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How to use a Receiver Hitch as a Recovery Point.

Posted on January 27 2022

A very common recovery point for on and off-road vehicles is the hitch receiver.  We want to show you how to use it in the safest way possible.  So here are our tips.

Use a Receiver Shackle Adapter, we carry the three most common sizes, 1/2", 3/4", and 7/8", These work well with Steel Shackles as well as soft shackles. Using a strap or soft shackle directly on the hitch pin is not safe as the pin is rated for a sheer load, and not a bending load.

Keep the pull as straight inline with the hitch as possible, this protects the welds on the hitch as well as keeps an even loading on the hitch pin and shackle.

Make sure to use the correct size hitch pin, and that is not work or rusty.  Also make sure there is no mushrooming of the hitch pin hole.

Using a ball hitch is very common, but is not safe as the ball can break under loading,  we have seen this happen and the ball was embedded in the back tailgate of the opposing vehicle.

Our 1.25" inch Hitch Adapter works great with our 1/2" inch Steel Shackle or our 1/4 Soft Shackles.

Our 2" inch Hitch Adapter works great with our 3/4" inch Steel Shackle or our 3/8 or 7/16 Soft Shackle.

Our 2.5" inch Hitch Adapter works great with our 7/8 inch Steel Shackle works great with 7/16 or 1/2 Soft Shackle.

 
Common Off-Road Shackle Sizes
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Nominal Size Bow Diameter Pin Diameter

1/2"

1/2" 5/8"
3/4" 3/4" 7/8"
7/8" 3/4" 1"

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