Why should you join East Valley Rockers? There are lots of Jeep groups on Meetup, what is different about this one? Why are there fees? I've listened to the good and bad about other groups and made this one special.
WE ARE NOT A CLUB! Anyone is allowed to join, for free.
Most of my runs are Jeep specific, but some are OK for other off road vehicles (but please no full size trucks or UTV's etc). Jeeps Only allows for greater streamlining of vehicle requirement for various runs and makes it more likely that others can help if someone has a breakdown because of vehicle compatibility. It also allows for a more consistent progress through the trail greatly reducing downtime.
WE DON"T EXPECT YOU TO BE A MECHANIC! Many members have expertise, and that is always welcomed, but we'd like you to ask ALL the questions and learn from myself and others. We'll teach you the basics or move you up in your skills, and have a great time doing it!
WE OFFER SOMETHING DIFFERENT! Expert guides are contracted on some runs, such as geologist Mitch. These are a great opportunity to learn about the rich Sonoran desert. We have some runs that combine Jeeping with hiking, and offer passenger opportunities where appropriate. We offer trail stickers for most every run to show off your catalogue of trails. Tshirts are coming too!
OUR RUNS ARE 'RIGHT-SIZED"! We'll never have a caravan of 50 Jeeps clogging up the trail (as cool as that looks to have them all lined up it's no fun in the middle or the back!) Fees discourage the 'joiners' who never show up and keep the waitlist down. If a run is popular a second opportunity may be added the next day or weekend.
WE OFFER SAFETY AND PREPARATION! Your leader carries a satellite phone for emergencies and a full complement of navigation gear, tire repair & recovery gear, and first aid. Every run has recommended and required equipment to keep you and your rig safe for the trail and the drive home.
OUR FOCUS IS YOU! Making sure you have a great time is our goal, whatever your skill level.
OUR RUNS ARE KID FRIENDLY AND PET FRIENDLY! No that doesn't mean we will be minding our P's and Q's like we're in church but your children or dog are welcome to come along (cats too!). Remember that your children and pet are YOUR responsibility! I have zero parenting skills or experience...fair warning!
MEET HEAVY METAL by EAST VALLEY ROCKERS! Have exceptional skills and a monster trail machine? Our invite-only group HEAVY METAL offers Extreme runs to challenge the best built rig. Members of this group pay an annual dues and can attend all runs posted in the regular EVRockers without paying a per-Jeep fee (Except runs with expert guides or other fees). (PENDING APPROVAL FROM MEETUP)
CB Radio required on all trail rides. Need one? Ask for suggestions!
Messages can get lost here so please email Robert @ EVRockers.com or call/text 602.492.3224
$25/Jeep runs with expert guides (Geologist,Herpetologist,Wildlife etc)
$20 general trail rides with large groups (16+)
$15 medium group and/or runs w/class such as Recovery 101
$10 small group Extreme runs,
TBD- runs or events that fall outside the normal focus of this group, such as the Hot Desert Singles run.
Fees are to improve attendance and discourage the "joiners" who never show up; pay for expert guides; design and purchase shirts & stickers for members; defer the costs associated with Meetup and related expenses. Fees will be non-refundable outside of Meetup required refunds such as if an event is cancelled.
For 2021 included in your per run fee is $100 towards Joe's 4x4 Off Road Recovery should his services be needed on a run you do with East Valley Rockers. This helps get you unstuck and/or back to a paved highway only where you can arrange normal towing services. Typically Joe's services start at $300-$400 so this benefit will soften the blow if necessary. Of course my full complement of recovery gear will be utilized prior to calling in the cavalry!