Home made tank tracks

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  1. Bulawayo Lass

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    Went to Heart OF England Conference Centre this weekend l was marshalling an OCR race. Popped into the slot yesterday seemed ok when l checked and walked on it. Then came to leave this morning. Going forward l thought something was wrong it was edging like we were in treacle without thinking l stopped l think that l should have kept moving.
    The ground was just a long front wheel slide, l didn't want to dig us deep or make a JUGE mess but thankfully ended well with the RD bless him giving us a 3ft (thank goodness not far) tug to get CB's front tyres onto the road.

    Question 2) As we will be doing a lot more in CB at OCR and lots will be field based. Apart from thinking all is well and getting caught out l am thinking of something to help when parking.
    Toying with the idea of 2 carpet cut offs about 2ft wide and 3mts long, l lay them upside down and l reverse in over these and leave the front wheels on them and just roll up the forward excess. To go unroll and self made tank tracks.
    Does this seem feasible?

    Question 2) Should l have stopped or just kept going at an edge forward?

    Thoughts and advice please :)
     
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    just keep on going. I nearly got out of p/boro . only got stopped at roads edge. it was only about 1.5 inches high but it got me stopped.
     
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    If you're moving just keep going, if anyones in the way thats what your horns for.:D
     
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    cheap option is the bases of a couple of supermarket bread crates
     
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    Many thanks for those yes heard about bread baskets but it is getting hold of them unable to do unless any ideas.

    Both tracks look good, possibly a bit short but pricey?

    Hence thinking of long carpet and the idea is l would be stopped on the carpet not actually have to get onto then when l move..would still think carpet with any of the 3 above due to extra length.
     
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    Another cheap? option are the rubber door mats from pound shops.. Wilco etc

    buy say six (three for each wheel ) and use cable ties to join together to make a long mat .. they will roll up quite neatly
    Park on the end ready to drive off ..

    [​IMG]
     
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    I bought some bread trays on eBay nearly 3 years ago which were a reasonable price (£27 for four including shipping). The seller, Brands Equipment, appears not to sell on eBay any more but there are contact details Here.
     
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    Been using these for a while now...work great, and when not deployed they are in the footwell

    hadnt thought of using more than one and joining together though...excellant idea(y)
     
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    Or buy a Mercedes!
    Cheers, Dave(y)
     
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    I did just that,and spent 2 days digging it out after the winter,it had sunk up to the back axle lol
     
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    I tried it with carpets once when I got stuck at mothers when she lived in cumbria. The only thing that happened was that I moved forward a little bit then the wheels spun and the carpet shot with a lot of force across the garden. The carpet was well knackered and sopping wet with mud and cat poo. It is my opinion that carpets would be a waste of time.
     
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    https://www.alisonhandling.com/used

    Maybe able to get some bread baskets here....hope this helps
     
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    Just a few days parked on wet grass can leave you in a wet hollow.
    I've tried a few flexible mats but found they just slide under the wheels and get ejected rearwards.

    I now carry 4 lengths of gravel board (Wickes) and when on grass, park up on them - drive off, keep going and then go back for the boards.
    Worked every time for me.
     
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    Get a pair of these. The 25mm thick ones will be more than adequate. I bought thicker ones which are very heavy, but could probably carry the Hymer over a ditch!
    http://tracmat.com/index.php?id_product=14&controller=product

    Also, consider fitting winter mud and snow tyres (for all-year use) - I have and they grip very well. Fit to all wheels of course, not just the driven ones.
     
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    I'm using 25mm galv steel mesh 400mmx 1mtr, got them from the farm, they were used to pen day old chooks originally. I carry them on the Bike Rack
     
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