I have raced several desert races and have a several dune seasons under my belt without having or needing reverse. Haven't needed it yet.....in the dunes, I don't usually go out alone anyway - for the desert races, we just never got ourselves into a position where we needed to back up.
I don't think it is a necessity, but I have reverse and would not go without it. It is way too convenient and I don't have to think ahead about how I park. Plus I can drive it out of the toyhauler without having push it out.
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