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Unread 08-06-2013, 03:10 PM   #1
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Tying flat tow straps.

OK so I know its a really bad idea. But things happen on the trail, and sometimes straps break.

Is there any kind of procedure to temporarily repairing them? Or just knot them together and pray nobody else gets stuck?

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Unread 08-06-2013, 04:08 PM   #2
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No tow strap should ever break. If you use a 3" or 4" polyester strap you cannot break it with a Jeep. Throw your 2" straps and ropes away and buy two 4" yellow poly straps looped at both ends and two 3/4" D shackles and you will never have to consider this question.

If you must tie a 2" strap, be sure that you have tied a square knot. If you have no shackle, then tie a slip knot with the loose end. Then throw it away when the task is done.
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The reason Im asking is that I have one that broke......(not from strain but from catching a sharp corner and ripping.)

Just wondered if there actually was a way to continue using one that had been damaged in an emergency situation.
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No tow strap should ever break. If you use a 3" or 4" polyester strap you cannot break it with a Jeep. Throw your 2" straps and ropes away and buy two 4" yellow poly straps looped at both ends and two 3/4" D shackles and you will never have to consider this question.

If you must tie a 2" strap, be sure that you have tied a square knot. If you have no shackle, then tie a slip knot with the loose end. Then throw it away when the task is done.
Square knot? I was under impression there were much better knots for joining two ropes - e.g. fisherman's knot, sheet bend. Although can't really imagine tying any of them in a recovery strap.
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The reason Im asking is that I have one that broke......(not from strain but from catching a sharp corner and ripping.)

Just wondered if there actually was a way to continue using one that had been damaged in an emergency situation.
Throw it away and buy a new one.
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Unread 08-06-2013, 07:44 PM   #6
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Permanent splicing of a tow strap is not possible. I suggested a square knot because it is harmless enough for an emergency on the trail. And most people can pull it off if they know the difference. There are indeed knots that will not come apart. Buy a copy of Chapman's Piloting ($5 on Half.com) if you want to learn some. The knots are on page 200 or so.

Still, I agree with myself and others - throw it away.
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Unread 08-07-2013, 05:53 PM   #7
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Use your buddy's strap. If everyone carries one it wouldn't be an issue if one tore.

Also, tow straps should not be used for recovery purposes, broken or otherwise.

A tied TOW strap would probably be okay for TOWING in a pinch but only on the trail and depending on the condition of what was being towed.
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Use your buddy's strap. If everyone carries one it wouldn't be an issue if one tore.

Also, tow straps should not be used for recovery purposes, broken or otherwise.

A tied TOW strap would probably be okay for TOWING in a pinch but only on the trail and depending on the condition of what was being towed.
And to clear this up...
Tow straps do not stretch. Recovery/snatch straps have a little elasticity.
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Cut the loops on the torn strap and toss it the garbage. Before you buy another one, have a look at the recovery gear link in my signature so you know what KIND of strap to get. They are not all created equal.
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