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    Re: Stuck on a hill with trailer, how to get out?

    Hi All,

    Just heading out on safari again.

    So, I have added some sand tracks and a tirfor hand winch to my kit.

    The Tirfor winch is all about improving my chances to manhandle the trailer in...
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    Re: Alternator wear and tear

    As far as I understand it the following is true for alternators:

    They will only output the current that is demanded by the load. I.e. the load sucks power, the alternator doesn't push it. (This...
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    Re: Stuck on a hill with trailer, how to get out?

    There are a few tips in this article. https://www.unsealed4x4.com.au/how-to-towing-a-camper-trailer-off-road/

    Oh how I wish I had electric brakes on my XT140.
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    Re: Stuck on a hill with trailer, how to get out?

    Hi,

    For those interested, try this book by Atul Gawande, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right - Its quite pertinent. Anyway, my question was about how to get out of the situation...
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    Re: Stuck on a hill with trailer, how to get out?

    Thanks Walter (Kalahari Safari)! I knew you had some gems tucked up your sleeve. I look forward to meeting you somewhere on the road, and hearing your Campfire Only versions!

    So, there looks to be...
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    Re: Stuck on a hill with trailer, how to get out?

    OK, solution now found. I never thought to buy my Wife the winch!!! Brilliant.
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    Re: Stuck on a hill with trailer, how to get out?

    Thats a strong sales pitch for a winch! Is that your day job? Ha ha...
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    Re: Stuck on a hill with trailer, how to get out?

    But thats my question, how do you backtrack (even a few meters) with a trailer on a steep slope? Have you tried it? If so please talk us through the steps so we can learn.

    PS: Yup, I know well...
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    Re: Stuck on a hill with trailer, how to get out?

    @Kalahari Safari - Never ever unhitch a trailer on a steep hill and try to manoeuvre it by hand, you won't be able to control it.
    Except that is exactly what I did. Your right about the trailer...
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    Re: Stuck on a hill with trailer, how to get out?

    Going in to this hill the following was true:

    Tyre pressure on car and trailer reduced
    Low range selected
    HDC engaged

    More facts:
    it was 18.30 or so and late dusk, lights on.

    I went in to...
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    Re: Stuck on a hill with trailer, how to get out?

    I have never seen a come along with a long enough cable, a Tirfor type can be unlimited in length, but 30m is common. If you look at the photos you will see that its a relatively long slope.

    Also,...
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    Re: Stuck on a hill with trailer, how to get out?

    Yeah, that all goes without saying (prevention always better than cure), but after many hours, and many previous hills and dusk, I was tired and I messed up.... So it became a how to get out of the...
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    Re: Stuck on a hill with trailer, how to get out?

    No cruse control on this Disco!

    We ran out of time sadly, so I have saved it for another day.
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    Re: Stuck on a hill with trailer, how to get out?

    Yeah, up until today I have been one of those who say Winch is heavy. But now Im rethinking. Having said that the number of times in my life where I have needed one are so few. (Maybe I am not trying...
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    Re: Stuck on a hill with trailer, how to get out?

    Its a 2002 td5 manual with HDC. Yes it does work in reverse, but for any of you that have tried it, HDC can be quite fast, and the pucker factor when you first get going before HDC kicks in can be...
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    Re: Stuck on a hill with trailer, how to get out?

    Yes, for sure.
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    Re: Stuck on a hill with trailer, how to get out?

    Ah ha! Finally a reason to get permission from SWAMBO for a winch. I think getting 2 (one on the back) is too much so will run cable under the car as suggested below. ;)
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    Re: Stuck on a hill with trailer, how to get out?

    Hi,

    Tyres were deflated, tried that.

    I actually quite like your idea to get the disco going and then drag the trailer up on its hitch skid plate with a snatch strap.

    Has anyone tried that?
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    Re: Stuck on a hill with trailer, how to get out?

    Hi,

    Photos below.

    Re fauna, not much sadly. Hyaenas came close in the night. This was the north west Matchews Range in Kenya.

    For recovery equipment, I have Hi-Lift Jack, Panga, Shovel,...
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    Re: Stuck on a hill with trailer, how to get out?

    Thanks ZuluCowboy.

    This is exactly what I did in the end, glad I was on the right track. I set up a 2:1 purchase with a rope to the tow hitch of the car.

    Others are right, unhitching was...
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    Stuck on a hill with trailer, how to get out?

    Hi All,

    Hope this is the correct forum, but I need some advice from the Pros out there who pull trailers in tricky places.

    I missed a gear going up a steep hill while pulling trailer, and so...
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    Re: Example Jurgens XT 140 Electrics

    Hi rudyb apologies for delay. Been out on safari.

    The product is called Slotted Cable Duct.

    This link to the Legrand website shows it:...
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    Sticky: Re: Electrickery for camping

    Here is another example of how it can be done, this time in an XT140 using Victron Products:

    Details Here:...
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    Re: Example Jurgens XT 140 Electrics

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    Re: Example Jurgens XT 140 Electrics

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    Example Jurgens XT 140 Electrics

    Hi All,

    Here is an example fit out of electrics in my XT140.

    Features:

    DC/DC Charger to enable proper battery charging from the car while driving.
    DIY Solar briefcase 2 x 12v 80watt...
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