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Old 01-07-2019, 03:52 PM
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While I don't intend on doing any serious off-roading (I'm not outfitting my truck with anything for it anyway), there's always a chance of getting stuck somewhere with the butt-end of my truck being the only option and can't use the front tow hooks when I inevitably call for help or maybe need to help a friend out of a jam. What are some good rear options? Are those hitch mounted hooks any good? I have a class IV hitch on my new 2018 SuperCrew 4x4. I've never been stuck before (fingers crossed, knock on wood, wish upon a star, etc..), but I am human and therefore prone to stupidity and will probably get myself into a sticky situation at some point. I subscribe to the ol' saying 'it's better to have it and not need than need it and not have it'.
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Stay away from open hooks. A hitch mounted shackle or a big eye (like the trailer side of a pintle hitch) should work pretty well. Personally, on my Jeep I use a piece of 2"x2"x1/4" with a big eye bolt pressed & welded in. Works great and allows for pull in any direction without side loading the shackle. I need to cut it shorter so I can use it in my truck if needed.
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Stay away from open hooks. A hitch mounted shackle or a big eye (like the trailer side of a pintle hitch) should work pretty well. Personally, on my Jeep I use a piece of 2"x2"x1/4" with a big eye bolt pressed & welded in. Works great and allows for pull in any direction without side loading the shackle. I need to cut it shorter so I can use it in my truck if needed.
Those open hooks freak me out. Looks like something hanging in a meat locker. My primary question is about using something in the hitch receiver like you talk about. Having only used it for towing, I didn't know what the true capabilities are for recovery. These companies will sell you anything, even if it doesn't work or isn't safe!
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6.5 ton rating? Awesome. My hitch will buckle before that thing breaks. Thanks for the info!
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6.5 ton rating? Awesome. My hitch will buckle before that thing breaks. Thanks for the info!
I would be very impressed to see a hitch buckle...6.5 tons is only 13,000 lbs & some F150 hitches are rated for more that than. Of couse, who knows what kind of safety factor is built in to the ratings. What I do know is I've hooked my Jeep's winch to a full size truck twice, both times with no anchor points available. The 1st time was a mid 2000s GMC 1500 extended cab stuck in a field. Couldn't get close enough for a ****** strap, so we hooked two 9K winches to his trailer hitch to get him out. This was after an Ecoboost F150 on 35s broke the GMC's front tow hooks trying to ****** him out. The next I hooked an 8K Warn (that's known to pull well over 8K) to the hitch of a 2012 F150 crew cab & used a ****** block for 16K of pull power.

I would look for one that can be mounted with the d-ring either vertical or horizontal. That way you can minimize the side load.
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I would be very impressed to see a hitch buckle...6.5 tons is only 13,000 lbs & some F150 hitches are rated for more that than.
My hitch states 11,600 max with a WD hitch. I have a feeling it can structurally handle more, but I'm not about to be the one to test that number.
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The D-Ring shackle posted above will work great. I use them for that purpose and also have a 10K lb Warn winch that I put in my hitch receiver for self-recovery when I'm out off-roading solo.

Get a tow rope / ****** strap if you don't already have one, and a 2nd D-ring so you don't have to rely on other people to bring them. All you need is any truck passing by, and with the two D-rings (one for his hitch receiver, one for yours) and the ****** strap, you're good to go.
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Get a tow rope / ****** strap if you don't already have one
Any rope/strap in particular you'd recommend?
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Any rope/strap in particular you'd recommend?
Bubba Rope, ASR, Opposite Lock, or ARB. Don't go cheap on those. You don't want a rope under that much stress to snap. Also make sure you get about a 25,000lb+ rating.

http://unsealed4x4.com.au/******-strap-comparison/

Also tow ropes are for towing (good to also have) and ****** straps/kinetic ropes are for getting unstuck.
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