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New at Off Roading

So I'm a girl who has never off-roaded on my own. My GCL is trail rated and I have the tow package. How on earth do I use my tow hooks if needed? What else should a first timer need to know? All I know is to go with another car, and to have friends along to help. Pathetic, I know... please help!
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Old 08-03-2011, 03:33 PM
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Re: New at Off Roading

Keana,

You can use the two hooks a couple of different ways. You can hook up another vehicle that is stuck and pull them out by backing up or if you're stuck someone can hook you up with your two hooks and pull you out going forward.
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Re: New at Off Roading

You should know the difference between a recovery strap and a tow strap.

A recovery strap has a certain amount of stretch in it to "snap" the person out of the mud or whatever.

A tow strap doesn't have a lot if any stretch and should only be used for towing a vehicle that has already been freed or has been disabled.

Another safety tip is that if you're using a recovery strap to get someone or yourself unstuck tie a jacket or towel around the middle of the strap. Should the strap break of fall off your tow hooks this will help prevent the strap from shooting back and either injuring someone or damaging a vehicle.
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Re: New at Off Roading

I always carry a pin for the tow hitch receiver. It provides a handy way to attach a strap at the rear of the jeep.
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Re: New at Off Roading

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So I'm a girl who has never off-roaded on my own. My GCL is trail rated and I have the tow package. How on earth do I use my tow hooks if needed? What else should a first timer need to know? All I know is to go with another car, and to have friends along to help. Pathetic, I know... please help!
Everyone was a first timer at one point. When my son, who was 16 at the time, and I got our first Jeep in 1994 we found about the Jeep Jamboree. We went on sever through the years and have always learned something and had a great time. It's a bit expensive but we enjoyed it and there is always lots of help and advise. You may want to look at their web site for more information. Link to their site is http://jeepjamboreeusa.com/

Have fun.
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Re: New at Off Roading

OP, good self-guidance to go with friends. +1 to some basic OR gear such as a recovery strap, gloves, and some of the basic outdoor "10 essentials" stowed in your spare compartment at all times, along with a cell phone or two. Common sense, and not pushing it into tougher terrain are also smart. Let others become You Tube fodder.

Lastly, as an anecdotal tutorial based on my own true life experiences offroading, I leave you with:

WK2: Rock Crawler or Mall Crawler?
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Re: New at Off Roading

Very good info. I learned something too!


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You should know the difference between a recovery strap and a tow strap.

A recovery strap has a certain amount of stretch in it to "snap" the person out of the mud or whatever.

A tow strap doesn't have a lot if any stretch and should only be used for towing a vehicle that has already been freed or has been disabled.

Another safety tip is that if you're using a recovery strap to get someone or yourself unstuck tie a jacket or towel around the middle of the strap. Should the strap break of fall off your tow hooks this will help prevent the strap from shooting back and either injuring someone or damaging a vehicle.
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Thanks everyone!!!
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Re: New at Off Roading

Check out Jeep Jamboree, it's Jeep events put on by Jeep. Great way to learn. Great way to meet friends.

http://jeepjamboreeusa.com/trail-ratings.cfm

When I bought my 2005 Rubicon I attended the 2005 Big Bear California Jamboree and it was great. Meet a lot of friends that we 4-wheeled with in California, Arizona, & Utah until recently. You learn a lot by going out in a group for a couple of days. Open to anyone that owns a Jeep product. I never 4-wheeled prior to this. The events are rated 1 thru 10, with 10 the most difficult (Rubicon Trail). When we did Big Bear, they broke us into three group levels: easy, medium, hard.

http://jeepjamboreeusa.com/trips/itinerary/big_bear.pdf

We also attended a Jamboree in New Mexico that was fun. Here everyone was in one group and I was with Libertys and stock jeeps. Super easy for my Rubicon, but it was a lot of fun.
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