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Old 08-10-2010, 07:00 AM
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I don't carry any of this stuff.........

I just make sure I wheel with these guys.

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That's right, Terry we have your back!

I figured you carried a satellite phone and just called in a chopper when in trouble.
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Old 08-10-2010, 08:18 AM
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Brent, you will have to ask Marco about the fire extinguisher story, next time you see him...
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Old 08-10-2010, 08:43 AM
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Yup good stuff. I you are wondering why a chain? If someone does not have a tow point use a chain in the frame rather than a strap so you don't ruin the strap by getting caught on sharp under body areas.
The chain is also useful to strap an axle to keep it from drooping, thus needing less jack height to stack rocks or work on something. You can use nylon straps for this but like you mention, there is a risk of cutting them. You can also use the chain to change the force or move an anchor point in odd riggings (this is by far why I've used chain in recovery, helping someone off in ditches in the snow usually means an weird rig-up). It's also tremendously useful in the spring when you have to wrap lots of dead fall. So I always have a 20-foot 5/16" chain standard duty (probably grade-30, just Home Depot level chain) galvanized with a regular clevis and a binder hook for dragging (I rate this at 2,000 lbf, but that is probably generous so it's just for utility) and usually a uber heavy grade-70 5-foot 3/8" chain with open clevis hooks (I rate it at 6,500 lbf).
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I thought of some other things Robbie had in his bag of tools. He had a ladies foot (the tool not the body part), a center punch, and a magnetic tray to hold those pesky little cone washers. You don't want to be losing those things amongst the dirt and rocks.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Again I try to have things maintained, but things happen. It is good to have tools and spares with you on trail rides, otherwise people will not want to come and play with you.
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Old 08-10-2010, 09:14 AM
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Wow, what a coincidence, I too have a lady's foot and a wig..wait I think I picked up someone's mystery bag by mistake.....

Also the chain is great for attaching to boulders like a tree saver strap, only the chain is a strap saver because strap will get damaged under stress..

Happened to me in Ouray, last month and then the light bulb went on and I thought "hmmm, here is a great place where chain would have been a much better option.
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Old 08-10-2010, 09:50 AM
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WOW! Thanks everyone for all the great info. I'm seriously needing to pick up some gear. I do usually drag along my emergency gear that I've picked over the year for backpacking. But a ton of the other stuff I'm going to have to write down and start picking up. Great Lists!!

Fire extinguisher story huh Marco?? I bet that's a fun story.
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Old 08-10-2010, 09:54 AM
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Ok, I'm sorry for asking such a question, but I am learning as many others are. How much length of chain and what size of chain is heavy enough. Granted, if the chain is too big you will not be able to manipulate it around the frame/tow-points.
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a wig..wait I think I picked up someone's mystery bag by mistake.....
That was my old bag, now I carry Ron Popeal's hair in a can in my bag!

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and some cigarette tobacco
Good idea on the Cigs so you can smoke them after a lengthy recovery or trail fix
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Old 08-10-2010, 10:07 AM
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I could have used a nice cigar and a little scotch after the recovery to help put my nerves at ease. However, seeing Robbie, Romer, and Brady trekking up the hill lowered my anxiety level. Thank you again you guys are the greatest.
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WOW! Thanks everyone for all the great info. I'm seriously needing to pick up some gear. I do usually drag along my emergency gear that I've picked over the year for backpacking. But a ton of the other stuff I'm going to have to write down and start picking up. Great Lists!!

Fire extinguisher story huh Marco?? I bet that's a fun story.
I've had to use on one my truck once and on somebody else's car another time. They come in handy...

after a month or two of driving the Rover around with no starter it bacame second nature to just park it on a hill and roll it to start it. The starter crank worked too, but it was a bit more of a pain.. Anyways, we were in a field in the middle of the night driving around in waist high grass way too fast and got high centered on a downed oak tree we didn't see.

So, I left the truck there idling while i hiked to the 24hour harwdware store that was a few blocks away to get a chain saw. Got back with my new chain saw, gallon of gas and oil mix and started whittling away at the tree trunk. A few minutes into it my friend taps me on the shoulder and points at the fire starting under the truck next to the exhaust.

I reached for my extinguisher (see, even at the dumb age of 17 I had one.. kinda) and ripped the pin out and squeezed the lever.. all i got was about a second of squirt and it pooped out. I guess it had leaked down. remember to check your extinguishers every once in a while..

So I turned around and ran to the closest store i could find that was open, ran in ripped the extinguisher of of the wall and ran back. By the time I got there the truck was burning pretty good and the rubber fuel lines were leaking fuel making the fire bigger. I put the fire out, but it was a dry chemical extinguisher so the embers kept lighting it all back up again. The fuel made it interestig too.. Pretty soon that fire extinguisher was out and we watched the truck burn. then the fire department came and squirted it down from the street.

tow truck driver didn't want to touch it that night so he took us home.

Next morning we went back out there and the new chainsaw I had left there in the hurry was stolen.

Bummer.

Another time I pulled up nexxt to a guy on the hwy whose cat it looked like was on fire from burning grease. I told him his car was on fire. He stared at me. I went and got my extinguisher and put it out and handed it to him.

he just kinda stood there.
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