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kohldad

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Posted: 11/13/19 05:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I saw a test comparison between the knock offs and the maxtrax. The knocks offs are basically a use once. The problem is, you may have to use a set five of six times to get out of a single situation. So the knocks off may have the grips worn off before you even get out. If I am going to take up the room for a set of maxtrax, they are going to be the real thing.

On a side note, I'm not sure if it was on here, youtube, or fb, but there was a writeup where a tc up in Yukon territory ran off the road when the side of the road gave way. The driver was smart enough to drive on down off the road so the truck stayed upright. The ground was so soft, without the maxtrax to help provide support, the two trucks with winches that stopped to help, probably still wouldn't have been able to get him out.


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Posted: 11/14/19 10:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My off-road toy carries something like this:

https://gemplers.com/products/gator-track-traction-mat


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I got THESE back in 2015 and they have worked great, use them in the sand if I need help getting out of a rut. Wouldn't hesitate to buy another set.


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kohldad wrote:

I saw a test comparison between the knock offs and the maxtrax. The knocks offs are basically a use once. The problem is, you may have to use a set five of six times to get out of a single situation. So the knocks off may have the grips worn off before you even get out. If I am going to take up the room for a set of maxtrax, they are going to be the real thing.

On a side note, I'm not sure if it was on here, youtube, or fb, but there was a writeup where a tc up in Yukon territory ran off the road when the side of the road gave way. The driver was smart enough to drive on down off the road so the truck stayed upright. The ground was so soft, without the maxtrax to help provide support, the two trucks with winches that stopped to help, probably still wouldn't have been able to get him out.

Everyone uses MaxTraxxs here. I think the Companies blurb sums them up
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MAXTRAX is the innovative, lightweight vehicle recovery device that’s Australian designed, engineered and manufactured, PATENTED and rigorously tried, tested, trusted and proven in the world’s toughest off-road events and expeditions as the SAFE, SIMPLE, QUICK and EASY method of SAND, MUD, SLUSH and SNOW 4WD vehicle recovery. MAXTRAX is an I4WDTA (International 4WD Trainers Association) "Recommended Product".


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Posted: 11/16/19 08:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would try those recovery mats and will try those gators, great idea. Had the smittybilt trax and got basically one and a half uses before they were trash. The traction knobs bust off very easily with diesel torque and edges also break very easily under the weight of a camper. After one use I knew they wouldn’t do in the long run. Mine broke in half the last time I used them in mud. My firewood and roll of carpet got me out, not the trax.

* This post was edited 11/17/19 06:56am by whazoo *

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mellow wrote:

I got THESE back in 2015 and they have worked great, use them in the sand if I need help getting out of a rut. Wouldn't hesitate to buy another set.


Link is to Portable Tow Truck brand. I've thought about getting those. I'm glad to hear they work for you! The price is low, but the reviews are good.

Although the plastic fencing idea, upthread... I already have some of that [emoticon]


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mellow wrote:

I got THESE back in 2015 and they have worked great, use them in the sand if I need help getting out of a rut. Wouldn't hesitate to buy another set.


I think we will have a set of these under the tree this year and give them a try ...Thanks for the link...


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Posted: 11/17/19 04:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Finally found the video of the truck camper recovery using the maxtraxx.

S1[emoticon]26 Recovery on the Dempster / Saving the Aussies - Lifestyle Overland

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