Recovery Gear - basic and advanced

Discussion in 'Offroading' started by tx_shooter, Aug 7, 2016.

  1. tx_shooter

    tx_shooter You ever try to roughie a bear? Staff Member

    Recovery gear seems to be an after thought topic for a lot of people. What does everyone carry as basic gear and then the more advanced gear when they expect to be doing some crazy recoveries. I always try to keep at least one strap and a couple of shackles in my rig. Yesterday I picked up a soft shackle and will carry it as a replacement for one of my shackles. As of right now I do not have any "advanced" gear like a winch or snatch blocks.

    So lets see what everyone carries and why they carry it.

    @TacoXpo what gear to do you take on your trips for recovery?

    @Anathollo and @thekidcatcher what gear did you both makes sure to have for recovery on your recent Moab and Colorado trip?

    @TKGN1 when you are guiding people around that you do not know really well?


    Trying to round out all the bases.
     
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  2. tex

    tex That's Mr Asshole to you

    Based on some of my last few trips, moving trees out of the road way has become a theme. Most of the time a strap and a few shackles is all that is needed for a recovery or to remove a tree from the road.
    Earlier this year multiple trees fell over the road and a winch, straps, snatch block, shackles, chain saw, sledge, and large axe were all needed to clear it.
    I am thinking about storing a strap and a few shackles in my truck and then leaving the recovery bag at home unless I expect to need it.
     
  3. thekidcatcher

    thekidcatcher Well-Known Member

    My list of shit that I take.
    1. I make sure my winch works before any trip @Anathollo
    2. Always have my hilift. Bitches are afraid of them but it has saved my ass and other individuals @Anathollo
    3. I have the 2 shackles that are always mounted to my truck so they are always there but I wouldn't leave without them
    4. Tree saver strap and a tow strap that is about 20 25 foot long.
    5. Tool box that I know I can take anything apart on the truck with. It really isn't that many tools but I have mastered removing my cv's with a nail and a prybar.
    6. Essential fluids and JB weld.

    I think that is about but I will add stuff if I remember.
     
  4. AleMap

    AleMap Well-Known Member

    I never go out alone but I always have in my truck:

    Basic tools
    Gloves
    Tree saver
    Tow strap
    Recovery strap
    Multiple shackles
    Snatch block
    Hitch mount recovery point
    Tire patch kit
    Axe
    Hatchet
    Air compressor
    Flashlight
    Water
    Tent
    Blankets
    Back pack with clothes and essentials (modified for winter vs summer)
    Matches

    Additional things I take when I'm offroad/expo

    Hi-Lift
    Shovel
    Radios
    Batteries
    Jump pack
    Food stuffs
    Various truck fluids

    Depending on how far/where I'm going I'll take spare parts.

    I check my winch often to make sure it's working and the line is in good condition.

    If I think of other stuff I'll add it on.
     
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  5. Silverback

    Silverback I'm not always a dick. Just kidding, fuck off.

    Lube.. just lots and lots of lube. :devil-flip:


    Actually I have a pretty expansive list but I will have to type it up later. Working outside and I need to get this shit done.
     
  6. AleMap

    AleMap Well-Known Member

    Chloroform.
     
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  7. thekidcatcher

    thekidcatcher Well-Known Member

    Sean you don't wheel. Bugger off lol.
    It's essential lol. Best part is waking up to my version of Hush Little Baby @Anathollo
     
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  8. Silverback

    Silverback I'm not always a dick. Just kidding, fuck off.

    LOL... I wheel. Just not as often these days. I'll just go play in the garage or something now.
     
  9. Anathollo

    Anathollo Armorall is my choice of lube Staff Member

    Pretty much this. I'll add

    7. Couple of 4"x4" posts maybe 8" long for use as a base for the hi-lift or wheel chocks if you need them.

    8. If you drive a 2nd gen tacoma, a spare wheel bearing. This is a MUST!

    And @thekidcatcher , you do some sketchy shit with a hi-lift....just sayin....safety first brobeans
     
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  10. thekidcatcher

    thekidcatcher Well-Known Member

    aaaaand it works lol
     
  11. Oswego

    Oswego n00b

    Shovel
    60" hi lift with hilift winch/wheel accessory pack
    hilift base
    at least 60' of 30,000lb strap
    tree saver
    wheel chocks
    medium sized tool bag of basic hand tools
    no spare parts except U joints/fan belt/pulleys
    assortment of shackles in different sizes.

    That's the minimum Ill go out with and Ive never needed more on solo runs. Group runs I always need more because Ill push more limits.
     
  12. Anathollo

    Anathollo Armorall is my choice of lube Staff Member

    Updated my list.
     
  13. thekidcatcher

    thekidcatcher Well-Known Member

    Wheel chocks. You mean rocks or pieces of wood right?
     
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  14. tx_shooter

    tx_shooter You ever try to roughie a bear? Staff Member

    When I am expecting some trouble I try to take a second recovery strap. Last year at Jambo we ended up using one to secure a truck to a tree so as the truck could winch people up the steeper trails when needed.
     
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  15. Oswego

    Oswego n00b

    Nope. $7 rubber chocks from Harbor freight. One of the most overlooked 4x4 safety items that can prevent a slow crushing death. Very important IMO, especially when your breaking rule #1 and driving solo like I always used to. (4) chocks never leave my truck. They aren't huge.

    One of the guys I know who's always working on his trucks had a diesel pusher jump gears and crush him last year. Spent hrs trapped before he was found then spent the next few months in a medically induced coma. Not cool. $7 in safety items and 60 seconds of setting them up could of prevented all that.
     
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  16. tx_shooter

    tx_shooter You ever try to roughie a bear? Staff Member

    Same kind of situation just killed one of the star trek actors.
     
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  17. AleMap

    AleMap Well-Known Member

    The one with the *cough* Jeep *cough*
     
  18. Oswego

    Oswego n00b

    I just read the article. They are calling it a freak accident and blaming Jeeps "hard to read" gear shifters. When will people take responsibility for their own actions instead of blaming others. It's not a freak accident nor is Jeep to blame. The guy who crawled under his truck while parked on a slope with no form of PPE is at fault. Sucks he died, but we have all known about gravity for a while now so it shouldn't be surprising so many people
     
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  19. Silverback

    Silverback I'm not always a dick. Just kidding, fuck off.

    I wonder if he was wearing a red shirt when it happened?
     
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  20. tx_shooter

    tx_shooter You ever try to roughie a bear? Staff Member

    Dang.. so cold.
     
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