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  1. Dear Desertnauts a quick run-down of tomorrow's weekend opening drive. As the title informs, it'll take place all over Lisaili, starting from the camel track to Solar Park and back. The title also hints at a hopefully smooth ride, where, if all goes well, silence will be the noise we'll hear, like in a meditative state, rapt by the beauty of this area of desert. We are planning to keep the drive fast, and under 3 hours. The convoy order will be the following: @Ignacio Quindós in Second Lead @Stumpy Paj at #3 @Krishna R at #4 @Bjoern at #5 @Gok Krish at the Center position @Mahmoud Taha at #7 @Tareq Al Turq at #8 @Jona at #9 @Joseph Raju #10, and @munkybizness in Sweep. We'll pick the Carnity radio channel before leaving. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow. Have a nice evening.
    5 points
  2. Hi @PatrickI have been using Etisalat and have got a pretty good coverage everywhere, except in a few cases where you are hiking inbetween mountains (where no provider signal would reach anyway) and some large bowls in Liwa where the signal dropped. If you are asking this with regards to making phone calls i think Etisalat is fine. If this is related to using your 4G signal to access your mapping software such as Google Maps, GaiaGPS, or others, i would strongly recommend to install GaiaGPS and download the offline sattelite maps. That way you are always sure that you can navigate without having a mobile network (i use a phone with Gaiagps, without SIM card whenever i go offroad).
    5 points
  3. I am using the Toby brand night lightbar from DM for a quarter of the price of branded names, the only drawback I can highlight is that light lumens intensities deplete pretty fast. You need to change every 2-3 years if you really want to see far. The bright side is that these cheaper brands bring hi-tech very fast, so my current version has 2 setups mixed in one, flood on the right and left (50-100-meter range) and a lazer spot in the center (400 - 500 meter range). This version spot is based on some new tech, so it really makes a laser-sharp rectangle on any dune, which I have never seen before. This was a little irritating in beginning, but when my eyes adapted to its functionality, I started liking it.
    4 points
  4. Some guy told me that one of his customers got the approval to install a mini cell site into his car so he always has signal Crazy huh
    4 points
  5. Dear Jerome, Thank you for an amazing drive, which was full nice various different the scenery was also amazing. I look to the adventure. thank you to the support team. To the rest of the drive crew, amazing drive with very dew refusals and my popout!! Thank you and regards, Mohamad
    4 points
  6. @JeromeFJ thanks for a wonderful drive, truly enjoyable. Fellow drivers @Joji varghese @Rajiv Sam @Ranjan Das @Ashutosh Garg @Alexanderrr @Beide Worku @Imteeaz @Mohamad Anwer it was a pleasure driving with you all. Below a link to some footage of our convoy. https://photos.app.goo.gl/zZj3yNQNkaPYvQtt6
    4 points
  7. I don’t recommend relying on network connection for maps and navigation specially if you are venturing on unfamiliar remote areas.. ensure you have offline maps downloaded and test it before stepping 🛞 on the sand For voice, all will fail at a point in time and you should rely on your off-roading skills and experience and teamwork.. the very reason we always advise against venturing solo or without the right experience, support team, and appropriate tools
    3 points
  8. anecdotally my virgin reception seems to go back to 3G/voice only as soon as getting into the dunes. diff phones have deiffernet antenna designs/receiption as well.. so not as simple as 'which provider best'
    3 points
  9. Something is going on 😁 Hope soon can be revealed
    3 points
  10. Hey Charlie @Cha all indications were for you to change the ride not the network provider 😀😀
    3 points
  11. @Bashar Beasha - there will most likely be somebody behind you with lights enough to call aliens from outer space, so bring a pair of sunglasses 😎
    3 points
  12. So I was just promoted 😅 any chance I will still be going? 🤩🙊
    2 points
  13. Guys on this topic can anyone tell me a place to get some lights that are semi decent without having to sell my kidney? Thank you all
    2 points
  14. Will keep an eye on the temps, I have fitted an extra electric fan and installed a new hub fan, and will be upgrading the trans cooler shortly, I will bypass the transmission cooler In The radiator. I have also wrapped the headers and spaced the bonnet to help with temps at low speed. I was idling today for about 40 mins with a/c flat out and engine never got above 88deg. Before it would go above 98 very quick when idling. Intake temp was up to 75deg
    2 points
  15. Dear Sand Sailors With two days to go, I hope everyone’s plan is certain and are looking forward to the drive. Before we make the final evaluation on the convoy and consider the wl, request you to please confirm your availability. No backing out from here. Please let me know your final plan by tomo morning latest. Thanks @Beide Worku @Imran Kashif @Ranjan Das @Charbel @Jessica Lambert @Tom B @Imteeaz @Amr Aydin
    2 points
  16. bravo echo has the “hard Korr” 9” rounds (2.4km range) above and 6” hella black magic below. Also has the 3.2 hella black magic piller lights I have the 3.2 hella pillar lights and the 40” hella light bar and the hella 6” value fit round lights on the front. All up about 2k but I installed my self. Also have the Hella black magic 6” flood light on the back, has a really good spread and not expensive
    2 points
  17. Yeah, very interesting to understand what i can get in terms of result. All i tried so far is just use it for 10 seconds when i am parking car in front of my house. Cats and birds are not happy at all ))
    2 points
  18. Etisalat used to be the best one, but now all providers accessing Etisalat infrastructure more and more so they all are in a similar coverage spectrum. However in the remotest of locations, I have seen if you climb a dune or go across a mountain that is not obscure from all sides, you will have signals. I am using Etisalat for a long time and never had a signal issue after 5 min of effort in obscure locations.
    2 points
  19. I recently switched from Virgin to Etisalat for this reason. i will never forget that @Mario Cornejoreceived MOI's calling in the middle of a bowl in al Quaa where my pathfinder shut down! Virgin is more cost effective, but the price for it is the poor and slow customer service.
    2 points
  20. guys, a few suggestions would be to look into the following brands as they are good and not very expensive. Can be found on amazon as well. I am listing the good quality ones from least expensive to most expensive Nilight that comes with 2 years warranty and decent lights with good water proofing Hella Black Magic Rigid and Black Oak - There are some good ones for less than 1K AED as of now on Amazon. Hope this helps guys.
    2 points
  21. If you have ever watched the movie Close encounters of the third kind , it’s like the end scene in your rear view mirror.. I remember my first night time drive and @Benjamin commenting that the car behind had strapped the sun to the front of car. 😀
    2 points
  22. Congratulations @Misha Puskar for reaching the Fewbie Level with Carnity Offroad Club. Looking forward to seeing you growing further and helping others to learn the art of offroading in a safe environment. Please make sure your Carnity user profile is always updated with all the latest Emergency contact details. P.S. Trip lead might deny your participation if you don't have required off-road gear. FEWBIE Drives Attended (Indicative) Minimum 5 Newbie drives are required within last 3 months for Fewbie promotion. What you'll learn Basic dune and sand reading Self-recovery techniques Shoveling at right place Crawling out of difficult situations Blip Blip - Coordinate steering and gas control Basic side sloping and hill climb Basic ridge riding and criss crossing Basic control over technical dunes Slightly faster pace desert driving Ability to manage stuck/refusals with radio Learn to control and avoid fishtailing Never fight or challenge gravity Skills required Enthusiastic and positive attitude Willingness to learn and help others Presence of mind and attention to detail Car Worthiness Any 4x4 vehicle with low range gearing Suitable approach and departure angle Off-road gear required Safety flag, tire deflator, tire pressure gauge, shovel, fire extinguisher, medical kit, radio (walkie-talkie), air compressor. Drive teamwork Manage second lead and sweep positions upon request Intuitive and proactive to support Trip Lead Observe recoveries and offer help, when needed Drive Joining Join Newbie and Fewbie drives Forum participation Active participation on the forum Share drive experience + feedback Share drive pictures in the gallery Post trip report after the drive
    1 point
  23. The Carnity off-road club grading structure provides you with a clear road map for your off-road journey, recognizing offroaders based on their Capabilities, Skills and Performance. This lets you navigate your own path as you gain experience while keeping you, other drivers and your vehicle safe. Driving with graded routes maximizes the fun for everyone without causing any delays or pushing yourself or your vehicle beyond limits. With an aim of continuous improvement, we have clarified, improved and developed this new grading structure version 3.0. Club Member Subscribe to off-road enthusiast subscription. Joins the Off road Club. Introduce yourself. Share your off-road experience (if any) Share your vehicle details Share your off-road gears. Desert Driving Course Successfully completed the Desert Driving Course. Minimum Requirements: Any 4x4/SUV/AWD with 8 - 10 inches of ground clearance. Front and rear tow hooks (stock tow hooks/eyelet are acceptable). Tire deflator, tire pressure gauge and air compressor. You can transfer your existing off-road experience by self-declaring on any newbie drive topic, so that trip lead can access your capabilities and promote you to the respective rank. OFF-ROAD PROMOTIONS ARE BASED ON THESE FOUR MAJOR CRITERIAS. Car Worthiness 25% Weightage Mechanically able and sound to take off-road stress Better approach and departure angles with safe center of gravity Reliable and capable vehicle with better power to weight ratio Driving Skills 25% Weightage Drives safe and responsibly without damaging any vehicle Drives reasonably well at par with others in the same rank Able to modulate driving as per terrain and convoy response Teamwork 25% Weightage Help and support others as per off-road rank and capacity Being respectful, considerate and tolerant even under stress Support in recoveries and share off-road gears, when needed Tactical Skills 25% Weightage Capable to self-recover from most common off-road situations Split second decision making with an ability to retreat Ability to sense and avert from imminent dangers NEWBIE Drive Attended Desert Driving Masterclass or previous off-road experience. What you'll learn Introduction to off-roading Desert driving techniques Advance vehicle handling Precise tire deflation and inflation Use of HI/LO gearing and differential lock Basic side sloping and crossing sand dunes safely Basic self-recovery techniques Basic radio communication skills Skills required Attentive and cautious Patience and tolerance towards others Clear communication and listening skills Car Worthiness Any 4x4/SUV/AWD with 8 - 10 inches of ground clearance Front and rear tow hooks (stock tow hooks/eyelet are acceptable) Off-road gear required Safety flag, tire deflator, tire pressure gauge, shovel, fire extinguisher, medical kit, radio (walkie-talkie), air compressor. Drive teamwork Follow the briefing and Trip Lead instructions Follow Off road Driving Etiquette's at all times No dangerous maneuver and stunts Drive Joining Join Newbie drives only Forum participation Active participation on the forum Share drive experience + feedback Share drive pictures in the gallery Update Emergency Contact Details under Carnity user profile FEWBIE Drives Attended (Indicative) Minimum 5 Newbie drives are required within the last 3 months for Fewbie promotion. After a long gap of 3 months of not off-roading with Carnity or a change of vehicle, you should join at least one Newbie drive, before resuming at Fewbie level drives. What you'll learn Basic dune and sand reading Self-recovery techniques Shoveling at right place Crawling out of difficult situations Blip Blip - Coordinate steering and gas control Basic side sloping and hill climb Basic ridge riding and criss crossing Basic control over technical dunes Slightly faster pace desert driving Ability to manage stuck/refusals with radio Learn to control and avoid fishtailing Never fight or challenge gravity Skills required Enthusiastic and positive attitude Willingness to learn and help others Presence of mind and attention to detail Car Worthiness Any 4x4 vehicle with low range gearing Suitable approach and departure angle Off-road gear required Safety flag, tire deflator, tire pressure gauge, shovel, fire extinguisher, medical kit, radio (walkie-talkie), air compressor. Drive teamwork Manage second lead and sweep positions upon request Intuitive and proactive to support Trip Lead Observe recoveries and offer help, when needed Drive Joining Join Newbie and Fewbie drives Forum participation Active participation on the forum Share drive experience + feedback Share drive pictures in the gallery Post trip report after the drive Apply for Fewbie Promotion, once you complete a minimum of 5 Carnity Newbie Drives. Duration: 3-7 days, to gather your feedback from all trip leads. FEWBIE PLUS Drives Attended (Indicative) Minimum 10 Fewbie drives are required within the last 6 months for Fewbie Plus promotion. After a long gap of 3 months of not off-roading with Carnity or a change of vehicle, you should join at least one Fewbie drive, before resuming at Fewbie Plus level drives. What you'll learn Advance dune and sand reading Advance recovery techniques Rocking and crawling to make path Learn to flatten/compact soft sand patch Self recovery from crest Advance side sloping and long hill climb Advance ridge riding and criss crossing Advance control over technical dunes Slightly faster pace desert driving FULLY control and avoid fishtailing Never fight or challenge gravity Skills required Enthusiastic and positive attitude Willingness to learn and help others Extremely attentive and focused while driving Car Worthiness Any 4x4 vehicle with low range gearing Suitable approach and departure angle Bash plate and skid plate protected Off-road gear required Safety flag, tire deflator, tire pressure gauge, shovel, fire extinguisher, medical kit, radio (walkie-talkie), air compressor. Drive teamwork Manage second lead and sweep positions upon request Intuitive and proactive to support Trip Lead Observe recoveries and offer help, when needed Drive Joining Join Newbie, Fewbie and Fewbie Plus drives Forum participation Active participation on the forum Share drive experience + feedback Share drive pictures in the gallery Post trip report after the drive Apply for Fewbie Plus Promotion, once you complete a minimum of 10 Carnity Fewbie Drives. Duration: 3-7 days, to gather your feedback from all trip leads. INTERMEDIATE Drives Attended (Indicative) Minimum 10 Fewbie Plus drives are required within last 6 months for Intermediate promotion. After a long gap of 3 months of not off-roading with Carnity or a change of vehicle, you should join at least one Fewbie Plus drive, before resuming at Intermediate level drives. What you'll learn Basic GPS and navigational skills Basic tow rope and winch recoveries Extreme side sloping and long hill climb Tall dunes ridge riding and criss crossing Precise control over technical dunes Fast pace desert driving Clear radio communication skills Advance recovery skills Self recover from dune crest Soft sand recovery Pop-out fixing Skills required Adventurous and thrill seeker but in a safe manner Level headed under stressful situations Responsible, dependable and accountable Car Worthiness Capable 4x4 vehicle with low range gearing Suitable approach and departure angle High profile tires Off-road gear required Safety flag, tire deflator, tire pressure gauge, shovel, fire extinguisher, medical kit, radio (walkie-talkie), air compressor, tool kit, rated recovery rope and 2 rated shackles, GPS. Drive teamwork Manage center forward position with Trip Lead’s permission Learn/assist recoveries under Trip Lead’s supervision Re-route convoy and coordination, when needed Drive Joining Join Newbie, Fewbie, Fewbie Plus and Intermediate drives. Forum participation Active participation on the forum Share drive experience + feedback Share drive pictures in the gallery Post trip report after the drive Apply for Intermediate Promotion, once you complete a minimum of 10 Carnity Fewbie Plus Drives. Duration: 3-7 days, to gather your feedback from all trip leads.
    1 point
  24. You are in and with you I closed the RSVP . Welcome to the night drive
    1 point
  25. Congratulations and well done . In this case I will put you back in the night action 👍
    1 point
  26. Thanks everyone for the amazing feedback! I'm with Etisalat at the moment and I guess I will stick with it (relatively new resident here). Will look at mapping apps too, at the moment I am just using offline maps on Google maps, but that is of course wildly inadequate as no offline satellite/topo type maps 😃
    1 point
  27. Best value and performance I would go the Hella black magic, I have the 3.2 cubes and the 40’ light bar. Also have 3 6’ amber Hellas on the front. great performance and won’t fade after 3 months like the dragon mart specials there is also a new Australian brand called “Hard Korr” there is a dealer in Dubai. For 2.4km range they are awesome.
    1 point
  28. Dear @Gaurav apologies, I won't make it on Saturday. Removing my RSVP. Have fun in the sand!
    1 point
  29. I drive with these over 2 years and happy with them . But as I said for the purpose of this night drive even if it’s your first time drive at night , only the lead car Offroad lights are a must otherwise for all others not mandatory. Of course if you have them sure you can use them … will talk about it more at the meeting point inshallah . In the pict above .. you can spot 4 lights could be of a third encounter 👽
    1 point
  30. Night lights is not compulsory for the drive. For a Newbie level, high beam lights would be enough.
    1 point
  31. You will love it… enjoyed the roar in previous drive - and @Gok Krish is taking it to another level..
    1 point
  32. Brilliant idea … my Saturday is presently packed with some at home New Curtain and Cushion emergency (100 we have are falling short of our daily needs). If will be able to unearth the rarest of cushions in the world in time, will surely like to join as well. PS : whoever decides to camp at Razeen, beware, Michael Schofield and Lincoln might be planning their next escape in the area 😀
    1 point
  33. Dear Friends, thank you for joining today's drive. We had perfect conditions to explore this Southern part of Sweihan. Nice weather, not yet too hot, empty sands (not a single car on our tracks), and a nice group of very capable drivers. The first portion was already known by most of us, the "classical" Sweihan with long rolling dunes, some sharp crests, and a few high climbs and long bowls. Everyone went through without a blink, following the steady pace, and by 9 am, we were already at the top of the Old Lady dune. A small break to enjoy the view, and we crossed to the other side of the track. The portion along Al Ain airport was new for me, and it was a beautiful discovery. with these high dunes and long ridges. Again, the convoy was remarkable, especially in the steep and winding climbs where a constant momentum was a must. One car stuck on top of OL dune, solved with a precise pull on a ridge from @Rajiv Sam, a few refusals, and a popout in the middle of a tricky climb, rapidly repaired with the tools of @Beide Worku, were the only occasions to stop, apart from enjoying the view and the desert. @Joji varghese, thank you for the 2nd Lead, @Rajiv Sam and @Ranjan Das, thank you for the support, CF and Sweep, @Ashutosh Garg, @Alexanderrr , great drive, making the most of you cars, @Gerrit Bus , sliding a bit from time to time, but you have to control the car, and the camera @Mohamad Anwer @Imteeaz a convoy without Patrols is not a serious convoy, good to have you, @Beide Worku amazing use and control of the F150. Thank you all for the company, and the nice chats along the breaks, a nice drive with a nice group of friends, no better way to start the weekend !
    1 point
  34. You might need to remove/relocate these if in summer your Pajero gets hot on a higher level of drive.
    0 points
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