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Got stuck today in the ranger

Went out today to the country to go shoot a coyote that I was chasing on my snowmobile yesterday. I drive off onto a cutline that had hardpack snow from all the snowmobile traffic, I started to turn onto another cutline and hit some soft snow and sunk like 3 feet. Got high centered and was stuck real good. Got really lucky and had a guy go back home and get his chains and a buddy and he managed to pull me out. I am amazed by how helpful and generous people can be.

Can't wait to get some new tires, shouldn't be too long from now. Damn onion skins on my truck are useless.

Question, He had to pull me from behind. I don't have a hitch and there wasn't much he could connect his chain to. Ended up connecting it to the frame underneath. What does everyone else use?
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Sorry buddy, didn't think about taking some shots. I asked a question though, feel free to answer it.
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lots of people use the axle

im planning on getting a hitch soon right now all i have is the bumper
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Sucks man...... I've used the frame to get pulled out befor on my 4 banger, your fine as long as you go slow.
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I would have used the frame if nothing else. You have a ball on you bumper? I have been pulled out by that once, but I wasn't stuck bad. You really need a hitch or something to use a s a rear recovery point. If you don't want a hitch go to the local Ford dealership and order a FX4 rear hook. I have a hitch and two hooks built into my bumper for recovery .
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I would have used the frame if nothing else. You have a ball on you bumper? I have been pulled out by that once, but I wasn't stuck bad. You really need a hitch or something to use a s a rear recovery point. If you don't want a hitch go to the local Ford dealership and order a FX4 rear hook. I have a hitch and two hooks built into my bumper for recovery .
Rear hook sounds like a good idea. I am planning on getting a hitch but not for a while.
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lots of people use the axle

im planning on getting a hitch soon right now all i have is the bumper
DON'T EVER, EVER use the axles as a tow point when stuck!

Use the frame, or as Trigger said, a hitch or hook. Unless you want to break something that is hard and expensive to replace (well, compared to a hitch or hook), then DO NOT use the rear or front axle as a recovery point.

If I remember correctly, the rear bumpers have holes in them right under the plate. I wouldn't want to use the rear bumper if I was really stuck, but you could get away with it.
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my bad i seen some other wheelin pics on here and someone with a jeep was wrappin the strap around the axle so i figured it was a good idea.
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Good to know, I am reading about recovery straps and I may get a 20 000 lbs recovery that should be enough?
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my bad i seen some other wheelin pics on here and someone with a jeep was wrappin the strap around the axle so i figured it was a good idea.
there's your problem. you're referring to a jeep. ranger owners are on a different LEVEL!

and i would avoid using a chain at all cost. could you imagine what could happen if a link broke? or slip off your tow point?
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Good to know, I am reading about recovery straps and I may get a 20 000 lbs recovery that should be enough?
Should be plenty.

Make sure to get a nylon strap with loops, not hooks. The hooks should be secured on the truck, and the loops go around it.

If you are stuck using a chain or a tow strap with hooks, throw a coat on either end. It'll help absorb recoil, and if it does happen to snap and go flying towards one of your windows, you may shave the window or your head.
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I just bought one at a store here where I live. It says it's a 20' tow strap. 17000 lb break strength, use for loads up to 5667 lbs. It has loop ends and no hooks on it. I think it's supposed to be a recovery strap but they called it a tow strap. It's yellow. Will this work fine or should I bring it back and order and actually recovery strap online somewhere? I imagine it would work perfectly fine but I'd like some other opinions.
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how bout a come-a-long for those times you get stuck alone?...wrap around a sturdy tree or make a peg anchor point...you then connect the two ends (one to anchor point one to your truck) and start cranking the cable...we use them in the fire service for ditched cars...unless the tow truck is there of course lol.
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Never use your axels or your bummper. You'll pull that bumper right off the truck I've seen it to many times! Also never get the bright idea of hooking to your rear shackles that was just to funny.

The come a long is an ok idea but remember it will only pull you a real small distance at a time. Will take forever to get yourself out. Best thing is to always go with a buddy.
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there's your problem. you're referring to a jeep. ranger owners are on a different LEVEL!
What level is that? What if you own both, is that an entirely different level....
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What level is that? What if you own both, is that an entirely different level....

We are on the same level see I've got your jeep thing it burns when I pee
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[QUOTE=pace51;1204938]Never use your axels or your bummper. You'll pull that bumper right off the truck I've seen it to many times! Also never get the bright idea of hooking to your rear shackles that was just to funny.
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i pulled a 2wd ranger off a mound of snow in a parking lot. i dunno how he got there. but i got him off. i also used his bumper. i was surprised he had no points. i have a strap with hooks (i didn't kno better when i was 20) the one hook got stuck on his bumper bolt and i had to go to work. i trusted the guy with my strap and he called the next day when he took the bolt off and dropped off my strap.

question tho, what do you do if its a front wheel drive car/minivan stuck at the side of a road? there are no points? what do you hook on to?
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Never use your axels or your bummper. You'll pull that bumper right off the truck I've seen it to many times! Also never get the bright idea of hooking to your rear shackles that was just to funny.
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i pulled a 2wd ranger off a mound of snow in a parking lot. i dunno how he got there. but i got him off. i also used his bumper. i was surprised he had no points. i have a strap with hooks (i didn't kno better when i was 20) the one hook got stuck on his bumper bolt and i had to go to work. i trusted the guy with my strap and he called the next day when he took the bolt off and dropped off my strap.

question tho, what do you do if its a front wheel drive car/minivan stuck at the side of a road? there are no points? what do you hook on to?
The frame. If you have to, wrap it around.

You can tug a little bit on the bumper if it's a small stuck, but don't trust it.
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yea, it was a small stuck. i guessed right with the bumper, but i'd still like to kno for cars and such that don't have mount points. i kno that dubs have tow spots, they have a loop or a screw with an eyering that can be screwed in at the front (some older models)
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Nobody answered my last question....???
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I just bought one at a store here where I live. It says it's a 20' tow strap. 17000 lb break strength, use for loads up to 5667 lbs. It has loop ends and no hooks on it. I think it's supposed to be a recovery strap but they called it a tow strap. It's yellow. Will this work fine or should I bring it back and order and actually recovery strap online somewhere? I imagine it would work perfectly fine but I'd like some other opinions.
should be set with that just get some D-rings and a rear tow hook or hitch
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yea, it was a small stuck. i guessed right with the bumper, but i'd still like to kno for cars and such that don't have mount points. i kno that dubs have tow spots, they have a loop or a screw with an eyering that can be screwed in at the front (some older models)
It's stupid why a lot of cars dont have tow hooks somewhere on the rear. You usually have to end up yanking it out by the rear trailing arm or lower control arm, or whatever the largest A-shaped rear suspension component is.

I had to pull a Corolla out that way, and I didn't like it, but there was absolutely nowhere to tie onto. Like I don't know how a tow truck would even hook onto it without using that same spot.

I've pulled out a Caravan, but that had a solid rear axle, so that was easy, and the same with a Rendezvous.

I remember my old 87 Celica used to have 2 hooks front and rear.
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i was gonna use the rear beam on a minivan earlier this winter, but i was afraid to incase it broke something. then i'd be screwed
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Before you tow anyone, you just make you to tell them that they are letting you tow at their own risk and you are not liable for any damages.

I always tow for free, but if they offer me money I don't refuse it.
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