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For all those who have recently joined and as a reminder to others, here is a list of minimum recovery gear. 

Please bear in mind that SUITABLE FRONT & REAR RECOVERY POINTS must be fitted to all vehicles. 

1. Shovel 
2. Gloves 
3. Tyre Pressure Gauge 
4. Wooden Jacking Board 
5. Rated Recovery/Snatch Strap 
6. Rated Shackles 
7. Fire Extinguisher (not in photo) 

Not all of the above can be found in one place, however check out ACE, Speedex, ARB etc 

Note: The shovel below is not cheap but is much lighter than cheaper shovels. Once you have shoveled a lot of sand you will appreciate this. Why move several pounds of shovel each time with the sand when it is not required?

Some further guidance on the Club's Mandatory Minimum Recovery Gear: 

Recovery/Snatch Strap (rated). 
The first thing to be stated is that a tow strap is NOT a recovery/snatch strap. Recovery/snatch straps purposely have a degree of stretch built into them. This allows for the progressive passage of the kinetic energy that the pulling vehicle creates, through the strap, to the vehicle being pulled. If there was only a very small degree of stretch in the strap, as in a tow strap, then vehicle recovery points and/or the shackles attaching the strap to the vehicle would be put under excessive strain and may, consequently, break. The suggested minimum rating on a recovery/snatch strap is 8,000kg. These are available in the reputable shops in the region (e.g, Bushranger Recovery straps from ACE). 

Shackles (rated). 
When you buy your shackles ensure that they have a rating of at least 3.25 tonnes and that this is clearly visible on the shackle body. Shackles without these ratings on them should not be used. Ensure that the shackles fit through the hook/loop or hole of your recovery points, both front and rear. 

Tyre Pressure Gauge.


Shovel. Yes, a shovel, not a spade. When we’re stuck in the sand the last thing we want to face is prolonging the process of digging ourselves out due to the fact that we’re using a small spade that shifts a cup full of sand each time. Those small folding spades are practically useless and are just the thing to make you wish you’d brought a shovel when it’s 40+ degrees and you’re stuck. Get a lightweight shovel with a large head. Try it out in the shop for lightness and ease of use. Make sure you can store it in an easily accessible place in your vehicle; you will be needing it. 

Work Gloves. Cars get hot, the sand gets hot, engines compartments get very hot, recovery gear gets hot. Gloves protect you from all the above. Get a good, hard wearing pair that fit you well and allow good dexterity. You need to be able to reach into hot engine bays and in and near glowing exhausts without turning yourself into a burns casualty. If you’re using a winch, particularly those with a metal cable, then gloves are a must, to protect your from stray strands of metal wire and revolving winch drums and snatch blocks. 

Jacking Board. If you’ve ever had the misfortune to have a shredded or irreparably punctured tyre, or have a tyre come off the rim, in the dunes and didn’t have a jacking board, you’ll know full well of the need to carry one. The jacking board is there to support the part of the vehicle that you are jacking up and to stop the jack from sinking, ever deeper, into the sand. Thus, the jacking board needs to be strong enough to support the weight of the corner of the car being raised. The recommended type of jacking board is one made of strong ply wood, about 3cm thick and about 45cm square. 

Fire Extinguisher. 

Article Contribution by Sharky & Mike 

22.04.2014
 
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