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Old 03-24-2013, 09:37 PM   #1
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Recovery Kit must haves

Could someone please list what items are required for most off-roading events?

I would like to put a recovery kit together and have everything I have to have for most sponsored events and add to as needed.

Also anything extra that comes in handy but not necessarily required?

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basic list here,

Basic Outdoor Preparedness Gear:

1. Water
2. Food
3. Proper Clothing (know the weather forecast for where you will be)
4. First Aid Kit
5. Matches, Lighter, Candles, FIRE
6. Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Trash Bags, wet wipes
7. Detailed Maps, Topo Maps, Compass, Watch
8. Knife
9. Tarp, rain gear
10. Cell phone or CB
11. Flares, signal mirror, police whistle
12. Flashlight (with extra batteries)


Off-Highway Vehicle Excursions:

1. Tow Strap (8' to 15' with loops, not hooks)
2. Fire Extinguisher
3. Jumper Cables, Extra Belts
4. Stop Leak radiator repair, Motor Oil, Transmission Fluid
5. Full tank of gas
6. Baling wire, duct tape, zip ties
7. Jack & spare tire (check air pressure)
8. Tire pressure guage, Electric/manual tire pump, Fix-a-Flat, tire repair kit
9. Compact folding shovel/axe/saw
10. Heavy duty work gloves
11. Replacement fuses, electrical tape
12. Basic tools: wrenches, pliers, mallet, ratchet, spark plug socket
13. Tools/parts specific to your vehicle
14. Service Manual
15. Hoses, clamps, nuts, bolts, washers
16. Recovery Snatch Strap (20' to 50'; 3x GVW)
17. Ratchet Straps, bungee cords, equipment tie-downs

Additional equipment for more extensive excursions:

1. Hi-Lift Jack
2. Full-size Shovel
3. Full-size Axe, Bow Saw, Chain Saw
4. Tire Chains
5. Winch with accessories: tree strap, clevis, snatch block, chain

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Small tip I learned (from my own experience) if you have a winch, make sure you have 3 snatch blocks and 3 treesavers (or 2 tree savers and a tow strap.) Reverse winching is a very useful thing sometimes.
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:18 PM   #4
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Ok what exactly is a snatch strap and what is it used for? The rest of it makes sense - just want to make sure I have everything I would need since most events would require me to travel 100+ miles
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Bottom line - recovery (snatch) straps stretch, tow straps don't.

but

Neither of these will do you any good if you don't have proper Recovery Points. Factory front tow hooks if vehicle so equipped. otherwise you will need a bumber with D-Rings or tow hooks attached to frame; rear you can get by with a receiver hitch and D-Ring hitch connector. Nearly every organized trail ride requires front and rear recovery points.
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another HUGE benefit is that snatch straps are looped on the ends and do not have any metal hooks. Hooks are for flat towing, tow straps. Not recoveries... you use a tow strap for a recovery and the hook can become a bullet in an instant. I was just talking w/a guy yesterday whos friend died when a strap broke and the hook went through the back window of his pickup and took him out.

Def. not something to mess around with. But, very common. I personally made the mistake once and was using metal hooks. Someone out here on the forum seen in a pic and layed into me about it. I was a noob, I am sure glad they said something before we ended up hurt or dead. Geeze, and I thought I knew it all back then.

A couple summers out on the trails with experienced wheelers is priceless and could very well save your life one day.
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I found this on Amazon $80 delivered!

20k snatch block
20k tree saver
30k recovery strap
2 D rings
Gloves
Cable damper
And a bag to carry it
All for $80!
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I found this on Amazon $80 delivered!

20k snatch block
20k tree saver
30k recovery strap
2 D rings
Gloves
Cable damper
And a bag to carry it
All for $80!
Link ??
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Rugged Ridge 15104.25 Winch Recovery Gear Kit : Amazon.com : Automotive
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Are the stock hooks front & rear good enough, on my JKS?
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Are the stock hooks front & rear good enough, on my JKS?
I would say YES!
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Are the stock hooks front & rear good enough, on my JKS?
I would think so. I've been yanked a couple of times with the ones on my LJ.
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Your tow hooks are tough I havr snatched the hell out of people with them never broke one.
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Are the stock hooks front & rear good enough, on my JKS?
I got front and back from harbor freight for ten bucks a piece and they've never failed yet and they're rated at 10k. Not big on HF for tools but they're tow hooks are good and cheap if you need new ones.
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I dont think hf would want to open themselves up to the liability of selling crap recovery equipment. Just make sure its a proper weight rating. One big lawsuit could put them out of business....

I also have 8 feet of chain rated for 5400 pounds (and thats lifting!), in two 4 foot sections. You never know what youll encounter. I dont intend to use it for anything though. But what if i need something strong to hold a broken jeep together? What if i need another inch with the straps?

Did anyone mention boards? Might need a board under a jack off road. Hilift yourself out of a hole and put boards under youf tires..
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Have boards under your tires ever helped you? I've never had any luck with boards/ bricks/ logs etc
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Have boards under your tires ever helped you? I've never had any luck with boards/ bricks/ logs etc
I've never tried it, but....

If you're on sand dunes and pop a bead off or otherwise have a flat tire....which happens.....how do you jack the jeep up? wouldn't a hi lift jack sink in? Boards under it should give it some surface area to help.

You can also get boards for free, so meh.
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another HUGE benefit is that snatch straps are looped on the ends and do not have any metal hooks. Hooks are for flat towing, tow straps. Not recoveries... you use a tow strap for a recovery and the hook can become a bullet in an instant. I was just talking w/a guy yesterday whos friend died when a strap broke and the hook went through the back window of his pickup and took him out.

Def. not something to mess around with. But, very common. I personally made the mistake once and was using metal hooks. Someone out here on the forum seen in a pic and layed into me about it. I was a noob, I am sure glad they said something before we ended up hurt or dead. Geeze, and I thought I knew it all back then.

A couple summers out on the trails with experienced wheelers is priceless and could very well save your life one day.
Check these out! They REALLY work and could never hurt you. YouTube has videos of tention testing.

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