I have been using an ARB X-Jack for over 10yrs.
It has lifted my high top Sportsmobile I used to have, my 70 Suburban and now my 2019 Transit poptop,
I do use my Extreme Outback compressor instead of exhaust to inflate it, much more control and I can watch what is happening.
Since it is only an inch or so thick I have been able to cram it in places when in sand, mud like the Baja story you mentioned.
I also like that I can drive off it if high centered.
Go out and play in the dirt!