covers the same techniques in the UNStuck DVD.
Bill supervises the extrication of a stuck vehicle on the Hole In The Rock trail in southern Utah. Tremendous amounts of energy are stored inside a recovery strap during a recovery, and it behooves everyone who hits the trails to learn what is safe and unsafe technique. Notice how Bill steps on the recovery strap and not over the recovery strap, even when the strap is not under tension. Wonder why this is a good thing? The Getting UNStuck DVD will provide the answer.
Bill Burkes shares his decades of fourwheeling and field experience in the Getting PREpared DVD. Topics covered include trip planning, vehicle choices and modifications, mechanical preparedness, recovery gear storage, field tool sets and spare parts, supplemental fuel and water containers, packing strategies, personal gear, camping gear, navigation basics, first aid kit basics, field cooking, and special preparations required for children and pets. Bill also covers the vehicle modifications he made to his own Ford truck, Defender 90, and Range Rover Classic. Also included in the DVD jacket is a short booklet that covers a pre- and post-trip vehicle checklist, a list of common driving hazards, general points for good mindset, Hi-Lift Jack recovery kit, winch recovery kit, basic personal and vehicle kit, Bill's famous "bug-out bag", first aid guidelines, as well as personal clothing and hygiene items. DVD format. 80 minutes.
If you engage in off-highway driving, there is always going to be, however remote, the risk of vehicle carnage. The Getting PREpared DVD covers mechanical preparedness, which necessarily includes knowing at least the basics of how one's vehicle operates.
Bill explains the differences between full- and semi-floating axles, as well as the basic differences between universal joints and CV joints in the Getting PREpared DVD. In the photo above, Bill explains the same to his students at his On the Road...Anza Borrego clinic.
Getting prepared also includes the proper tire selection for one's vehicle. Bill discusses the nomenclature of tire sizing and also recommends what tire sizes to fit.
Want to avoid this? Then watch the Getting PREpared DVD, where Bill covers tire selection and thoughtful modifications to an offroad vehicle.
Bill is a master of safe and effective recovery techniques, both powered and manual. Part of mastering these recovery techniques includes having and knowing how to use the proper recovery gear. All of these tools must be stored safely within the vehicle. Getting PREpared covers how Bill stores and transports his own recovery tools.
While the Getting UNStuck and Getting PREpared DVD's are very complete, they do not and cannot teach all of the in's and out's of fourwheeling. If you are interested in learning more about this wonderful hobby, or simply want to be guided through some remote and beautiful trails by a master of his craft, contact 4-Wheeling America.
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