Hooking up recovery/tow straps?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by mowerbrad, Dec 5, 2009.

  1. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
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    Over the past few winters I have had to pull out a few family members and friends from snowbanks/small ditches. They have been nothing major, just pulling them back to an area where they can gain some traction. I have been very fortunate in that the few vehicles I have towed out have had tow hooks of some sort on them that I could hook up to. But what if they don't have any recovery/tow hooks on them anywhere? Where is the best place to hook up to?

    I won't be doing anything major and I usually only do this kind of thing for friends and family. Just trying to figure the best ways to hook up to a vehicle.
     
  2. ryde307

    ryde307 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Anything solid you can get at. Frame, axle, core support, I've even hooked into stuff under the hood.
     
  3. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
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    I thought someone told me once not to hook up to the axle, I don't remember though for sure.
     
  4. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    If its in the snow the car should have hooks, or it doesn't belong in the snow to begin with. All cars have a place on the sub frame around the bumpers or you may have to take a square clipped in piece of plastic off on the front or back bumpers.
     
  5. GravelyNut

    GravelyNut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Correct on the front. It can damage the vehicle. Frame is the safest place.
     
  6. Gravel Rat

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    Your supposed to hook to the grill or the winshield wipers the strongest part of the car :laugh:

    When in doubt call a tow truck it will save you money and save the person your pulling out damage as you yank out the front suspension.
     
  7. ryde307

    ryde307 LawnSite Senior Member
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    THe axle is not really a choice for 99% of cars but trucks suvs its there if you need it. As with all the not "normal" tow points not made for jerking a burried car out just for light pulls to help them get out.
     
  8. Bigred350

    Bigred350 LawnSite Senior Member
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    If there arnt any tow hooks tell them to call a wrecker. Because if you dont know what your doing and you end up damaging there vehicle you may be resposable for the damage.
     
  9. J&R Landscaping

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