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Old October 2nd, 2007, 11:06 PM
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Just wondering if anybody has done any of the off road schools in North America. My wife and daughter would like to do one, but since we're new to the LR scene and we don't see many (actually no) Defenders around these parts (WI), I thought I throw it out to you guys.

She'd like to learn some fairly technical stuff, rather than just run some trails; we can do that around here well enough. She's looked into the Overland Experts program and liked it a lot. She's also called about the LR Experience in Quebec, but they don't use Defenders. I'd obviously like to tag along if I can, because I've been wheeling my CJ around but I'd like to learn things from somebody that knows what the hell they're talking about.

Any ideas would be great, and experiences with any of the schools (good and bad) are always interesting. Thanks!
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Old October 2nd, 2007, 11:26 PM
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I think you would have a great time at the LR ones, despite the fact that they don't use Defenders. The rest of the LR lineup is incredible off road too!
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Old October 2nd, 2007, 11:31 PM
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Oh, I know the other LR's are great too, and it would for sure be a big time. She just wants to (if possible) to learn on what she's going to be driving, that's all. If it doesn't work out that way, she's OK with that too.
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 12:24 AM
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Have you thought about using Bill Burke? You get to use your own vehicle and it's in Colorado on fairly technical stuff. Looks like fun and a very knowledgable instructor.

http://www.bb4wa.com/
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Old October 8th, 2007, 09:27 PM
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I did, and it looks great. From the site, looks like you need to bring your own which is not really a logistical issue we want to try to tackle now. I would like to do it in the future though, for sure.
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Old November 26th, 2007, 01:25 PM
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Pete, I used the Overland Experts Program and would recommend it. Bruce is a great guy and he has a nice D90 that you can use.

That's me going into a mud/ice hole on a training day.
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Old November 26th, 2007, 05:25 PM
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That's good to know that you liked it. Bruce has spoken with my wife and she liked what he had to say, but most of all she liked his enthusiasm. She ended up doing the Land Rover Experience in Montebello, Quebec and had a great time. She decided on that because Bruce was apparently out of the country on the dates she and my daughter were free.

She was really happy at LRE when she found out that one of the LRs they were supposed to use was in for repairs, so they were "forced" to use the D110 the school normally used for maintenance and such. Apparently, nobody ever gets to use that in a school situation. They were beyond excited about it.

I think they'll go do the Overland thing in spring maybe. She's trying to figure out when it will work.
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I think they'll go do the Overland thing in spring maybe. She's trying to figure out when it will work.
If they do, please let me know. I would like to attend the course but would rather share the cost than absorb it all myself. Without disclosing the prices Bruce quoted, attending with three people is about 1/2 the cost of doing it alone. From Bruce: "This is due to the bulk of the cost going to insurance and if you spread it to more individuals, the cost goes down per person."
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If they do, please let me know. I would like to attend the course but would rather share the cost than absorb it all myself. Without disclosing the prices Bruce quoted, attending with three people is about 1/2 the cost of doing it alone. From Bruce: "This is due to the bulk of the cost going to insurance and if you spread it to more individuals, the cost goes down per person."

Off road school free at winter romp Gary
Show you all i know then after 5 mins we will do the trails
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Old November 27th, 2007, 08:39 AM
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Gary, the BSROA is trying to put a class together in collaboration with Bruce. I think we will be able to get 5 or 6 people interested in the class.

I might do it again also.
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Ron, I am definitely in for that; please let me know.

Jimmy, you mean other than 3rd low and boot it?
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Old November 27th, 2007, 10:28 AM
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Gary, the BSROA is trying to put a class together in collaboration with Bruce. I think we will be able to get 5 or 6 people interested in the class.

I might do it again also.
I would go. God knows I can't drive.
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thats why it would only take 5 mins, show you how to put it in 3rd low and how to put your foot to the floor
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Old November 27th, 2007, 10:44 AM
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Dennis and Jimmy missed you at MA Bell

here are some pics that Paul took I found a little mud : )

http://s120.photobucket.com/albums/o...ll%2011-25-07/

Ill keep people apprised of a class
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Ron, what happened with your axle? Wheel bearing?
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Yes inner bearing went on the highway.
I think I'll need a new hub as the race has some movement and I think it should be snug.

maybe we will do a shop day
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there is a place in CT that teaches using at least one Defender. Ill find out the name of it and post it tomorrow if that is of interest.
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if u r willing to travel

www.overlandexperts.com in CT
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