Maybe you’ve always wanted to get into the hobby of radio control rock crawling and have had some worries about the durability of the vehicles. No one likes it when their new toys break or stop working. Well, today I am going to tell you some secrets about how to get into RC Crawling with your RC rock crawling jeeps and hopefully make you less worried about the potential hazards of the hobby.This is an article you will be learning how to maintain your best RC crawler. Click To Tweet
Choosing your Best RC Crawler (jeep)
My very first hobby grade RC vehicle was a Team Losi Mini-T, it was built very well and lasted me many years. I had so many good times with my friends and by myself taking it out, maintaining it, and trying to make it the fastest little truck out there. One of the biggest downsides of the Mini-T was that it was not waterproof, so when I was driving it in a parking lot or driveway there were no issues. However, when there were puddles or it was raining, I was stuck indoors unable to drive my truck.
One of the best things that happened to me was the day that my little truck finally died. It might sound strange. My favorite toy, for almost three years, had a major accident that cracked the chassis and it was done for. This ultimately led me to the fantastic realization that there were other options out there. I tested out some on-road touring cars, but they were too expensive. Then one of my friends that I usually raced with asked me to come try his new Rock Crawler. At first, I was a bit skeptical, but when I saw what the truck could do, I was hooked.
That took me down the path of researching many different vehicles and finally decided on one in particular. The HSP/RGT 1/10 scale rock crawling jeep.In fact, all hobby graded RC cars are repairable as long as you maintain it well. There are many parts you can buy to replace the old or broken ones. Repairing your best RC car is where the fun come from your hobby. Click To Tweet
The Best Day of RC Ever
My RC rock crawling jeeps had finally arrived in the mail. I had to order it from a shop about 800 miles away because I didn’t live close enough to a store that sold the one I wanted. But when that day came it made my excitement even more uncontrollable. It was basically like having an extra birthday that year. I asked my friend Nathan, who was the one who got me into this hobby, to come with his truck so we could test them out together. We had finally gotten everything set up. The batteries were charged, and the radio was working. It was just about time to see what these trucks could do.
There was a large puddle on the side of the road probably 3 or 4 inches deep, I was personally concerned because I wasn’t sure whether or not the truck would be as waterproof as it said it was. Well, guess what? It was. We took it through the puddle over and over again. I was able to get it to scale the embankment back up from the puddle as well. It was awesome. It felt like we were driving and climbing forever.
Very Unbeatable Fun With Your Best RC Crawler
Unfortunately, the battery finally dried out, and I had yet to pick up a fancy quick charger such as Imax B6. So we went inside and ate some dinner. I had to let it charge for a few hours. It was a painful wait. Normally, if I was waiting for a battery to charge for my old truck, I would just go back inside and play video games with my friend. However, this time, something was different. I didn’t really want to play games. All I could think about was going back outside to play with my truck. So while the battery was charging, I went out to take a closer look at how the truck had held up to the beating we had given it.
Everything looked perfect. Muddy. But Perfect. It was just the kind of thing that I had always wanted. So in that time, I cleaned it up. Put some more oil in the shocks and got ready to go back outside. By the time the battery was done charging it was getting dark. I had somehow missed one of the coolest things about this vehicle. It had headlights and taillights that actually worked.
That was my introduction to the hobby of RC Crawlers, and this has been something that I have loved for many years. Let’s go over what I think of that truck now, and how it stacks up with some of its competitors.
Review of the HSP 1/10 Best RC Crawler
The HSP/RGT 1/10 RC rock crawling jeeps is one of the best most affordable ways to get into RC Rock Crawling. Its price and positive reviews were one of the biggest reasons that I decided to choose the HSP. There are a few different body styles that are available when you purchase it. Both a yellow and silver Land Rover, the blue Range Rover, and the Red Ford Bronco. I usually always pick blue, however in this scenario, I decided to go with the silver Land Rover styled body.
- It comes completely Ready-To-Run right out of the box. So you aren’t required to buy anything to be able to go out and have some fun. All of the electronics in the truck are waterproof, this includes the Electronic Speed Controller (ESC), the 3 kg. steering servo and the 2.4 GHz radio receiver. It also includes an above average Controller/Transmitter that has a nice rubberized steering wheel on it.
- The stock body that comes with the vehicle is well painted and very durable. I never had to replace mine due to breaking or cracking. It is also above average in the finishing details of the shell itself. My Land Rover had a great looking rear end with the rear door having lots of little details to make it stand out.
- Maybe one of the most unique and cool designs of the rock crawling jeep is the inclusion of the stock headlight and taillight LEDs. When you switch the truck on, the lights turn on. It makes for some great picture opportunities!
- The chassis is built in a classic crawler style. X-frame main body, with a Y-axle rod. It makes taking some of the harder bigger rocks or climbs easier.
- The Climbing ability of this truck is very good. Its shocks and high powered servo allow the user to be able to tackle the more difficult terrain.
- This is one of the best trucks to take out and just beat up. It can take a beating, and it keeps on going. The battery is a standard 7.2 Volt 1500mAh Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMh) It will last you a good 20-30 minutes depending on how hard and fast you decide to drive it.
- Probably the best beginners crawler on the market. It’s easy to clean. It’s easy to learn, and most importantly it’s easy to have fun with.
I told you everything that I think is great about the HSP 1/10 Rock Cruiser, however, there are a few cons when it comes to this specific model.
If I were to buy this specific model again, with no initial RC experience, the first thing I would notice is that the battery and charger that come included in the RTR kit are not really the greatest.
- I would probably recommend either buying an extra battery at the beginning so that when you want to take it out and use it, you can drive it for longer periods of time. The second part of that statement might be the more important part. The charger that comes with the HSP 1/10 Rock Cruiser is a simple wall charger. I would personally recommend the Imax B6 quick charger to ensure the smallest amount of downtime as possible.
- My second biggest complaint/regret is that despite the vehicle having an amazing suspension setup as a whole. The shocks themselves are not coilovers. Which means that you have to put in little plastic spacers if you want to adjust the ride height or dampening. I never went and got the upgraded shocks for this vehicle but they are an available upgrade from HSP.
- The Truck’s main gear is not completely sealed, this can cause damage to the gearing while crawling.
- Finally, the first part that broke on mine was the axle housing. This was unfortunate because it seems like something that could have easily been avoided. On this particular model, it comes with stock plastic axle casings, which is not the most common of choices of material on rock crawlers. They do offer an upgraded aluminium cover, which I would recommend before any extreme crawling.
- The overall ride height and size of the vehicle seem to be more in line with a common 1/12 scale truck, not a 1/10. Despite having 2.2-inch wheels there is only 3.0 inches of ride height. It does make for some tricky situations, especially if you keep the stock axle casings on the vehicle and choose not to do the upgrade.
Cleaning Up Your Best RC Crawler (Jeep)
The most important thing you can do after you are done playing with your jeep, truck or car for the day is making sure that everything is cleaned up when you are done. Whether the vehicle is an on-road touring car or an off-road mudslinger, the importance is the same. If the vehicle has come in contact with water, yes even vehicles with waterproof accessories, you want to make sure that you take the time to dry it off. This is even more important for trucks that come in contact with mud and dirt. The dirtier you leave it when you’re done, the dirtier it will run the next time you want to use it.Cleaning your best RC crawler is your own responsibility if you want it to run in perfect condition. Click To Tweet
Quick Trick for Cleaning Your RC Rock Crawling Jeeps!
One of the easiest things to do is to give the truck a good thorough spray down with some RC car cleaner. However, some of us do not have direct access to any hobby shop for daily supplies. What should you do if you’re one of those people? Follow these few steps to create your own homemade, safe to use RC cleaner.
- Get an old clean spray bottle, window cleaner or toilet cleaner bottles work the best because they have the trigger and the nice spray nozzle.
- Add 3-4 long sprays of WD-40 to the empty bottle
- Then visually split the rest of the spray bottle into sections.
- Add 2 parts Denatured Alcohol. Available at most DIY or Hardware stores.
- Add 1 part Bleach-Free Multi-surface cleaner such as Simple Green or Dettox
- Shake up the bottle gently to mix them together.
- Unplug and remove your battery from your truck. Spray all over the truck/car and leave it sitting for about 2 minutes. Try to avoid the electronics if possible
- Wipe the cleaner off with a clean rag or paper towel
- Enjoy a shiny looking RC car ready for storage until you get back out there again!
The sticking point here is not to be worried about missing a speck of dust but the actual training and the good habits it will form. It’s something that just has to be done when you’re finished driving for the day. It’s a small responsibility you have to yourself to ensure that the next time you want to play and drive your vehicle, it will be fun and not a massive headache because something isn’t working the way it’s supposed to.
Restoring an Old But Best RC Crawler
Sometimes due to a lack of money, we have to buy a used RC rock crawling jeep to keep our hobby alive. In these situations when getting someone else’s old vehicle there are a few things you should do. First, remove all the included electronics and accessories that are built into the chassis. Second, do a thorough cleaning of the chassis with the home-made RC cleaner from above. Finally, before you put it all back together, check the condition of the shocks and tires. Make sure that the shocks have the right amount of oil in them, and that they aren’t going to stick. Make sure the tires are in good usable condition. If either the shocks or tires need replacing do that before you take it out for a session. This is to ensure the extended life of your vehicle.
Rock Crawling is a great hobby that pretty much anyone of any age can get involved in. Father and son, brothers, or in my case just friends, get to spend time together and grow those relationships that we all hold dear. Plus, if you get to kick up some dirt, climb some rocks, make a splash while doing it, it will only be for the better.
Written by: Micah Dewey (@x5ofspadez)
Edited by: Carlos Santos, your webmaster
Micah is a Canadian writer who has always been a fan of autosports. He particularly enjoys Formula 1 and V8 Supercars. His favorite auto manufacturer is Nissan. His dream vehicle is a Nissan Skyline R34 Nismo Midnight Edition.