we have no association with Maxtrax or any other recovery board manufacturers, we
use Maxtrax because they are bloody good and we have yet not see one break.
These 10 ways to use Maxtrax can apply to most of the boards apart from a few situations mainly the ones involving flexing of the recovery boards,
which can only be
done with Maxtrax as they flex much more without snapping/breaking in our
Let's start with the obvious ones first.
1 Sand recovery. You get bogged, you remove enough sand to get the Maxtrax in front of the tyres and drive out.
2 Mud recovery, yes they can also be used in mud as many are unaware about, the same way as a sand recovery.
As a ramp.
So not just for recovering they can be used for quick and easy track building.
Driving over a boulder or up steep which has too much of an approach angle.
Just be sure to stack two on top of each other to strengthen the ramp (reducing
the flex of the boards)
bridge. A bit the same as a ramp except for bridging across a gap too big
for the vehicles tyres. Again stack them up to avoid too much flexing.
5 Turning a
vehicle on a narrow beach. This is a handy one to know for you beach goers,
I learnt this one on the fly when I ended up on a narrow beach and reversing
was not working out for me. Simply angle the Maxtrax with the direction you
wish to turn the front wheels (having the wheels already turned before placing
the boards down) and repeat backwards and forwards until you have made the
climb traction aids. Place the Maxtrax down where you are losing momentum
or traction on a sand dune or hill climb, this will give you a nice boost and
make a world of difference.
assist traction aid. Use the Maxtrax while winching if the vehicle being
recovered is not coming straight back/forward while winching (happens in mud
and soft sand quite often). The recovery boards will help direct the stuck
track building in muddy situations and sand tracks.
4wd off a rock, log, mound or other object. Simply stack all 4 Maxtrax on
top of each other and drive up (when possible), this can help in assisting of
packing rocks etc. Also handy for when working under the vehicle, lifting one
side by 100mm makes a difference.
Not the easiest but the next best thing after a shovel.
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