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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:43 am    Post subject: Recovery gear - what is in/on your rig? Reply with quote

Its a new year.. and it is time to review what is carried in terms of recovery gear.

This would be related to any of the following [in no particular order]:

recovery strap
recovery rope
tree savers / tow strap
chain
snatch blocks
bow-tie shackles
hitch receiver shackle
hi-lift jack
hi-lift jack accessories
bottle jack / floor jack
hand winch / come along
sand/mud ramps
flashlight
tarp
shovle
gloves

--save the electric mounted winch discussion for another thread.

The challenges:

1) cost
2) performance / warranty
3) weight
4) what and how many

So share the experiences, share the science, share the product links.

And sure you ~could~ simply open the ARB catalog and buy a kit
www.arbusa.com/recovery/kits/
smile.amazon.com/dp/B004P9C5ZA/

or Hi-Lift brand
smile.amazon.com/Hi-Li...00042KQ58/

but perhaps there is a better way to spend the hard earned money.

look at these kits:
smile.amazon.com/Recov...0725CKB83/
Ok so maybe an off the shelf kit is not the way to go (maybe it is).. what individual items do people recommend?

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recovery strap - stretches and uses kinetic energy to assist in recovery. Used for the 'bump' pull
there are hundreds of manufactures of recovery straps; some perhaps better than others for the price point.
3" x 30ft x 1
3" x 20ft x 1 [if not carrying recovery rope]

recovery rope - stretches and uses kinetic energy to assist recovery. Used for the 'bump' pull
1/2" (or greater) x 20ft x 1
https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B072N1GVR2

tree savers / tow strap - does NOT stretch; often used as anchor point around an object; can be used to pull a vehicle on flat low friction terrain
3" x 15ft x 1 (anchor point)
3" x 30ft x 1 (towing application; towing a dead or broken vehicle too close is not advisable)

chain - often with a hook on one or both ends; great for almost infinite adjustment in length shortening
chain grades:
www.cargoequipmentcorp...s-of-chain
www.1st-chainsupply.co...rading.htm
www.1st-chainsupply.co...Lchart.htm

I would think 3/8" in grade 70 should be the minimum.. so something in 1/2" even better?
www.harborfreight.com/...97712.html

snatch blocks - or pulley is used with rope / rope wire; doubles the pulling power of a device; can be use to redirect the direction of a pull

bow-tie shackles - metal and often used to connect rope / strap to a recovery point
4TON minumum rating

rope shackles - synthetic rope; they float; lightwight; should be protected from abrasion

hitch receiver shackle - mount in a class4 2" receiver; used as a recovery point
smile.amazon.com/USA-R...06WLMF23C/

hi-lift jack - farm jack; often used to lift a tall vehicle; pull fence posts; something as a come along

hi-lift jack accessories - plenty on the market
https://smile.amazon.com/Hi-Lift-LM100-Jack-LM-100-Lift-Mate-x/dp/B00042KGWG/
https://smile.amazon.com/Hi-Lift-Jack-ORB-Off-Road-Base/dp/B00042KJQ4/
https://smile.amazon.com/Hi-Lift-Jack-First-Responder-Conversion/dp/B01G8ZDI40/
https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B00042JSNY/
https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B0728NCPF9/
https://www.sierraexpeditions.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=13418
http://mobtownoffroad.com/product/hi-lift-rock-slider-adapter/

bottle jack / floor jack - your truck came with a bottle jack; some people carry a small floor jack also
https://smile.amazon.com/Pro-LifT-F-2332-Grey-Hydraulic-Floor/dp/B004087MRC/

hand winch / come along - no electricity needed; portable; would recommend a LONG handle or a carry a pipe to slip over the factory handle for leverage
https://smile.amazon.com/Ton-Ratchet-Puller-Amsteel-Blue/dp/B00455VCTY/
https://smile.amazon.com/American-Power-Pull-15002-Puller/dp/B000CSYMWC/
https://smile.amazon.com/Neiko-02256A-Puller-Pulling-Capacity/dp/B000MBWCIU/
https://smile.amazon.com/TR-Industrial-Portable-4-Ton-Puller/dp/B074986SW9/
http://www.tractel.com/us/series.php?id_serie=47
smile.amazon.com/28657...001DJAUUM/

sand/mud ramps ; often plastic; used to gain traction or use as a ramps
https://smile.amazon.com/X-BULL-Recovery-Traction-Tracks-Ladder/dp/B01MS1SKIW/
(heck it shows an FJ it has to be good right?)
those the same ones seem to be available for $20 less
https://smile.amazon.com/Traction-Emergency-Trapped-Recovery-Extraction/dp/B073FB9TX2/

flashlight
tarp
shovle
gloves
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Recovery gear - what is in/on your rig? Reply with quote

Chain = death
Resist the urge

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Recovery gear - what is in/on your rig? Reply with quote

Great, informative post, cali!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:48 am    Post subject: Re: Recovery gear - what is in/on your rig? Reply with quote

Jimbolio wrote:
Chain = death
Resist the urge

I am curious what method a person would use to adjust the length cable or strap when a winch is not used.

IE I am stuck.. I need to use a hi-lift to go a small distance.. the anchor point is a distance away..


I am thinking this use case:
www.youtube.com/v/xldBPnzohtI

are you thinking this method where you wrap a strap around the anchor until enough slack is taken?
www.youtube.com/v/pAGp8lizSQU

what happens when the hi-lift comes through the full length of the pull, how would you hold the load in parallel if not using chain?


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also remember folks ALWAYS pull against your shackles (bow-ties) in the some straight method possible.

www.youtube.com/v/nDIq9y3Xpeg

because if you don't you GREATLY reduce the WLL (Working Load Limit) of the shackle.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:37 am    Post subject: Re: Recovery gear - what is in/on your rig? Reply with quote

looking for an inexpensive solution to create a single recover point from two shackles on your front or rear bumper? sure you could use a tree strap.. OR how about an endless loop?

www.uscargocontrol.com...g-4-Yellow
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Recovery gear - what is in/on your rig? Reply with quote

Never sell the utility of a soft shackle short. I think they are as good as a screw type metal shackle at 10% the weight. I have two of em now and they worked like a champ when I was tensioning my winch line back onto the drum.

Haven't really used em in Anger yet, but one time, up in the mountains of Colorado....




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