It says you can't intall the rear tow hook if you have a hitch receiver. In which case, where do you hook the tow rope/strap on the rear?
Also, has anyone used the front tow hooks to say pull someone out of mud or snow going in reverse? My brother tried to pull me out of the snow last year (had a neon before I got smart ). He was using a full size GMC pickup and when he tried to pull me out going backwards he couldn't. When he turned around and went forward, out I came.
Are you supposed to try pulling people out of snow or mud going backwards?
Sorry if this is easy stuff, it's my first Jeep.
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That seems counter-intuitive. Can the Hitch pin alone hold better than the hitch and ball? It would seem that the hitch pin is only under shear forces between the receiver and hitch. But if you put a tow rope/strap/or hook on the hitch pin alone you would add additional bending moments that the pin may not be designed for. Do you know how the hitch w/ ball are breaking? I assume the hitch pin is the weakest link in either set-up and any force that would shear a hitchpin when used w/ a hitch and ball would much more than a hitch pin (of equal quality) can handle alone. My 0.02 in a good natured and helpfull discussion. Cheers .
The hitch pin is solid metal, might bend won't break. A hitch ball and receiver is constructed of several parts. Most of the balls will break off at a much lower breaking strength than the pin will bend. Remember a hitch ball is only designed to handle the tounge weight and not much more. There is a reason folks go to a 5th wheel set-up when they are pulling a heavy trailer. I've bent the hitch out of allignment before I've bent the pin. The tow strap will stay on a pin with 100% positive connection, on a ball you either have to hook it on the ball and it has the chance of becoming disconnected with devastating results, or you weaken the connection by wrapping the strap back on itself. You go from a double strap in the loop to a single strap under extreme tension. Breaking a tow strap is dangerous and not something that you really want to take a chance on.
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We were just talking the other day about someone who got killed when the tow strap with metal hooks failed.
The tow straps you want are the ones with the fabric loops, not the metal hooks. Like the picture shows, you get one of those spiffy shackles/d rings. BTW, the hitch is rated about twice as much as a single tow hook would be. And like someone else said, in a pinch you can stick your tow strap INTO your hitch, and secure it with a standard hitch pin and clevis. I've done that many a time.
As for the forward/backward thing. Personally, i'd prefer yanking from the rear because it allows a full range of gears to use in both 4hi and 4lo. I only do a recovery in reverse when i absolutly have to... and with idiot friends like i have... i've had to alot.
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