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    Default Tow ball recovery (***WARNING VERY GRAPHIC***)

    We talk about it a lot but I believe there can never ever be enough awareness of this silently waiting and very well hidden danger. While I wish this upon no one, I especially don't wish this upon our forum members or their families.

    Please make use of proper recovery techniques. You can learn these techniques right here on this forum or by joining the 4x4 days. Accidents happens too quickly.


    • Where was the energy breaking rope?
    • Why was the bonnet not open?
    • Where are the proper engineered recovery points?


    Any of the above may have saved the guy years of trouble.

    After watching the video you can ask yourself this question: Is it worth it?

    RECOVERY USING A TOW BALL KILLS!!!

    Please be warned this video is graphic and not for the squeamish.

    EDIT1: I finally found the youtube link....
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Re9TeeUz1qc
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    Default Re: Tow ball recovery (***WARNING VERY GRAPHIC***)

    That's gonna hurt in the morning.

    Perhaps some form of armor plating needed to cover the windshield or even lift the bonnet temporarily when attempting such a recovery?

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    Default Re: Tow ball recovery (***WARNING VERY GRAPHIC***)

    HOLY CRAP! Graphic, but will cure anyone from even thinking of attaching anything to a towball for recovery!
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    Default Re: Tow ball recovery (***WARNING VERY GRAPHIC***)

    Shiiiiiit....

    That's it. My vehicle gets stuck in the mud, it's for sale...

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    Default Re: Tow ball recovery (***WARNING VERY GRAPHIC***)

    This have nothing to do with a tow ball. They snatched with a chain. This is where it all went wrong. And the attachment point at the draw bar then broke. Even a proper recovery point will break off when you snatch it with a chain.
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    Default Re: Tow ball recovery (***WARNING VERY GRAPHIC***)

    I have done lots of recoveries via towball and never once broken anything , But recoveries are done at walking speed or slightly faster , with enough brandewyn and momentum you can break anything.

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    Default Re: Tow ball recovery (***WARNING VERY GRAPHIC***)

    Att 33 seconds, it rather looks like the chain broke?

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    Default Re: Tow ball recovery (***WARNING VERY GRAPHIC***)

    Common sense isn't common anymore...
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    Default Re: Tow ball recovery (***WARNING VERY GRAPHIC***)

    Towball recovery with a SNATCH ROPE is fine if you know to what max speed you can snatch.

    But for most snatching remains dangerous as can be seen here.
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    Vaaaark...
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    So many good recovery rules were broken there I wasn't surprised about the result.
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    Default Re: Tow ball recovery (***WARNING VERY GRAPHIC***)

    There is no tow ball involved here! That truck does not even have one fitted! Every material has a breaking point. Even a professionally installed recovery point can fail if you try hard enough. At some point, either the bolts will shear, the body of the recovery point will fatigue/snap/shear or the frame of the vehicle will break.

    The key is to THINK. Think what link of the chain (not necessarily a physical chain) will likely fail first. Think at what stage that will (likely) happen. Think what will happen when any part of the chain fails. Then do a risk analysis and decide whether it is worth it.

    If you do not have a feel for material strength or an analytical brain, then do not get involved in that part of the analysis.

    A tow-ball recovery is perfectly acceptable for a static drag-out. That is what a tow ball is designed for: (relatively) static pulling.


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    Default Re: Tow ball recovery (***WARNING VERY GRAPHIC***)

    The damage most of the time could have paid for a winch
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    Default Re: Tow ball recovery (***WARNING VERY GRAPHIC***)

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Stoffel View Post
    This have nothing to do with a tow ball. They snatched with a chain. This is where it all went wrong. And the attachment point at the draw bar then broke. Even a proper recovery point will break off when you snatch it with a chain.
    Couple of points:
    1 - That looks like a tractor style tow hitch, with a pin, not a typical ball. Its probably at least as strong as a proper recovery point.
    2 - Snatching with a chain is just silly.
    3 - Important. Don't let these points underplay how dangerous tow ball as recovery points can be.

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    Default Re: Tow ball recovery (***WARNING VERY GRAPHIC***)

    shjoe, I'm no expert, but in that situation the blue jeep tugging and tugging and reving is something not bound to give in.

    Should one not go up easier and slower until vehicle being recovered actually moves, rather than tug and tug?

    Or at least dig the vehicle out and try and reverse first before trying to recover uphill?
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    Default Re: Tow ball recovery (***WARNING VERY GRAPHIC***)

    all very true and valid comments.

    question.

    I thought a chain was 'dead' - meaning it doesn't 'stretch' so as to absorb energy!!

    I thought when it broke - it just broke !!
    I know obviously it does stretch minutely - doesn't it just fall if it fails??

    Ive never been near a chain when it let go!!

    experts out there??
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    Default Re: Tow ball recovery (***WARNING VERY GRAPHIC***)

    • Where was the energy breaking rope?
    • Why was the bonnet not open?
    • Where are the proper engineered recovery points?


    What is the reason for opening the bonnet during recovery? Is it to stop a towball or hitch going through the window?

    (B.t.w in suprised the doctor and hospital staff allowed filming there!)

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    Default Re: Tow ball recovery (***WARNING VERY GRAPHIC***)

    I agree with all above - there are many small things to remember (apart from the majorly obvious which cause so many injuries or damage) and one can only be sure to apply best practice through observation and learning.

    Adding:

    1) Strictly kinetic recovery equipment should be allowed to rest before using again - I know some products out there allow for sequential use - rather safe than sorry.
    2) Do NOT combine Kinetic and Static recovery equipment e.g. Chain and Snatch rope - their design and purpose serve different applications.
    3) Equipment with proper ratings, installations and training.
    4) If you dont understand the forces, equipment use or preventative actions - phone someone who does.
    5) All spectators out of the recovery area - further than at least 2x the strap length away and behind vehicles or objects to create a barrier for flying parts.

    It is astounding how many offroaders have the equipment, but no idea what or how to use it.

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    Default Re: Tow ball recovery (***WARNING VERY GRAPHIC***)

    Quote Originally Posted by boanergesza1 View Post
    What is the reason for opening the bonnet during recovery? Is it to stop a towball or hitch going through the window?
    I think a lot of people will be lifting the bonnet after seeing that guys face. I know I will.

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    I will never drive in mud again

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