About UNBOGGER Self Recovery Systems


Hi there, I'm Steve Bramich,

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The idea for the invention that has become the UNBOGGER Self Recovery System was conceived several years ago by my father and I over a beer at his home in a small town called Loch Sport on the coast of Victoria, Australia situated between the Gippsland Lakes and the 90 Mile Beach.

Dad commented that he had noticed that a lot of the holidaymakers who swelled Loch Sport's population on weekends and school holiday periods seemed to be getting bogged in the sand during the Summer months and both sand and mud in Winter and that many of these people were driving the cars which they used for day to day use in the city. Most of these vehicles were front or rear wheel drive vehicles and, at that time, devices designed to facilitate recovery of a bogged vehicle were bulky, complicated, sometimes dangerous and predominantly the domain of the 4 wheel drive.

We decided to investigate ways of overcoming the disadvantages associated with some or all of the products available at the time and see if we could provide a safe, effective, affordable and easy to use  product that was small and light enough to carry in any vehicle. After countless hours of research, development and testing, we succeeded and the UNBOGGER Self Recovery System was born.

The disadvantages found in other products which we wanted to overcome included:

  • Snap straps and tow ropes require another vehicle and another driver to be effective. There is also the risk of the tow vehicle getting bogged in the same conditions as the vehicle they were trying to tow. These recovery methods often call for shovel work to clear an exit path for the wheels of the trapped vehicle.
  • Winches required permanent fixture to a vehicle which made them impractical for use on the average car. They require a power source and the presence of a suitably located anchor point to which a cable can be attached which is not always available and can be dangerous if the cable breaks under tension. In deep sand, such as on a beach, extensive digging can be needed to bury the spare wheel with a cable attached to provide an anchor point. This is not always effective as the winch can pull the spare wheel out of the sand.
  • Some devices which use a vehicle's wheels as a winch substitute require modifications to the vehicle (mounting brackets, etc.) and all such products need a suitably located anchor point and a clear line from the wheel to the anchor.
  • Recovery Tracks are bulky and hard to carry in smaller 2 wheel drive vehicles. They generally require digging exit paths for the wheels and tyre deflation to provide additional traction on the tracks. The problems with this are that the tracks can be pulled under the wheels and buried in the soft surface behind them without moving the vehicle and that, if the recovery is successful, the tyres have to be re-inflated before leaving the area. 
  • Tyre blocks are mounted over the tread pattern of the tyres. This means that they can only be attached to exposed areas of the wheels which results in the wheels spinning until a tyre block grips then spinning freely until the block grips again. The constant slip and grip cycle can place excessive and undue strain on your vehicle's drive train which could result in damage.
  • After initial extraction from the bog, there is often the risk of becoming bogged again.

The advantages built in to the UNBOGGER Self Recovery System include:

  • Effective for front, rear and 4 wheel drive vehicles of any size.
  • Takes approximately 10 minutes to attach to your vehicle.
  • Can be attached to a vehicle easily by anyone who can tie a shoelace.
  • Quick and easy removal after recovery.
  • No need for assistance from a second vehicle and driver.
  • No need to wait for help to arrive.
  • No permanent fixing or modifications to your vehicle is required.
  • No requirement for any external anchor point.
  • Ability to reduce the risk of becoming bogged again by providing increased traction, if necessary, until the unstable area has been cleared.
  • No digging required.
  • No tyre deflation or re-inflation required.
  • No undue strain on your vehicle's drive train.
  • A twin pack measures approximately 30cm x 10cm x 10cm and weighs less than 5kg when stowed making it easy to carry in any load space. 

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or suggestions or would like some further information. Send us a message.