What is the Basic Recovery equipment one will require for outdoor?
It is always an outlay upfront but once you have your basic recovery equipment and know how to use it correctly it can last a long time.
There is a wide range of product available in market and we always advise purchasing your recovery equipment from reputable suppliers. Most have realized the importance of packaging a reasonably priced recovery kit.
This would consist of:
Recovery Bag - contains all the equipment in a water proof carry bag
Fold up spade - ideal for digging you out of those tricky spots
Leather Gloves - important you wear them while conducting a recovery exercise
Bow Shaped Shackles (hot-dip treatment better)- used to connect the recovery rope to the vehicles recovery point - remember never tighten the shackle pin too tight
Snatch strap is used to pull a stationery vehicle out of thick sand or mud
Static Pull Strap - is used to tow a vehicle which may have broken down
Tree Protector - this strap is used to protect the tree when it is used as an anchor point
Always consult with your 4x4 accessory specialist to ensure you purchase the correct equipment suitable to the type and weight of the vehicle you are driving. Learn how to use all the various types of equipment mentioned above.
Remember when its you in need of recovery take charge of overseeing the recovery process and ensure all bystanders are out of the way no matter how much spectator value you are providing and leave your ego at home.
Setting off on a 4X4 off road driving adventure is exciting, exhilarating and a lot of fun. However it’s important to be sensible and careful about planning and preparing for your trip so that you and your passengers are safe.
Driving off road can mean encountering some terrains that you’re not used to driving on, the ride is often a little bumpy and it’s important to prepare for a more challenging drive. Here are 10 essential safety tips for 4X4 off road driving.
1. Ensure you have completed 4X4 driver training
Driving a 4X4 off road on a variety of different terrains is a very different experience from driving it on road. You will find it a lot more challenging so it’s important that you are experienced and confident in how to handle the vehicle before you take it off road. When you take a 4X4 off road training course you will learn essential driving skills essential for getting yourself out of trouble should you become stuck in any challenging off road terrains.
2. Plan your route carefully
Make sure you have planned your route very carefully. Planning is even more important when driving off road as it’s easier to become lost. Make sure you leave plenty of time to get to your destination as what looks like a short distance on the map may turn out to take a lot longer than you expect it to when you’re traveling over rough terrain.
3. Travel with at least one passenger
If possible travel with a second vehicle as well just in case you get into any trouble during your trip.
4. Pack the proper gear
Make sure that you’re prepared for the worst by packing all essential emergency supplies including plenty of water and a first aid kit.
5. Distribute your load evenly
It’s important to distribute the weight in your vehicle evenly or it can limit the vehicle’s clearance capabilities and make the vehicle less stable. Make sure loose items are tied down or they could fly around the vehicle and injure people when you’re going across rough terrains.
6. Let someone know where you’re going
Ensure that a friend or family member knows where it is that you’re going. Take a mobile phone with you and let them know when you have arrived at your destination, that way if anything were to happen to you you’ll be much easier to find and you’ll be found much quicker!
7. Know your vehicle’s limitations
4X4 vehicles may be a lot more solid and sturdy than your normal vehicle but they are in no way indestructible. Make sure that you are not diving to quickly down steep slopes or not pushing your vehicle into too difficult or dangerous terrains.
8. Check your vehicle before setting off
This point is absolutely vital! If you’re setting off on a long journey ensure that you have given your vehicle the once over before you set off. Check your tyre pressure and tread depth and check that your vehicle’s fluids are topped up.
9. Belt up!
Seat-belts are even more important than normal in 4X4s as the bumpy terrain can mean a very bumpy ride, passengers should always be strapped in to prevent injury.
10. Hold the wheel correctly
It’s important that you hold your steering wheel firmly and with your thumbs on the outside of the steering wheel not on the inside. If you drive over any potholes or rocks in your 4X4 it can cause the steering wheel to very suddenly turn, this can leave you with bruised or dislocated thumbs if they’re not kept on the outside of the wheel.
Generally, the winch pulling capacity should be 1.5 times of your car weight.
But it's safety enough to choose winch capacity 2 times of vehicle weight when you purchase a winch.
The Freespool mechanism on the winch is typically a lever or a knob that is pulled or turned. The winch will typically remain in Freespool mode until you move or turn the knob or lever back to its original position.
Often, other terminology is used for Freespool. For example, the gearbox is often referred to as being “engaged”, or “disengaged.” If the gearbox is “disengaged”, the winch is in Freespool mode.
Safety is also important to mention when discussing Freespool. If there is any load on the winch cable, you should never try to place the winch into Freespool mode. Always be sure that there is zero load on the cable before reaching for the Freespool lever or knob.
After using the Freespool feature, and turning the lever or knob back to place the winch back into the gearbox “engaged” position, it may take another action to get the gearbox to engage. The Freespool mechanism can consist of some type of pin that engages with a pocket of a gear, or a gear that is pulled sideways to release from a mating pocket. When you place the winch back into the “engaged” position, it may take a short 1-2 second run of the motor, or a slight pull on the winch rope, to get the mechanism to align itself, and “latch” back into position. Often this “latch” can be heard and/or seen by the movement of the freespool knob. Practice using your particular winch will teach you how to properly use Freespool.
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30% deposit in advance, 70% balance against the copy of B/L.
7 Accessories to fit to a 4x4 vehicle
Bull bars:Take to the outback in your off road vehicle and you are never sure of the species of animals that might wander into your path. Have a collision with an animal whilst traveling at speed and it’ll cause a great deal of damage to the front of your 4x4. Prevent this from happening by fitting a set of bull bars to the front of the vehicle, it’ll give your vehicle an extra level of protection.
Driving lamps: Driving on unlit, remote roads can be pretty precarious so an extra set of driving lights will be useful at night. They give you better visibility and light up the road ahead so you can see obstacles in plenty of time.
All terrain tyres: Off road vehicles are built to cover all types of terrain but they still need a little help when it comes to traction. Fit a durable set of all terrain tyres to your 4x4 and it’ll easily cope with steep inclines, sharp descents and slippery surfaces.
Winch: If you get bogged down, struck in a ditch or see other vehicles in distress a winch can be a useful ally. Use it to pull your vehicle free or help other drivers to recover their 4x4s from problem areas.
Fuel cans: Planning a long trip in a remote region with your 4x4? Take extra fuel cans with you, it could be a long drive between fill-ups so a couple of extra jerry cans will be useful.
Water snorkel: We teach drivers how to tackle river crossings using 4x4s and water snorkel helps the engine to breathe in this type of scenario.
Roof rack/tow hitch: There’s a good chance you’ll be carrying a fair amount of equipment with your 4x4 so a roof rack or a tow hitch and a trailer will be handy to transport all the essentials you require.
Buy a 4x4, fit these accessories and you can pretty much go anywhere that you like!
Yes, we always use high quality export packaging. We also use specialized hazard packing for dangerous goods and validated cold storage shippers for temperature sensitive items. Specialist packaging and non-standard packing requirements may incur an additional charge.