No it is not right. There is going to be alot more force pulling a stuck rig out than securing it to a trailer. When pulling a rig out you also have to consider how much force there is what ever it is stuck in.
When securing it to a trailer the rig is in gear, with the parking brake on. There is no where near the forces involved as pulling a vehicle out.
With my leaf springs it would be almost impossible to crank the suspension down to the bump stops.
Why would you want to put more stress on the straps or chains than needed?
From what I have seen, with a lighter vehicle, it will bounce alot more on a trailer chained or strapped to the frame than the axles.
You have to remember that the vehicles that the Armed Forces use are alot heaver than our Jeeps and do not have the suspentions made to articulate that our Jeeps are.
Also how would you go about strapping a Unibody vehicle to the trailer?
Even though I know that this argument will never be won because the majority of guys wheeling Jeeps strap to the axles, I can try to do my part in setting the record straight. So, again, here goes.
Just about everything you have said is wrong. Sorry. But it is no wonder that the Sierra Club weenies and the DNR bureaucrats think we are all morons and just need to be controlled.
First, there is nothing near the force of pulling a rig out of a mud hole than a full on brakes to the floor stop from 70 mph. And if the stop ends up to be aided by something like a bridge abutment, or even a car in the road, it is not even close. Thats when your rig goes flying through the back window of your truck (leaving your axles strapped to your trailer) in case you were wondering.
Now, we all know that you could just about park your rig on a trailer with no straps on anything if you drive nice and nothing interesting happens. But that is not really what we are talking about is it?
And. no one needs to crank anything down to the “bump stops.” What would the point of this be? So the rig doesn’t jiggle up and down when you are going down the road? If you strap to the axles, what do you think everything above the axles is doing when you go down the road?
As for the military, this is just BS. The military rule applied to everything from a military pickup to as H1 to a semi. The fact of heavy or light doesn’t enter into the discussion but if it did, I am sure that the axles on an H! would be a lot more secure tie down than the rusty shackles on your leaf springs.
As for how to strap a unibody to a trailer, is that why you strap to the axles? Because if you had a unibody rig with no tow points that is what you would do?