Ever found yourself really challenged when trying to recover an off-road truck or Jeeps under certain circumstances? Whether a truck is stuck in the middle of a mud pit or just less accessible due to obstacles in the way, there are times when you'll need to get creative with your equipment to get the stuck vehicle out.
If you ever need to join two tow straps together for a longer strap length, it's important you do it the right way. Properly joined, you can safely recover an off-roader and prevent damage to your straps. If you do it the wrong way, someone could end up seriously hurt or you could ruin your straps.
DON’T - Use A D-Ring to Connect Two Straps
As easy as it is to do when recovering an off-road truck, avoid using a D-ring to connect the loop ends of two recovery straps. Even though the D-ring itself can be screwed securely closed, you need to anticipate the possibility of a strap breaking.
If a strap snaps with a load on it and there is a D-ring in the line, the D-ring immediately becomes a flying projectile under great force that could seriously injure someone.
DO - Double Up A Second Strap
One easy way you can safely join two tow straps together for truck recovery is to just thread one strap through one of the end loops on the second strap. Double the inserted strap back so the two looped ends are together to be secured to the same anchor point.
This gives you a strap length of one and one-half straps, which may be just enough for your needs. Best of all, your join will be secure and you won’t cause any damage to the straps with knots and more.
DO - Interlock the Loops
A second way to join two tow straps when you need as much length as possible to recover an off-roader is to interlock the loops at the ends. First, pass one strap through the end loop of the second strap. Then pass the length of the second strap through the end loop of the first strap. When you pull the two together, the end loops lock over each other for a secure connection.
Before you tighten this type of join, make sure you put a rolled-up newspaper or magazine between the two straps so they hold it in place. This prevents the loops from getting so tight during the recovery that you can't actually get them again. Use a magazine or paper that you don't want anymore since it's probably going to get torn and twisted.
Although some people use a stick between the two straps that are being used to recover the off-road truck, sticks are rougher and can damage the strap. Nix the sticks and stick to something smooth like a rolled magazine or newspaper or even an old catalog.
DO - This To Separate The Straps
If you still end up with two truck recovery straps tightly knotted together either because the space you use falls out or you just don’t have anything with you, try this trick to unknot them. Using a rubber mallet, pound the knot and roll it while pounding so you hit all sides. Keep rolling and pounding until the knot starts to loosen. Eventually, you should be able to pull the two loops apart and separate the straps.
An important part of off-roading safety is being prepared for less than ideal circumstances. Know the best and safest ways to recover stuck trucks. Joining two tow straps together can give you the reach needed when just one isn’t enough.
Always keep a pair of tow straps with your off-road recovery gear as well as a magazine or newspaper. You'll be prepared for recoveries where you need to connect your straps together. If you’re the one who’s stuck, you'll have something to read while you wait for your buddies to come along with truck winch bumpers and give you a hand!