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Old 03-19-2014, 06:56 PM
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Driving home last night and came upon a 96 or so suburban buried in a ditch. Didn't have a tow strap just had a chain so I stop, give the guy one end of the chain and hook mine to my drivers side tow hook. I paid no attention to where he hooked it and here the idiot hooked it to the trailer safety chain hooks on his receiver. This is what really grinds my gears is people not having enough common sense that a quarter inch or steel will not hold a chain with the tension of two full size 4wd vehicles on each end. So this is where it gets good. I give a small yank, does not move. So I try just pulling back and it starts to move so I give a little more pedal and next thing I know I'm ducking for cover as I see the chain come unhooked put dents in my hood, crack my bug deflector in half, destroy my grill, and put a pretty good size dent in my bumper. i don't know whether to turn it in to insurance or not. It has full coverage but would this be covered? Anyway that's my rant for tonight.
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Old 03-20-2014, 08:34 PM
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I must agree, it's annoying when people don't know a good recovery point on their vehicle but that is why every time I pull someone out I... A.) Hook up to the vehicle myself to insure safe recovery. B.) Only use rope or strap, growing up on a farm, my Dad pounded into my head to never...EVER... use a chain! Better luck next time friend!

P.S. Oh and I never pull anyone out from the front towhooks, always pull from the rear, another farm lesson.
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Old 03-20-2014, 09:03 PM
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Insurance? Depends on your deductible amount and whether your policy covers "towed" vehicles or equipment. Probably better off getting good used parts off Craigslist or eBay and repairing what you can yourself and not having an insurance company second-guessing your risk if you needed it for a major collision you really couldn't avoid.
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I always keep a chain haha about I month ago I was headed home -11f out and I see this jeep in the ditch so I stop tell them the grab the chain out of my bed. (I wasn't geting out I was in my t-shirt heat blasting from a 3 hours drive) so they hook it to my hitch and then the kid informed me that he has no front tow hooks... So I tell I'm to put it around his front axle.. Well he got the drag link confused for the axle tube... A idle roll laiter and no steering for that kid.. At this point I got out.. Find tow hooks and drag that poor this to the gas station.. Since we don't get phone service in that area so I figured it was the best thing to do.


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Old 03-21-2014, 03:15 AM
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Thats a SHAME, sorry to hear that Whistler
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Old 03-21-2014, 04:50 AM
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I'll try to post some pictures tonight or tomorrow. And another thing I found out is the dealer I bought my truck from, put the bug deflector on to cover up some dents, scuffs, and paint chips. A buddy of mine is the body shop teacher at the tech school a half hour away and he said the students need a project so I guess his might be going down there and it's getting done only for cost of material. Not gonna be to excited to see the sonic blue paint price
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Old 03-21-2014, 04:56 AM
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Whistler, that sucks especially when just trying to help someone. This is what I carry in my truck:

SmartStrapsĀ® 4 in. W x 30 ft. L Yellow Recovery Strap with Loop End, 10,000 lb. Safe Work Load - Tractor Supply Co.

It works every-time!
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Old 03-21-2014, 05:30 AM
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Nice ''extraction'' kit, I carry everything as well
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Old 03-21-2014, 05:41 AM
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I normally have an oil rig tow strap, the elastic kind but I'm not sure where it is at the moment. I was pulling out the tractor this winter so I had it out at home, I'm guessing that's where it is. Sure could've saved my grill, bumper, and hood. I was planning on a ranch hand bumper and 05-07 grill anyway. So here's My excuse to the wife
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Old 03-21-2014, 08:53 AM
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There you go, now you get the 07 grille...
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