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    Default Sand Boards



    I'll be making some of these this weekend for the sand hills trip and I'll post up pics then, but they're simple to just describe. You bolt two 1' by 4' pieces (or whatever size you want, you can glue laminate them too.) of plywood together with bolts that are longer than the thickness of the two boards by the thickness of two nuts, 2 flat washers and a lock washer. The head and flat washer go on top, the two nuts and lockwasher / flat washer go on the bottom. the more bolts you use the better, make a pattern. The nuts grab the earth, the heads grab your tires. I grew up in NYC, we wheeled the Staten Island garbage dump and beaches, also in Jersey, and we had a lot of sand. These work great and are cheap to make, and in a pinch you can use the bolts for something else or burn the boards. They span holes or cracks well too. There is a crappy commercial version called sand mats that are flexible and basically worthless, probably out of business but can give you the idea. Home Depot sells 2'x4' plywood and will cut it for you, all you need is a drill and a dream. Pics this weekend!

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    Default Re: Sand Boards



    From the title I was thinking...
    Sand "Surf" Boards

    But it seems you're talking of...
    Sand "Get-my-tires-out-of-a-sand-rut" Boards

    Are "recovery" boards needed?

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    Um, he isn't talking about sliding down a sand hill on top of a board?

    I was gonna suggest an old snowboard.

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    recovery boards is right. The maxtrax boards are the same idea but cost about $150 a pair, you can make 4 of these from 1 piece of plywood and a box of bolts. when I was a kid everyone I knew had these for the beach. Most of the offroaders I knew were actually clammers who drove on the beaches in low tide to get clams, and these were very handy there. We'd bring these, shovels, floor jacks and straps. I've never driven on sand like the dunes here, but I can't see them not being useful, especially on thursday when I'm there alone!

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    Sounds good Paul!

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    Planning ahead, priceless!

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    Default Re: Sand Boards



    Also look up Marsden Matting. You can get this at a good surplus place. The park service had some in the worst of the sandy spots on the Medano Pass road when I ran it a few weeks ago,

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marsden_Matting

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    made them today, bought boxes of 100 bolts, lock washers, two sizes of flat washers and 200 nuts. it was tedious but easy. I don't think it needs much description, so here they are:

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    Looks good, if you dont mind me asking how much did you spend on maretial?
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    I guess you could do it for about $60.00, I bought other stuff too at Home Depot so I'm not exactly sure, but it was under $80.00 for sure.

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    Nice!

    So, now you're going to have to test'm out!

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    looks they will help out alot.
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    We are going to have to test them out!

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    So you drive over the side with the bolts sticking out, right? Not the washer bolt head side.

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    IMO drive over the heads, the doubled nuts grab the ground. the bolt ends still come out of the the nuts so you might pop your tire on them. IDK it's a board with bolts through it there are no rules. Hopefully it was all just a big waste of time and money and I'll never use them!

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    Hmmm.... Would this be a lower cost option: A board as you have them. Some sand. Some paint. Slather paint onto the board and while the paint is wet, sprinkle sand onto the paint.

    The sand will be worn off over time, but then a quick / inexpensive re-coat of "paint of the day" with more sand to refresh...

    They would weight less too (being cargo most of the time).

    So, now a second set is needed (or at least just one) for analysis...

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    I think you would need something more knobby to get grip, hence the bolt heads.

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    you need something on the bottom to grab the ground, like the bolt ends on his design. I have shot many (MANY!) sheets of plywood out from under semi tires while traversing muddy ground. A very slight tap of the throttle can shoot a 4x8 sheet of plywood 30' or so.

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    scout man previously posted:
    "A very slight tap of the throttle can shoot a 4x8 sheet of plywood 30' or so."

    Now that I'd like to watch!

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    Not from behind it you wouldn't!!!

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