4WD Recovery Kits
4x4 Recovery Kits
If you have a 4WD, you’re going to want to make the most of its capabilities by taking it 4x4 and off-road.
However, when taking your 4x4 off-road there is a risk that your car is going to get bogged. So, if you’re a serious off-roader, you will inevitably have to deal with a recovery situation. This is where coming prepared with a 4x4 recovery kit will be a lifesaver.
Whether it’s hauling your vehicle or a mate’s out of trouble, a well-equipped 4wd recovery kit will be your go-to when sorting out a sticky situation.
Everything you need in a 4WD Recovery Kit
Invest in the best that you can afford as proper recovery equipment is serious business. Nothing will beat a decked out set of recovery kit off road gear but even just the basics is better than nothing when you get stuck. A bare essentials kit should at least contain:
- Snatch strap
- A couple of bow shackles to attach to the vehicles’ recovery points
- Heavy duty gloves
Recovery kit bags will usually also accompany these items so you can neatly and conveniently keep all of your tools together.
If you can afford to equip yourself with a few extra bits and pieces, a more comprehensive 4WD recovery kit will also include things like:
- Winch extension strap
- Tree trunk protector
- Snatch block
(in addition to the snatch strap, bow shackles, recovery gloves, and storage bag.) This is also an ideal winch recovery kit, if you’re utilising a winch. All of these items are rated and tested to Australian standards to ensure that the recovery process is as safe as it can be.
At Outback Equipment, we only supply recovery equipment that is rated to Australian standards. 4WD Recovery Kit gear that is not stamped nor fully complies with Australian standards may be of inferior quality.
How to Choose a Recovery Strap for Your Vehicle
Ensure that the minimum breaking strength of the straps that come in your kit will be sufficient for your vehicle. The minimum breaking strength must be at least double the gross vehicle mass (GVM) of the lighter of the two vehicles used in the recovery. Poor materials will usually not demonstrate the heavy duty capabilities required to haul a vehicle out of trouble.
Not only does this make for an ineffective recovery situation, but could prove to be dangerous as well. If a strap or a shackle cannot the support the weight of the vehicles involved then this could result in something breaking.
In a best case scenario, a strap may just snap in two. In the worst case, the recovery point may break off a vehicle and be propelled by the strap, resulting in property damage, injury, or death. This is also a reminder to never attach snatch straps to tow balls, as these are not designed for recovery and can become lethal projectiles.
Vehicle Recovery: All A Part of Off-Roading
Being prepared with recovery kit 4WD equipment will give you peace of mind when heading off the beaten track. Remember to get the best you can afford, but keep in mind an all-inclusive kit will be your best friend in a variety of unforeseen circumstances. Also take note of the working load limits (WLL) of the shackles and the minimum breaking strength of your straps so you know you’re using the right tools for the job.
A vehicle recovery is part and parcel of off-roading, so always make sure you’re working safely and using the best recovery kit possible.