Unsticking your vehicle

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Subject: Unsticking your vehicle
From: brian fleming <>
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2006 12:33:35 +1100
If you don't know very much about real bush driving, I am strongly in favour of joining a 4WD Club. They are not all hoons by any means, and many run group outings to places of great interest, often full of birds. Safer than going solo. You can learn some useful dodges too. If going to unfrequented places, you really should be prepared to cope with things that happen. About 15 years ago, when our Landrover 110 was still newish, we fitted a new electric winch and used during the day to haul obstacles out of the way, and then made camp in a Gippsland forest on top of a hill. A nice flattish spot at a logging-track junction. Come the dawn, we found both batteries were absolutely flat. Blame Lucas, Prince of Darkness!

We were just over the hilltop, pointing very slightly downhill. It looked bad. However, we were able to turn the car round, by jacking it up in front with the high-lift jack till it was unstable, and pushing it off sideways each time. Obviously you should take care with this. The back-wheels were somewhat obstructed by dirt being pushed up, but we cleared this with the shovel. We also used the long bark strips (left by loggers) to provide smooth going. After a good many jack-ups, we got the LR facing the right way - still with a few yards to go of very slight up-grade. We could now fix a rope to the road's signpost, and use the high-lift jack sideways as a winch. Hard work, but we were younger then, and once onto the down-grade, even a very slight one, it became possible to get it rolling. Once rolling, the engine would of course start, and we made it into Bairnsdale to make an appointment at 12 noon. Let's see them do all that in an automatic! - and I had a glimpse of a White Goshawk across a valley too. Another frequent occurrence in forests is finding a tree down across the track. It's wonderful what you can do with a bow-saw and a drag-chain, assuming it isn't six feet thick.

Anthea Fleming
in Ivanhoe

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