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Old 07-10-2013, 10:51 PM   #1
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Recovery Bag Contents

So I'm finally building a recovery bag. This will be separate from my tool/utility bag, so I'm only thinking through the "I need to get unstuck" scenarios.

Any gaps in what I've listed here?

Already have
- Winch (already installed on Jeep)
- Hi-Lift Jack (bought the xtreme model)
- D-rings (have plenty of these)
- Receiver hitch mounted recovery point (not required, but I thought it'd be nice to have)

Need to get
- Snatch block
- Tow strap (is the ARB 24,000 LB rated one good enough?)
- Snatch strap? (How is this different than a tow strap?)
- Tree saver (What length? 10ft? 30ft?)
- Working gloves
- Hi-Lift jack base
- Hi-Lift Lift-mate (the item you hook to a wheel for lifting)
- Bag to hold all of these goodies
- Shovel (recommendations welcome... I have an AEV bumper so I can mount a full-size one I believe)

Anything else you all can think of?

I was debating buying the ARB pre-built kit, but I'd rather buy the components I want and just build the bag myself.

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- Snatch strap? (How is this different than a tow strap?)
Snatch/recovery strap uses stored kinetic energy to gently "jerk" the vehicle. Stretches and pulls. Tow straps are static and only meant to tow. There is no "give" and therefore the pull is abrupt rather than gentle. Different purposes and situations.

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Snatch/recovery strap uses stored kinetic energy to gently "jerk" the vehicle. Stretches and pulls. Tow straps are static and only meant to tow. There is no "give" and therefore the pull is abrupt rather than gentle. Different purposes and situations.
Good explanation, thank you. I should have realized that. I'll definitely get one of each.
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I like your list. I will have to put my own recovery list together. I will watch this thread closely. Thanks
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Old 07-11-2013, 01:36 AM   #5
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SNATCH STRAPS
Here arb states you want a snatch strap that is 2-3 times the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of the lesser vehicle.
http://arbusa.com/Getting-Started/Re...Equipment.aspx
For a Jeep that makes a snatch strap that is 17,500 ideal. 20,000 are much more common and cheap and should work great. The whole idea is to have some give that will help ease stress, and give a bit of a sling shot effect. If you get too high of a rated snatch strap you loose the benefits. Check out this video.
http://youtu.be/Ik4d3WJxA-M


TOE STRAPS
A chain, tree saver, or tow strap have no give. They are much more likely to break something if used as a recovery option. No recovery/snatch strap will come with hooks. Besides that they are hard to tell apart. Some toe straps dont have hooks and look about identical to a recovery strap. If your rigging up a snatch block you would want to use one of the no stretch options. A snatch strap can work in a pinch for towing. It seems to me like your better off with an extra recovery strap vs a toe strap. Maybe get a 20' and a 30'.

SNATCH STRAP SIDE NOTES
It's worth noting that you should never use a ball hitch to recover from. With a sudden impact they can, and have, flung off and killed people. It's also worth noting that you should take as much twist out of the line as possible before a pull. Besides that its just common sense to use as much speed as needed but as little as possible.

SHOVEL
I think with shovels the bigger the better. A 5' one would take care of business if you were high centered in goop. One with a point will be easier to shovel dirt with. There are also army folding shovels that can be use as a hoe.

LIFT MATE
The lift-mate seems like the best possible accessory for the hi-lift if your hi centered. Then you don't have to also lift up the suspension like you would going off a rock-rail or bumper.

You'll want to have some WD40 for the hi-lift.

PUL-PAL
You didn't put a Pul-Pal on your list. It is a nice addition for a winch. It's basically an anchor if there isn't a good deadman spot around. They are not super cheap, and I wouldn't doubt they are pretty heavy. Smittybuilt makes one. I think they call it the wasp.
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