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Thread: Tow balls are not to be used as recovery points

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    I'm glad to say a hitch receiver was the very first thing I bought. A few tanks of fuel then the hitch.

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    Yeah same here. First time I went wheeling I didn't have it though, guy I was with goes "you aren't supposed to snatch off the towball, but it doesn't really matter"
    What did I know, he was supposed to be the experienced one so I just listened to him. Took about 4 seconds after joining this board to learn that it is the number 1 "DO NOT"!

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    Some people are pig headed and wont change, unfortunetly its wont be them going to hospital. All they'll say is "never happened before". DO A RECOVERY COURSE. Get rid of your bad habits, I see it all the time
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    Hi, the cross-member that the tow hitch is mounted on is not designed for that type of loading (even with a Heyman-reece you would need to strengthen it to use an appropriate tow fitting)

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    Seems no matter what we do to get the message out there its just never going to be enough also
    think you may run into these two again out on the tracks and nothing will have changed lets hope you got through
    Last edited by patrol2.8; 14th September 2012 at 02:57 PM.
    Theres only one thing tougher than my truck............. YES DEAR GOING TO DO THE LAWNS NOW
    WARNING: Towballs used for recoveries,can and do kill people and damage property

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    Quote Originally Posted by Les Penrose View Post
    Hi, the cross-member that the tow hitch is mounted on is not designed for that type of loading (even with a Heyman-reece you would need to strengthen it to use an appropriate tow fitting)
    Mate my front "Threedogs" recovery point I just put on is held by 3 12mm HT bolts, the hooks I took off had 2, my tow bar has 3 each side and 4 in the middle.
    I use one of those solid reciever things with a rated shackle on it.
    I'm fairly confident it is going to stay in place during a recovery.
    The fact it has so far means nothing, people use that argument with tow balls.
    Our club is really uptight about safety, and thats what we have been using since I joined in 2006.
    I dont want to be putting myself or anyone else at risk so if I have the wrong end of the stick I really do want to know!!!
    Last edited by macca; 14th September 2012 at 03:11 PM.
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    Glad to see you're in a club Macca, then you'll know why we {I} preach a bit about the safety of recoveries.
    you are now bullet proof front and rear for SAFE recoveries. Enjoy and spread the word.
    Will say it again,
    EVERYONE NEEDS TO JOIN A CLUB OR DO A RECOVERY COURSE,,,, NO BUTS
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    Good read. Excellent safety post.
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    How gutless is the jeep I thought it would be able to drag the car body easy.
    He has no respect for his Jeep, it did say RED NECK eh
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