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Over the years we’ve put on our hands on more Power Tanks than we can count, and a number of our project vehicles are outfitted with them as well. They work absolutely great. We’ve never had a Power Tank regulator freeze up and stop letting carbon dioxide out—even when running air tools, and we’ve never had any lines burst or any problems with the tanks themselves. In fact, the only real issue with a Power Tank is the fact that you have to occasionally refill them. But we’ve never run out of CO2 on the trail (unless friends are being wise-ass jokers and draining the tank), and they’re always faster than onboard air compressors when filling up tires. In fact the only problem we’ve ever had was the gauge face coming loose on one of our inflators. That happened about five years ago and we still use it (why not if it still fills tires?) with no other problems. And in the gauge face’s defense, this particular inflator has been run over once and dropped countless times.
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Winch anchors can come in a number of forms, but one of our favorites has to be the Pull-Pal. The Pull-Pal simply works by digging down and into the ground as it is pulled on with the winch cable. It folds down into a more compact shape when not in use (although it’s still big and heavy), and it’s not even too bad to get out of the ground after a pull.
In certain circumstances, it can mean the difference between keeping the truck or not. Years ago, we had a Super Duty down in Costa Rica that got buried on one of the “less-paved” roads down there. The truck was absolutely stuck—in mud up to the bumpers. With a 12,000-pound winch and a Pull-Pal, we were able to extract the truck from the mud and save it. If we had left it and gone for help, the truck likely would have been “harvested from” by locals before we’d gotten back the next day.