Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Self-Recovery Box

A recent question from CCjon reminded me of a previous posting about training to recover one's rig from a position it cannot remove itself from, by itself.  Link to post: LINK

In other words, it's stuck, can't power out, and you're by yourself.

The Maasdam Rope Puller mentioned in the post is a bit awkward to store/carry.  So I'd resorted, shortly after buying it, to disassembling it slightly so it'd fit onto the storage box under my sidecar.

After a while, I decided to carry it instead in a box I'd found at Home Depot, along with other associated gear needed to pull a vehicle out of a predicament.

I got it out, both to show you the contents and to do a practice re-assembly of the rope puller.

 Disassembled Maasdam Rope Puller along with contents of
self-recovery box.

 I keep the "manual" that came with the rope puller as a reference
on how to put the puller tool back together.

 The bolt used to secure the two parts together.
Remove for reassembly.

 Make sure the tube that centers the retainer wheel is positioned
so that it's flush with the bracket on both ends.

Using the picture as guide, place items together, add the bracket, slide the bolt through all components and voila, you have a rope puller ready to use:

You reference the manual on how to thread the rope through the puller mechanism and with a bit of luck, pull your rig out of its "predicament" with minimal effort.


CCjon said...

Great idea. Carrying a disassembled puller insures you don't leave it at home.

Almost sold my puller because it took up too much space.

Thanks for the photos, that helps tremendously.

Charlie6 said...

you're quite welcome Jan!

SonjaM said...

Smart move, Dom. Given the roads less traveled you occasionally chose it might come in handy one day.

RichardM said...

I was wondering how the Home Depot box was working out.

Charlie6 said...

SonjaM, I've become more choosy about the "trail less traveled" when alone, too many close calls.

RichardM, it's a nice box....I originally thought it for permanent storage but it didn't work out in that role.