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go for it. every one else does it so why not you too?
 

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short answer: no

long answer:

Definitions which define where and how ORV/ATVs may be operated include:

“Forest Road” Forest roads are hard surfaced roads, gravel and dirt roads, and other routes that can be traveled by a conventional 2-wheel drive vehicle designed for highway use (passenger car), including fire lanes and logging roads. “Forest Road” does NOT include any state, federal or county highways or roads. In general, forest road means a road OTHER THAN A COUNTY OR STATE ROAD that the family car can operate on without assistance. ORV license is required.

“Designated” means posted OPEN for ORV use with appropriate signs.

“Designated Route” means a forest or county road which has been signed for ORV use by the DNR. For ORVs of all sizes. Either ORV or Secretary of State conventional licensing is required.

“Designated Area” means an area that is signed for cross-country ORV use by the DNR. ORV license is required.

“Forest Trail” Forest trails are designated paths or ways that can only be traveled by vehicles that are less than 50" in width. ORV license is required.
 

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If your rig is 50" wide or less, fine.

Otherwise, no.

And from a practical perspective, you'd have a hard time making it through pretty much any of them. While some have wider areas or use snow machine trail segments, I have a hard time getting my 48" Polaris through some.
 
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short answer: no

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Definitions which define where and how ORV/ATVs may be operated include:

“Forest Road” Forest roads are hard surfaced roads, gravel and dirt roads, and other routes that can be traveled by a conventional 2-wheel drive vehicle designed for highway use (passenger car), including fire lanes and logging roads. “Forest Road” does NOT include any state, federal or county highways or roads. In general, forest road means a road OTHER THAN A COUNTY OR STATE ROAD that the family car can operate on without assistance. ORV license is required.

Where do I find the definition of "coventional"? I can now go purchase a 4x4 with front/rear lockers right off a car dealership lot. Is this conventional if I use 2 wheel drive?



What happens if my "family car" is a jeep?
 

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i thought the rule was drive anywhere you want as long as you dont get caught:poke:
 

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Where do I find the definition of "coventional"? I can now go purchase a 4x4 with front/rear lockers right off a car dealership lot. Is this conventional if I use 2 wheel drive?



What happens if my "family car" is a jeep?

Ha. I was thinking about this after I logged off. Another question to pose is, "is it legal to use 4 wheel drive in slippery conditions on a paved road? Our laws seem to be written otherwise. And if it is the case that we can't use 4 wheel drive on a paved road, then why in the hell is it even legal in Michigan to purchase a vehicle equipped with it?
 

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Ha. I was thinking about this after I logged off. Another question to pose is, "is it legal to use 4 wheel drive in slippery conditions on a paved road? Our laws seem to be written otherwise. And if it is the case that we can't use 4 wheel drive on a paved road, then why in the hell is it even legal in Michigan to purchase a vehicle equipped with it?

Don't know the details but yes, if weather is a factor, 4 wheel drive use is legal.
 

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Ha. I was thinking about this after I logged off. Another question to pose is, "is it legal to use 4 wheel drive in slippery conditions on a paved road? Our laws seem to be written otherwise. And if it is the case that we can't use 4 wheel drive on a paved road, then why in the hell is it even legal in Michigan to purchase a vehicle equipped with it?

that question has been answered, it is how sno*blind is able to run roads that are otherwise closed and the activity RBB tried to pin on glfwda as being illegal.

read this: http://www.greatlakes4x4.com/showthread.php?t=45156&highlight=illegal
 

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can you keep your bullshit out of 4x4 land use forum?
ever consider getting your colon irrigated? its a pretty well known fact that quad trails are for QUADS. ask a dumbass question, get a sarcastic answer.
 

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Can I drive my full size rig down a quad trail in michigan if I don't hit any trees?

If the trail is conspicously narrow such that it appears to be designed for a Quad AND you are wider than 50" you 'could' get a ticket. Once again it is subject to 'some' interpetation from the DNR Officer.
The problem come in how the trail was developed. Many <50" trails are really 2 tracks in the woods that had the entrance relocated to go through two trees 51" wide. Once you pass through the strainer, the trail opened up to a old logging road. Wide enough for a full size rig. USFS is notorious for this tactic.
There are also forest roads marked with 'ORV Trail' triangles. If it's got two tracks and obvioulsy shows signs of travel, it's legal to be there. The ORV Trail sign in itself does NOT regulate what size vehicle is allowed on the trial.
Case in point, Look at Drummond. Those roads were marked for ORV Trail because they wanted to allow unlicensed Quads and M/C on the trail. Street legal vehicles were already allowed there. However, due to a total lack of this understanding, the Quad and M/C community believed they were the only ones allowed on that trail. There is some discussion to revise this trail system to alleviate this mis-understanding.
The other rub comes with the fact I do not see in the law where it is illegal for dull size rigs to be on ,50" trails. The law only say's these are the two sizes for vehicles in the woods. It says designed for vehicles <50", NOT illegal for those over 50" to be on them.
The 50" width is a nationwide width. Which is why the Plaris Razor has become popular. 50" wide on the button and sits' two abreast. Much like the old Honda Odysey except update with new technology.

95Geo answered the slippery road condition question. In fact GLFWDA has a letter from the DNR that spells out that situation exactly. We'll get that posted in the very near future.

Relative to the definition of 'conventional'? This is a situation where the law has failed to keep pace with technology. The DNR refuses to remove the 2WD clause from the current law because it was put there to stop the cross country travel that they (DNR) say the Quads and M/C were doing after the original P.A. 319 was passed in the late 70's. It took till 1991 for them to 'figure out a method' to get them back on the forest road. That revision however went un-noticed when the law was revised.
Every time we try to revise it, we get stymied by the DNR. The Legislature always ask's the DNR for their opinion on revision to the ORV law. If the DNR doesn't want it changed, it won't get changed unless we get substantual momentum and leverage from the Legislature.

'Cliff notes for CC' If you fit reasonabally legitimately, your OK. Unless the DNR officer is having a bad day!
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IMHO, buy a trailbike, an ORV sticker and get it licensed and go nearly wherever you want (ORV trails and forest roads).
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I have found that on the wolf lake area/baldwin trails, if it is marked for atv's you cant drive down it with a jeep no matter how well you fit. and with the state giving out less and less money, dnr officers are handing out more tickets than ever, its best not to chance it. its the same say saying that you 85cc dirtbike may be able to go the minimum speed for the highway and have blinkers, but its still not allowed to drive there.
 

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I have found that on the wolf lake area/baldwin trails, if it is marked for atv's you cant drive down it with a jeep no matter how well you fit. and with the state giving out less and less money, dnr officers are handing out more tickets than ever, its best not to chance it. its the same say saying that you 85cc dirtbike may be able to go the minimum speed for the highway and have blinkers, but its still not allowed to drive there.
What do you mean by found?
Warning given?
Ticket given?
To you or someone else?
Second hand rumor mill?
 

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The subjective interpretation of a CO is the part that will do you in. Last year on DI our we passed 2 DNR COs on quads on a marked ORV Trail. They were investigating illegal driving on the shale beach and were checking tires as we drove by, looking for a specific tread pattern. They waved as we drove past. That particular trail is a typical forest road, in most places 6-8 feet or more wide. The designation allows ATVs to use a trail that is otherwide legal for a SOS licensed vehicle since it meets the State's definition of a forest road.
 

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What do you mean by found?
Warning given?
Ticket given?
To you or someone else?
Second hand rumor mill?
was warned years ago when i wandered onto an atv trail that wasn't clearly marked out by our Bitley deer camp. i was driving my truck at the time, and a neat trail crossed the seasonal road i was on, so i went down it. I was much younger at the time, so he just warned me to stay off of roads i wasnt sure of.
 

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was warned years ago when i wandered onto an atv trail that wasn't clearly marked out by our Bitley deer camp. i was driving my truck at the time, and a neat trail crossed the seasonal road i was on, so i went down it. I was much younger at the time, so he just warned me to stay off of roads i wasnt sure of.
Did you fit down it?, If so, the DNR Officer was out of line. Again, just another example of how screwed up the wording on the current ORV law is for users to interpet. The DNR however think it's great, lots of leway in interpetation.
jim-kb8ymf
 
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