I wouldn't use a chain for vehicle-vehicle. I hope I didn't give that impression. That would be just asking for damage.Muzikman said:For self recovery a chain isn't bad, but for vehicle to vehicle recovery it's down right dangerous.
How would that work, I would think it would stretch more than the hi-lift could move. This is the reason you are not supposed to use recovery straps with a hi-lift.Syndicate said:The yanker rope can be used in two ways. It can be used as a kinetic yanker or you can sailor-tie the rope and make a loop every 2 feet, turning it into a make-shift chain formation for self recovery with a High-Lift. It's not cheap though.
A chain with grab hooks sounds easier. So does a winch or following rule #1 of wheeling...never go alone.Syndicate said:You're mostly correct, although the yanker rope stops stretching after it reaches %130 of its orriginal length. It's not exactly a bungee cord. This method is pretty much a total pain in the ass and a last ditch attempt to self-recover, but it does work. The one time I've seen it done however, the knots were so tight after the rope was released that the guy could not untie them.
Basically you have multiple loops in the rope. As you reverse-jack the rope to pull the vehicle towards you, you have to go put rocks under the wheels each time you've completed a jack length. Repeat.