We have a cell phone but there is no coverage in those national parks Even worse we don't have friends with SUVs so we usually go off-road(not much, more like old forest roads to get to better camping and fishing areas, etc) alone
Thanks for the hints!
I was trying to find a matching aircraft cable for the 4 tone hand winch from the same supplier, but with not much luck so far at northentool.comOn the other hand recoverygear.com says that they have all kind of replacement winch cable(but of course they don't have the winches), but I couldn't see the same size(as the winch cable 1/4 in) yet....
When I've asked you the question, I wanted to save money by getting only the tow strap, but now I'm reconsidering...
Also found about:
The Hi-Lift Jack is an essential part of your off-road recovery equipment. Whether you need to clear an obstacle on which the vehicle has become high-centered, or whether you're simply changing a tire, a Hi-Lift jack will enable you to raise the vehicle safely and quicky, with greater ease and to a much greater height than by using the stock jack that came with your vehicle. A Hi-Lift jack has a multitude of other uses and applications too - for example, the vehicle can be moved sideways by lifting one end of the vehicle and carefully "toppling" the jack in the required direction, or the Hi-Lift jack can be used as a hand-operated winch to pull the vehicle when the vehicle's main recovery winch cannot be used. Rated 7,000lb when used as a jack, 5,000lb as a winch or hoist.
The Australians seem very fond of it, what do you guys think?
Another idea could be aluminum traction bars ( I only had some cheap plastic ones in the past for my sedan)...
They also suggest...a couple of guys with shovels...:)
Question about your "pull-pal": does it only work if you have the winch attached to the truck, right? I wasn't planning of installing an electric winch, but only a hand-winch or the above mentioned hi-lift jack
Basically they're heavy duty pulleys you can anchor to a large tree or other stationary object. You run your cable from your winch throught the pulley and back to your vehicle.
By using a snatch block you can change the angle you're pulling from and with a straight pull you can double your pulling power. As an example, with an 8000 lb winch, using a snatch block increases your pulling power to 16,000 lbs.
On the chain thing - you're right, they are somewhat dangerous as they can break under a load. I use short lengths of heavy duty chain with heavy duty hooks for recovery jobs where I don't have enough tree straps, etc. to do the job. I try not to jerk on them unless there's a strap somewhere in the system to stretch and take the shock. Hate that abrupt stop when you hit the end of the chain : (
I also use a Warn receiver hitch insert with a heavy duty clevice on the end. Works great and it's super strong. Trailer hitch recommended load ratings aside, I think it's stronger than a tow hook. If you think about it, the hitch is attached to both sides of the frame with heavy duty bolts - so the load is distributed. The weakest point is the pin through the receiver. I've used it with a class III hitch several times and it's rock solid.
http://www.ramsey.com/2000files/accessories.html Here's one more link to a great 4WD shop. They have lots of vehicle recovery gear.
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