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Old 08-09-2013, 05:32 PM
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I've done some searching on the forum but can't find what I'm looking for.

My question is: if I need to pull someone out of a ditch, what is the safest and best way to do this? Most people say to use a tow strap without hooks, so how do you hook this up to your truck and to the other car? And what other equipment would you need? I ask because I live in Colorado and often drive through very remote places during the winter where pulling someone out of a ditch could make a huge difference.

I'm the new owner of a 2013 Big Horn with 3.92 gears and I'm fairly new to trucks so I'm just trying to learn as much as I can. Any advice and pictures are appreciated.
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One method would be to use tow straps attached to a shackle such as this http://www.etrailer.com/Ball-Mounts/Tow-Ready/TR63046.html.
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Tow straps usually have a loop on each end. It's best to use tow hooks if you're towing from the front or something mounted to the frame. Don't tie off to an axle or bumper. From the rear, either use the hitch or again, something mounted to the frame.

Cars are a little different because they are unibody, and don't have a frame per say.

4wd is nice for pulling people out so you don't spin. Also, let the other owner hook the strap up to their vehicle, just in case something goes wrong, it's their fault, not yours.
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Could you just take the ball out of your ball mount and hook the shackle through that hole? Or would you need something else?
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Most vehicles have some part of the frame underneath to strap/hook too.
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Could you just take the ball out of your ball mount and hook the shackle through that hole? Or would you need something else?
It should work.
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Why not just use a regular ball mount?
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cause once you tie to a ball mount you will never get the knot out.
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get d rings and tow straps with loops on the end. or a bubba rope used for snatchin out stuck vehicles. I got a hitch receiver with a hook on it
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cause once you tie to a ball mount you will never get the knot out.
Why would you ever tie a knot, period? Just take the loop and run the strap through the loop. Or put the loop over the ball as is.
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