Also, because of the inertia of the fast moving tow vehicle, the elastic tow
rope can exert a pull greater than the tow vehicle can exert from a
standstill. A non-elastic tow rope can do the same thing if the vehicles can
stand the shock but the elastic works much better.
Maybe it was just what he had?
Auto parts stores often have something known generically as a
"recovery strap." Usually it's a flat woven belt but some light duty
ones are braided round ropes, like a water ski tow rope for Paul
Bunyan. I wouldn't think that a bungee, capable of ~ 3x stretch,
would be my first choice. Definitely they have some "give" for just
the reasons you mentioned, though, and also so that spring action can
give you a little more oomph. (Presumably to pull the stuck vehicle
forward, not to pull the tow vehicle back!) Some websites seem to
indicate that 20% stretch is about it.
Here are some examples and instructions:
See also, for instance, http://asa4wdc.org/content/safety/recovery.html
How does that old saying go -- four-wheel-drive lets you get a lot
further from help before you get stuck?
On Tue, 28 Oct 2008 19:47:21 -0700 (PDT), Ad absurdum per aspera
Yeah, that's another reason I would be scared to use one. I've seen
too many cartoons, and I know what is likely to happen. Kazoom!!
Well, it looks good, but clearly they haven't seen enough cartoons.
LOL. Absolutely. I've driven up some very rocky roads in my 67
full-size Pontiac Catalina (made when there were no compact cars, and
a rented Fiat Panda.
But if two wheels can spin in the mud, so can four. Some people don't
seem to understand that.
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