How do I use a Recovery Strap? Private1 month ago - Real estate - Battambang - 11 views
The right recovery straps and how to use them can make the difference if you can pull your vehicle out safely or if you have to wait on a tow truck. A high-quality strap without hooks attached to it is the strap you want to use for getting a vehicle unstuck.
How a Recovery Strap Works
The strap works like this. Say for example you are pulling out your friend, so you attach your recovery ropes to the back of your vehicle and then to the front of his. As you drive away from him the recovery strap stretches just like a rubber band. The strap wants to go back to its normal size, so it has no other choice than to transfer the energy to the stuck vehicle, pulling it out.
Tips for Recovery Strap Use
Before ever using the strap, make sure it is in good condition ( no cuts, frays, or broken stitching.)
Make sure the hardware being used is free of defects and rust. This includes your tow hooks or front hitch and the hardware on the other vehicle. If possible, the recovering vehicle should place the recovery kit strap to its rear end, which would be the safest place if the strap happens to break.
You may be able to wrap the strap around a hitch, but I would not put it IN the hitch. I have seen a few people who have bent the pin, which then had to be cut out. Getting a tow hook or D-Ring adaptor to go into the hitch is a better idea. Here is an example of a D-Ring adaptor and how a recovery gear strap should be hooked up to one:
When pulling the vehicle out, drive very slowly. Sudden tugs may lead to damage to either of the vehicles or the strap accessories.
Once the vehicle is safely removed, inspect your recovery kits strap and hardware and hit the road!
In addition to these recommendations, read the instructions your recovery essentials strap comes with. To protect your strap, store it out of sunlight and away from heat and keep it clean. Dirt, mud, and debris embedded in a tow strap actually damages the fibers over time and can decrease its strength. After a muddy day of wheeling and recovery, always clean your straps by hosing them off and spray horizontally across the strap as not to push the debris into the strap fibers. Happy Recovering!