Originally Posted by rvcahawaii808
i feel like i'll be getting pulled out the most soooo. i can pick up a shovel thats for sure. anything in particular you think i should look at?
I'm borrowing this from my club, NWFJCC. I edited the list a little.
Winch & accessories*
Hi-Lift Jack & accessories*
20-30ft recovery (Not Tow) strap (NO METAL HOOKS!)*
Receiver shackle for rear recovery, or a receiver with a d-ring shackle*
Spare parts for vehicle*
CB Radio or GMRS walkie talkie*
First Aid Kit**
Minimal Tools for vehicle repairs**
* Very highly recommended
* Absolutely optional
for more ideas, check our own forums:
recovery tips for winching
I don't expect anyone to have all those things (I certainly don't, though I'm slowly building), but the more you have, the more you can use and the easier it is.
I also tend to bring a Camelbak of water, some energy bars, and sometimes a heavy sleeping bag.
Also going to look for a winch recovery strap.. those cost a few bucks so just looking right now.. my China Freight one snapped pretty quick so going to get a "real" one for our next trip.
Dwight, since you have a winch you would want a tree saver and a winch line dampener at minimum. If you don't want to buy a dampener, a really heavy blanket (think like the ones UHaul has) work great too. I felt really dumb afterwards that I forgot about doing this last time (glad we were OK). Also, you may want a winch extension strap.
For those of us without winches, it's VERY good to have a high quality recovery strap. Recovery straps are a bit different that a regular straps. From ARB:
This ability to stretch is a distinction between a snatch strap and a tow strap, ARB snatch straps are elastic when under load whereas a tow strap is not, the benefits of which are twofold. Firstly, the kinetic energy generated by the elasticity actually aids the recovery itself, and secondly, the elasticity greatly reduces the likelihood of vehicle damage during recovery. The enormous weight of each 4x4 and the weighted force of whatever caused the immobilization puts enormous strain on the point where the straps are attached, and without some elasticity, there is a substantial risk of damaging the vehicle. For vehicle recovery, a snatch strap is more suitable than a tow strap.
As you may have read above, you really want to look at straps that don't have metal hooks. the reason being is that when a strap breaks, the hooks can become projectiles.
Just as an example of straps, ARB provides a decent list with some explanations for each
For those in the Portland area, I bought mine from Leonard's Offroad. I believe I got the ARB one rated for 17,500 lbs. for about $60.
I'm not saying you have to buy ARB either (they are kind of Rolls-Royce when it comes to budgeting). There's some good choices on Amazon
, I would probably have gone with one made by Keeper had I seen that page beforehand.
For those of you who are starting out and want an all-in-one, this is probably the best deal going
. Some of the stuff you may not use, but between my strap and the two d-rings that I own, i was sitting at a little under $90... so yeah, there's some deals there.