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Old 12-07-2010, 10:57 PM   #51
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I carry a
Have yet to use it.
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Old 12-09-2010, 08:00 AM   #52
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Anybody use land anchors for recovery?
Those look more than a little overly complex. My favorite recovery tool is a buddy, and the first step is prevention, a.k.a. "I'm pretty sure you can make that, why don't you go ahead?"

The rangers over in Meeker CO use a 3' steel stake. I've been told you put it in the ground 45° towards the vehicle and then pull out, once you drive across it you can use the vehicle to extract the spike the opposite direction. Never seen it in action though, and it wouldn't work in sand where you can always bury your spare as a land anchor... again, something I only know in theory. The thought of digging a hole that size makes me want to abandon the van and go get some Tequila.

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Old 12-09-2010, 09:27 AM   #53
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Anyone who actually has one of these anchor devices -- I'd love to see where you store it in your van. Space is a bit of a premium in my RB50.

A 3' steel spike and a sledgehammer would be pretty easy to store. I worry a bit about it becoming a 3' steel projectile under use, though.

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I have the smaller PulPal and keep it in the bottom of the under floor storage pit. The larger model would be better for our rigs, but I had the small one from another rig and it fits in the pit. I've used it in with the van and it was fine in soft sand. As far as a spike is concerned, it might work in hard, rocky soil, but would pull right out in sand. My concerns with getting stuck all revolve around sand. Never had even close to a stuck problem in hard stuff.
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A 3' steel spike and a sledgehammer would be pretty easy to store. I worry a bit about it becoming a 3' steel projectile under use, though.
It's a good point that you never want a tow-strap or recovery strap with anything heavy on the other end, because the elastic energy stored is what is dangerous. With winch cable I don't think the spike would be any more dangerous than, say, the cable itself, if something failed.
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I don't know if these count as they are in my Jeep but I really like recovery pics. The first three are of me snatching out some stuck vehicles in the soft sand around Lake Powell.

The last pic is of me getting epically stuck. The front winch did not help and the rear receiver mount was balanced on rock. So, the rear tires had no traction and as I tried to rock the Jeep back and forth, she kept sliding to the left. I am fairly certain she would have rolled over, so I stopped. My wife and I hiked 5 miles out of the trail, and caught a ride to our rental house in Kanab, UT. The next day I was able to hook up with the local club president that manages that trail and he took us out in his old CJ and pulled me out.

Don't ask why I was trying to get up that rock (called a waterfall).....that's a long story








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Why were you trying to get up that rock, called a waterfall?

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P.S. These were taken on our honeymoon which was basically a 2 week Jeep Trip around UT, CO, and NM.
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If you had a longer wheelbase (and enough ground clearance) you would have been ok.

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P.S. These were taken on our honeymoon which was basically a 2 week Jeep Trip around UT, CO, and NM.
Ah, I understand…just taking her over the threshold. Hope you had fun at the top of the hill
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