There are a lot of expeditionious vehicles out there that have crap festooned all over them that has never been used and will probably never be used because many of the owners are posers. When I looked on the AEV web site for a used Pull Pal, there were several "used" ones in "as new" condition. Lots of other examples, like the pristine, shiny Rovers with sand ladders strapped to the side. I live near Los Angeles, so I may see a higher percentage of local twits than one would find in other parts of the country.Funny because most survival/recovery gear is hopefully never used.
During the 13 years I was living in my 2wd Toyota truck I got stuck a lot, with no one around for miles and nobody knowing where I was (and no cell). A couple times it was broken truck parts (oil pressure sender, fuel pump), but many times it was sand and mud. Getting unstuck was always an adventure. I had no recovery equipment except a small shovel and a tire pump. Always got out eventually. Sometimes it took several hours. Airing down makes a massive difference. Scrounge the landscape for stuff to stick under the wheels. Only once did I require help (the fuel pump). I hiked out to the main dirt road and flagged someone down who towed my truck to town.
2016 Toyota Tundra 4x4 Double Cab Long Bed
DIY camper on the way...
A winch and accessories is a fair start,
When added to locking differentials and good high traction (not all terrain) tires in a light weight vehicle with adequate horsepower, reliability, RPM potential and fording height, along with driver experience there should be little concern.
I will add that burying a tire, for a winch point, may require a pick mattock, in addition to the recommended shovels, for some ground types.
A compressor capable of reseating tire beads (that came off after airing down to 4psi or so in an attempt to achieve mud/sand/snow floatation) should be added to the list (most bead lock wheels only lock one bead).
Along with a heavy duty first aid kit (NOT an ouch kit).
Good, well broken in, hiking boots are also something I agree with along with clothing for the weather and adequate supplies to walk out (always have a fall back plan; and the stay/go decision may be critical).
I see dependence on others/rescue as some thing that might be nice but should never be relied upon.
Last edited by Happy Joe; 03-10-2017 at 03:44 PM.
Old, well set up, CJ-7, lockers, 4:1 Tcase, gears, 35s, winch ...for the far places...
For "civilized" camping/glamping; 2003 Ford explorer sport, 4wd, MTs and lockers soon; stealth winch in the plans...
Usually hauling a 9x9 dome, a 10x10 standing room, or a 12x12 alaknak tent (which one is length of stay dependent).
Experience along with properly set up 4WD will get you to & through places (on existing, approved 4WD trails) that 4WD, alone, can't get to.
The flag I have is like this one: https://www.westmarine.com/buy/orion...34?recordNum=4 It's 36"x36" so a couple of magnets or even duct tape in a true emergency and I can put it on my roof or hood. Looks like they have a simple "HELP" flag now too. https://www.amazon.com/Orion-Safety-...s=orion+signal
05 Tacoma TRD, SR5, V6, etc
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Yes...It could happen any time
It could happen
or sunshine, love, salvation
It could you know, that's why we wake
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I carry 3 16" steel concrete stakes pound in 45 degree angle away from vehicle in a 10" triangle base facing winch. Flat side of stakes facing winch. wrap your tow strap around tip once and right and left strap ends around corresponding base stakes making sure loose end are even and pointing towards stuck jeep.attach loops thru strap ends to winch cable and tension. place blanket or winch blanket on cable. pull yourself out. Traction boards are easier but for 15 dollars this will work if you already have winch. I have boards now but keep stakes in jeep in case I forget to put them on jeep. I have used this method as a Fireman for rope rescues and to get my tracker and jeep un stuck in Glamis sand when I forgot my compressor to air down.
Just a newby crushing one rock at a time,3.5 Rubicon suspension lift, Quick disconnects, rock sliders, Diff armor front and rear , Skid plates, Eaton E-Lockers front and rear, Surco roof bars, Rock sliders, Poison spider front bumper with stinger, Warn 12000 winch,3 piece hardtop, Sound bar , 285/75/17 Falcon AT3 All terrains on willy's wheels,52" LED Light bar with LED corner cubes ,2"reciever, Followed by Mini Adventure trailer