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I'm Stuck - Tell Me How To Get Out.

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by stewartx, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. Feb 11, 2012 at 9:10 PM
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    same shit as everyone else
    I didn't know they could support the weight of your vehicle over a hole. When I lived in Hawaii I used to keep a piece of plywood with non skid on it to help people with cars get off the beach. Worked every time. I wouldn't drive it over a hole though. But it works great to add a platform to get some speed over.
     
  2. Feb 11, 2012 at 9:21 PM
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    I can see that on a beach, and it is a good idea, but the maxtrax and the smittybilt I just read up on are able to hold from 7-8k lbs. There are pics and videos of people using them as ramps to get on top of some obstacles which could come in handy on the trail also...
     
  3. Feb 11, 2012 at 9:36 PM
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    same shit as everyone else
    :typing:Might have to add theses to a wish list
     
  4. Feb 11, 2012 at 9:44 PM
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    None yet. Bed cover, brush guard, leveling kit coming soon.
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    Call me I'll get you out.
     
  5. Feb 12, 2012 at 2:47 AM
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    that's too bad that there aren't many active repeaters in your neck of the woods. im lucky enough to have a large choice of active round the clock repeaters i can hit, and most i can hit with either of my hand-helds..doesn't matter where im at or what trail that im on.

    side note:

    i would estimate that most of the bigger 4x4 clubs in SoCal are all ditching CB radios and are all moving up to MARS/CAP modded 2meters, the Yaesu 2800/2900 is very popular. and also the Wouxun hand held is very popular due the the price and ease of performing the mod. i haven't used my CB radio on the trail with in the last year and a half or so.
     
  6. Feb 14, 2012 at 1:34 AM
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    Okay, guys. Based on your recommendations, this is what I finally purchased..

    • Curt Front Hitch (9000-lb pull cap, w/hitch mount for winch)
    Smittybilt XRC 8 Competition-Series Winch (8000-lb single line cap, synthetic rope)
    • 100-ft Extra Synthetic Rope
    • Snatch Block (17,600-lbs cap)
    • Choker Chain
    • D-Rings, Shackles, Hooks, Tree Saver, etc
    • Traction Pads (4)
    • Hi-Lift Jack (w/Lift-Mate, Off-Road Base, etc)
    • 30-ft Recovery Strap (20000-lb cap)
    • Folding Shovel (already have an axe)
    • Mechanics Tool Set (basic set inc. wrenches, sockets, bag, etc)
    • Uniden Bearcat 880 CB Radio (w/power mic, etc) (selected because of compact design)
    • Wilson 2000 antenna (mount, coax, etc) (will be mounted in the center of my bed toolbox)
    • Escort Solo S3 Cordless Radar Detector (don't want to get caught speeding on some off-road trail :rofl: )

    So what am I missing? Now that I've added the winch (you guys talked me into it), I may return the somewhat redundant Hi-Lift Jack. While the jack could obviously serve as a backup, it's also more to lug around and maintain.
     
  7. Feb 14, 2012 at 8:21 AM
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    There are places your winch won't be able to help without a land anchor and theres also times your winch might fail you. A hi-lift is still a useful tool. It can also be used along with a winch. Just because you have a winch doesn't mean you shouldn't try to assist it by clearing away obstacles or lifting your mired vehicle and placing things under the tires to make winching easier. (or if your winch is angled into a hole/buried and you can't use it)

    http://www.pirate4x4.com/tech/billavista/Recovery/

    Make sure you have delrin rollers with that syn line.

    Folding shovels are nice but you'll be wanting a nice sized t-handled shovel the first time you're really stuck. I'm also fond of a bow saw along side with an axe.

    If you're going to carry all that you may as well look into a small compressor like the mv50, some plugs, some valve stem cores, and the tools.

    Duct tape, electrical tape, zip ties, bailing wire, heavy leather gloves.

    Also, seal up the solenoid on that XRC8 of yours.

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    Don't forget a first aid kit and fire extinguisher.
     
  8. Feb 14, 2012 at 8:24 AM
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    I have the Wilson 2000 its a good antenna.. mount it at the back of your bed away from the cab because it reflects off the cab too much and you'll be able to hear and talk better...also invest in a 2 peel amp you'll triple your talking radius...also get your radio peaked and tuned
     
  9. Feb 14, 2012 at 8:29 AM
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  10. Feb 14, 2012 at 9:10 AM
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    Makes no sense, if the OP is a licensed HAM operater why not install a nice mobile unit . With just a basic 65watt unit he can push out a signal in simplex mode a gazzillionbillion times farther then any CB can. Even a 5watt hand-held unit will have far greater range then a CB. I have my mobile 2meter Radio plus two hand-held units always with me while on the trail...
     
  11. Feb 14, 2012 at 10:21 AM
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    i would keep the hi-lift, can be usefull in other ways other then just a jack, such as a come-a-long..works really well for that. i have been in vehicle recoveries where a hi-lift was used just as much as a winch during the recovery process...

    also, folding shovels suck! they always end up breaking. i carry a small 3.5' long shovel i bought from the gardening dept at Walmart years ago and it's still serving me well after all these years, it was only $7.95 at the time.

    i would also recemmond a folding saw such as a Sven Saw or similar.
     
  12. Feb 14, 2012 at 12:19 PM
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    Don't forget to run cable to the rear hitch with a quick connect. Heavy cable.
     
  13. Feb 14, 2012 at 1:52 PM
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    Always good info, Max. Second thoughts about the Hi-Lift is mainly due to budget constraints (my wallet is flat smoking). Anyway, already have a 12v compressor, first aid kit, and fire extinguisher, with duct tape, electrical tape, zip ties, and similar already heading for the soon-to-arrive tool bag. Will seriously consider the remainder.

    Never really felt a need to use linears or modified radios. I'm usually quite satisfied with the range of a well installed base or mobile and have no desire to subject others to an over-modulated radio. Those are personal preferences, of course, not a criticism of those with other ideas.

    Already explained (in message #51) why CB was selected over Ham radio. Further, since 2-meters is even more line-of-sight oriented, I certainly haven't found that a 2-meter mobile, in simplex or any other mode, transmits all that much further than a CB. Regardless, the goal here is relatively local, not long range, communications. If the latter were the primary intent, I'd clearly choose HF over 2-meters.

    LOL. Running out of allocated space, so the folding shovel will have to do. Besides, my traction devices can be used for digging as well. As for the saw, I'll be adding a couple of flexible cable saws I'm well familiar with.

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    :facepalm:

    this is how i know that you are not an experinced HAM operater, maybe not even one at all. wow!
     
  15. Feb 14, 2012 at 8:07 PM
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    Hey man, I understand.. It's all about what your happy with.. I just know I tripled my output with a 2 peel and today I upgraded to a steel whip, but you may have a larger community and don't need all the range.. We have a large community but we seem to all be at least 8 miles apart (some closer here and there)
     
  16. Feb 15, 2012 at 8:46 AM
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    Oh, good grief. This is the main reason why I've mostly lost interest in ham radio. Will rarely find a more opinionated, close-minded, group. I'm not here to debate the worthiness or capabilities of one radio service over another, nor present or prove my credentials. If you want the former, MonkeyProof, go to the ham radio forums. You'll certainly find plenty of that there, most agreeing with you since dissent is routinely criticized and belittled. As for the latter, too bad. Anyway, I've made my choice (based on my experiences here), so it's done. Obviously not going to change that just because you disagree.
     
  17. Feb 15, 2012 at 8:47 AM
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    Thanks for your general courtesy and understanding. Most of the off-road areas I'll be visiting will likely be within range of a cell phone tower or at least one or two active CB'ers. At the same time, nearby lakes and rivers are quite popular, so someone will likely be within range of the marine radio on the boat. Between those three (cell phone, CB, & marine radio), I'll rarely be entirely without communications - despite planning for the worst without that.
     
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    The most important item... the air pump to re-inflate your tires (since letting the air out will be the best and maybe only thing you need to do to drive off road in low traction areas (sand/ mud/ snow).

    All the stuff others mentioned is for getting unstuck... I advise not getting stuck in the first place! After four wheel drive, tire type and pressure is the best way to keep rolling!
     
  20. Feb 15, 2012 at 11:16 AM
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    X2 on the air compressor...best bang for the buxk is the MF-1050 . You can pick one up online for around 60-70 bucks online.


    Not getting stuck is a lot easier said then done haha...
     
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