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    I'm used to smaller trucks where the advise is never to attach a recovery strap to a hitch to prevent stored energy in the strap from turning the broken hitch into a cannon ball. Now that winter is approaching I am looking at the Deuce and wondering what the preferred method is there? Is there are TM that covers the proper way to recover a vehicle with the M35 series trucks? If not, do you prefer the pintle or the clevis' ? I have searched and it looks like there are possible issues with both.
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    OMG if you rip the pintle out of a deuce that will take a 1000 tons of pull . . .

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    I have no idea of the impact loading capability of the pintle or surrounding structure, it looks strong but I was hoping to get some knowledge of what others have done or if there is an approved method.
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    Over 20 years of having to every once in a while do these kind of things, I will put my two cents in. Never seen anything bad happen when recovering a vehicle with the pintle or clevis. Never. And I have pulled just about every truck you can think of from 1972-1993 out of a mud hole.

    Yes, I believe in the Wrecker TM's, and I remember reading in a Recovery TB, 30-40 years ago, the methods and how and where to secure towing/recovery equipment.

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    You most likely will RIP the front off of whatever your pulling out before you break a clevis or pintal.
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    I do it on my lmtv all the time 3 times last year I pulled a case w24 back up on the road I have yet to break the pintle hitch

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    IMG_7665.JPGThis is my preferred method of attachment on the back of the 5 ton. However the 11,000lb lifting strap didn’t prefer the tow hook on the loader. Strap was in good condition, at least 4-1 safety factor, and was obviously overloaded due to stretching and shearing the stitching off the capacity tag. IMG_7667.JPG Welded the strap together from the recoil impact. Got out the 40,000lb straps and pulled a whole lot harder with no complaints from the pintleIMG_7677.JPG I wouldn’t trust the both the frame shackle mounts to pull as much as the pintle. I do always try to use a 25 ton shackle in the jaws of the pintle tough to keep the strap and the jaws happier.
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    that was one thing I forgot I never secure the strap in the pintle I run the strap through a shackle than secure the shackle in the pintle.

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    When you got two 30ks sticking out the back and a 15k sticking out the front you don't need no strap lol.
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