That's what I was taught. Put the end of the strap thru the receiver and then the hitch pin thru it. Never around the ball.Even from my XJ days I'd put the loop inside the receiver,
then slide the hitch pin through. I'll never use thee ball. Mine
is only rated for 4500 pounds.
If you are using a strap or rope that stretches enough, it's the energy in the cable/strap that will do the pulling, not so much your Jeep, so your traction is less of a factor.One thing I forgot to point out is my Jeep has AT tires. In the snow is there even a point to trying to help people out?
AS, AT, ABCD... doesn't matter if you have energy in that rope or strap :grin:My bad, I ment AS tire. I wish I could put AT on a limited but not alot of options for that tire size.
Good to know!First hand account experience here:
Winter of 2017, I was driving home, and saw this 2000s Honda Accord that had found itself in the ditch on a 2-lane highway. Initially, I passed him, but then thought that maybe I could help. I got there, and by that point, the guys' family had arrived, and I offered to help tow them out. They supplied a rope that they were going to attach to-and not joking here, the exhaust pipe. I immediately told them that will just rip the exhaust out of the car, and insisted they do the torsion bar of the suspension instead.
The other end of the rope was attached to the rear recovery hook of my TH, and had the car in Snow Mode (this was during a snowstorm afterall), 4WD Low, and Rear Lock also. Perhaps I went overkill with the rear locker, but given how much snow was there, figured it was better safe than sorry. Pulled the car out without breaking a sweat. Gave them back their rope, they thanked me for helping them, and told them to have a good rest of their night.
So yeah, I'm not worried about the transmission when using the KL for pulling someone out of a ditch. Since then, I've pulled out tree stumps, as well as moved my Fiancee's dead Subaru Baja in her back yard. Interestingly, when I tried moving her Baja, I wanted to see if I could in 4High, but it could not do it really. Put it into 4Low, and moved it like it wasn't even there.
It's amazing how much power and torque you have with a low range gearbox.
She did love hers until the head gaskets went...again. When she bought it several years ago, it had 150k miles on it or so, and within 5 years, she put an additional 150k miles on it. It currently has over 320k miles on it, which is mighty impressive for a Subaru built during a time when they had head gasket issues (they've been replaced I think twice in its life).I used to have a Baja! Enjoyed it while I had it, too.
This and the other first driving through snow thread on here brought back old memories LOL. This snow storm and the Halloween blizzard of 1991 I'll always remember well. A normal 25 minute at most drive still took me over 1 1/2 hours to get home (also pulled that guy out in that time period). My mother was stressed where I was. I think she even called the store I was working at looking for me.
Okay, I'm done with memory lane now lol.:laugh:
That’s funny. But at least he didn’t drive any further. Bet the car was well insulated LOLAhh yes, the Halloween blizzard of 1991. Who can forget it? I had a mint, black, 1987 Monte Carlo SS at the time. Went to a Halloween party and somehow I made it home that night....granted, it was only a couple miles. But I was also smart enough to leave before it got too bad. One of my friends left later, got stuck, and ended up sleeping in his car that night. haha
Slow and easy does it.
Jerking out the stuck vehicle will damage both vehicles.