No matter how powerful and capable your Dodge RAM 1500 is, some situations call for special auxiliary gear. If you find yourself completely bogged down in a mud hole or beached high and dry on a berm, having the right recovery gear can be the difference between a dirty but fun day out or a total disaster. If you’ve ever needed recovery before or just want to make sure you’re fully equipped for all eventualities, our range of recovery gear has everything you need, from complete kits to different specialized tools you might need to complete your existing kit. The exact needs of each recovery situation vary depending on factors like the vehicles involved, surfaces and weather conditions, and surroundings. Technical know-how and the ability to apply gear and techniques in a skilled and experienced manner will also affect how you go about your recovery. The bottom line, however, is that you’ll want to make sure you’re packing the right tools for the job. Our selection of Dodge RAM 1500 recovery gear includes straps, kinetic ropes, and blocks, as well as D-rings, hooks, shackles and drag chains. Keeping all that gear tidy and in top condition is important. Some kits, ropes, and accessories include their own kit bags, or you can pick up a dedicated storage solution for your recovery gear. The most important consideration when selecting recovery gear is making sure it will be up to the potential application. With recovery straps, the general rule is that they are rated for 10,000 pounds for every inch of width. Smaller straps of 1” or 2” width obviously take up less room in your RAM but wider straps will provide the peace of mind you get knowing you can handle anything. You’ll want to check the specific ratings for the straps you’re considering to ensure they offer the strength you need. Straps are quite popular because they roll up into a compact packaged, whereas ropes can take up more space. Whether you choose a recovery rope or strap, however, you’ll want to make sure it’s proper recovery gear, with loops at each end, not metal hooks or rings. Recovery straps (also known as snatch straps) can be used for towing but dedicated equipment is the best choice, so you’ll want to pack a proper tow rope or strap for those cases where you simply need to move a vehicle. To help provide extra power with recoveries, kinetic ropes are designed to stretch up to a certain point, storing energy that then gives an added boost to your RAM 1500’s power and traction. That added energy can be the crucial element in getting out of harm’s way. Recovery ropes and straps are available in a wide range of colors. You can choose subdued, subtle shades from something more stylish or bright colors that increase visibility for added safety. Recovery straps are typically made from high-performance nylon webbing and will often feature eyes or loops with abrasion and scratch resistant finishes. Recovery ropes may contain a mix of nylon and polyester, with high-tech finishes to avoid abrasion or wear damage to the rope. Tree straps use a construction similar to snatch straps and are designed to provide a safe anchor point for use with a winch and cable. They increase safety for the recovery and avoid damage to the tree. Every recovery kit should contain an assortment of D-hooks and shackles to help with securing ropes, straps or cables, as well as arranging a special geometry that might be needed with more complex recoveries. Special rope shackles are soft, lightweight, and moisture-resistant. American Trucks offers a vast selection of tow hooks, D-ring shackles, shackle mounts. They’re available in a wide range of colors, too, so you can color-coordinate your recovery gear and your rig. D-shackle isolators are a great way to stop your shackles noisily clanging against your bumper and stop them damaging the finish. They also provide colorful highlights. If you’re just getting started out or want to refresh your recovery kit, our all-in-one recovery kits pack all the basic gear you need. The included kit bags keep everything organized. Just stow the kit on your rig and it will be ready when you need it. For the RAM driver who already has everything, make sure you pack a set of traction boards. All the winching, towing, and snatching power in the world can’t help you if you have no grip.
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