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Unread 07-20-2011, 04:48 PM   #1
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How To Use A Winch With No Trees Around ??

Thinking of getting a winch for my Rubi but was wondering if I ever got stuck off road alone here in the desert where I live what do you attach the winch to, should I carry a heavy hammer and a steel stake, zero trees and some rocks around here but most rocks are to small, will a metal stake do the job..



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Unread 07-20-2011, 04:50 PM   #2
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A shovel and bury the spare tire............
Some companies also make anchors for sand and dirt.
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Unread 07-20-2011, 04:56 PM   #3
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Don't go alone and winch to another rig...
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Your buddy's Jeep.
Really shouldn't wheel alone...
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a big big fat girl... but I mean immense!

Best not to wheel alone, might break something your winch isn't going to help with.

Spare tire trick works decent at times, the anchor is pretty decent too. Cheapest trick is friends!! use them...
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Your buddy's Jeep.
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Unfortunately it never works out the way you'd want, at least for me it doesn't. We nearly always have to anchor the recovering vehicle.

Pull Palls are pricey. But they work well in dirt, sand and packed snow.
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Unfortunately it never works out the way you'd want, at least for me it doesn't. We nearly always have to anchor the recovering vehicle.

Pull Palls are pricey. But they work well in dirt, sand and packed snow.
That's on my list. Thanks for the link.
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Unfortunately it never works out the way you'd want, at least for me it doesn't. We nearly always have to anchor the recovering vehicle.

Pull Palls are pricey. But they work well in dirt, sand and packed snow.
That PullPal looks like a good idea..
Yes I know not to jeep alone but I don't tend to do much servere off road either, just back roads and such but try to avoid mud if possible, would like to be set up to take care of myself when alone, spent many years alone on dirt bikes out in the desert [dual sports], thats just me, drove on a flat tire for 10 miles just to get back to a main road to flag somone down for a cell phone to call wife, she was not happy, tire was toast and rim pretty beat up but those were great times.

Any other advice would be great, oh yea I do take my cell phone now and plenty of water..

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Unfortunately it never works out the way you'd want, at least for me it doesn't. We nearly always have to anchor the recovering vehicle.

Pull Palls are pricey. But they work well in dirt, sand and packed snow.
Yeah last time we had to winch somebody, we had the recovery vehicle tow strapped to another rig behind him and then that rig was tow strapped to the tree.
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this.........
How is that going to help the OP? Or any of us in that situation for that matter.
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While I'd love a pul-pal, they're just too much for me at the moment. What I carry with me is a set of 3 stakes that are 18-24" in length, about 3/4" or 1" diameter that I welded a large washer and nut at the end of. I pound these in the ground about 10' apart and hook a strap to them to keep them together, then winch off the first one. Angle them in away from you, hook up and go. This has worked for me many times to get out of a jam when there's no trees in reach. I don't like carrying the weight or storing these, but man, they've saved my butt many times and I think they cost me all of "free" to buy. Got the scrap from somewhere I forget that was just old garbage rods. Cut to size and away you go. Check scrap bins at the steel yard as well.

The tire method works very well too-but requires time to dig a big hole to bury it. Another method that works-or can work-is trench a relatively deep trench in a big circle, lay your strap in there then pull off the strap. While I've never done this myself thanks to having the stakes handy, I have heard from a few old timers that they did it in a pinch as a last resort and got JUST enough to get out of the jam. Obviously not for serious stucks, but sometimes just a little is all you need. The stakes are a pain to carry, along with big hammer, but have always worked. Someday I will be able to afford a pul-pal to try one of those out.

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While I'd love a pul-pal, they're just too much for me at the moment. What I carry with me is a set of 3 stakes that are 18-24" in length, about 3/4" or 1" diameter that I welded a large washer and nut at the end of. I pound these in the ground about 10' apart and hook a strap to them to keep them together, then winch off the first one. Angle them in away from you, hook up and go. This has worked for me many times to get out of a jam when there's no trees in reach. I don't like carrying the weight or storing these, but man, they've saved my butt many times and I think they cost me all of "free" to buy. Got the scrap from somewhere I forget that was just old garbage rods. Cut to size and away you go. Check scrap bins at the steel yard as well.

The tire method works very well too-but requires time to dig a big hole to bury it. Another method that works-or can work-is trench a relatively deep trench in a big circle, lay your strap in there then pull off the strap. While I've never done this myself thanks to having the stakes handy, I have heard from a few old timers that they did it in a pinch as a last resort and got JUST enough to get out of the jam. Obviously not for serious stucks, but sometimes just a little is all you need. The stakes are a pain to carry, along with big hammer, but have always worked. Someday I will be able to afford a pul-pal to try one of those out.

Best of Luck,

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I have done this also. I picked up three old axle shafts from a pick-n-pull, and ground a point on the end to help set them. I used heavy webbing to connect them front the top of the first to the base of the second and so on back. We always called them "pickets"




Pulling them out when you are done can be a pain.
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Even though it seems a lot of guys on here don't like hi-lifts you could use it to remove the pickets if they have a top.
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I have seen what I considered a large boat anchor used a couple of times.
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