Originally Posted by JeffW
Seriously. He helped the guy get his truck out. He obviously was cautious in how he did it. F-150 bumpers are pretty stout. A Toyota bumper... Not so much.
Now we get a lesson from the expert? Why the need to rain on his parade?
As for the rear of the vehicle, that's about the only point you had. Going to the front may have been a better option if there was a tow hook. I think you did OK considering the alternative (leave him there).
Get a grip......I told him good job for what he did ,twice in fact.I was simply trying to point out some flaws in the story and help clarify the correct way to help somebody in this situation.I never once yelled at him or called him a name for what he did.I simply asked questions to help get a better picture of how he was hooked up and that he used the chain correctly.
Now somethings being said I would agree with and some not so much.The axle thing should be a last resort.I have seen axles removed using this method.The shackle idea I would never do such a thing.I have seen it done and work I have seen it done and fail leaving the truck even more stranded then it was to begin with.
If you have no recovery points I would start by trying to get it around a stout cross member.If that is not an option then double up the chain and wrap it around the frame rails someplace .On a truck like you were pulling out you could wrap the chain on both frame rails right before the rear leaf mounts.If you are going to use a rear bumper like you did then spread the load.Double up the strap or chain and wrap it around the bumper by the frame mounts.Not in the center or to one side.Disperse the load over a greater area.By placing it in the center you could taco the bumper,I have seen what looks to be a stout bumper do this not just factory bumpers.To one side and you run the risk of shearing all the bolts on one side and taking one side of the bumper off.By equaling the load to both frame rails you also lower the risk of causing damage to your frame.