Ronny Dahl, 4 Wheeling Australia has a multi part video not using tow balls for recovery
yeah? well, … well,... he did have a helment! (sic)Although I would never use a tow ball for recovery, that video showed very hard abuse that only a total idiot would try.
Think about how much abuse the average tow ball takes from towing, over time it will weaken the ball and the mount. Start trying to do recovery with it, and who knows when it will go. Or, think of all the people we've seen on trails using a tow ball as a recovery point, maybe they've done it 15 or 20 times. The first ball in the video, it took 8 tries and it wasn't even loose in the mount. I tow a few times a year, every time before I do, I check to see if the ball is tight, and I never leave my ball receiver in, I normally have my tow point installed.Although I would never use a tow ball for recovery, that video showed very hard abuse that only a total idiot would try.
You can have the best recovery points in the world and if you don’t rig it right or use the correct equipment in the first place then the point will be fine and other items will fail. I have pictures somewhere of this concept involving an At,y ASV in Bosnia that troops were trying to recover using a winch. Long story short winch was borderline at best as far as recovery capacity and soldiers failed to observe safety setbacks, this resulted in one soldier losing an arm and another losing his eye.How many recovery points do you think are rated for real abuse?