Ground Anchors

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 08:51
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Hi All, I have been contemplating buying one of those ground anchors and was after some feed back on their effectiveness. I don’t won’t carry around a lump of steel for nothing.

Do they really work in all conditions, particularly what about in soft sand?

Is there a particular model that stands out?

What is the cost?

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Matt
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 09:15

Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 09:15
Matt,

Carrying a lump of steel around is not good. If it is stored in the vehicle it would be most likely be on the bottom of the cargo area and as far away from the back door as possible. It is not something that you will want every time you stop.

I have not used one because I have not had to. Another vehicle is a good ground anchor if winching in soft sand. The only time I have seen them in use is in the some of the competition events.

If you are by yourself it is just as easy to dig a hole and drop the spare tyre into it and secure the winch cable.

Letting the tyres down will also help with the vehicle not to get stuck in the first place.

Wayne
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Reply By: Footloose - Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 09:44

Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 09:44
I have one here. They are the bees knees in soft sand if you're by yourself and the tide is on the way in. They aren't terrific in stony ground. Main drawback is their weight, but they fold up and travel well if stored correctly.
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Reply By: glenno(qld) - Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 09:59

Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 09:59
prt

About $550 from arb .
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Reply By: Alex H - Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 12:19

Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 12:19
I carry four star pickets cut down to the length of the rear bumper and stored along it. I find they make a reasonabley good ground anchor when driven well in and tied together. Cheaper than a commercial ground anchor, but can be a real b**ger to get out after recovery - I usually end up using the 4by to pull them out.
Alex
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 13:02

Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 13:02
I'm a bit of a fan of these ground anchor devices because the harder you pull, the more solid they become. However they aren't suitable for seriously solid ground.
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Reply By: turbopete - Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 13:57

Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 13:57
Malcolm Douglas demonstrated a ground anch on Ch 7 "the world around us" on satdy 11feb it worked very welll would be a good gadget to have i tink
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Reply By: Peter 2 - Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 16:00

Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 16:00
I've had a Terra grip ground anchor for about 20 years, pretty useless in hard ground, very difficult to wind into hard stuff.
Works pretty well in the soft stuff though, sand and mud are what it is designed for I suspect.
Pretty heavy thing to lug around and I don't bother if travelling with other vehicles but if we are on our own usually take it with us.
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Reply By: Member - Jim C (NSW) - Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 18:26

Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 18:26
Try to get hold of a plough disc. They stack almost flat, don't weigh much and make a wonderful barbecue plate as well.

Jim C
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Reply By: Member - Willie , Epping .Syd. - Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 19:17

Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 19:17
Matt ,
A lot more success here than on the Overlander chat site !
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 22:31

Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 22:31
Overlander is webwheeler city!

I love the self imploding thread LMAO!


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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Monday, Feb 13, 2006 at 00:44

Monday, Feb 13, 2006 at 00:44
Umm which one? there is about 3 per day
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Follow Up By: Member - Matt L (NSW) - Monday, Feb 13, 2006 at 08:50

Monday, Feb 13, 2006 at 08:50
Hi Willie,

You are correct about that, much more feed back and constructive help.

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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 22:33

Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 22:33
Never seen anyone use one.
You can bury your spare tire and use that just as successfully.

And no they are not all the same.. watch some outback challenge vids to see how pathetic some are!
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