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Old 02 November 2005, 17:19   #1
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How not to tow a car out of a snowdrift......

or 'check out the build quality on that car!'

(First bid of vid is boring but it is worth waiting for!)

Out of the fog......
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Old 02 November 2005, 17:54   #2
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There's a lesson, no jerking, apply the pull gently.

And, of course, connect the tow to the other side so it pulls the car out of the snow rather than into it!

A good vid Alan. You anticipate what's going to happen but it's still funny when it happens!

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Old 03 November 2005, 06:23   #3
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I was never expecting that to happen! , surely logic as mentioned earlier would be pull slowly taking up the slack and pulling from a different angle! - numptys!
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Old 03 November 2005, 13:41   #4
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Old 03 November 2005, 15:08   #5
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I have seen that one before - still great to watch though!!!

Notice how little traction the pickup had - Land Rover would have towed it no probs!!!

They would have been far better off towing it sideways first - still the video wouldn't have been so much fun then!!!

It is quite common when offroading to use a KERR - kinetic energy recovery rope - basically a stretchy bit of very strong nylon rope(anchorplait 30mm or similar) to bungee a stuck vehicle out - the forces are frightening - you need really beefy recovery points.

It was developed by the British Army but they have now banned it for soft skinned vehicles as being too dangerous - a woman was killed when a towhitch came off a vehicle and went straight through the Range Rover she was sitting in!!!
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Old 03 November 2005, 16:20   #6
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Yeah watched a tailgate on a V8 Rangey get trashed trying to recover a stranded lightweight. The rangey V8 ran out at full bore trying to snatch (kinetic rope) the lightweight out of a very deep hole. The tow line whipped back accross the tailgate complete with tow ball from the lightweight The bonnet was up on the lightweight in case the towline snapped but nothing for the poor rangey!!

Allways expect the unexpected.

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