Vehicle Requirements

In order to maximize everyone’s safety and everyone’s fun, Rising Sun requires all vehicles to go through a technical inspection to qualify for our trail runs. In general, we use the same guidelines as TLCA (printed below) with a few additional qualifications.

Before attending Cruise Moab…

Your vehicle should be in sound mechanical condition with no leaks or known problems. We recommend that your vehicle should have some miles on the odometer in its current build so you can work out the gremlins before you hit the trails around Moab.

Licensing and Insurance

All drivers of vehicles on the trails need to have a valid drivers license. All vehicles need to have valid insurance to operate on public roads as required by state in which they are registered.

All vehicles are required to have a CB radio.

  • Preferred setup: installed CB radio with an external antenna.
  • If you have a hand-held CB units, please buy the 12-volt DC cord so that the battery won’t go dead halfway through a trail.
  • “Family-band” radios will not be acceptable at all.
  • Please take this seriously. If your CB radio is not working when you meet for a trail run in the morning, it is likely your trail leader will not permit you to run the trail with the group. A good CB radio setup costs about the same as one medium-size tire. Spend the money and get something decent, and make sure it’s wired up and working well before you leave home.
  • There is a good, expensive CB shop in Moab. If you show up to tech inspection with no CB radio, plan to spend a bunch of cash and your entire afternoon at the Moab CB shop.

Please note: If you have a Ham radio, you also must have at least a hand-held CB, since most trail leaders will not have Ham. (We love amateur radio, but we recognize that only a small portion of our attendees will have it).


Vehicles registered for participation in a TLCA, or TLCA sanctioned, event are subject to a ‘Vehicle Inspection’. And though TLCA makes no representation as to the impact of such an inspection upon ‘safe’ participation in an event, failure to pass such an inspection will disqualify the vehicle from participating in the event.

All determinations pertaining to the ‘Vehicle Inspection’ shall be at the sole judgment of the event committee, and/or its designates, responsible for such inspections. If a vehicle fails to pass an inspection, correction of any deficiencies may be attempted and the vehicle reinspected … provided such correction and reinspection can be conducted without impact to event schedules.

Minimum Vehicle Requirements

The following are minimum vehicle requirements which, if not met, disqualify a vehicle from participating in an event:

  • Vehicle Registration: Must be current.
  • Insurance Coverage: Must be current, and meet applicable governmental requirements.
  • Service Brakes: Must be able to stall engine when idling in 2nd gear (1st gear if 3 speed).
  • Parking Brake: Must be able to stall engine when idling in 3rd gear (2nd gear if 3 speed).
  • Brake Lights: Must be functioning properly.
  • Tires: All tires, including spare, must have at least 2/32″ of tread. Spare tire must be properly inflated.
  • Roll Bar: Any open vehicle must have a roll bar firmly attached to the vehicle.
  • Seat Belts: Required for driver and each passenger.
  • Fire Extinguisher: Must show full charge on gauge and/or have seal intact.
  • First Aid Kit: Recommended to be as complete as is reasonably possible.
  • CB Radio (REQUIRED for Cruise Moab)
  • Antenna Length: Not longer than 54″, unless both ends are firmly attached to the vehicle

Evaluated Items

The following are evaluated items which, depending on severity and/or quantity of deficiencies, may disqualify a vehicle from participating in an event:

  • Headlights
  • Running Lights
  • No excessive fluid leaks.
  • Exhaust System: Must be intact. No open exhaust, excessive noise or excessive smoke
  • Steering: No excessive play in moving parts.
  • Windshield: No dangerous cracks
  • Wiper Function
  • Horn Function
  • Vehicle Jack: Hi-Lift type recommended
  • Tow Strap, Tow Rope and/or Chain

Items to Consider

The following are recommended items which TLCA encourages you to consider:

  • Winch
  • Tools
  • Fan Belt, Radiator Water, Battery Cables
  • Tire Gauge, Tire Pump, Tire Patch Kit
  • Rags, Hand Cleaner, Litter Bags
  • Axe, Shovel
  • Flashlight, Spare Batteries, Spare Vehicle Key


The above guidelines are our minimum standards to run ANY trail during the Cruise Moab event. However, some of our trails require equipment and capabilities beyond what’s listed above (bigger tires, locker(s), winch, etc). To determine what level of trails you might want to consider signing up for, visit our Trail Rating System page.