Recovery Point

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 15:14
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Where should I attach a snatch strap if I have a towbar without a removable tounge (where you can put the pin through the end of the strap or get a tounge with a recovery hook)? I'm not keen on the idea of just dropping it over the top of the tow ball.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 15:23

Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 15:23
On what truck?

NEVER just drop it over towball.. NEVER.
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Follow Up By: TOB - Friday, Jan 28, 2005 at 10:47

Friday, Jan 28, 2005 at 10:47
why should you not use the tow ball as a recovery point?
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Follow Up By: Member - bushfix - Friday, Jan 28, 2005 at 11:18

Friday, Jan 28, 2005 at 11:18
think of a cannon ball, the tow ball is not rated high enough and may break off/out. has resulted in fatalities.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, Jan 29, 2005 at 23:15

Saturday, Jan 29, 2005 at 23:15
Yup, or as you throw/sit/place the strap over the ball, chances are it wont 'hookup' properly, and as you take off to get some rubberband stretching happening, it may slip off the towball, and kindly remove the head of your mate you are recovering.
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Reply By: greghud - Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 15:34

Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 15:34
can you remove the tow ball?
put the shackle thru the tounge?
you just need a big shifter probably have it in the tool box anyway.
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Follow Up By: madcow - Friday, Jan 28, 2005 at 08:31

Friday, Jan 28, 2005 at 08:31
And tow, not snatch a vehicle out. This would be your best option in this case. Check to see if the towbar and tongue bolts are high tensile. If not replace them as it would be the vehicle being recovered that would be damaged.

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Follow Up By: madcow - Friday, Jan 28, 2005 at 08:32

Friday, Jan 28, 2005 at 08:32
Can a designated recovery hook be fitted to the chassis? They are approx 15 bucks and would cure your issue.
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Reply By: MAVERICK(WA) - Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 15:44

Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 15:44
if possible fit a towbar with a box section receiver (hayman reese type). if not possible then get a reputable 4wd place to have a look and maybe fit some recovery (they will call them heavy duty...) plates/hooks. try the shackle through the tow ball hole but be very sure that the welding and mounting bolts are ok - good luck on that one especially the welding. but and this is where you need to take lots of notice do not under any circumstances - and that is any circumstances - fit the snatch strap over the tow ball. if you or someone else does please send the photos of the results so we can use them when telling others of the danger. rgds
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Reply By: MrBitchi - Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 15:57

Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 15:57
If the towbar is not of the Hayman Reece receiver type I'd be very wary of it's load rating. It may not be strong enough to use for recovery. Most heavy duty towbars these days are of the Hayman Reece type.
If it is a heavy duty type I'd be removing the towball and using a rated shackle through the towball mounting hole to attach the strap/rope. I would NEVER "drop it over the towball".

Cheers, John.
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Follow Up By: Dion - Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 22:50

Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 22:50
Oh god, if you look at the Hayman Reece website on towbar applications, there are two distinct types, Hayman Reece make towbars for some vehicles which have a toungue (the bit the towball is inserted and bolted too) which is bolted with two high tensile bolts to the towing bar, and then there is the other type which is known as the receiver hitch type.

Cheers,

Dion.
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Reply By: Patrolman Pat - Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 17:21

Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 17:21
Agree with all that has been said so far. Check out the rating of the tow bar and NEVER use the tow ball.
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Reply By: snailbate - Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 19:47

Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 19:47
why dont you join a club and be trained in recovery
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Reply By: James M - Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 21:37

Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 21:37
Just in case you might have missed it.
NEVER LOOP IT OVER THE TOWBALL........

Ps sorry couldn't resist.

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