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Self Recovery Advice

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by gonzo6up, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. Jan 22, 2009 at 10:03 AM
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    gonzo6up

    gonzo6up [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I'm looking for some advice on some basic self recovery items that i would need in case i get stuck by myself. I don't off-road by myself but one of my hobbies (arrowhead hunting) takes me through some rough terrain sometimes( logging roads/ creeks) I usally always have a buddy with me so i not to concerned about the saftey issue of being alone but we are always in one truck. I know the obvious would be to get a winch but that's not in the budget yet. Any ideas would be appreciated.
     
  2. Jan 22, 2009 at 10:22 AM
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    98tacoma27

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    You can get a cheap come along until the funds are available for a decent winch. I also suggest carrying some small sections of 6x10 board (2' to 4'). Placed infront of the wheels, they can give you enough traction to crawl out of ruts or muddy holes. It is also good to carry a recovery strap and/or a long chain.
     
  3. Jan 22, 2009 at 10:24 AM
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    taco084gb

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    Here is a little info.
    Get a set of chains for the rear and practice putting them on at home first. This will help ya understand how they go on easier if your stuck in the mud. Chains will help ya get out of a lot of muck where as tires just spin. Keep a pair of channel locks to tighten the chains unless you get cam lock type chains. Make sure you get the heavy duty off road chains because they are designed for heavy off road use.
    Then get a hilift jack and some long straps and or chain. The hilift jack can be used as a winch, slow but affective.Also get some shackles for attaching the chain or straps. Also if your stuck in mud or sand try to find hard objects like brush, branches or logs to get under your tires for traction.
    Hope this helps a little.:)
     
  4. Jan 22, 2009 at 10:25 AM
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    Highlift can be use a winch. some recovery straps and shackles. ^^^he types faster^^
     
  5. Jan 22, 2009 at 10:33 AM
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    Maybe try a come along. One end to the truck, one end to a tree and lots of elbow grease.
     
  6. Jan 22, 2009 at 10:58 AM
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    cool guys, i'll pick up either a come-along or a high lift jack for now. i already have the chains. thanks for the info.
     
  7. Jan 22, 2009 at 11:08 AM
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    I would suggest the HiLift instead of the come along simply because it will still be useful after you get a winch.
     
  8. Jan 22, 2009 at 11:25 AM
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    Tree strap would be a good thing to grab as well. Didn't see that mentioned.
     
  10. Jan 22, 2009 at 12:11 PM
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    There's an art to using a Hi-Lift as a winch - you'll be needing 2 chains or at least one chain and a non-stretching strap. Do some practicing at home before you're knee-deep in mud!
     
  12. Jan 23, 2009 at 8:31 AM
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    gonzo6up

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    thanks for all the good links and info. all i need to get is a high lift jack and some shackles and i should be ready to go.
     
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