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    Overland Routes | The Texas Hill Country

    The Texas Hill Country is located near the center of the state and is bordered by grasslands, the Balcones Escarpment, and the Edwards Plateau. As you may have guessed from the name, it differs from the rest of Texas in that it actually has hills, a result of the region’s high concentration of soluble rock and natural springs. This allowed bluffs, caves, and even sinkholes to form over time, and helped to create some of the state’s most diverse and popular landscapes.

    Of course, this area is separated by more than just topography; it also contains a unique blend of cultures. In addition to early native settlements and Spanish colonial influence which peaked in the 1700s, this region saw a fresh influx of immigrants from a rather unexpected source: Germany. It was all part of Adelsverein, an effort to establish a “new Germany” in Texas through mass-organized emigration. The initiative was surprisingly effective, and by 1870 as much as 86 percent of the population in this stretch of land were comprised of Germans, leaving a lasting influence...read more

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    THE DRIVE

    The trail begins from a rather unassuming entrance just off of Highway 71. The initial portion has unfortunately been paved, but head up yonder past the first water crossing and you’ll hear the sweet crunch of gravel beneath your tires. You’ll know you’re on the right track when you begin to pass by ranches with large Texas flags and even larger longhorns on the front lawn. Just how large you ask? Between 1,400 and 2,200 pounds apiece, with horns measuring from 4 to 10 feet tip to tip. Feel free to park and observe them for a while; just don’t stick around too long. While these cattle aren’t generally aggressive, their owners can be, and trespassers are about as welcome as an outhouse breeze....Read more

     

     

    ACCESS

    NORTH ENTRANCE: From East Highway 71 turn onto County Road 310 and head west. Follow the road through the first water crossing and continue along the GPX track.
    SOUTH ENTRANCE: (Scenic Route) From Fredericksburg, head northeast on Llano Street, State Highway 16. Continue 1 mile to Lower Crabapple Road and turn left to begin the trail.
    SOUTH ENTRANCE: (Direct Route) From Fredericksburg, head north on Main Street to Highway 87. Continue onto 87 North, then proceed on route.

    LOGISTICS

    TOTAL MILES 145
    SUGGESTED TIME 2-4 days
    LONGEST DISTANCE WITHOUT FUEL 70 miles

    FUEL SOURCES

    • SPICEWOOD, TEXAS 30°27′43.4″N, 98°09′34.7″W
    • MARBLE FALLS, TEXAS 30°34′42.2″N, 98°16′23.2″W
    • MASON, TEXAS 30°44′56.7″N, 99°14′00.5″W
    • DOSS, TEXAS 30°26′50.0″N, 99°07′48.7″W
    • FREDERICKSBURG, TEXAS 30°16′31.7″N, 98°52′22.2″W

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    Always be prepared!

       

    Austin Walker @T4r_Canyoncrawler

    "So we were leaving camp ahead of schedule and we just aired up leaving Moab. When the camper hauler in front of us was rushed so they had a few things fly off their vehicle and with the traffic coming in for EJS and leaving I didn’t have time to swerve so I ran over this little shiny thing. Seconds later my TPMS sensor turned on and I knew I messed up.

        I pulled over to look at the situation and saw my tire was cooked, tons of air was whistling out from where the metal piece had entered my tire and I remembered how I still hadn’t gotten a spare... I was panicked because of all places you’d think a shop would be open but nope not in Utah on a Sunday so I was stumped on getting a new tire. I started calling my buddies, who were still in camp that I needed help and my dad and brother stopped to see if they could help.

    At this point I was on my way to pull out the metal piece with a set of dikes I had in my tool kit, once I removed the metal I started prepping for the plug. All while thinking, "after this no more adventures until I get this spare." It was stupid of me and I’d never make that mistake again because anyone should always be prepared for these situations to happen.

    After I plugged the tire and held the lighter to it it seemed to be curing well, and my brother had his power tank he aired me up. After that we waited to see if the air would hold, around 5 minutes passed before we started our adventure back home.

    A stupid mistake without those tools could have cost me to miss work or even could have caused something more major if I hadn't noticed it as quickly."

    We believe everyone can learn from each other's mistakes and grow as a community. Having a spare tire is incredibly important when you are out on the trails, it could be such an issue if you lose a tire. If you don't have the necessary equipment things can go from bad to worse, quickly. 

     

    Stay safe, have fun and adventure.

    A complete guide to our switches!

    Hey there!

    We wanted to make an all in one place to find out answers for ALL of your switch questions! We offer many styles of switches all depending on your off roading needs, and when you purchase them it is highly recommended (unless you like nuclear meltdowns) you also purchase a wiring harness with a relay more on that below. These make the really easy Sunday afternoon modifications, we have install videos and even step by step illustrated instructions.

     

    What switches do we have?

    Rectangle..

    • LED light
    • Fog Lights
    • Ditch Lights
    • Roof Lights
    • Bed Lights
    • Rear Lights
    • Side Lights
    • Compressor
    • Blank

    Square...

    • Fog Lights
    • Ditch Lights
    • Roof Lights
    • Bumper Lights
    • Rear Lights
    • Bed Lights
    • Compressor Lights
    • Side Lights
    • Camera
    • Fridge
    • Aux. Battery

    What style do you need? Well here is a quick list of the models each style supports!

    Our Rectangle switches are supported by...

    • Toyota FJ Cruiser 2007-2015
    • Toyota Fortuner 2005-2014
    • Toyota Hilux 2005-2014, Toyota Highlander 2001-2007
    • Toyota Tundra 2005-2007
    • Toyota 4Runner 2003-2009
    • Toyota Prado 120 Series 2003-2009
    • Toyota Tacoma 2005-2011; 2012-2019 (Left Side ONLY)
    • Toyota Land Cruiser 100 Series 1998-2007 & 75, 76, 78 & 79 series

    CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR RECTANGLE SWITCHES!

    Our Square switches are supported by...

    • Toyota Sequoia 2008-ON
    • Toyota Highlander 2008-ON
    • Toyota Tacoma 2012-ON Center ONLY
    • Toyota Tundra 2008-ON
    • Toyota 4Runner 2010-ON
    • Toyota RAV4 2008-2012
    • Toyota Yaris 2008

    CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR SQUARE SWITCHES!

    Here is the link to getting our highly recommended wiring harness!

    https://www.ragofabrication.com/products/led-wiring-harness

    As always if you have further questions never hesitate to call or email us. 

    Phone: (830) 896-7571

    Email: info@ragofabrication.com

    How low should you go?

    FUN FACT

    Ditch Brackets were made to hold LED pods to aim to the side to focus on the "ditches" when off-roading and overlanding. This way to avoid falling into them, but people have started aiming these to the front to provide more lighting on the darkest trails at night. 

    Lighting Output

    Simply said, available light output. Meaning, while the low pro may in some opinions look better the light is actually cut off by the position of the hood vs the light. So the standard ditch bracket is set up higher to avoid the hood and produces more light.

    Solution?

    You can actually aim the lights to the side as some have, this prevents the hood ever interfering with with the light itself. 

    Our Ditch Brackets

    The brackets do not interfere with the function of the hood opening or closing. Installation is simply bolt on and does not require any drilling. Minimal trimming has been reported. The brackets are sold in pairs.

    Every bracket is CAD designed, CNC cut out of 3/16 inch cold rolled steel, and made in the USA. They are sandblasted then powder coated black to withstand harsh weather conditions.

    If you're interested in our ditch brackets, click the link below to find your style! 

    https://www.ragofabrication.com/collections/ditch-brackets 

    OFF ROAD MANNERS YOUR MOM WOULD BE PROUD OF

    Overlanding and off roading are all of our favorite things and our number one rule is to take care and appreciate the beautiful places nature has created for us to adventure. Taking care of the places for future generations to come is our priority! Here is a program with a simple set of rules to follow when you take your next trip

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