Recovery Boards

Can't find a thread on recovery boards. I don't drive on beaches, but have spent some time off the beaten track inland from the west to the east and back again a few times and will continue to do so. I am starting to age a little and wonder if recovery boards are considered an essential or just another accessory that makes the 4x4 and the driver look the part. Given the lack of posts on this my guess is that a long handled shovel and an axe remain the most essential. Look forward to be enlightened??
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Reply By: Batt's - Friday, May 08, 2015 at 22:23

Friday, May 08, 2015 at 22:23
Type in maxtrax and you'll get all the info you need.
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Follow Up By: Quentin S - Friday, May 08, 2015 at 22:25

Friday, May 08, 2015 at 22:25
Thanks for your response. Did that and they really are only selling a product.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, May 09, 2015 at 07:51

Saturday, May 09, 2015 at 07:51
Do a search on ExplorOz, Quentin, for Maxtrax, and you'll get a number of threads relating to people's experiences with them. The last one, some months ago, would have been longer than War and Peace!!!

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Follow Up By: Batt's - Saturday, May 09, 2015 at 22:50

Saturday, May 09, 2015 at 22:50
When I said type in maxtrax I ment on this site because you'll get info from people who have used then sorry for the confusion.
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 08:36

Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 08:36
We take a pair and they have been used. However, like the winch, only to get others out. Good insurance.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Friday, May 08, 2015 at 22:47

Friday, May 08, 2015 at 22:47
Quentin, we got stuck on the river stones at Carawine Gorge WA, letting tyres down was not enough, and there was nowhere to attack the winch. Try shovelling in those stones :O. We have a heavy caravan on our way around the country, and just one pair of MaxTrax saved us.

We don't go looking for trouble with our caravan, so the MaxTrax were a just in case purchase and only needed once. They worked like magic and at times and places like that, yourselves and magic is all you have.



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Follow Up By: laurie b1 - Friday, May 08, 2015 at 23:14

Friday, May 08, 2015 at 23:14
My first experience with Maxtrax just a few weeks ago five vehicles all got bogged at the same time, and one set of Maxtrax were used for each vehicle and all out straight away. Then at Easter time, I was in my van not 4x4 and got bogged two different times in the red up north mud the trax got me out with four attempts each time but if I had two sets I would have got out in one go so now I have two sets. I am a new believer.
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Follow Up By: Quentin S - Friday, May 08, 2015 at 23:21

Friday, May 08, 2015 at 23:21
Thank you. We have been to Carawine from Rudall River via the Nifty Mine road. What a terrific stopover and we know the stones well. Isn't it great that a land owner allows free access to their land and to share a beautiful campsite. We drive a Patrol and tow a Cub off road camper trailer that weighs in at about 700Kg. I can see the possible benefit but wonder if it is truly necessary given our constraints in carrying extra gear.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Friday, May 08, 2015 at 23:24

Friday, May 08, 2015 at 23:24
It is good that we can enjoy the access and camp at the pool Quentin. The area was totally rubbish free and wheel tracks to only sign of previous campers which is also pleasing to see.

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Follow Up By: Quentin S - Friday, May 08, 2015 at 23:28

Friday, May 08, 2015 at 23:28
Carawine is the site of the muster camp for the property. You should be there then. Now that is exciting! Helicopters, motor bikes, quads, cattle, trucks and a bunch of good blokes.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Friday, May 08, 2015 at 23:51

Friday, May 08, 2015 at 23:51
Hi Laurie

The MaxTrax people recommended I get two pairs, but as we did not expect to get into trouble, I just purchased the one pair. With a rig of 7.5 tonne and eight wheel, one pair, on the rear wheels of the F250, got us mobile.

For those on Facebook I told the story here.


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Reply By: Hoyks - Friday, May 08, 2015 at 23:18

Friday, May 08, 2015 at 23:18
Recovery boards, sand mats/channels have been popular since vehicles have been heading into sandy areas. Folded up metal sheets worked and the military has been using pierced steel planking since it was invented during WW2. They used them to cross the Saraha before 4WD's were available, the Long Range Desert Group and SAS used 2WD trucks, low tyre pressures and sand mats in Lybia and Egypt to cross the desert before Jeeps came along and if you watch the Dakar desert racing, everyone is using some variation on them to get through.

Yes they work and can make your life easier. I think some of the nice bright plastic ones have become a bit of a fashion accessory, a bit like winches on a lot of vehicles.

A shovel is always good, but often in sand you have to dig your whole vehicle down to get traction. With traction boards you can shovel sand into the hole, then stick a board on top to get out. Much less work. You can also stick them on a dodgy bit of ground to get through and not get stuck in the 1st place.

I made my own Elcheap-o version. Go into the hardware store and buy multiple 2 lengths of 1m plastic grate. Stick them on the ground, side by side, with some short lengths of rope tie a knot in the end, loop it through one grate and into the other and then tie another knot. It gives you a 30cm x 100cm length of track for about $14 each. They are quite flexable, mine have been bent 90 degrees and not cracked, but can still spread the load over soft ground and stop a tyre spinning and digging in.
I have 2 pair, so i fold them out flat and use them at the bottom of the ladder to the tent. it gives somewhere to stand while you kick the dust off your feet.
Some of this stuff: https://www.masters.com.au/product/900008088/reln-rain-grate-black-1m.jsp
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Follow Up By: Quentin S - Friday, May 08, 2015 at 23:32

Friday, May 08, 2015 at 23:32
Good thought that. I will look at that. I guess you are talking about the black channel grate that is put across a driveway?
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Reply By: wizzer73 - Saturday, May 09, 2015 at 00:00

Saturday, May 09, 2015 at 00:00
What I have found is if I forget to take my maxtrax 4wding then I'm guaranteed to get bogged. If I have them on the roof then I never get bogged...go figure lol

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Follow Up By: wholehog - Saturday, May 09, 2015 at 20:33

Saturday, May 09, 2015 at 20:33
Sort of inverse to the winch I have had on two 4wd's....I don't need it if fitted, but some other luckless clueless idiot with NFI about depths, soils and tyre pressures does..;o)
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Reply By: Jackolux - Saturday, May 09, 2015 at 04:25

Saturday, May 09, 2015 at 04:25
I don't have any but have been considering getting some , type in maxtracks into YouTube .
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Follow Up By: Quentin S - Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 21:44

Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 21:44
Thanks for your response. I have looked at most now and have ordered a set of Muputrax. Sort of makes sense to me to have a multi use tool at a lower cost than the nearest alternative. The promo on the net is good but a bit out there. I'm not sure about the clothes dryer or the trailer levelling bit but the rest is feasible. I will submit a post on receipt of the set if I'm allowed to do this. Regards Quentin
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Reply By: Member - Judy and Laurie - Saturday, May 09, 2015 at 06:45

Saturday, May 09, 2015 at 06:45
Hi, we have done a bit of 4wding , up to the Cape and the Kimberley, would not leave home without our maxtrax, they have saved us many times, but go with the originals not copies.
Happy travels Judy and Laurie
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Reply By: GarryR - Saturday, May 09, 2015 at 06:54

Saturday, May 09, 2015 at 06:54
we where up in the Sunset and Big Deserts a couple of weeks ago and used the 4maxxtrax to retrieve my son in laws landcruiser and camper trailer out of soft deep sand. They are a bit pricie but who get a good product.These were of my choice after reading many forum replys and watching various footage on youtube.
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Reply By: Crusier 91 - Saturday, May 09, 2015 at 07:30

Saturday, May 09, 2015 at 07:30
I own 2 pairs. In the last 3 years Ive used them once in 2012 to get my own 4wd out of very deep boggy sand. I've lost count how many times I've used them to get others out. All end up being MaxTrax believers.

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Follow Up By: Crusier 91 - Saturday, May 09, 2015 at 07:34

Saturday, May 09, 2015 at 07:34
My only warning is, beware if others are driving the bogged 4wd with no experience on how to drive out on MaxTrax, 9 times out of 10 they will attempt to drive out spinning the wheels and rip a few knobs off the Traxs.
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Follow Up By: wholehog - Saturday, May 09, 2015 at 20:33

Saturday, May 09, 2015 at 20:33
You betcha..
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Monday, May 11, 2015 at 20:40

Monday, May 11, 2015 at 20:40
Yes my philosophy is that anyone I don't know who wants to use them can rent them off me for list price. Not bad when you consider it includes free delivery to wherever we are.


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Reply By: Member - Kitbags - Saturday, May 09, 2015 at 08:58

Saturday, May 09, 2015 at 08:58
Quentin S Looks like I am the only one who does not use recovery boards. I have a set but never had a use for them. My 2007 Prado has diff locks and never had a use for them either. I suggest tyre pressures are the most important determining factor in beach driving. Second is momentum. Keep your peed up. Most new chums use too high a gear to give instant power in that soft spot. Anticipation is essential.
Running at 16 to 18 psi with 4 wheel drive engaged has got me through the softest sand. If you do get stuck let your tyres down to 12 psi then reinflate once out. By soft I mean the diff centres leave a deep groove between the wheel tracks as they drag through the soft bone dry sand. I have been beach driving on a regular basis since 1980 and have not been stuck yet. I did engage front and rear diff-locks once and that simply dug into soft sand. Disengaged them and drove out with open diffs. Turning is a no no in soft sand. The tighter the turn the more likely to dig in. Overloading is obviously a recipe for getting stuck. Wider tyres look tough but if excessively wide are detrimental as they push a wave of soft sand in front of the tyre which has to be climbed over to get progress. For many years I ran standard 7.5x16 size tyres. Kitbags
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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Saturday, May 09, 2015 at 16:10

Saturday, May 09, 2015 at 16:10
Hmm,

I once got bogged on a beach in Little Dip National Park. It was one of two beaches in the area that I found out after the event, that you shouldn't venture off the high ground next to the dunes.
The 4WD doco I was using, failed to mention this.
I was running 18psi and after becoming bogged, reduced the pressure to 12psi. Still no go. The sand was quite course and as soon as I drove over the high water mark, el boggo!

It cost me $300 for a rescue contractor to travel out from Robe to pull me out.
I later bought a pair of MaxTrax for $275.
If I had them then, they would have paid for themselves in one use.
Murphy's law!
Now that I have them, I probably don't need them:-)
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Follow Up By: Crusier 91 - Saturday, May 09, 2015 at 22:35

Saturday, May 09, 2015 at 22:35
Hmm Kitbags, I driven on plenty of sand, from inland sand hills, local beaches to very deep shell gritted extreme remote isolated beaches and they are all different. No tyre pressure is a one size fits all in sand driving situations. I also have front and rear lockers.
If you haven't been bogged in sand you haven't really driven in all types of sand.
As the saying goes, oils aint oils.
Maxtrax are a very cheap 2nd alternative recovery system, I never leave home without them ;)


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Follow Up By: Member - Kitbags - Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 08:06

Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 08:06
Cruiser 91 I bow to a true expert in getting bogged.kitbags
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 08:39

Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 08:39
Cruiser is right. There are a few beaches down near Beachport/Robe in SA that are impossible to drive on in certain conditions. I was on one with MaxTrax and was bogging immediately after clearing them. It was steepish, no way back up the slope, tyres almost flat I had gone so low. I've driven sand in every state for a lot of years...believe me, those beaches are scary if you catch them at the right time.
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Reply By: TomH - Saturday, May 09, 2015 at 16:24

Saturday, May 09, 2015 at 16:24
There is now a much cheaper version than Maxtrax Same S*** different bucket virtually.

Google Treds and Ridge Ryder at least $100 cheaper than Maxtrax
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Reply By: Member - VickiW - Saturday, May 09, 2015 at 21:07

Saturday, May 09, 2015 at 21:07
Like a lot of people here I have Maxtrax as insurance as I often travel alone and try to avoid getting stuck.

I've only had to use them twice (for others) - once to recover a certain tour vehicle from soft sand in a creek that is normally dry, the other time a plane that got onto the soft edge of taxiway after rain.
Both times invaluable - & I doubt the pilot would have appreciated a winch :D
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Reply By: Crusier 91 - Saturday, May 09, 2015 at 22:44

Saturday, May 09, 2015 at 22:44
Quentin, don't disregard maxtrax for inland use either.
I was winching a stuck 4wd on wet track off the side of a hill. Every time the 4wd drive was winched towards my truck it slid a few inches sideways down the hill and off the track onto wet grass. The only way I could winch him up and not lose the 4wd down into the gully sideways was due to the use of Maxtrax.

These things are great.
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Reply By: Batt's - Saturday, May 09, 2015 at 23:04

Saturday, May 09, 2015 at 23:04
In the past I always carried an axe and machete to cut up branches or fall small trees to use for recovery which is probably frowned upon these days. Quentin there is also a mob called Muputrax which have taken an old idea of using grate for recovery boards and come up with some great uses for them worth a look just click on the link below..http://www.muputrax.com.au/
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Follow Up By: Quentin S - Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 21:10

Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 21:10
Thanks for this lead. We have had a look at this on your suggestion and think that it makes more sense than a single use item. Thanks again, most appreciated.
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Reply By: Quentin S - Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 21:07

Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 21:07
Thank you all for your valuable and no nonsense responses. I think I am convinced that a good recovery board system should seriously be considered. The Maputrax has got to be a sensible multi functional affordable system and worth a look which we will do. Thanks again. We would appreciate further views on this please.
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Follow Up By: Jackolux - Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 22:55

Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 22:55
The Muputrax really do look like a good thing , I like being able to use them to bridge a gap .
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Reply By: Quentin S - Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 23:04

Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 23:04
We are off to the Kimberley soon via the Kidson track. I think they may be helpful over the washaways. We are getting 2 sets of bench legs and no table legs as we already have a good foldaway table. I really think that this product looks the goods and the mob that sell them are easy to deal with.
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Follow Up By: Batt's - Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 01:06

Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 01:06
Good luck with them and let us know how they perform if you need to use them. I think they look great and they have looked outside the square for the amount of things they can be used for. I'll be looking at getting some down the track when I've finished setting up my ute. Have a good trip.
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