9 Important Things You Need to Know Before Buying Aftermarket Off-Road Wheels

9 Important Things You Need to Know Before Buying Aftermarket Off-Road Wheels

Buying a new set of aftermarket wheels for your off-road vehicle is one of the coolest things you can do to personalize the look of your rig, but you should factor in some very important specifications like the wheel's material, its weight, the size of the wheel and your tires, or you could impact your vehicle's performance on and off the road. So here are 9 important things you need to know before you buy those shiny new wheels.

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From Navy Corpsman to TrailRecon YouTube Creator

From Navy Corpsman to TrailRecon YouTube Creator

The Origins of TrailRecon  How did a retired Navy master chief end up being the creator of one of the most popular off-road and overland channels on YouTube? That’s a question Brad Kowitz, creator of TrailRecon, gets asked a
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Everything You Need to Know Before Buying an Off-Road Trailer

Everything You Need to Know Before Buying an Off-Road Trailer

Buying an off-road camper trailer for your travels is a big decision and there are lots of pros and cons to consider before shelling out your hard-earned cash for one. To help, we wanted to share our thoughts about all the advantages, disadvantages, and things to look for if you’re in the market for an off-road trailer for your overlanding adventures.   

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The TrailRecon 2022 Awesome Holiday Gift Guide

The TrailRecon 2022 Awesome Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for the perfect present this holiday season? From stocking stuffers to gifts that wow, we've put together our 2022 holiday gift guide of camping and off-road gear that is sure to have something for all the overlanders and on your list. 


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Off-Roading Fish Creek Wash to Sandstone Canyon

Off-Roading Fish Creek Wash to Sandstone Canyon

Fish Creek Wash to Sandstone Canyon are two off-road trails in Southern California that embody the American West. These trails are both rated as easy, and you can tackle them during a day-trip. But if you have the time for a bit of overlanding, spending 2-3 days will give you more time to explore the rich geology of Anza-Borrego State Park, enjoy the glittering night sky, and have an unforgettable adventure in the desert.
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Building An Overland Community at the First TrailRecon Summit

Building An Overland Community at the First TrailRecon Summit

Enthusiasm for the off-road and overland community inspired us to partner with Merus Adventure Park in Texas to host the inaugural TrailRecon Summit. We designed this event with community at its heart and we deliberately created an environment in which people could connect with each other, learn from each other, and build relationships that would enrich their lives.
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Brownies for Camp

Brownies for Camp

With the right tools and a little ingenuity, you can bake the perfect brownies while you're on your next camping trip. You'll be the most popular person around the campfire, because there is something magical about the smell of baking chocolate and the taste of warm, gooey brownies while relaxing at camp.

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Panko Parmesan Chicken Bites

Panko Parmesan Chicken Bites

Chicken nuggets. Chicken tenders. Chicken bites. Call them what you will but these tasty morsels of breaded or battered boneless chicken are one of my favorite things to eat, and with a little bit of effort, you can make your own chicken nuggets, bites, tenders, or whatever you want to call them. 

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Top 10 Apps for Overlanding

Top 10 Apps for Overlanding

Here's a list of the top 10 apps we always use on our off-road and overlanding that make our journeys easier and way more enjoyable.

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Meal Planning for Your Next Overland Adventure

Meal Planning for Your Next Overland Adventure

If you want to enjoy some great meals during your next camping trip, coming up with a plan is one of the most important things you can do. Before heading to the grocery store and packing up your camp kitchen, check out these tips for masterfully planning meals for your next off-road overland adventure.
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Blondies

Blondies

This blondie recipe is a family favorite that's fun to make at camp! This sweet treat is perfect to enjoy while you're sitting around a campfire at the end of a great day on the trail. 
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Message from Brad: Do You Have an Adventure Mindset?

Message from Brad: Do You Have an Adventure Mindset?

When things don't go according to plan on your adventure, having a positive attitude is key!
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3 Tips for Planning Your Overland Adventure

3 Tips for Planning Your Overland Adventure

The secret to a great adventure is to meticulously plan and prepare for the unexpected. In this blog, I share three of the most important tips I've learned over the years of planning off-road and overland adventures. 
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Sausage & Cheese Breakfast Muffins

Sausage & Cheese Breakfast Muffins

These sausage and cheese muffins are an easy-to-make breakfast that will satisfy the appetites of even your hungriest campers on your next adventure. 
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15 Tips for Good Manners Off-Road

15 Tips for Good Manners Off-Road

These 15 tips for good manners are practiced by seasoned off-roaders when enjoying a day on the trail. These guidelines help ensure we all have a great time off-roading and stay safe while doing it.    


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News from Brad: June 2022

News from Brad: June 2022

Overland Expo West is a Wrap! More than 20,000 people attended the 2022 Overland Expo in Flagstaff, Arizona, and it is hands-down my favorite annual overland event. I love how it brings together an amazing community of like-minded
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Sloppy Joes for the Trail

Sloppy Joes for the Trail

Camp Cooking Recipe: Sloppy Joes This might come as a shocker, but sloppy joes don't have to come from a can. In fact, they're so much better when they're made from scratch and it's really not that hard to whip them up in your camp
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10 Things I Loved at Overland Expo West 2022

10 Things I Loved at Overland Expo West 2022

My goal at Overland Expo West 2022 was to find to find at least five things that would make my overland and offroad journey better. Well, I smashed that goal and found 10 things that I love and want to bring along on our overlanding adventures. 
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Then and Now on the Palomar Divide Trail

Then and Now on the Palomar Divide Trail

When my husband bought a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon nearly seven years ago little did we know it would be a harbinger of change for our family that would teach us some important life lessons.     
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Easy One-Pot Bacon Mac & Cheese

Easy One-Pot Bacon Mac & Cheese

Who doesn't love macaroni and cheese? This creamy, cheesy, soul-soothing concoction is made even better by adding bacon!
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Experiencing Easter Jeep Safari 2022

Experiencing Easter Jeep Safari 2022

What Is Easter Jeep Safari All About? The Safari is an annual, nine-day event that takes place in Moab, Utah, a Mecca for off-road adventures, where enthusiasts come with their four-wheel drive vehicles to tackles the dozens of trails in the area. 
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Revisiting the Scenic Oriflamme Canyon Trail

Revisiting the Scenic Oriflamme Canyon Trail

Among the many off-road trails scattered about Southern California, there are a few that are worth coming back to again and again. Two of the trails encircling the Chariot Mountains in Southern California, the Oriflamme Canyon and Rodriguez Spur Truck Trails, are among them.

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Setting Up the Perfect Camp Kitchen

Setting Up the Perfect Camp Kitchen

How do you setup the perfect camp kitchen? You don't need to spend a ton of money, especially if you’re just getting started, just begin with the basics, figure out what essentials you need, and go from there. The most important thing to keep in mind when setting up your kitchen is to do what works best for you and your style of cooking.
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Taking Care of Business on the Trail

Taking Care of Business on the Trail

What's the best way to go to the bathroom when you're camping off-grid? Should you dig a cathole? What about bringing a portable toilet? If so, should it be a foldable, cassette, or composting toilet? When it comes to taking care of business in the middle of nowhere, there is definitely a right way and a wrong way to poop and pee, because improper disposal of human waste is bad for the environment and public health, and it's just gross. 
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Gold Fever Trail: Searching for Gold and Snow in Southern California

Gold Fever Trail: Searching for Gold and Snow in Southern California

When most people think about Southern California, the first thing that usually comes to mind is either Hollywood, movie stars, amusement parks....
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