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Finally have a "pulled someone out" story!!!

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by sooner07, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. Jan 29, 2010 at 6:25 PM
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    sooner07

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    It has been raining pretty good for the last day or so, here in Dallas. I got home from work early and my special lady friend came home around 6:30. She said her co-worker's husband was stuck and asked if I could help. I was pretty stoked, so I put my boots on and said let's go.

    Turns out, he is stuck... in his back yard. Apprarently a Chevy Equinox is not a very "off-drive way" capable truck. He had pulled out of the driveway that runs into the back yard to pull up next to a sidewalk to let her in and the chevy just sunk.

    When I got there, it was buried to the hubs on the front and back. I got in it and rocked it back and forth and was almost out but was worried that I would get speed and hit their garage. So, I backed the Taco down the driveway and hooked up with a set of light weight straps. Dropped it in 4-lo and crawled it right out of the mud and up onto a graveled area.

    I was pretty happy that I finally got to use the truck for a manly purpose. Hooray me.:D
     
  2. Jan 29, 2010 at 6:28 PM
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    Fluffymonkey

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    lol. I bet he felt pretty silly for getting stuck in his own yard :p
     
  3. Jan 29, 2010 at 6:28 PM
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    Nicw work. Tacomas do work.
     
  4. Jan 30, 2010 at 7:06 AM
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    sooner07

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    His wife was giving him a hard time about it. I told them that it wasn't a big deal and that I had been stuck way worse before. I mean, he was trying to be nice and keep her from walking in the mud, it just turned out badly for him.
     
  5. Jan 30, 2010 at 7:11 AM
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    I had my TRD Offroad hung up in the yard last weekend and had to have it winched out so it can happen to anyone. Our yard is really steep and was nothing but mud and everyone knows how well the stock Rugged Fails go in slop...

    It's always nice to be the one pulling someone else out though! :)
     
  6. Jan 30, 2010 at 7:28 AM
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  7. Jan 30, 2010 at 7:35 AM
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    true that, they suck w/o 4/4
     
  8. Jan 30, 2010 at 7:39 AM
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    moto932

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    pics or it didnt happen!:D

    j/k, good job on your first urban recovery
     
  9. Jan 30, 2010 at 7:39 AM
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    Stillfly199

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    Ya it can happen to anyone, congrats though. I love pulling people out.
     
  10. Jan 30, 2010 at 7:54 AM
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    I was impressed how easily it just crawled along and pulled him out. It was mired down pretty good, but the Taco just kept pulling.

    I have the rugged fails, but they worked just fine for this occasion. Probably helped that I wasn't in any mud.
     
  11. Jan 30, 2010 at 8:00 AM
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    congrats!!
     
  12. Jan 30, 2010 at 8:04 AM
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    I don't mean to get the thread off track, but I have a few questions about this. Lately I've been looking at and reading a lot about straps, shackles, etc. for light recovery. I don't offroad or anything, but would like to have some basic recovery gear in my truck for situations like you describe - poor suckers/friends stuck in their yard, neighbors stuck in a ditch, etc. I've run across some situations like this, but had no gear - only a capable truck and it sucks not to be able to help.

    People get pretty serious and argumentative about opinions on the proper equipment and methods for recovery. My questions are, what type of strap did you use, did you use any shackles, and what method did you use to attach to your truck (e.g. loop & pin, shackle, reveiver w/ shackle, etc.)? Thanks.
     
  13. Jan 30, 2010 at 8:04 AM
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    My neighbor slid off his icy driveway trying to back in his big construction trailer with his new suburban. Went off into his yard in about 1-2' of snow, perpendicular to his driveway. Hooked up a strap, put it in 4-Lo and yanked him out with ease. He was too pissed already for me to start taking pictures.
     
  14. Jan 30, 2010 at 8:19 AM
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    For the absolute basics you want the strongest strap you can afford and either a trailer hitch or a shackle. With NO metal hooks on the strap. Just the open loops. I've popped a light duty recovery strap (one of the orange ones that looks like a big nylon rope) in 4Hi barely getting on the gas pulling out a 1st Gen sunk to the frame. Get a tough strap. You can loop the strap back through itself in your tow hitch opening or around the attachment point and then shackle to the stuck vehicle or loop the vehicle and loop your ball hitch.

    It's not ideal but it's minimalist. Straps can be found at autozone for about $30. Tractor Supply has snatch straps for about double that. I keep both straps in my back seat and my ball hitch in at all times, just in case. I've gotten the "hey man, you doing anything right now?" call at all hours.
     
  15. Jan 30, 2010 at 8:23 AM
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    Good deal on the recovery though.
     
  16. Jan 30, 2010 at 8:35 AM
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    Nice job sooner! Yeah, it's been POURING here for the past few days. Last night I was driving home and was going over the river that runs under I35 and it was the highest I'd seen it in a while. It was like a floodplain! Oddly enough, it was like 10pm and snowing since the temp had finally dropped low enough to freeze. :lol:
     
  17. Jan 30, 2010 at 8:42 AM
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    lol
     
  18. Jan 30, 2010 at 8:53 AM
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    Thanks for the feedback. My current plan has been to get a good quality, 2"x30' recovery strap, a pair of 5/8" or 3/4" shackles and a quality hitch pin. I figured for light recovery I could just stick the strap into my hitch and pin thorough the loop. Then I've got the option of either using a shackle or looping the strap through itself for the stuck vehicle. From your description it sounds like this should work.

    One thing though, can you elaborate on "loop the strap back through itself in your tow hitch opening" for me? I don't think I totally follow what you're describing? I'm a little slow - I don't quite get what, "in your tow hitch opening" means? Are you referring to doubling it over and putting the pin through that instead of just pinning though the sewed in loop end?
     
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    haha.. i had to read that one twice to make sure i read it right. .lol. nice
     
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