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Date Registered: 01-2009
Location: QLD, Australia
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Has anyone used MAxtrax for recovery on the beach, if so how did you find them. They are around $300 for a pair

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Date Registered: 07-2008
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Hey Steve you better chip in here emoticon
seriously mate ( and I hope this isnt in another thread!) they work pretty well. Wont help much if you are completely bellied [sign in to see URL], logs, carpet,floormats and anything else (if required!) can always be shoved under tyres as [sign in to see URL] long handled shovel is a must

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Date Registered: 02-2008
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G'day Shane.

Yeh, the bright orange planks work a treat, except as Dave says, if you belly out then use them to pack whatever you can spare / find underneath.

Yesterday they came in very handy when we went to the aid of a fellow exy driver, but they were no help (except as shovels) when it came to rescuing Jamie.

And when I buried my mates' Pathfinder in the soft stuff over on Straddie last year, it took me less than a minute to get out.

I purchased my planks from ARB (Sumner Park, Qld) for $240 emoticon

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Also have a look at the bush ranger sand trax if storage space is an issue. They roll up nicely. Also price wise about $150 for two. I've used them on sand and dirt and have found to be easy to use.
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Thanks,
I have seen the sand tracks from Bushranger but im unsure if they would be effective as the Maxtrax. I wonder if they would bunch up under load where the maxtrax is stiff and holds shape.
At $240 that is good buying. I see what you mean when you belly out, the only way is to dig yourself out and get some clearance under the car

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Date Registered: 02-2008
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Budgie8 wrote:

I see what you mean when you belly out, the only way is to dig yourself out and get some clearance under the car



Unfortunately Shane, whenever we get stuck in the sand, we usually (and when I say we, I mean me emoticon ) suspect that we haven't bellied out and start to dig the sand out from around the wheels. But if we knew the predicament that we were in, perhaps we shouldn't remove the sand, instead concentrate on packing up the resistance under the wheels and hopefully enabling us to drive up over the middle section?

What do the "experienced" drivers think? Is this a logical thought, or do I have my head too deep in the sand emoticon ?

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Date Registered: 06-2008
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What do the "experienced" drivers think?


Stephen
The best thing do to is not get yourself into the situation, but thats not always possible.

If your travelling with mates, the snatch strap should be the first thing you try, providing there is enough room for another viehicle. A turfor winch is awesome but a little too bulky to carry in the back.

If you do get your exy bellied down in sand or mud, the best thing to do is stop digging the car any deeper than you already have. Then chock under all driving wheels with anything you can find, whether it be Maxtrax or similar, branches, rocks, sticks, anything.
This may not work the first time but with persarverance you will get out.

If this fails, then my friend get the shovel out. You will probably only need to dig out along the side of the Exy, I mean its highly unlikely that the Exy ( or any 4wd) will get bogged level.

All methods will work well.
Its better to try the easiest (less labour intensive) method first and then use other methods.
I mean, who likes digging anyway!

It all boils down to experience and that only comes by getting bogged and working out how to get out. emoticon

Hope this helps.

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Date Registered: 07-2007
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hi shane

the sand trax can't bunch under load as they have solid pieces between the trax. Check out the web site - they've got a closeup pic.

Normally if you get bogged in sand from my experience its better to stop right then and there and not dig your self deeper by wheel spin. Most of the time if you clear the path for your wheels and use the max trax or sand trax or anything else you can find you should be able to get out without too much trouble.

IMO last resort is to snatch due to the inherrent safety issues, even if done correctly.
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Date Registered: 02-2008
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For someone like myself who is thinking about there first sand drive the information supplied here is very informative and very useful thank you all for this info it is great emoticon

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Date Registered: 01-2009
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HI

I have learned as soon as you feel you are getting bogged is to stop the car. Being persistent will only cause you to get deeper. I have been bogged several times now and by simply stopping the car before it gets to deep and removing the sand from the tyres and creating a pathway. With a simple push from behind, I usually get my wife to drive and I push we can get moving again.

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