A sustainable off-road trail system in the Province of Ontario is the goal of almost every trail user we encounter as 4X4 users. Riders want a safe and passage free trail where they can enjoy the scenery without running into downed trees or impassable areas such as mud holes. Volunteers from all the different organizations are the back bone of providing this to the members where people spend their own money, time and equipment ensuring trails are clear and ready to use every season.
Your elected OF4WD board recognized this and passed a decision to purchase a tool that will help all trail users. Something that none of the other users could possibly have but could find handy or strategic in maintaining the trail system.
With costs going through the roof when hiring contractors to bring in aggregate or level out an area so a 5 ton dump truck can get to the work site it was decided that we, the 4X4 community, already have some very useful vehicles, we just need to outfit one with all the tools required. While buying a nice 4X4 truck was out of the question the board found a very unique device.
A military M101A2 trailer was purchased back in January 2012 and a project plan and budget was established to make a versatile and capable trail maintenance tool. This trailer was already imported to Canada from the US Military and had a modification done to it allowing it to dump loads of up to 1 ton in an off-road application. Excellent, now we have a way to get materials to a site without upgrading half a trail and taking on that extra cost.
Great, we have a small dumping trailer, now what?
The OF4WD approached its devoted sponsors and a list was formed of items and devices the trailer could be outfitted with to make it even more useful. As all the sponsors have different strengths and talents they took a simple M101 and made it into an unstoppable trail maintenance machine!
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Many people and businesses are to be thanked for this project which has been tested and ready for use by the members. We, your elected board, hope you find this trailer useful and trustworthy for many years to come.
Click here for full details and instructions on how to use and sign out this unique tool: Trailer Information
Other trail users?
If you are part of an another trail user group and would like to request OF4WD trail maintenance trailer for your trail maintenance project please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.