Unexpected problems can happen on any 4WD trip. It doesn’t matter how experienced you are or how long you’ve been travelling for. That’s why investing in a 4WD recovery kit is an absolute must before you take your 4WD off the bitumen.
With a well-stocked recovery kit, you can get out of the toughest situations (without embarrassment!).
The big question is – what should go in your 4WD recovery kit?
Here’s Our Must-Have Check List:
Stuck on a track? This is the go-to gear that will get you out of trouble. First, you’ll need a good quality shovel, like this Hulk 4×4 folding shovel. When your wheels are spinning, use a shovel to clear out the soft dirt and insert a traction device for grip. The great thing about a folding shovel is that it fits anywhere!
The second must-have is snatch straps. Connect them to another vehicle so they can pull you out. The most important thing with snatch straps is to choose a good quality nylon strap. Nylon provides enough stretch for the job at hand, and the kinetic energy is used to help in the recovery of vehicles. Also, make sure you get a strap suited to the weight of your vehicle. For example, Thunder snatch straps come in 8000kg and 15000kg options.
Next, you need a snatch block. This improves the effectiveness of your winch by increasing pulling power and giving you more leverage. Check out the Thunder 9000kg snatch block or the Hulk 4×4 snatch block.
Last on the list is bow shackles, or anchor shackles. They have a large O-shaped loop and are designed to safely secure recovery straps to a recovery point on your vehicle.
The most important thing to look for is a bow shackle that has been tested to AS2741-2002 standards, like the Hulk recovery hitch and bow shackle.
Looking for an all-in-one kit? Check out these:
- Thunder 4WD recovery kit – includes 8000kg snatch strap, tree trunk protector, 2 x bow shackles, gloves.
- The Hulk 4×4 complete recovery kit – include 8000kg MBS snatch strap, 5,000kg MBS Winch Extension Strap 20m, 12,000kg MBS Tree Protector Strap 3m, 2 x 4.75t WLL bow shackles, Recovery Damper 8,000kg Snatch Block, leather recovery gloves, heavy duty storage bag.
- Hulk 4×4 recovery kit – include 8000kg MBS snatch strap, 2 x 4.75t WLL bow shackles, leather recovery gloves, heavy duty storage bag.
Tyre Recovery Gear:
Getting bogged is a rite of passage for any 4WD adventurer. But don’t let it spell the end of your trip! Make sure your 4WD recovery kit includes traction boards, also known as recovery tracks.
When used correctly, recovery tracks let you drive straight out of a bog in mud, sand and even snow. The Hulk 4×4 folding recovery tracks can be used as one or combined to extend its length.
A tyre deflator is an essential piece of gear for every 4WD that leaves the bitumen. The main reason 4WD drivers get bogged in the first place is because of incorrect tyre pressures. Deflating your tyres increases their surface area so there’s less chance of sinking into sand or mud.
This digital tyre deflator by Thunder features a large, battery operated digital gauge making it easy to monitor the decreasing tyre pressure. Because every terrain requires different tyre pressures – sand, mud, rocks, gravel and so on.
And to reinflate your tyres, make sure you carry a portable air compressor.
What happens if your battery dies in the middle of the bush? Use a portable jump starter to get you out of any flat battery situation. We recommend the Dometic PJS118 jump starter because it comes with a powerful lithium polymer technology and high peak power output – ideal for cars up to 4L diesel and 6L petrol engines. Simply select your voltage using the push-button function.
Another great option is the Projecta 950-amp lithium jump starter, suitable for starting engines up to 3.2L Diesel and 6.0L Petrol. It also comes with a handy LED emergency light, because nobody said flat batteries only happen in daylight!
If you’ve got everything on the 4WD recovery kit checklist and still can’t get out of a sticky situation, make sure you have a radio. Because let’s face it, the best 4WD destinations won’t have phone service!
Check out the Uniden UH5060 Mini Compact UHF, which comes with a remote speaker mic and antenna, or the Thunder 5W 80 Channel Mini Compact UHF radio and antenna.
First Aid Kit:
Lastly, it is always important to carry a first aid kit on your adventures (whether you’re in the 4WD, caravan or swag!).
We recommend the FastAid Delux vehicle First Aid Kit.
If you’re wanting an all in one kit we recommend upgrading to the First Aid & Safety Pack which includes the first aid kit, as well as a Super Fire-X Aerosol Fire Extinguisher and Fire Box Fire Blanket 1.0 x 1.0 m.
Got everything on the 4WD recovery kit list? You’re ready for some epic 4×4 adventures!
DISCLAIMER* Please note, this advice is general in nature and we strongly recommend consulting the product manual and where relevant, a professional installer.