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greg00
 


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Maxtrax

Do I need them in the Pyrenees or Morocco?
We use offroad trails a lot, but if there‘s an easier way to get where we want to, we‘ll take it.
I always carry an air compressor, pressure gauge to deflate tyres, shovel and some recovery tools like snatch strap, shackles ect. But they‘re useless since we travel alone ... without winch.
Every cool overlander has them attached somewhere next to a hilift jack but it seems more like style than tool to me, since we don‘t do extreme offroad driving.
Who has Maxtrax and really needed them for good?
 

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TigerRecovery
 


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I bought some to take to both locations, let's just say they've got the original cable ties holding them together.
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greg00
 


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Rolling with laughter
But they must look fantastic.
I never buy stuff for the looks but these smell like adventure Cool Thumbs Up Rolling with laughter
  
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stiff
 


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Depends on which routes you use, where you go and when in the year. For some of the Pyrenees you don’t even need a 4x4 Wink
But out of about 6 Pyrenees trips have used recovery boards a couple of times (but only a couple).

As for Morocco....this year’s trip is canceled so can’t comment yet Sad
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My experience with sand mats/recovery boards is that, the one time that you decide to leave them off and not take them with you, will be the time that you need them!!
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greg00
 


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stiff wrote:
Depends on which routes you use, where you go and when in the year. For some of the Pyrenees you don’t even need a 4x4 Wink
But out of about 6 Pyrenees trips have used recovery boards a couple of times (but only a couple).

As for Morocco....this year’s trip is canceled so can’t comment yet Sad


Were the boards essential for recovery or would you have gotten out without them? ... with shovel, rocks, wood ect.
  
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greg00
 


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I‘m trying to find out if the recovery tracks are more in the ‚2nd spare wheel‘ category or an essential tool for these regions and normal conditions.
  
Post #214027722nd Apr 2020 8:04 am
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James W
 


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I would like a set but since doing less stuff off-road since the girls came along I can't really justify them. I think they would be most useful for helping to get yourself out of sand, especially as you can dig with them too. If you're using them to the extent I've seen on Expedition Overland etc, then you've arguably gone too far into trouble on your own anyway.

I have tried to justify buying a set to myself by thinking I could use them as levelling ramps for the caravan Laughing
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I decided to get myself a knock off pair for green laning, I had some of the really heavy old school waffle boards when I use to go out in my Suzuki Jimny years ago and they got me out of trouble a couple of times when on my own.

Nothing like the sand you would need to deal with in the Pyrenees but they did help me reduce the approach angle of an obstacle and once to support/extend the edge of a narrow trail for a friend to get through in his 90. This really was a squeaky bum moment Shocked . It was quite a big drop to the side and we had already committed ourselves and couldn't reverse out. I defo learnt a lot of lessons that day.
  
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Ivan
 


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Took sand mats to both Morocco and Libya (quite a while ago) and never used them. Have also done a lot of sand driving when we used to live in Aus and recovery mainly consisted of airing down your tyres and getting a pull from another vehicle.

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greg00 wrote:
Were the boards essential for recovery or would you have gotten out without them? ... with shovel, rocks, wood ect.


Essential ? Good question...Definitely easier and quicker using them rather trying to do a bit of track building.
Was never because of mud - Really due to negotiating deep, deep ruts on track sections destroyed by water run-off after storms earlier in the year. Easier to position, adjust, use....then re-position for next vehicle....and repeat... Thumbs Up
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greg00
 


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Thank you for all your advice.
I‘m officially confused on what to decide now Wink
Should I flip a coin? Rolling with laughter
  
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greg00 wrote:
I‘m trying to find out if the recovery tracks are more in the ‚2nd spare wheel‘ category or an essential tool for these regions and normal conditions.


I took one of those too, didn't even use the one I was carrying. The most essential tool is the IID Blue Tooth diagnostic tool, it gives you something to play with.
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greg00
 


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The IID Tool was my second upgrade right after the 265/65/r18 KO2.
To be fair, I originally bought it to lower the D3 to bump stop so I can clear my garage (2.1m) with the hard shell roof top tent attached Whistle

Maybe I‘ll buy these cheap Maxtrax knock-off first. If they get used, I‘ll upgrade to Maxtrax. Does that make sense or should I just go ahead and just cry once? Rolling with laughter
  
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Dan_W
 


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I haven't used the cheapo ones yet but they seem on on the face of it. Checkout the video below, this swayed it for me as the light use mine are likely to get i thought they would be adequate for me.



One thing to note is they don't stack as snug as the genuine ones and the 2 together are 12cm high so this may sway your decision if you are tight for space.
  
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