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Pulled a 4x4 blazer

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by Drewboto, Jun 4, 2010.

  1. Jun 4, 2010 at 11:04 AM
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    Drewboto

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    A few days ago I was playing around on some dirt trails with my brother. As we were leaving the trails, we came across a 4x4 blazer stuck in a mud pit.
    They had dug some deep ruts and the vehicle was sitting on it's axles.
    They asked for help so I drove around behind them and pulled out my recovery strap. They told me to drive around the front and they would hook a winch up to my truck. They looked like experienced off-roaders so I followed instructions. After dodging about a 70 yards of suicide ruts with my 4x2 I got within winching distance at the front . We hooked up the winch to my frame and got to work. They started the winch but the only thing that moved was my truck. My little '04 base reg cab came close to swimming in the mud with them. So they tell me to get in the truck and pull them out. So I hop in and put it in gear. Pull them a couple feet to my surprise, although my tires were spinning a bit. Apparently they were stupid or something because when they were almost out, they loosened and tightened the winch while rocking their rig forwards and backwards while I was pulling. Whenever I stopped pulling, they tell me to pull while they're switching between forward and reverse and screwing around with the winch. They're efforts were useless and the little taco pulled them out. We chatted for bit then I left. I can't believe they jarred, jerked and used their winch cable like that. Dangerous
    Lesson learned: The rescue driver calls the shots how things get done.
    Sorry about not having pics.
     
  2. Jun 4, 2010 at 2:17 PM
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    your truck= your rules. if i come over to pull you out, i tell you how im pulling you out. I dont let other people tell me what to do with my truck. :)
     
  3. Jun 4, 2010 at 7:37 PM
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    Well, experienced offroaders they are not. You never use a winch for recovery like that. The brake on the winch isn't designed for that kind of use. A snatch strap is a better option in that situation if the winch cable isn't long enough to reach a fixed or anchor point.

    Had they asked to be recovered and wanted to attach a winch line to my rig like that I would have told them see ya.

    You need a stout recovery point on the back of your truck and the frame is not an option in my book
     
  4. Jun 5, 2010 at 4:41 AM
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    Have the person being rescued hook up their end of the strap or winch. I usually tell them that whatever they hook the cable to is coming out and its up to them to make sure the rest of their vehicle comes with it.

    x2 on a winch not being a recovery point. Use the snatch strap!
     
  5. Jan 22, 2011 at 1:03 AM
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    X2 :)[​IMG]:D
     
  6. Jan 22, 2011 at 8:39 PM
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    wow op, that's pretty cool.
     
  7. Jan 22, 2011 at 8:43 PM
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    Was this a full-size Blazer or an S-10 Blazer? The latter should be relatively good with the right tires.
     
  8. Jan 22, 2011 at 8:46 PM
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    looks like a old ford to me!
    nice work tho
     
  9. Jan 22, 2011 at 8:57 PM
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    The picture was of a Ford F350 4 door Bronco. & This was the first time I seen a rig like this.
     
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