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post #1 of 16 Old 12-09-2013, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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Say your cruising along in soft sand at 4 or 5 miles an hour and stop to look round and when you try to take off you spin your wheels and dig in a little. Your not stuck bad and don't want to flog your rig to get out and you don't want to go forward. You want to winch your rig backwards. Is there a good method to run the cable underneath the rig and winch yourself backward a few feet and not scratch your front bumper? I have some screw type anchors about 3 feet long that screw into the ground and two of them together have great purchase to hook to. I have thought about just using a piece of wood 4x4 to pad between the cable and bumper so you don't rub a groove in your bumper with the cable. Any ideas.

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post #2 of 16 Old 12-10-2013, 12:26 AM
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The hooks you are talking about are called ground anchors I believe.

Id say a piece of wood would be the cheapest bet though. (although winching underneath might damage something else; Im not sure though).
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That video does cover it but you will need 3 snatch block pulleys to do it. It does work though.
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Glad I asked, Youtube is a wealth of information sometimes. I think my best bet is just to keep on being the cautious old guy that I sometimes am and not get stuck. One interesting point was the fact that you don't get the full pulling power of the winch till you get most of the line off the reel.
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Glad I asked, Youtube is a wealth of information sometimes. I think my best bet is just to keep on being the cautious old guy that I sometimes am and not get stuck. One interesting point was the fact that you don't get the full pulling power of the winch till you get most of the line off the reel.
A good background in recovery can be had by reading every word of the following:

http://www.pirate4x4.com/tech/billavista/Recovery/

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Let some air out of the tires.

Another trick for sand is Water. You have to have a source, like at a beach, or bring it with you. As long as it's not buried to the axles, sometimes a little water around the tire will gain you just enough traction to get you going again.

I have used this method many times driving concrete mixers on sandy jobsites. Never tried it in my Jeep though.
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For sand, a couple of pieces of carpet is the trick. If I lived around sand, I'd have two strips in my trunk at all times. I've used little pieces, even the floor mats will work in an emergency, but carry 18" by 4'.

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For sand, a couple of pieces of carpet is the trick. If I lived around sand, I'd have two strips in my trunk at all times. I've used little pieces, even the floor mats will work in an emergency, but carry 18" by 4'.
This. Or if you want to get fancy and spend a little money check out Maxtrax. They might look cool strapped to the roof of your jeep also.

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A good background in recovery can be had by reading every word of the following:

http://www.pirate4x4.com/tech/billavista/Recovery/
Great link, people using snatch blocks should pay special attention to the part where it talks about, sheave size, D/d ratios and how the angle of the pull reduces the WLL of the rope. People erroneously assume that a snatch block will double their pulling power but don't realize it actually lowers the safe working load limit of your equipment. Also note the higher abrasion resistance a rope has the larger diameter the snatch block must be.

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Saw a guy once run a line under his rig. Lol. Wasn't pretty. Fuel tank crumbled, rear end bent tube, and developed brake leak. I bought 2 winches. I know money. I use trailer hitch front and rear. The winch us heavy but its safer.

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post #12 of 16 Old 12-15-2013, 10:49 AM
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That's an interesting video. I have never had to do that kind of self recovery and honestly would have made the mistake of not using a snatch and going back to the third tree. I almost always wheel in groups but I think I am going to pick up a couple more snatches.

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Just run the cable over the top with a towel under it :-)
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Lmao.

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Just run the cable over the top with a towel under it :-)
Been there, done that. Flipped the jeep right over.

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