What to Do When the Going Gets Tough
There are a few things that need to be done when one is recovering a truck from a gooey mud bog and since Offroad Power Products got some awesome footage of Cooper Rasmussen recovering our Ultimate Adventure Super Dirty project truck from a deep mud pit way out in the sticks, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to give you some basics on how to properly recover a stuck rig.
Of course the first rule of vehicle recovery, make sure you have an adequate recovery vehicle! There’s no sense in hooking up a Geo Metro to stuck bulldozer unless you want to see a trifecta of pistons shoot out of the hood. Likewise, you should make sure you have an adequate recovery strap that can safely be used to recover the stuck vehicle. We had a beefy recovery strap from Bubba Rope so we knew we were in good shape as far as that. One of the most important steps is making sure you hook up to proper pull points on either the frame or the bumper. Don’t be a genius and hook up to a rollcage unless you’d like to see your rig get an impromptu frame off restoration in the middle of nowhere.
The next thing you should make sure of is that any spectators are clear of both vehicles as well as the strap. The strap will stretch a bit which will actually give you a bit more pulling power when trying to tug on a heavy rig that’s up to its doors in sticky slimy mud.
Once everyone has cleared the area, the driver of the stuck rig should make sure they are in gear with their tires spinning in the direction of the pull to help the recovery vehicle once the stuck rig gains traction. At this point the driver should ease into the strap and use as much throttle as necessary without digging themselves into a hole as well. Once the stuck rig has been safely recovered, make sure you pull it an extra ten feet just to rub it in! All kidding aside, make sure someone is documenting this either with photos or video just in case something hilarious happens… you know, like losing a pair of axles or a bumper because you forgot to tighten those grade 8 bolts when you were under your truck the weekend before!
Check out some incredibly rare footage of our very own Tech Editor, Fred Williams getting saved by a Wrangler JK with a 4BT cummins!