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Unread 03-19-2013, 01:15 AM   #1
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What type/brand/size/length tow strap should I get? how many lbs?

Looking to purchase a tow strap off Amazon to keep in the back of my 2WD Jeep Liberty just in case when I go camping off some forest service roads (others usually come with me that have trucks & such).

I have never purchased a tow strap before so I am not sure what I am looking for...

Any help from the experts would be much appreciated!

They seem to be rated in lbs ranging from 4k lbs to 30k lbs...

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Unread 03-19-2013, 08:18 AM   #2
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Make sure its a kinetic snatch strap that stretches. I recommend just getting an ARB or TJM strap. A lot of the less expensive ones like smittybuilt claim things that aren't true.
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Unread 03-19-2013, 09:25 PM   #3
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I had a guy come into work asking to use climbing rope for a tow rope on his ATV I'm like are you kidding me.
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Get one thats at least 3" wide and does NOT have metal hooks. You will need front and rear tow hooks/recovery points to attach it to

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I had a guy come into work asking to use climbing rope for a tow rope on his ATV I'm like are you kidding me.
My rappelling rope is WLL at 10,000LBS and I've used a piece of it (doubled) for recovery before. What's the problem with that?
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We use parachord all the time to tie things down or pull things out. It's basically rappelling rope except a little thinner. But it still has a high tinsel strength
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My rappelling rope is WLL at 10,000LBS and I've used a piece of it (doubled) for recovery before. What's the problem with that?
Would you use it for rappelling again after recovery? If so there's a Darwin Award in it for you. recovery straps are built for recovery. I carry four of them only because my fifth one broke when trying to recover this mess:



I would suggest a couple recovery straps and a snatch strap like the bubba rope. Getting home safely should always be above having a good time on everyone's checklist.
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My rappelling rope is WLL at 10,000LBS and I've used a piece of it (doubled) for recovery before. What's the problem with that?
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We use parachord all the time to tie things down or pull things out. It's basically rappelling rope except a little thinner. But it still has a high tinsel strength
Both not designed as a high load rope and the stresses involved.A stuck Jeep in say deep mud will almost reach the limits of a 15,000lbs recovery strap.

I carry a 2"x30' 30,000lbs rated recovery strap at all times in addition to my 100' 21,000lbs synthetic winch rope.When I do a trail run I also throw in my 4'x30' 50,000lbs recovery strap for good measure.If it wasn't so bulky I would carry my 8"x100' 250,000lbs strap but I ended up giving that to my father to be used as intended in recovery of stuck tractors and combines.
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The reason for a kinetic type recovery strap that stretches is to cut the shock load and much less stress on both vehicles. The recoil action does a lot of work.
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Would you use it for rappelling again after recovery? If so there's a Darwin Award in it for you. .
You deserve one for asking a question that dumb.
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Unread 03-24-2013, 03:18 AM   #11
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Both not designed as a high load rope and the stresses involved.A stuck Jeep in say deep mud will almost reach the limits of a 15,000lbs recovery strap.

I carry a 2"x30' 30,000lbs rated recovery strap at all times in addition to my 100' 21,000lbs synthetic winch rope.When I do a trail run I also throw in my 4'x30' 50,000lbs recovery strap for good measure.If it wasn't so bulky I would carry my 8"x100' 250,000lbs strap but I ended up giving that to my father to be used as intended in recovery of stuck tractors and combines.
Well, so far the piece I've used has hauled out a minivan buried to the frame, pulled a drilling stem up 100 feet in the air, pulled an equipment trailer and tractor out of pure sludge (tractor buried to the frame) flat towed a Camry 35 miles (nearest shop) when the head gasket blew, and pulled a live oak stump out of the ground using an RV. Not necessarily in that order. And never had any problems. But in the meantime I've torn up about 3 tow straps and the smallest one was "rated" for 25,000lbs. And when I say torn I mean they ripped. In the middle. So ill keep using my rope, thanks. :thumbs up:
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