Not everybody needs to be able to tow this amount of weight. For these people, you might instead opt to get a receiver hitch or ball mount hitch since they will normally clock in around 5,000 or fewer pounds in towing weight capacity. If you don’t envision ever needing a hitch which can handle weights which are more than usual, you should simply get a ball mount of the receiver hitch.
There are plenty of great parts to choose from when you buy from 4wheelparts.com. You find recovery hitches from a wide range of brands, including Warn, Rugged Ridge and Factor 55. To get a sense of which hitches work best for your Jeep, you simply need to input the pertinent information into 4 Wheel Parts.com's search bar to automatically see the results.
Today, we're going to be taking a look at part number BDW20239. This is the Bulldog Winch 3/4" Shackle for 1-1/4" Hitches. This is designed to fit most Class I and Class II receivers. Now, when it comes to the capacity, we're looking at a 3500-lb working load limit or your vehicle's receiver capacity, so you'll want to go by whichever is lower. This is going to be great for recovery situations. Simply provides an attachment point for recovery strap. This piece is going to be the piece that mounts inside your hitch.
I would spend a little (ok a lot) extra for the Factor55 bling Hitchlink merely for its weight difference from something like the Warn. Southeast Overland in Seneca has both tow and snatch straps. Steve can tell you exactly what you should get based on what you tell him are your needs. He teaches recovery courses for the off road world as well as running his shop.
This hitch works by mounting it directly to the frame of the vehicle behind you, allowing the two vehicles to work almost as if they were one. However, keep in mind that you should not tow heavy-duty weights or vehicles with this vehicle. Since there is not a clear weight capacity with this hitch, it is best used for loads that are lighter than the vehicle you already use.
I ended up buying the Vault Cargo Management Hitch Shackle, the reviews on Amazon were better than the Smittybilt and it was essentially the same price. It has an extra hole so it can be mounted so the shackle is vertical as well. The finish on the product is excellent and that seemed to be a big complaint on the Smittybilt. The link has a short blog post I did with a few pics of the Vault Cargo Hitch.
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We are going to do follow up posts on all three of these straps. We are going to go get stuck on purpose and then feel what each of these straps can do and cannot do. For the most part, I have a feeling most of these straps will be the same in terms of towing but the Rhino Strap and ARB Recovery Strap might be a little more forgiving when yanking another vehicle from being stuck. Follow along and check back to see how these straps compare against each other for off-road recovery and general towing.
Use this heavy-duty, hitch-mounted shackle as an attachment point for strap, cable, or rope. Powder coated steel resists rust. Hitch pin and clip sold separately. Features: Tow ring lets you attach recovery strap, cable, or rope (sold separately) to be used in agricultural, industrial, or recreational applications Hitch-mounted design ensures quick, simple
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