Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Humboldt County, CA
Car: 2008 OB XT Limited; 2002 Impreza 2.5TS
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This is really helpful. I've seen real off-roading done when I rode in other people's off-roaders. I have only the vaguest and most basic understanding of real off-roading, and I do NOT intend to go offroading.
1. I have AAA, but most of the places I would get stuck have no cell service.
2. I'm NOT thinking of how to recover my car (or anybody else's) once it's buried in mud/sand/snow up to the rocker panels...
I'm really just thinking about how I could pull my car out of a ditch if I slide off a dirt or snow-covered road.
My vague thinking here is that if I've got one person in the driver's seat, and another person winching, then I could get the car out of a ditch with a lot less strain on the driveline and a lot less danger/strain than having somebody simply pushing... Maybe this is totally wrong-headed.
3. There are trees everywhere around here (especially in the middle of nowhere), and I have a couple 30' tow straps, so I'm not worried about finding an anchor.
4. Here's the come along I'm looking at:
Maasdam Pow'R Pull WS-2 2 Ton Capacity Web Strap Pull'R with 12' of Web Strap
Maasdam seems to have a good reputation, and it's on Amazon for $44, shipped.
It uses a strap, not a cable (I'm leery of cables).
Twelve feet ought to be enough to get me out of a ditch—if I've slid the car more than 6-8 feet off the road, then I'll give up and start hiking.
Is this a major mistake?