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Re: My first recovery didn't go so well

If it did not break the paint a good paintless dent removal expert could get the dent out. I have seen those guys do amazing dent removals. Good luck. Maybe a picture of before and after.

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Re: My first recovery didn't go so well

I was reading up on tow straps and recovery when I bought my Jeep. One of the things mentioned is that you should fold a blanket or a jacket over the tow strap about midway. The blanket is supposed to act like a sail if the strap lets go, reducing the momentum and making it safer.

I don't off-road but I do live in the North East where we get a lot of snow. So I figured that I would install recovery points, tow bar d-ring and a 30,000 lbs strap (likely overkill) in case I had to tow someone out of a snowbank.
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Re: My first recovery didn't go so well

Just to add in on the blanket / dampener usage...

A broken attachment point will of course be attached to the end of the strap. As far as straps are concerned, they typically break at the end point where they become double stitched to form the eyes. A dampener in the middle will allow the strap to halve its length before taking much effect, meaning contact with the vehicle could occur even though precautions were taken. For this reason it is best to use two dampeners... one at each end, about a metre from the eye. They should be firmly attached to stop the strap slipping through, but not crushing the strap either.

Doing this will definitely prevent a failure from causing damage to the people or vehicle at the other end... provided everyone is smart enough to stand well clear

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Re: My first recovery didn't go so well

This guy can probably give some pointers....

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Just to add in on the blanket / dampener usage...

A broken attachment point will of course be attached to the end of the strap. As far as straps are concerned, they typically break at the end point where they become double stitched to form the eyes. A dampener in the middle will allow the strap to halve its length before taking much effect, meaning contact with the vehicle could occur even though precautions were taken. For this reason it is best to use two dampeners... one at each end, about a metre from the eye. They should be firmly attached to stop the strap slipping through, but not crushing the strap either.

Doing this will definitely prevent a failure from causing damage to the people or vehicle at the other end... provided everyone is smart enough to stand well clear

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Good point. With a short strap you could probably get away with one sail in the middle, but two (one on each end) would definitely be safer.
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Just did a Google search for 30,000 tow strap and a ton came up. Try it
I quoted that specific poster for HIS suggestion.

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No cell reception, only the guys that stumbled upon me with their light trucks and balled tires, and the distance required and not enough quality straps were the issue.
When leaving a maintained surface, it is always a good idea to travel with a second vehicle if at all possible. You are lucky that the guys stumbled upon you.

Second, consider purchasing a SPOT Locator or at least a ACR Personal Locator Beacon. This can get you out of some trouble.

The SPOT will send your friends "I'm okay", "I am running late", or "I need help" messages, and can also summon Global emergency rescues. It requires an annual subscription. The PLB is for emergencies only and is just a one time cost.

I carry a SPOT at all times in my Wrangler.
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I'm one of those cowards that won't ford without an external guide, since the GC doesn't have those kewl chairs on the front fenders like old Land Rovers, for someone to set there with a pole.
Perhaps unrelated, something I've not seen much up here, but seems common on the vehicles in Australia, is a small pole on the left front corner (for us, it would be the right front corner).

Is that used to get a better idea where the corner of the vehicle is? Are those common in the states and I simply never see it?

Regarding recovery bits. Is a D ring in the trailer hitch adequate, or should there be two D rings mounted in the back?

When using the front hooks, are both used (if practical), or do you normally just use one of them? If you use both, is there a cable or chain or something strung between them and then connected in the center?
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I quoted that specific poster for HIS suggestion.

Thanks for adding absolutely nothing to the discussion.
I'm going to recommend decaffeinated coffee.
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Re: My first recovery didn't go so well

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After ensuring it is rated considerably higher than your snatch strap, thread the bridle / tree trunk protector through the eye of your snatch strap. This way, no dangerous projectiles are inserted in the recovery system.

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Smart ass comment can't handle a smart ass reply? Don't backtrack now.
Nobody handles it better than me. I was trying to help. Sorry you read it the wrong way. Enjoy your coffee (yes this last sentence is smart ass)
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