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Date Registered: 05-2014
Location: Sunshine Coast Qld
TOTAL POSTS: 6
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Fraser Island and retrieval points


Hi everyone. Have read the posts about xtrails on Fraser and retrieval points for recovery, but just to get it set in my feeble brain, a quick recap.
Xtrails are not really suited for Fraser. I'm going, as my son has a Prado and recovery gear and will be travelling with us.
The retrieval (tow) points are the two at the front and one at the back, on my 2003 model.
Correct so far?
Would I need a bridal to connect the two front points?
Or should I go first and use the bigger and stronger rear point?
Great to hear any comments.
May not get bogged (ha!)
Went there over 30 years ago with a short wheelbased cruiser and was more gung-ho
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Date Registered: 11-2012
Location: Broome
TOTAL POSTS: 547
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Re: Fraser Island and retrieval points


use an equalizer strap at the front always. If your search recovery points this topic has been discussed at length. For my rear I always take the tow ball out and put my snatch in there and use the tow ball pin to hold it in. But I have recently purchased a rear hitch receiver but haven't used it yet.

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Date Registered: 05-2014
Location: Sunshine Coast Qld
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Thanks maxgmoore. There is a much more solid tow point on the back, to the left, on the 2003 model. Would this be better than the tow ball option?
Cheers.

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Date Registered: 11-2012
Location: Broome
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personally i wouldn't use it, I would and have use the tow bar. Only by taking the tow bar out and sliding the snatch inside. Never hook over the tow ball

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Date Registered: 05-2014
Location: Sunshine Coast Qld
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Thanks again, never used the Xtrail on the sand before so haven't had to think about it.
Cheers.

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Date Registered: 09-2014
Location: Brunswick WA
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Peter, from what I've read about Fraser island,the sand there sounds alot like beaches here in the southwest of WA(anyone who knows better, please let me know, Im only guessing). Can get pretty soft and is quite fine grain? I've not a single issue on the beach. Plenty of grunt in the exy and say 14psi in the tyres will get you just about anywhere. Ive got my series 5 down Yeagarup beach here which is a challenge for most big 4wd at the best of times. admittedly it was heading into winter so the sand was not completely dry.

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Date Registered: 05-2014
Location: Sunshine Coast Qld
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Hi Darcy, thanks for the info. Discovered the excy had the power, mostly first gear, some second, as the inland sandy tracks were soft and some slopes, but what got me bogged twice was the lack of clearance, bottomed out. The front retrieval points worked fine, no damage.
Ended up leaving the excy paked off and completed the rest of the trip to the lake in our son's Prado.
Great weekend though.
Cheers.

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