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Rear recovery hitch; why do you need one?

Following on from last weeks post, where we covered 20 things you should never do in a 4WD recovery, I've decided to post some information regarding the Rear recovery hitch; a cheap, solid and safe way of recovering your 4WD.

Most 4WD's come with tow bars on the rear. The problem though, is they don't come with Rated recovery points. Before you head off road, you need at least one rated recovery point on the front of your vehicle, and one on the rear.

Our 80 bogged

So, where do you recover from?

What's a rated recovery point?

A rated recovery point is a hook, loop or angle that bolts to your chassis, and is rated for towing, snatching and winching. It is not the tie down points that most 4WD's come from, which are used to hold the vehicle down whilst being transported. Recovering off these is a bad idea!

Rated recovery points are stamped with their safe working load, which is usually 4500kg or 10,000 lb. If it isn't stamped, or the bolts are not grade 8.8, don't use it for 4WD recoveries.

Load tested recovery point

Look for the stamped rating

Why do I need them?

There's a good chance you are going to get bogged at some stage. Please don't tell me it won't, because it will, in time! It might not be on your first adventure off road, but it will happen eventually. When it does, you need a way of recovering your 4WD safely, without damaging it, or anyone involved in the recovery. Having a rated recovery point on the front and the rear is important, as you may not be able to get to both sides of the vehicle that needs recovering. At least with one point on each end of the 4WD you have an option!

A bogged 4WD on the hump

You need rated points to recover off!

The rear recovery hitch

The most common rated recovery point for 4WD's on the rear is known as a recovery hitch. It is basically a big lump of steel with a rated shackle, which slides into your tow bar and is secured by the tow pin. These are only about $50 and are extremely versatile.  You don't need to bother getting other rated recovery points; these are fantastic.

Please take a second to inspect your tow bar too; how is it bolted to the chassis? If it looks like its on the weaker side, get someone who is qualified to look over it. You don't want to rip the entire tow bar off!

Rear recovery hitch

The rear recovery hitch

Where can I get one from?

Most 4WD shops sell these, or you can buy them online from eBay.

5 Tonne Recovery Hitch Receiver Bonus Bow Shackle Tow Bar Off Road 4X4 4WD
5 Tonne Recovery Hitch Receiver Bonus Bow Shackle Tow Bar Off Road 4X4 4WD
AU $29.95
Time Remaining: 15d 5h 1m
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Recovery Hitch Receiver 5 Tonne Rating with Bow Shackle Tow Bar Off Road 4WD
Recovery Hitch Receiver 5 Tonne Rating with Bow Shackle Tow Bar Off Road 4WD
AU $31.90
Time Remaining: 25d 4h
Buy It Now for only: AU $31.90
Recovery Hitch Receiver Rated 5 Tonne + Bow Shackle Tow Bar Off Road 4x4 4WD
Recovery Hitch Receiver Rated 5 Tonne + Bow Shackle Tow Bar Off Road 4x4 4WD
AU $29.95
Time Remaining: 20d 10h 6m
Buy It Now for only: AU $29.95

Can't I just recover off the pin?

Well, yes, you can, and many people do. However, these recovery hitches have a number of advantages. They are stronger, and prevent the pin from bending. If you bend your pin, you are going to have a fun time getting it out. They are also much easier, and simple. Have you ever tried to hook a snatch strap up to the pin when you are standing in half a meter of filthy mud? It's pretty well impossible. At least with the recovery hitches, all you need to do is undo the shackle, hook the strap on and do it back up. Even that is hard enough when you are buried in mud or stuck in a big puddle.

Stay safe

However you choose to fit out your 4WD, make sure you are safe when it comes to 4WD recoveries. There have been a number of people killed in Australia by recoveries gone wrong, and it's something we need to change. Take your time, consider the setup and whether its safe, and use equipment that is designed for the job. Your life is not worth trading for a stuck 4WD!

4WD recoveries gone wrong

Stay safe!

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • Good info mate! I wish I had a Reese type hitch so I could just use one of them. Such a good idea!

  • These are super handy; love mine. Just looked at your video again. Is the tongue bolted to the bar, or underneath the bar?

  • It’s bolted underneath the bar, it just comes realllly close to the bar, thought it wasn’t gonna all fit together when we threw the bar on!

  • Would you get an MCC one again, or fork out the extra for a Kaymar?

  • I’d definitely fork out the extra. I hate that MCC bar! I’ll be flogging it off for a Kaymar when I’ve got the money. Unless I get rid of the Patrol sometime soon.

  • Maybe time for an upgrade to an 80 hey?! Just kidding mate! Kaymar are excellent; I’ve been extremely happy with both of my kaymar bars

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