"Mr. Severin's class was nothing like what I expected. His lessons are based on
the experiences of a 40-year veteran who has gone out there. He shows you how to
get out of difficult situations that you would never get your self into, then he
shows you how some one just like you got into that situation in the first place
- you become aware of the bigger picture. He covers the evolution of 4x4
technology, and their limitations, keeping you from over estimating your
equipment. And he stresses safety and respect for nature so your trips won't
leave any marks. I left his class seeing the road in a completely different way.
Starting from the basics to the advanced, Mr. Severin offers a course that I
would recommend to any novice or weekend off roader.
I feel that I definitely received more than what I paid for."
"The Mohave road trip with Tom and company was a real treat. Learning to drive
through the desert negotiating rocks, sand water, mud and Joshua trees was a
great learning experience. Tom was a great host and pleasure to camp with out
in the boonies. I have a greater understanding of the abilities of my truck and
myself after traveling for 150 miles off the pavement. I was traveling with a
big truck and popup camper widening the Mohave Road a bit after my passing but
was not concerned at any time. Tom is a skilled four-wheeler and an excellent
host. He will help you, as you need it without intruding on your fun and
privacy. I would recommend the Mohave road trip to any and all that don't mind
some mud and Mohave pin striping."
"Good intro to off road driving. Will be talking to several friends
"Thanks for the Big Bear training trip. Ryan and I had a ball. You and
Steve make a great team. Repairing vehicles that have problems. You
showed by example and helped us through the rough parts. This is the
third time I have enjoyed your leadership. Beginning Class, Mojave
Trail and now the Big Bear class. I feel more confident now and will be
going on some club trips. David was real disappointed he couldn't
"The most prepared instructor Iíve had in these classes (and Iíve taken
"Gave me confidence my husband can drive the Jeep!"
And this comment was from the husband.
"Gave my wife confidence in the vehicles capabilites!"
BOAC 4WD Training Day in the Hungry Valley near Gorman
Report By: Tom Schamber
Saturday, March 8, was a beautiful day in the Gorman area and everyone was excited to be out in the country. We started with the 4 hours in the classroom where we learned the theory of off -roading. Tom has vast experience in the backcountry and gave us plenty of do's and don'ts and helpful how-to's with a couple of oh-by-the-way's thrown in. We all were inquisitive and came out of the session with new insight and ready to hit the trail. We drove to the Hungry Valley off-road area.
After "airing down" our tires, Tom led us to the hill climb area first. Here, he had us climb the hill one at a time with him watching from the top. Once at the top, he critiqued our method and gave us advice for the hill descent on the backside, which he watched closely as well. We made a few circles around the hill until we all had mastered climbing and descending.
We spent about two hours in the training compound area where we encountered a host of obstacles that one would find out on the trails. We progressed from the hill to the sharply angled ditch course. Anyone with a trailer hitch scraped it on this course. We then traversed the shallow water-uneven-twisty course, followed by the log course. Here we found our stumbling block. That log was hard to get over. My favorite was the 30-degree side hill course. It looks like you're going to tip over from outside and feels like your going to tip over from inside. But low and behold, you don't. Tom had saved the best for last and led us over to the hill again. But this time we were to go over the big rocks all the way up the hill. This combined many of the lessons we had learned in the classroom as well as so far on the course. With Tom's guidance on every rock, those that braved it made it up. Here is where a vehicle with serious clearance is at an advantage.
The last two hours were spent out on the open trails of Hungry Valley. These are tame compared to the training compound but here we found some very steep hills and soft sand. The day ended with the sun nearing the horizon and one more big-but-not-so-steep hill. We took our time airing up our tires for the road while standing around reviewing our lessons and boasting about our new skills. All of us felt like we had learned a lot. The class is well worth the price and I would encourage anyone to go try it. Contact Tom Severin at 310-374-8047 or www.4x4training.com . You won't regret it.