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It’s like a paddlewheeler but for your truck.

This video turned up on our internet thanks to Chinese carmaker Geely’s PR person Ash Sutcliffe, who posted this video today. We see a Toyota FJ Cruiser stuck on a sand dune unable to drive out as normal, big tires, all-wheel drive and all.

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Other offroaders might at this point dig out the sand under their tires, go into the back of their trucks, pull out some ladder-like looking devices, then slot the ladders under the tires and use them for traction to drive away.

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I’ve done that. It’s not horrible, but if you don’t want to break a sweat while running in the desert, this paddlewheel attachment system certain seems a bit easier on the back.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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AmericanLocomotive
American Locomotive

Seems effective, but that’s gotta be pretty hard on the axle shafts and spider gears. Wouldn’t surprise me if he eventually grenades his differential doing that.