Warren, I was browsing internet, when I saw this picture. It made me think, you could very easy make yourself something similar with some strips of conveyor belt.
Warren het al lankal syne
Thanks, I got a set, (see second photo)
That photo shows most of my recovery gear, but not there are (1) The BF Goedreich tyres & (2) the Difflock.
The diff-lock helps tremendously with these mats, and having the BF's which are also very good in these conditions, certainly are a big help, and of course I deflate them.
I'm not too fussed about the deflated pressure, I'm more interested to get that "sidewall bulge" and elongate the footprint, just a bit more than double the normal length of the footprint, (halving the doward force), but that's at about 0.8 to 1 Bar.
If I had to rate them, I would give them a Fair. The principal is that they distribute the weight over a greater area, allowing the vehicle to get momentum to get out rather than provide traction.
Consequently, the wheel does not climb out of the hole it's spun into / dug, especially when they are wet. (rubber on rubber, as it where)
Because of that, I've found that you have to dig longish slopes in front of the wheels, then they work quite well, and once you are going, KEEP THE HELL GOING until you're 100 % certain you are on the hard stuff.
You see the white ropes? That's something I learn't about. I tie them to the back of the Landy, so that when I'm going, I keep on going, then I don't have to walk back and carry them A-l-l-l the way to the Landy
On my roofrack, and water aside, they are the heaviest thing that I keep in one of the footlocker's on my roof-rack, so that when they are ful of mud, I dont have to deal with putting them in the back of the Landy on all my other kit.
Voordeele: - Cheap, effectiveness Fair, relatively easy to pack, and if rolled up make good bridging (between rocks)
Naadele: - Reasonably heavy, bulky.
oppi dak, (GBHB, Water tenk, kettang saak (links lanks die water tenk), moerse lug pomp & groot aliminium kettle(regs lanks die water tenk, )
oppie die sy van die dak, (kettanf sag)
Weer binne, solar panel...
Following on the packing,
When setting the Landy up originally, I decided not to install permanent / semi-permanent fixtures like draw-slides / cabinets.
It’s far more important to me to be able to utilise the Landy for other applications, so everything’s packed away in bags.
Most of the gear has been strapped down, (a lesson I learnt when I dropped him on his side) but I can remove everything and have the back of the Landy completely cleared, within say 30 minutes.
The down-side, obviously, is that it’s not neat, but getting to what I need is reasonably OK, as I can, and do, access through the sliding windows.
Things like my chair / table / doggie kit / shower kit / Jumpers / toolbox / those sort of things, I can easily get at from there..
Aside from costing 12K, I don’t want those solid window hatches ( I know you can get them in glass, but that's still 12K) as they would definitely limit my rear view (looking backwards through the windows at the back)
The equipment that I almost never take out is in a big blue trommel that’s flat on the floor, behind the seats, (not visible in the photo’s)
There I have a problem, to get that stuff out is a pain… Those are things like chains, bag jack / big tool’s extra shackles, and so on, mostly heavy stuff to keep the C of G low.
But, what’s really important to me is, that the ONE thing I can whip out the quickest, is my toilet!
For everything else, there’s not really that much urgency, now is there…