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Old 11-29-2011, 02:57 PM   #1
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Snow!!

First snow of the year here in fort wayne, and with the first snow... my first car recovery in the new jeep. A car went off the road and through a ditch so I just HAD to follow her and pull her out.
Looks like its time to go from the fall preparedness kit to the winter preparedness kit.

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Old 11-29-2011, 04:21 PM   #2
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That is pretty cool of you to help her out or to help any one out.

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Old 11-29-2011, 04:27 PM   #3
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That *was* cool of you! My van slid into a ditch a few years back and a really nice young man with a jeep stopped and pulled me out. I have never been so grateful to anyone in my life. My husband was out of town and I was alone with my kids.....it could have been such a nightmare without the help of that guy.

That was your good deed of the day/week.
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:18 PM   #4
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the girl was pretty happy not to have to call a tow truck, she said she wished she had a present or something. I told her getting to drive though some mud and pull a car was payment enough. haha
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That sounds awesome. I'd love to be that guy who helps someone like that!

What equipment do we need?
How exactly does one pull another vehicle out of a ditch?

Give us a walk through!
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Old 11-29-2011, 10:50 PM   #6
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I simply attached a tow strap to one of my recovery hooks, dropped it into 4WD and very slowly pulled her to a spot she could drive from.


Before you pull

never attach anything to their car, let them hook it up.
I don't even like to suggest a tow location unless they have no idea what they are doing.
Pulling cars is always dangerous and can often end up with a cracked bumper or bent something, especially when its cold, so make sure the responsibility is shared or on them.
**having said that it doesn't hurt to double check there work to make sure they aren't hooking up the strap to a brake cable or something horrible like that**

Before you start to pull, very slowly move to where the strap is tight and check out the attached locations on both vehicles again with some pressure to make sure its not going to damage anything.

keep in communication with the driver of the car your towing and be very clear on what you plan to do and what you want them to do. The last thing you want is to get them free and have them slam into you because they are not paying attention.

then just take it slow


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Knife
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a coffee can and candle - its amazing how much heat you can get out of a simple candle in an enclosed car.
small tool kit for use with things like removing a battery
first aid kit
small blanket or sleeping bag in case you get stuck and have to tough it out in the cold for a while

*I build a bug out bag for camping and it kinda got moved into the back of my jeep next to the tool box
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Old 11-29-2011, 11:05 PM   #7
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man ive always had 2 wheel drive lowered vehicles and it sucked, got me a jeep a while back and really gettin in this whole jeep thing they are a blast. but anyways i can wait till it snows here in oklahoma
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Glad you guys got all the snow! I'm in South Bend and we got nothing.
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:30 PM   #9
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Tools I keep on me for winter:

Knife
Hatchet
Folding Shovel
Pry Bar
Tow Strap
Gloves
Jumper Cables

U sure ur just carrying these around to help people?

If u got pulled over here in Jersey and the cop noticed these he might get a little suspicious

It was pretty cool that u did that though
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Old 12-04-2011, 08:43 PM   #11
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U sure ur just carrying these around to help people?

If u got pulled over here in Jersey and the cop noticed these he might get a little suspicious
I never thought about it being suspicious...
I have it all in a military rut sack that I put together for camping (minus the tow strap and jumper cables) so maybe that would look less suspicious.
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Glad you guys got all the snow! I'm in South Bend and we got nothing.
South bend here too. I was so disappointed Warsaw got all the good stuff. I even drank Pepsi on poker night because I was sure we were gonna get it and would be able to play. What a waste. No shots, no win, no snow. Maybe next system!!!
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Old 12-21-2011, 06:08 AM   #13
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Obidya...nice of you to pull her out. I paid $120 on a Saturday to get pulled out...2wd Nissan Truck. LOL, I have Jeep now, 1 month, in South Bend and can't wait for snow. Last year we got hammered with snow!
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:52 AM   #14
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I just wish there was snow like that around my parts
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Old 12-21-2011, 08:53 AM   #15
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yeah the snow only stuck around for like a day... it was actually 50 and raining this morning. December 21st and I'm wearing a T-shirt??
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Old 12-21-2011, 08:56 AM   #16
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I'm hoping it's a white Christmas, but I doubt it will be. I'll be about 1.5 hours South West of you obidya in Kokomo.
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Old 12-21-2011, 09:24 AM   #17
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I'm hoping it's a white Christmas, but I doubt it will be. I'll be about 1.5 hours South West of you obidya in Kokomo.
I used to live out that way, Its a nice part of IN are you going to head into Indy at all on your trip? I would recommend the circle center around Christmas, they do all kinds of cool stuff.
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I grew up in Kokomo and only left when I started College. I doubt I'll head to Indy other than for the junk yards though.
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Old 12-21-2011, 10:25 AM   #19
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I cant wait to help people come winter. That bit of advice on letting them hook it up is super important tho, you do NOT want to get sued lol
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Old 12-21-2011, 10:57 AM   #20
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Think snow, we're way way behind in what we should get. think snow, aka, pennies from heaven
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Old 12-21-2011, 12:32 PM   #21
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just a dusting here that melted the next day soon though.... i hope
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I cant wait to help people come winter. That bit of advice on letting them hook it up is super important tho, you do NOT want to get sued lol
Yeah, the problem is that if they are in a vehicle that got stuck due to a little snow, odds are it won't have proper tow hooks. Lots of bumpers, steering linkage, and cross members have been torn out. LOL (oh, sorry its not nice to laugh!) tee hee




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Old 12-21-2011, 05:28 PM   #23
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fellow hoosier here....from martinsville, and i can't wait to get my new 2012 flame red jk out and play in the snow....only thing is....i work mon. thru fri. down in evansville...and drive a company truck...so, i only get to "play" w/ my jeep during the weekends. every friday night i come home, it's like coming home to a brand new vehicle......i love my new jeep and can't wait for alot of white stuff this year!
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Yeah, the problem is that if they are in a vehicle that got stuck due to a little snow, odds are it won't have proper tow hooks. Lots of bumpers, steering linkage, and cross members have been torn out. LOL (oh, sorry its not nice to laugh!) tee hee




I love that vid.. HAHA
you know.. if he would have just pulled forward he probably could have gotten out on his own, instead of having his buddy try to tear the car in half.
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Not sure I would risk my jeep , the persons vehicle and the potential for personal injury to pull a stranger out of the snow , but I do think its a nice gesture.
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another thing learned here in MI, I always keep a pair of boots in there in the winter. I work in an Info-technology place and were the normal black work shoes, not good for tromping through mud on the way home. Just last week I stopped twice on the way home to move 2 trees out of the road from the snow and wind taken' them over. One was huge, across an antire lane about headlight height.

I pulled a few out in the past couple years, I will always stop if;

1. there was just an accident and police are not there yet (trained for emergecies like that)
2. someone is stranded alone
3. if its another jeep of any sort
4. if it is under 25 degree's out
5. if there is any obstruction in the road
6. someone calls me to come help

Most of the time, I will only continue on if someone already has help or if there is a big crowd already... pretty much any other time I will at least stop to see if anyone needs me to make a phone call or turn on my emergency strobes and block a lane or something until cops show up.

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I bet she was even more grateful than you realize, Obidya. I ran out of gas once on a road trip when I was younger. I am NOT the freak-out type, but sitting there, I quickly realized just how alone I was in a place I did not know. This was before cell pones and smart phones, btw.

A Police Officer finally stopped to help me. God, I was just SO relieved to have some help.
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I always stop to help someone in need doesnt matter if im in the Dodge truck or or Jeep. never charged anyone for being stuck. I did however charge A guy with a snowplow on his truck , he was teaching his girlfriend to plow snow in the middle of a field about 1 AM no blizzard just a DA attack. LOL He didnt want to call a wrecker at all.
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Old 01-20-2012, 08:27 AM   #29
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**2nd day of snow in Indiana**

So last night on my way home from work I happened upon a truck stuck on a curb....
She managed to clip the curb with the back passenger wheel in such a way that the drive wheel was stuck on ice and unable to move. So I pull over and offer to help mentioning that I have a tow strap in my jeep if we need it.

IT WAS THE SAME GIRL!!

she recognized me and thanked me again for getting her out of the ditch, and now helping get her truck un-stuck. This time it was much simpler and we didn't need my jeep to help, although I was more than willing
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I was just thinking about that video when I saw it posted. Funny as hell but hard to beleive people could be that careless. What an expensive repair!

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