I Got Stuck. What Gear Should I have?
Earlier this week I went on my first off-roading adventure. I had a decent time. Would've been a lot better if it wasn't just an open field with a pond. Any who, I had the opportunity to try out 4H/L and try out my new tires in some mud, so all-in-all it was worth it.
The reason why I'm posting is because I realized just how badly I need tow hooks or some other form of a tow attachment point. I knew I might need these in the future but it didn't really hit me until I got stuck, wading through the shallow end of the pond. The shallow end had some nasty, OK clay, and silt, which is easy to just sink into. Before I got stuck I had fun going through the water and kicking up mud, so it wasn't like I got stuck as soon as I got in. [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
After realizing that my Jeep was stuck and there wasn't anything I could do about it, we had to get some assistance from my Step Bro's Grandpa who had a huge tractor. He ended up pulling me out with a long chain. Since I didn't have any tow hooks I had to *gulp* [img]images/graemlins/spank.gif[/img] make a loop with the chain and attach it to the passenger side of the front bumper. The tractor tires spun a bit when I was being pulled out so he had to stop and then give it some gas real fast, which felt like rough tugging on the Jeep. I was afraid that my bumper was going to fly off, but it didn't. Luckily, I got out without any noticeable (to me) damage to the bumper or frame.
Just in case this happens again, I'd like to have the right gear to get me out, other than a winch. What's the standard these days, hooks and a recovery strap? I hear a lot about Come-Alongs (sp?) but don't quite understand how they work.
Also, are there any safety measures I should take? Is there a certain way to pull someone out? Do I need to put the Jeep in 2H and give it some gas?