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Old February 9th, 2005, 01:47 PM
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Recovery/ tow strap questions...

Has anyone got an opinion on using those trucker cargo straps as a tow/recovery strap for off roading? Reason I ask is that I see them all over the interstates, usually in the weeds, and a week or so ago I actually stopped to pick one up. It's 4" wide & 30 ft. long, in fine condition, with a sewn loop in the end. The manufacturer's website has it rated at 20k lbs tensile strength, 15K lbs break strength, & working load limit of 5k lbs. I don't see a downside to using it, any one esle have any input?
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Old February 9th, 2005, 01:55 PM
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no way man i say go for it, where`can i find one?
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Old February 9th, 2005, 02:33 PM
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Well they won't work that well for recovery, the straps we use are all kinetic, as you pull they stretch then as the pulling vehicle slows from the strain the strap retracts and pulls the stuck vehicle out without any jerking motion. It those straps are not meant to stretch and I don't think they are made for "shock" loading, so I would give it a second thought before using it.
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Old February 9th, 2005, 02:42 PM
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I agree. I wouldn't put myself in front of or behnd a strap like that. Get something that is purpose built for recovering a vehicle.

Not something I would skimp on.
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Old February 9th, 2005, 03:15 PM
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in our recovery situations we always used a strap of any description, never used chains. static or kinetic we never got hurt, many straps have been broken but no one or vehicle has been hurt.
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Old February 9th, 2005, 03:28 PM
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There is NO give to those straps! Use extreme caution!! They break or will pull off & or bend whatever it is hooked up to! It is like bending a willow branch vs a oak branch the willow will bend the oak will break!
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Old February 9th, 2005, 03:52 PM
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If anything, you can use it as a tree strap.
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Old February 9th, 2005, 04:30 PM
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That's a great point, for $100 I'd rather get the proper equipment to tow/recover but the damn things are so plentiful there's got to be a use for them. Tree strap it is.
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Old February 9th, 2005, 04:46 PM
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Tree strap, if you can get the ratchet part they are great for holding broken stuff on temporarily to get off the trail.
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Old February 9th, 2005, 04:49 PM
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Mike, Bubble gum bailing wire or duct tape works better!
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Old February 9th, 2005, 04:53 PM
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LOL yes I keep all of those in the tool box, but a couple Heavy Duty ratchet straps can replace 2 broken front shocks.
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Old February 22nd, 2005, 02:54 PM
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Update to my tow strap questions...I just yanked some jackass w/ an E36 M3 out of a 18" snow bank with my FREE trucker tow strap. This idiot tried to back out of a spot he was plowed into & got it completely hung up, where the rear tires weren't even touching the ground. I hooked up to him & popped him out like a greased grape. Best part was that jackass was ME!! Having the D-90 parked next to the M made me take a chance, if I got it out with no help good for me, if I got it stuck at least I get to try my tow strap out.
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