Rochester Rough Riders Vehicle Safety Requirements

All RRR members and guests must have their vehicle inspected by an officer, board member, or event inspector each year before the first time the vehicle is used for the new season.  We feel strongly that everyone should have the proper equipment to make each trail ride a pleasurable and safe experience for everyone. 

Safety inspection points are as follows:

  • Tow Hooks (Front) – Tow hooks must be mounted to the frame with at least two ½” Grade 5 or stronger bolts.  A backer plate is required to help strengthen frame rail.  The backer plates should be no less than ¼” steel.
  • Tow Hooks or Ridged Hook Point (Rear) – Tow hooks should be mounted using the same guidelines at the front.  A rigid hitching point can be a securely mounted bumper or receiver hitch and SCREW CLEVIS.  No trailer balls, chains, or inadequate hitching points.
  • Tow Straps – Every vehicle needs to have an adequate tow strap.  The strap needs to be in good condition, no cuts, tears, frays or rips.  The strap needs to have looped ends, no hooks. CHAINS OR CABLES ARE NOT ALLOWED
  • Secured battery – Batteries must be secured by hold down brackets, no bungee cords, rope, duct tape, etc.… if battery is relocated any ware outside the engine compartment it should be enclosed in a marine style enclosure or comparable.
  • Seat Belts – All occupants need to have and wear functional seat belts.  Fiberglass and badly rusted vehicles need to have backing plates and seat belt mounting hardware
  • Roll bars, Roll Cages – All open bodied and badly rusted vehicles need to have a roll bar / roll cage covering ALL ACCUPANTS. Frame mounted roll bar / roll cage is highly recommended.
  • Fire Extinguisher – All vehicles need to have a functional fire extinguisher mounted in the vehicle within drivers reach while seat belt is in use.  Minimum size required is a 2 ½ lb. ABC type.
  • Working Brakes – All vehicles need to have 4 wheel working brakes.  All brake components must be in good working order.
  • Steering – All steering system components need to be in good working order.  No loose ball joints, tie rod ends, steering box needs to be securely fastened to the Frame.
  • Overall Body Condition – We are not looking for show quality vehicles, but the body and body panels must be securely mounted to the frame.  Firewalls and floor boards must be intact to protect occupants of the vehicle
  • OHV Sticker – All club member vehicles are required to display an OHV sticker that is for the current year in use (the only event that this does not pertain to is The Toys for Tots Tailride)
  • Exhaust– All vehicles need to meet the MN DNR’s maximum decibel reading of 99, this will be measured in the same manner as the DNR.