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I'm not a tow truck.. but I can pull you out!

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Old 12-07-2008, 01:08 AM
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Cool I'm not a tow truck.. but I can pull you out!

So... we had a few inches of the white stuff here in ohio this evening... and to no surprise.. people forget how to drive. I rolled up on some lady that managed to drive her grand prix into the ditch.. the left side tires where off the ground and the car was sitting on the right side! she couldn't get out.. i asked if she was alright and offered to try and tow her out.. she said sure... so i wrapped a chain around her left rear A-arm and gave it a yank.. (only "solid" place I could hook) ended up dragging her bacvkwards about 35ft... the county can thank me for cleaning their ditch! I ended up pulling her side ways out of the ditch... she thanked me with $25 bucks.. i was glad i didn't damage her car!

anyways..I'm sure someone out there has done this before and I want to hear if there are any people that DID cause some damage and what did you do about it?!
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Old 12-07-2008, 07:22 AM
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Something like this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1qJ5IT72Aw
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Old 12-07-2008, 07:38 AM
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I grew up in upstate N.Y. and have had a 4x4 truck or SUV of one kind of another since before I was old enough to have a drivers license. I've pulled many a car out of ditches and snowbanks up there before I moved south. Thought I was done with that stuff since there's no snow down here, but I was wrong. I've pulled as many or more out of ditches and sandbars, etc. down here.
Luckily to date, the worst I've done is break a few tow straps...
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Old 12-07-2008, 10:12 AM
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i usually tell the people that ill pull ya out but im not responsible if anything is damaged so its your discression. ive still never had anyone tell me no never mind. i also towed for several years and know where to hook up on vehicles to avoid tearing off bumpers etc. and that vid is hilariouse.
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Old 12-07-2008, 11:01 AM
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It is funny as he ll ! It looks like from the driver of the pickup, the thing to do if you damage someones car is to laugh! LOL
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Old 12-07-2008, 11:14 AM
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I had to be rescued yesterday. Hit some slush, which sucked me off the road, threw a fence, and into a field. No four wheel drive and bald tires got me stuck in 1 1/2 inches of snow. So, I called my dad, and he pulled me out with his Tundra. We both were not happy.
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Old 12-07-2008, 11:16 AM
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holy crap. that was freakin hilarious. watched it 3 times.lmao
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I bet the guy who owns the fence is not to pleased either....his cows and horses can get out now...
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Old 12-07-2008, 11:21 AM
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I bet the guy who owns the fence is not to pleased either....his cows and horses can get out now...
Actually, it's a hay field.

And for the record, I did go to the nearest house. There was a man outside, and when I called for him, he looked at me and went inside his house as if he didn't want to talk. Knowing some of the people around these parts, I decided not to push the issue.
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He could have been going to get his shotgun...LOL... If iwhitne was with you he could have called him a p**** and killed him with his bare hands.... jk
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+1 That video made my day lol
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I was dicking around with my monte carlo in the rain back when i was a teen. I slid into a deep ditch and my car was teetering only one wheel on the ground. A guy came outside from next door and pulled me out with his 3500 chevy cargo van, LOL. He didnt get pissed off at me, just said that he was a kid once too.
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heres a tip that i saw when i was watching wrecked on speed channel on a unibody car the rim are the strongest point.
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When I was a Youngster My buddies and I where 4x4 ing and got stuck . My Buddies Drunk *** Went to pull me out and Hooked it too his gas tank . Ripped his gas tank off his Bronco . 2:30 in the morning . Funniest thing I had ever seen . He didn't think SO !!!
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heres a tip that i saw when i was watching wrecked on speed channel on a unibody car the rim are the strongest point.
I own and operate a tow truck... And I would never hook a car by the rim, unless it was wrecked and I could not get to the frame and even then the car would have to be a total loss car.
Every car has holes in the frame put there specifically for towing and transport. There are three different "hooks" I use to attach my truck to the other car. 'J' Hook (looks like the letter J) is most used to hookup trucks and suvs by the front or rear axel. The 2nd is the 'T Hook" Looks like the letter T, you insert into precut holes in the frame and turn 180* which prevents it from falling outta the hole you just put it in to. And the 3rd "Frame Tab" or as I call it a "European hook", its long and slides into the frame much like a T hook but its much longer and with pressure is very hard to fall out. Most of European cars I tow (BMW, Benz, Rolls Royce.. yea I got to tow one once) use them. While most domestic cars have precut holes in the frame that are more suited to the T hooks not so many European cars do.

Luckily I have never had any damage to cars when I pull em outta ditch's. I normally use a real tow chain off my tow truck. I also have a heavy duty tow chain with the same hooks but a section of it is a strap that's designed for cars that sit real low so you dont damage the bumper when the chain pulls them up the bed... they would work fine for getting them outta ditches to.

I would suggest anyone who plans on heading out in the snow to make alittle cash pulling people outta ditch's to stop by the local tow shop and ask about getting a proper tow chain. That way you dont damage your own car... or the car your pulling out. The chains are not the cheapest but they gotta be cheaper then a lawsuit, afterall if you damage someone property your liable for the damage.
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Yea the car was trashed thats why i said by the rims
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I've pulled out plenty of cars...so far so good and so did my dad when I was growing up. He always told me that make sure you state you are not responsible for any damage and have THEM hook up the chain or tow rope to their car.

Therefore if you do tear something up on their side...well they become liable because they hooked it. Obliviously if they hook it up some place that you know you will just pull over, fiberglass bumper?!? , they suggest a better place.
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Yea the car was trashed thats why i said by the rims
Yea, I thought you meant to pull them outta the ditch the rim was a good spot. I would hate for someone here to really damage up a car by hooking a chain to there rim.

Wrecked is ok.
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Hey, just a lil piece of advice from from someone thats done a winter in Fairbanks, AK. I carry straps with me in my truck at all times. Another some I started carrying. Got a worn out reciever hitch, torched out the hole a lil bit and put a clevis thru it. Best recovery hitch I have ever had. You would be surprised how many vehicles have the reciever mount but no hitch! Another thing to keep outta trouble is making people hook up to their own vehicle. I will be down there and suggest where to hook it but its their decision. Also, I never accept any money. If you take money and then they decide to sue they have a case if you accepted the money. CYA- cover your a**. Lastly, whatever you use to pull people out, straps, chains, tow ropes, cable, any thing, just make sure you dont mix them!!! That usually ends up with a helluva dent in the tailgate or a busted back glass.
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