Recovery points on towbar





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    Default Recovery points on towbar

    I fitted a frontrunner towbar (if I remember correctly) to my Pajero Gen3 but always used it to tow my Conqueror trailer. In an upcoming trip I will possibly need to use the recovery points. I need your opinion.

    The towbar is bolted to the chassis providing horizontal and vertical brackets (see photos)
    The towbar has two recovery points either side of the tow hitch in welded on steel plate probably 2.5mm thick (see photos)

    Are these good enough for snatch recovery?

    Regards.
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    Default Re: Recovery points on towbar

    I donít think those are recovery points, the 2.5mm gives it away. Donít take the chance
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    Default Re: Recovery points on towbar

    Those are not recovery points.

    Get yourself the below and slide it into the towbar.

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    Default Re: Recovery points on towbar

    My concern is that you will snatch not directly on the chassis, but on the towbar. But also depends how much force you will use. For a light jerk it will be fine, but not for max force.
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    Default Re: Recovery points on towbar

    Quote Originally Posted by Walnut View Post
    Those are not recovery points.

    Get yourself the below and slide it into the towbar.

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    If the OP buys one of these, He/she must just check that there are 8 bolts holding the tow bar assembly to the chassis, there have been many reports of Pajero owners that find out that some fitment centers only use 4 of the required 8 bolts (4 per side).
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    Default Re: Recovery points on towbar

    Those holes I would think are designed for trailer safety chains or emergency brake line connection points rather than for recovery purposes.
    If Force is not the solution, not enough of it was applied....

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    Default Re: Recovery points on towbar

    Quote Originally Posted by Walnut View Post
    Those are not recovery points.

    Get yourself the below and slide it into the towbar.

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    Only as strong as the mild steel pin most use to keep those in place. The sheer force between the receiver and that insert is huge when used as a anchor point in a snatch recovery.
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    Default Re: Recovery points on towbar

    Agree.
    Then why not just use the pin through the snatch strap, that is what I do.
    No need for more stuff that needs to be carted around with you.

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    Default Re: Recovery points on towbar

    If you look at the photo, my tow hitch bolts onto the towbar and the steel pin doesn't actually carry any force. Looks just like a safety precaution to me. So it would mean unbolting the tow hitch every time I need to do a recovery?

    What about just using the strap around the tow bar?

    Someone else commented about the amount of bolts on used to fit the towbar. From the photos I posted you can see two bolts on the horizontal part of the bracket and another two on the vertical part of the bracket. So 8 in total.

    Quote Originally Posted by Walnut View Post
    Those are not recovery points.

    Get yourself the below and slide it into the towbar.

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    Default Re: Recovery points on towbar

    Quote Originally Posted by Henkus View Post
    Only as strong as the mild steel pin most use to keep those in place. The sheer force between the receiver and that insert is huge when used as a anchor point in a snatch recovery.
    I got my pin from Burnco with rear bumper. I checked with them first to make sure I can use the Ironman hitch receiver.

    I don't actually tow so I have that Ironman receiver permanently installed.

    Maybe go get a decent pin and like what Chris says, just use the pin through strap.

    I wouldn't use the rope just looked around towbar. Doesn't seem secure enough to me. But I could be wrong.
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    Default Re: Recovery points on towbar

    When you put the rope around the pin, you are placing the load quite far from the support (the holes in the tube of the drawbar). To fail, the pin just needs to bend.

    Using the recovery hitch, the pin needs to shear off in two places as it is supported in solid metal.

    Thus probably 4 times as strong as just putting the rope around the pin.

    As for looping the rope around the tow hitch, just go check on Youtube.

    As for the plates on the sides of the towbar: a recovery point suitable for snatching a vehicle in the weight class of a Pajero needs to be 10-16mm thick, not 2.5...

    Those are either for the trailer brakes emergency cable, or just for lightening or easthetic reasons and totally unsuitable for any recovery operation.
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