Recovery Kit - What is a good starting point

Submitted: Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 10:15
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I am going to purchase some gear to go with a 3200kg handwinch.

Can anyone suggest what equipment is a necessity to use this successfully, and what would be nice.

Obviously a rated d-shackle, a tree protector, and leather gloves, but what else would I absolutely need?

Bobbie

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Reply By: DukeAtty - Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 10:22

Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 10:22
A snatch block or two....
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Reply By: Redback - Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 10:25

Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 10:25
2 more rated D shackles a snatch block and someone else to operate it for you if you get stuck lol, take a friend.
Last resort the hand winch!!!!

Baz.

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Reply By: Wizard1 - Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 10:46

Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 10:46
I would invest in a couple of extension straps as your anchor point will never be at just the right distance. I carry an 8 and 20 metre straps. You may also need a drag chain.

Wizard
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Reply By: Member -Peter (York 4x4) - Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 10:52

Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 10:52
A good long handle shovel ,not one of those fold up types you dont want to be climbing under the 4x to dig it out , also good for "the short walk into the bush" for digging the fire pit and for shoveling coals onto the camp oven , a tip they are great for hanging you camp light on next to the table at night when cooking drill a small hole in the end of the handle to hook the light on . In a pinch they also make a good long handled frypan
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Follow Up By: Bros - Saturday, Apr 16, 2005 at 10:06

Saturday, Apr 16, 2005 at 10:06
Peter,
Presumably a good frypan after a good clean up after "the short walk into the bush".
Seriously though, I used to fire on steam engines long ago and a piece of steak cooked on the shovel in the fire box was pretty good.
Cheers.
Bros.
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 11:13

Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 11:13
Bobbie,

A 4WD training weekend would not be out of the question. Even if you have all the recovery gear it is not going to do much if you don'y know how to use it.

Wayne
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Reply By: Bitsumishin - Mike (WA) - Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 11:24

Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 11:24
I agree with Peter. A long handle shovel is probably the most important thing of all especially if you are travelling alone. Travel with a friend & a snatch strap will usually do the job & takes less time than the winch. Obviously there are times when a winch wins uot. but get the shovel. (The course is also good value)
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Reply By: BenSpoon - Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 13:31

Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 13:31
a drag chain with a grab hook at one end and an eye at the other- winch straps can be great, but require alot of effert to shorten them after you have reached the end of your needed winch length. Get a grab hook on a drag chain and youcan easily unhook it, shorten it and start winching again much quicker than undoing shackles and running laps between tie off points with the extension strap.
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Reply By: locallaw - Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 15:13

Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 15:13
Gidday,
You definetly need to be extremely fit and have a fridge in the 4by full of beer.
These items and all the suggestions before will come in handy.
Seeya Locallaw
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Follow Up By: motherhen - Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 15:28

Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 15:28
Good idea locallaw. The beer will atract the guys to dig me out - and double as the best fire extinguisher you can take. I can vouch for the latter; when we had a vehicle catch fire, the only ones who stopped to help were a group of youngsters who sacrificed their beer and saved our cruiser.
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Reply By: Footloose - Saturday, Apr 16, 2005 at 09:50

Saturday, Apr 16, 2005 at 09:50
As posted it depends on the terrain and how fit you are.

I like the old story where the most important recovery tool is a pack of playing cards.

Why ?

Because once you start playing , someone will come along and say "no, that one goes there" :)))
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