The Camel came with a great Warn winch which I actually used once in Ceuta,
and a few times to pull out cars stuck in sand in Mauritania, but that was
Mandy set out with:
- Hi-Lift jack, which can winch to an extent.
- Hi-Lift Base that also fitted my little jack - this is essential in sand and
- Tree strop - saves the tree
- Towing strop - used a lot for helping out others
- 2 big shackles
- Ex-army full length shovel
- Saw - not used but could be the only way
of getting past fallen trees if you can winch the pieces aside.
- Axe - Heavy, dangerous, never used -
wouldn't bother next time
The Camel came with aluminium sand ladders which got more use than I'd have
liked - better than the original steel ones from Mandy that I gave to Paul
on the truck as the aluminium ones are lighter and far easier to handle. The Camel Trophy fittings to
hold the ladders are pretty, but take ages to undo, and bits can easily get
dropped and lost in the sand if you aren't very careful - Mandy had a much
better mounting system courtesy of
Brownchurch. Needless to say everything else from Mandy was added to the
The trusty army shovel got a lot of use in sand where it was
too thorny to risk digging with your hands (or the sand was too hot). It
also doubles up as a carrier for the sand ladders which got too hot to
handle around Lake Chad. Also good for toilet expeditions.