Thanks for all the great feedback on this topic.
I'm not sure about the local etiquette here, so I'm going to reply as needed in this message.
Originally Posted by macmcintire
Is your neighbor on the Forum? If so, what is his/her Forum name?
No, he's not on the forum - he doesn't have internet. There is only dialup or satellite in our neighborhood and many don't believe it's worth the hassle.
Originally Posted by Tapatio
These videos will give you an idea of how different configurations work in a real live situation. ...
Thanks for those videos on your multiple posts about it. Useful info. I think I'm sold on front and rear lockers. Another neighbor is a hard-core 4-wheeler and he says they're overkill, but I don't think he realizes the difference between moving a van over rough terrain vs moving his tricked-out rock-crawler Jeep.
Great stuff. Apologies I didn't find it in my initial searches. Thanks for point the thread out to me.
Still not sure about the winch. My rock-crawling neighbor says the winch is more important than the lockers. He likes the idea of the receiver-hitch-mounted portable. Says he got stuck on the Rubicon last year and had to pay a guy with a Unimog to get him out. Took 24 hours in and out to retrieve the Jeep and it all hinged on a portable winch that they positioned on the back of the 'mog (amazingly it only cost $500 for the tow!). But any portable I'd put on the SMB would be much smaller than what they had on that 'mog.
I keep imagining all the junk you have to have to make a winch be effective, i.e. extension ropes (presuming synthetic rope vs cable), straps, snatch blocks, etc. All being carried and taking up space in the hopes of never having to use it.
That's one big advantage to lockers: They don't take up extra space.