This 4×4 Recovery Couldn’t Get Any Worse – Or Could It?!

Jase and Simon from the hit All 4 Adventure series took a spin out onto the tidal flats to find some new fishing spots. While it may have seemed like a great idea to scout ahead with Polaris RZR 900s, it all quickly went haywire when Jase tried to cross the low-tide flats to get to the other side. Both were driving utility truck modified Toyota RAV 4s – generally considered quality but mediocre in terms of 4 x 4 capabilities, handling, and traction control.

Modded RAV 4 No Match for Tidal Flat

It’s not that the Toyota RAV 4 isn’t a great all around utility vehicle – especially equipped with some stunning all terrain BF Goodrich tires. It has much more to do with the quicksand-like properties of a tidal flat. The basin, which fills up with water exceedingly quickly, is a soft sand & clay mixture perfect for capturing heavy machinery. And while the RAV 4’s standard curb weight is only 3500 lbs (and probably 4500 lbs with their additions) – it’s heavy enough still to sink like a rock into tidal flat mud.


Where Torque is Truly a “Get Out of Jail Free” Card

Standard factory engine provides an underwhelming 176 horsepower at 6000 RPM. What this translates into is that this four cylinder engine is great for powering through light off-road conditions and fuel efficiency – not fighting tooth and nail through the mud. 


But it’s not all bad! They brought tow cables at least. The issue they quickly ran into when Simon hooked up the ropes was that as he jammed on the gas to pull out his partner,