There’s nothing worse than when you’re going about your day, and suddenly find yourself in a situation where your truck has slid off the road and needs to be taken out with some extra help. This is where you’d usually call in Towing NJ or a recommended towing company in your area, but you could also deal with it on your own. Although that isn’t recommended in most situations because if you don’t winch your truck properly, you might end up causing further damage to it, but if you do decide to go through with it, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. In this post, we’ve put together a list of winching techniques that you can use to keep yourself, and your truck safe while you do it!
Gather all the necessary equipment
The first thing you need to do before attempting to mount a winch on a truck is to make sure you have all of the necessary equipment. Here’s a list of things you’re going to need:
- Approved Snatch Block
- Tree Protector
- Winch Strap / Hook strap
Winching Methods and Tips
- Snatchblocking/ Double-line-pull
Most of the time, trucks rollover to the point that they can’t be pulled out easily, so a simple, single line pull won’t work here. Trying to use a winch normally here as it might generate too much heat because of the added pressure. This is where you can use a snatch block to double the power of your winch! The snatch block will help keep the line as straight as possible while feeding it into the winch! Making the whole process a lot safer!
The way you can do this is by first, locating an anchor point. This could be a strong tree, or another vehicle. If you’re on your own and going for a tree, make sure you use a tree protector here to avoid causing any damage to the tree that’s helping you out. Once the anchor is in place, disengage your clutch. Make sure you have enough cable for it to make its way to the snatchblock and back to the vehicle. If your existing cable isn’t enough, add an extension. Once you’ve passed the winch cable through the snatch block, you can go ahead and secure the entire thing with a shackle. It’ll hold everything in place safely while allowing you to winch twice as well as it would with a single line pull!
- The slingshot
In this method, we use two anchor points to pull the truck to safety. This is usually done using two vehicles that face towards the truck. The first thing you need to do here is make sure the two recovery vehicles are parked in a way that they won’t move. You need to ensure that they’re a good anchor point to rely on! Then, hook up a snatchblock on the front of each of the vehicles, and then run the line through the entire thing. Once everything is in place, check the tension of the line to make sure it’s not going to snap unexpectedly, when you’re done, spool the winch and let it do the work! It should be enough to pull the truck to safety!
- Line redirect
If your truck is stuck in a position where you can’t get to safely and pull it out, like around a corner, you’re going to have to redirect the line to get it out. To do this, you have to use an anchor that’s in line with the truck. This will ensure that your line doesn’t break mid pull. Once you’ve located an anchor that’s in line, install the snatchblocker and the winch and let it pull! If everything is set up properly, it should be enough to get the truck out safely!