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[*] posted on 4-30-2021 at 06:10 PM
Recover Boards or Tracks


I am poking at buying some recovery boards or tracks to help in launching and retrieving a boat from the beach. Any of you off roaders have a recommendation on a brand?

To me they all look the same but vary in price from less than $100 to over $500??
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[*] posted on 4-30-2021 at 06:19 PM


I have MaxTrax mounted to the side of the truck.

I'm sure you can get cheaper, but you often get what you pay for.





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[*] posted on 4-30-2021 at 06:23 PM


or... just let more air out of your tires! :light::biggrin:



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[*] posted on 5-1-2021 at 05:35 AM


We use two WW 2 ******* Mats to retrieve our panga when airing down isn’t enough.

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On Edit: for some reason the name of the landing mat is being edited out of my post. Let’s try to spell it creatively and see what happens. “Mars + ton”

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[*] posted on 5-1-2021 at 06:17 AM


Quote: Originally posted by KRB  
I am poking at buying some recovery boards or tracks to help in launching and retrieving a boat from the beach. Any of you off roaders have a recommendation on a brand?

To me they all look the same but vary in price from less than $100 to over $500??


The plastic ones sold to off-roaders are short and spendy.
2x8 lumber will do the trick, for temporary stable tire track...
Also, you can get landing mats or traction mats at some military surplus.




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[*] posted on 5-1-2021 at 06:53 AM


the real military surplus one are available in steel. [ check the military surplus sites] the aluminium ones are super rare.
the modern plastic ones are a "daddy's helper" waste of money ..IMO.
i always carry a plastic bucket for a hundred reasons...one of which is wetting sand
to gain traction. some use door mats, gunny sacks ect.
the plastic ones may have the benefit of making you look like a baja badass.

[Edited on 5-1-2021 by pacificobob]
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[*] posted on 5-1-2021 at 06:56 AM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  
or... just let more air out of your tires! :light::biggrin:


who didn't see that coming?
valid council however
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[*] posted on 5-1-2021 at 07:01 AM


If you aren't going to lug them around in your vehicle, I would do as Goat suggested. Some pressure treated 2x8 with expanded metal or carpet nailed/glued would work good. You could use some metal stair treads from the scrap yard hooked together as well?
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I recently encountered a Canadian snowbird in San Felipe who reported great success using worn out snowmobile tracks as traction mats.

Apparently they come in sections which are the perfect size.
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[*] posted on 5-1-2021 at 07:24 AM


Other products I have seen that work are horse stall mats, and scrap conveyor belt.



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[*] posted on 5-1-2021 at 08:11 AM


the conveyer belt sounds excellent. if laid flat it would use minimal space.
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[*] posted on 5-1-2021 at 08:27 AM


Quote: Originally posted by pacificobob  
the conveyer belt sounds excellent. if laid flat it would use minimal space.


Every time I have gotten stuck I have used floor mats, scrap wood, sticks and whatever is on hand to get out. Why plan ahead with spendy/bulky material if garbage and floor mats will get you out?




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[*] posted on 5-1-2021 at 09:19 AM


We have 2 like this picture. I first saw them in Africa, a South African was carrying a pair that he made from old tires.

The pair we have came from Amazon! I’m not impressed with them especially when your wheels dig in! Lowering the pressure and the water bucket work way better.

Spend the money on a good battery powered air pump!

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[*] posted on 5-1-2021 at 11:07 AM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  
or... just let more air out of your tires! :light::biggrin:


But that doesn't look as cool parked at Starbucks...:biggrin:

Lots of folks are over-equipping themselves for day outings or weekend camping....and want to look like hardcore "overlanders"....

I have seen $200,000 motorhomes with that backpack garbage/collect-all bag hanging off the back. Here is a video showing how to mount the bag despite the disclaimer of "don't do this":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzsg9JfHX3A.

If you need those instructions, lord help you outback.:o

Low-tech often works better. Some folks carry a few shingle sheets. :light:

[Edited on 5-1-2021 by motoged]




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[*] posted on 5-1-2021 at 11:10 AM


Quote: Originally posted by motoged  
Quote: Originally posted by David K  
or... just let more air out of your tires! :light::biggrin:


But that doesn't look as cool parked at Starbucks...:biggrin:



or...parked in front of your hairdresser
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[*] posted on 5-1-2021 at 11:24 AM


Well, there is "the real thing" .... and then the wannabe posers.

Emperor's clothing kinda thing.

The rig in the vid looks designed for the application....and the guy knows how to chill....before he aired down .... and mosied on.





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[*] posted on 5-2-2021 at 07:40 AM


I used to use plain ol chain link fencing'
Carried rolls of 2 foot wide sections that I laid on the sand.
Could drive right over it and never sink in.

Also good if you get stuck in a hole
Just jack up the vehicle, fill the hole and lay down the fencing
You can drive away and then pick up the fencing.

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[*] posted on 5-2-2021 at 08:12 AM


Quote: Originally posted by KRB  
I am poking at buying some recovery boards or tracks to help in launching and retrieving a boat from the beach. Any of you off roaders have a recommendation on a brand?

To me they all look the same but vary in price from less than $100 to over $500??



Maxtrax run $299/pair and are generally considered a top-of-the-line commercial recovery board.

X-Bull seem to get decent reviews among the "off brand" commercial recovery boards and run about $100 on Amazon.

Maxsa are in between at about $150.

The primary difference between price points is thickness, weight and how they store. There are also differences in the particular plastics employed, with some of the more expensive brands claiming greater resistance to damage. Maxtrax will nest together better than the other brands which makes mounting a pair of them substantially easier and considerably less bulky than the less expensive alternatives.


When airing down wasn't enough I have used old shingles, blankets, boards, tires, sage brush and anything else I could scrounge. They all work in a pinch. However, there is a lot to be said for the convenience of a tool designed for the job, especially when one realizes that one has become a septuagenarian, so I now own a pair of Maxtrax recovery boards which I will carry on the back of my 4WD Sprinter on trips when I plan on beach camping and/or anticipate exposure to soft sand. I've heard they work well serving double duty as leveling boards in camp. We will see.

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