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Your right.

Good point Critter. It is dependable for emergencies but may not be worth the room it takes up. Maybe in its place put a box of snickers that way if you are stranded at least you can get your snack on.

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hmmmmmmm

gkhutson you got it if you bring plenty of snacks and food tool kit and get unstuck gear you will need none of it.because you will only get stuck ,lost,or broke down only when you are NOT PREPAIRD FOR IT LOL

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A-men on the chain saw, I had

A-men on the chain saw, I had to chop a tree down with a shovel once to put under my high centered truck that was in a deep rut in the back country of CO, It was a good thing I was only twenty years old with a lot of energy. Know I try not to get in those tight spots.

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Chopping down a tree with a

Chopping down a tree with a shovel is probably about as efficient as digging a hole with a axe.

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Actually an axe will dig a

Actually an axe will dig a pretty good hole if needed.  Years ago a friend and I decided to test drive his new 75 Chevy 4x4.  During the test drive we ended up stuck in a snow drift with no shovel in the truck but he did have a axe and a couple of pans.  Well, 4 or 5 hours later we had the truck unstucked and headed back down the mountain. 

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Don't forget a sleeping bag

Don't forget a sleeping bag or blankets depending on what time of year you are out. I'm guessing most of us are out in late fall when the temps can drop pretty cold and if your stuck or broke down to where you cant get out, at least you will be warm. Water is a good thing to have extra in there as well as some snacks

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Couple additions just to add

Couple additions just to add my $0.02...

 

Put the chains on your truck ahead of time and make sure they have the clearance you will need in an off-road condition. i.e... I have buddy that bought a set of 4 and they worked fine driving around the street. But when he actually used them in an off-road situation on a rough trail, he broke something else on his truck and was stuck anyway. Sorry, can't remember what he broke! Maybe the shock/strut tower, steering arm or something. It cleared well enough on the smooth road around his house, but when he needed it the chain hit something and it broke that something else. So what he now uses is a good heavy set on the back, and only the little cable chains on the front as they have much more clearance.

 

As well, and not sure you may need it... but I have been stuck before in a place I could not hook up a winch, come-a-long or anything else to! What we used when I was in the Army and I myself have been too lazy to get yet...is a large spike! Something that if need be you can drive into the ground that you can hook the winch or come-a-long to! I had my hummer stuck in a mud hole once down on Ft Hood and the closest tree was hundreds of yards away. We drove the spike in, hook the winch up, pulled us most of the way through, had to dig it back out and move it out further and drive it in again and pull us the rest of the way out...the dig that sucker out again.

Now, I just need me lazy butt to go and buy one or two myself! Every year I keep saying I will, but I always forget! :::]]

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Heavy CIf you know of anyone

Heavy C
If you know of anyone that works at the phone company see if they can get you a couple of 36" pedistal post.  They work great.  Also if you don't have a post to drive in the ground you can always find a log and burry it to connect your winch line to.  As far as the chains breaking something that can even happen if you have enough clearance.  When you put them on the front wheels and make a turn and if they are not tight they are libal to tear just about anything off out out of the wheel well. 

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Great Ideas!

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If you know of anyone that works at the phone company see if they can get you a couple of 36" pedistal post.  They work great.  Also if you don't have a post to drive in the ground you can always find a log and burry it to connect your winch line to.  As far as the chains breaking something that can even happen if you have enough clearance.  When you put them on the front wheels and make a turn and if they are not tight they are libal to tear just about anything off out out of the wheel well. 

 

Great point! I have buried a large rock before too, when there were no logs around!

 

PEEP! Great point about the extra key! My buddy did it two years ago and his wife drove up from Denver to bring him a spare...she was not too happy about it either!Cry baby

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Some great stuff here. 

Some great stuff here.  HeavyC you probably just saved me a major headache....I never would have thought about the clearance issues with the fronts being different than the rear's.  My list of crap that I need just took a major jump.

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