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Towing question from a rookie.

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Chewy, Dec 27, 2000.

  1. Chewy

    Chewy 1/2 ton status

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    I just got a "Super Yanker" tow rope. It does not have any hooks on the ends of it, just loops. My question is, what is the best way to connect to a vehicle? Do I get heavy duty chains, straps or what? Any input would be appreciated.

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  2. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Get some big ass clevis shackles. They make several types and sizes, I would use the ones that are 'rated'. They have the maximum load cast right on them. They cost a little more, but are still pretty cheap. If you have a reciever hitch you can push the loop into the reciever and put the pin through it.

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  3. Chewy

    Chewy 1/2 ton status

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    Thanks, but what would I use to hook up to... say a stuck Ford Taurus?

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  4. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Actually I don't 'do' Taurus's. It is actually illegal here to tow someone from the ditch here if your not a tow truck operator with all the lisensing and insurance for it. Not only that but if you make a bad choice for a recovery location on said Taurus the owner will probably sue you for damages to the vehicle. Remember "No good deed goes unpuinished!"
    If I'm off-road and someone needs a yank and they don't have good tow points on their truck I let them hook it up, I just check to make sure whatever they did won't wreck my strap. Unless I see that for sure I'm going to wreck something that way I'll let them make the call.

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  5. HarryH3

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    Ha! Reminds me of a time outside of Dallas, many years ago. Some little 4WD Chevy LUV was stuck in a mud hole. I let him hook up his end of the tow strap. He wrapped it around the top cross bar of his push bar. As I started to tug, his whole push bar just bent straight forward! He re-connected to a stronger spot and I dragged him right out. [​IMG]

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  6. BlazerGuy

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    I had to pull my moms Escort Wagon outta the mud once and I just slipped a D-Shackle(or clevis) through the holes that the dealer uses to strap them down on transports. There are usually one or two front and back on most cars.

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