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    I just run heavy duty chains that I have got through the years. I also use tarp tighteners(the black bungi cords)for the adjusters to keep them tight.

    I have 2 sets so that I can chain up all 4 tires

    https://www.tirechain.com/Tire-Chain...Heavy-Duty.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prerylyon View Post
    Gr8 thread here; some great ideas for off road rigs to get you in deep and back out!

    What/if are you guys using for tire chains when it gets super sloppy?

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    I carry a set of Walmart chains, the $60 or so ones in the blue tub. They're actually surprisingly good quality for the price, but you can only go a few miles an hour with them - they'll shake your teeth out if you go any faster. I'm fine with that, I want grip, not comfort.

    The tensioners they come with are garbage, I've already had to replace one, but they're cheap. (It's the metal hooks that seem to go.) These chains saved my bacon twice last year, once in snow and once in mud. I plan to get another set so I have all four tires covered. I know some people grouse about chaining up being a pain, but I got a lot of practice so it only takes me a minute or two now

    On top of that I just upgraded to a set of grippier tires, the BG Goodrich All Terrain T/A KO2. (Discount Tire had a good deal on them in my size.) They've been good so far. They're very stiff so it's hurt the ride just a bit, but didn't change the noise level. Dropped my gas mileage about 1/2mpg but that's the trade you make. So far these have gotten me out of one mud situation I would have had to chain up for, and I'm sure it won't be the last.

    As additional measures I carry a pair of cheap traction boards, generic ones off Amazon. They work great and also make a good base for a hi-lift jack (which I also carry). And for "getting out of ditches" mode, I have a 12,000lb winch on the front. It's a cheap Harbor Freight model, but I've used it four times in the past couple of years and it's done its job. If you want a winch but can't afford a Warn, this is usually a great deal when their 20% coupon comes out.

    I have 5 camping trips lined up in the next 6 weeks and I expect to use all of this gear on them. It's mud season here in Colorado! Lord knows I used every piece of it last year.

    This year I'm trying something new. I usually hunt with a Jumping Jack trailer, an off-road tent trailer that I'm super happy with, but it does limit some places you can get to. Over the winter I installed a fabric Bestop topper and built a set of basic plywood drawers. I laid down a rubber gym floor mat over it all for easy cleaning. I have a 4" foam mattress I can throw in here with a sleeping bag and camp basically anywhere without having to "set up" my tent, and if I take game I can stow the mattress in the truck and the deer can go in the bed. This also keeps all my gear organized.

    In the pics below you'll see some canvas bags in the left drawer. These are "canvas tanker style bags" you can get cheaply off Amazon. I swear by them. The handles are sewn all the way around so they'll easily carry a set of chains. One of them has 50lbs of winching gear and has never torn. Super easy to "grab and go". I have a bag for each "task": tool, winching, towing, and chains.

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    Sweet setup!


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    I just changed my serpentin belt! ��

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ID:	23489 I built this truck last year, it?s been awesome. It?s agile enough to go anywhere I want it to and enough truck to pull my 25? RV trailer. I have a spare everything in the tool box, starter, alternator, belt, hoses etc. it doesn?t get the best mileage but I fixed that with a 70 gallon slip tank so I can pack 100 gallons of fuel. The winch has been a very useful tool and I am surprised how much I use it. My favorite thing about it is I have less than 4K into it so if it gets scratched I don?t really care.

    My first hunting rig just got slicks, taking it to the local drag strip next moth to see how it does. Click image for larger version. 

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    Guys you have made great job with your rig. I still don't have time to start rebulidnig my Jeep :/

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    Just put diesel fuel in it & when its gets too tight or nasty its boot time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prerylyon View Post
    Gr8 thread here; some great ideas for off road rigs to get you in deep and back out!

    What/if are you guys using for tire chains when it gets super sloppy?

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    These are the ones I use.
    https://www.etrailer.com/dept-pg-Tir...ce_Spikes.aspx

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    couple of pics of my main hunting rig and a couple for fun.
    I love the spectra, great car, goes places most new trucks turn around, since they don't want to get there trucks dirty. The lifted tundra is my wifes rig. typical tundra, a chicks truck.
    got to have fun with this thread, guys take trucks and cars serious.
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    I never talk trash about another's rig. If a Spectra works for you that's great! No such thing as a chick's truck in my book, it's just four wheels and a certain steel box on top. My first year getting back-country was in a Mini Countryman. I got some FUNNY looks with that, but it could get into the tightest spots, things even the big trucks stopped and pulled over for. I love my F150 but nowadays I figure if it gets you there and back, it was the "right vehicle!"

 

 
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