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 Essential - RECOVERY EQUIPMENT - to take on a foreign trip

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PostSubject: Essential - RECOVERY EQUIPMENT - to take on a foreign trip   Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:59 pm

You are about to embark on a foreign excursion, let's assume it's somewhere remote and the terrain can be arduous, Mongolia or the Sahara for example. What vehicle spare parts do you take with you?

The way I see it, there are a number of categories you have to consider when travelling:-

Vehicle spare parts.
Recovery equipment.
Camping/cooking equipment.
Vehicle kit (fire extinguisher, water containers, etc.)
Tools.
Personal kit.

Here we'll concentrate solely on Recovery Equipment

You can't take too much as weight (and to a lesser extent - space) are overriding factors. So ... what essentials do you take? I'll start the list, then add your suggestions to this 'Master List':-

~ A double loop rope.
~ Two D shackles (these to be stamped).
~ Lightweight plastic sand ladders.
~ Bottle jack.

Would I take a Hi-Lift jack ... mmmm ... maybe? Undecided on this one. They can be so useful, yet again it's a weight thing.

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PostSubject: Re: Essential - RECOVERY EQUIPMENT - to take on a foreign trip   Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:19 pm

You must have very good recovery points on your motor. if not !
Don't take any. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Essential - RECOVERY EQUIPMENT - to take on a foreign trip   Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:31 am

Hi Tom,

Just some ideas if you drive without a second car to help you;

  • in these situations I'll take an air compressor along, so I can deflate the tires in loose sand and inflate when necessary;
  • I would use a pair of aluminum sand ladders, they give more grip in stead of plastic. Plastic can melt with spinning wheels and they will loose grip;
  • on a trip like you're referring to, I would have a winch, with snatchblock and a shovel to dig a hole for a spare wheel as a ground anchor;
  • a second spare wheel or an extra tire with extra tire levers and tube can help you out, when you are at the end of the world;
  • GPS with back track;
  • a sat phone.

In Mongolia and in the Sahara you have to be self supporting, because it's possible you have to wait for days for any help.

Cheers, Rob

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PostSubject: Re: Essential - RECOVERY EQUIPMENT - to take on a foreign trip   Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:08 am

RobGT wrote:

In Mongolia and in the Sahara you have to be self supporting, because it's possible you have to wait for days for any help.
Precisely why I used those as examples. Thanks for your input Rob, good advice. It's good to hear what people consider "essential".

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PostSubject: Re: Essential - RECOVERY EQUIPMENT - to take on a foreign trip   Wed Jun 12, 2013 11:05 am

Ground anchors for sand.
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