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snatch strap hook up for getting vehile unstuck

2017 tundra, crewmax 4x4. there are two tow hooks on teh front but I am wondering what there is a safe place to attach a Bubba Rope to the rear of my truck in order to pull a stuck vehicle out of deep sand or mud from the rear of my Tundra. I know not to use the ball on the trailer hitch, which makes sense but I am wondering if the cross bar of the hitch is strong enough. I do have the trailer towing package so I assume that the hitch itself is securely attached to the truck frame. I have seen the 2" receiver attachments with a shackle attached and I would prefer not to change out the ball receiver ever time i want to use it...Is that my best options? I do not see any tow points in there are like there are in the front.
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Re: snatch strap hook up for getting vehile unstuck

The tow truck driver, that brought my Sequoia home the last time it would not start, was looking for a place to put his tie down straps on the front end. I suggested the 'tow hook' and he said that they break too easy. He placed his straps around the frame rails.

I would think that the ball on the trailer hitch would be strong enough to pull out a stuck vehicle; surely the cross bar would be too.

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Some good tips on how to recover as safely as possible can be found here: Recovery Straps - Tow Straps - Proper Usage. This can make sense in some situations such as a vehicle stuck in snow. For deep sand or mud or over an embankment, I would suggest a tow truck with heavy winch that can both lift and pull would be a better choice.

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Some older cars actually have tow hooks, but if not you must use your own judgment. Never attach a recovery strap to a vehicles bumpers, axles, suspension, steering rods, or a trailer hitch ball. The attach points must be to a secure place on the vehicles frame. Do not place the recovery strap on another vehicle in a way that it may be cut.
The 2" receiver attachment with a shackle attached is the best solution. I understand the main concern with using a trailer hitch ball is having the strap slip off and snapping back. Not ideal, but better to remove the draw bar and loop the strap around the 5/8" receiver pin than to use the hitch ball. (With the understanding that the pin might get bent and have to be cut out.) Have also seen it suggested to carry a 5/8" hitch pin from Tractor Supply Co or any Implement dealership. These are hardened steel and will hold up better than the stock receiver pin under this kind of abuse.

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