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Old 11-13-2011, 10:50 PM
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Re: Recovery strap hook locations

Why would the ball hitch snap? They are ment to tow heavy loads, so I would think that if you start off slow and not jerk it, it would be fine?
I can see the strap possibly sliding off in some circumstances?
But what would make the ball snap?
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Re: Recovery strap hook locations

An object in motion tends to stay in motion. Theres x amount of stress on the ball when u start and then it decreases. If you trying to pull a stuck vehicle and its not moving it will bend the hell out of the stud and eventually snap the ball off.
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Old 11-13-2011, 11:34 PM
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Yea the ball itself does not pull the load, the hitch puts the weight onto the ball and transfers it to the vehicle, the ball itself does not handle all the weight. Just like the studs on ur wheels don't handle all the load, the contact betweek the hubs and rim take some of the load. Same principle

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Re: Recovery strap hook locations

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Ok? And what do you hook to the tow eye?
See the pic of the yellow recovery strap hanging off the hitch in that article you linked to: Fold the recovery strap back on itself and feed the far end back through its own near end loop). The picture happens to have a shackle on the hitch, but this feeding the strap through its own loop works even if the hitch has a closed eye on it. Sort of hard to explain.

On the other end of the tow or recovery strap you'll need to connect to an open hook or a 'D' or bow shackle.
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Re: Recovery strap hook locations

I agree, i was hoping he wouldnt say thats where you put the big metal hook
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Why would the ball hitch snap? They are ment to tow heavy loads, so I would think that if you start off slow and not jerk it, it would be fine?
I can see the strap possibly sliding off in some circumstances?
But what would make the ball snap?
The ball tranfers load from the trailer to the car - As the wheels start moving in the car the trailer also rolls there is not a lot of pressure on the ball itself.

When you are pulling a stationary vehicle that doesn't want to move because it is bogged in snow, mud or sand, you are applying a large amount of pressure on the ball, which it simply isn't designed for. It can shear off and become a dangerous projectile.

Of course if you are just towing and the vehicle being towed will not provide much if any resistance, as you say if start slow and don't jerk it you should be ok. Recovery and towing can be dangerous and extreme care should be taken, it would be best to use proper rated recovery points even when towing.
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Re: Recovery strap hook locations

Thanks for the info, I was not aware of that. I will get myself an eyelet style receiver for my hitch when my vehicle arrives... I pull my wife out of the ditch on numerous occasions through out the winter!
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Thanks for the info, I was not aware of that. I will get myself an eyelet style receiver for my hitch when my vehicle arrives... I pull my wife out of the ditch on numerous occasions through out the winter!
Hmmm - perhaps you should invest in Blizzaks for the wife?
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Re: Recovery strap hook locations

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See the pic of the yellow recovery strap hanging off the hitch in that article you linked to: Fold the recovery strap back on itself and feed the far end back through its own near end loop). The picture happens to have a shackle on the hitch, but this feeding the strap through its own loop works even if the hitch has a closed eye on it. Sort of hard to explain.

On the other end of the tow or recovery strap you'll need to connect to an open hook or a 'D' or bow shackle.
This is a terrible idea!!!!

You never want to create a loop through the loop on the strap. You are asking for disaster with this.

Either put the strap in the receiver hitch and put the pin through the loop. Or invest in a good quality receiver bow shackle. Your described method will snap the strap and can cause injury and even death.
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Wish people would make up their minds as to what's a good method, one person says one way and one person says another. Iv seen many people fold back through the loop without issue.

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Re: Recovery strap hook locations

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Wish people would make up their minds as to what's a good method, one person says one way and one person says another. Iv seen many people fold back through the loop without issue.

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Every single manufacturer recommends not doing it. Can it work sure. Should you do it? No.

Sex without a condom doesn't mean you will have a kid, but the more you do it the odds are against you...

They also recommend not hooking two straps together without using something in between like a magazine. It is the same principle the friction of the strap itself will tear it.

Also make sure you are using snatch straps and not tow straps. They are two totally different things and a tow strap used in a recovery can damage both vehicles. Snatch straps are meant to stretch and absorb the force, where tow straps will just act as a cloth chain and transfer all the force to the cars frame.
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Hmmm - perhaps you should invest in Blizzaks for the wife?
She drives a 2010 BMW 328i xDrive with Continental Winter run flats for the winter. We live in the snowbelt, but with all wheel drive and winter tires, she still manages to find the ditch once or twice in the winter.
Lucky for me, no damage has been done, just stick in the ditch.
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