Recover Vehicles with New 3-Ply & 4-Ply Recovery Straps (Up to 192,000 lbs WLL)

By Christine Halvorsen • 05.02.22

When you need to extract your stuck vehicle from difficult terrain conditions, our 1-Ply, 2-Ply, and NEW 3-Ply and 4-Ply Recovery straps will help you recover your vehicle safely. With high-quality, industrial grade nylon webbing and Cordura® protected eyes to resist wear and tear, these straps provide enough stretch to help get you out of that tough spot. 

We expanded our recovery strap line with 3-Ply and 4-Ply Recovery Straps, and these new straps will give you more capability with higher working load limits up to 192,000 lbs WLL (or support vehicles' weight over 80,000 lbs).

Read why you should invest in 1-Ply to 4-Ply Recovery Straps.   

What are Recovery Straps?

Recovery straps are to “recover” a vehicle that’s immobilized, different from towing straps which tows a vehicle behind another. When your vehicle, farm machinery, or off-road recreational vehicle gets stuck and you’re not going anywhere - that’s where you’ll need recovery straps. 

If you don’t want to call a tow truck, you can use another vehicle and recovery straps to extract your vehicle safely.

Enter: 1-Ply to 4-Ply Recovery Straps

If you’re off-roading or need some straps for emergency situations, recovery straps are invaluable pieces of equipment to have on hand. We offer four ply types:

You can also shop by vehicle weight below to find the recovery strap you need. To find your vehicle weight, locate this through your owner's manual, a sticker on your driver's door, or even through a Google search.

By adding new 3-Ply and 4-Ply recovery straps, you’re able to recover vehicles with a heavier vehicle weight or perform heavier duty applications that require a higher break strength. This can mean recovering your car, truck, semi-truck/enclosed truck, or farm machinery.

  • 3-Ply = 24,000 - 144,000 lbs WLL
  • 4-Ply = 32,000 - 192,000 lbs WLL

Wondering which strap you'll need in terms of vehicle weight, working load limit, and width? Check out the chart below to view the differences:

Please review the recovery strap's working load limit and break strength, and know what is your vehicle weight. If you need help deciding which recovery strap is right for you, call us at 800-969-6543.

    Why Do These Recovery Straps Have Different Plies?

    The more plies allow for narrower straps with the same strength. We name them 1-Ply, 2-Ply, 3-Ply, and 4-Ply because they each contain a number of layers of nylon material.

    For example, a 1-Ply recovery strap has a single layer of nylon material that can have a break strength of 8,000 - 48,000 lbs, while 2-Ply has two layers of nylon material with a higher break strength of 16,000 - 96,000 lbs. 

    We recommend using 1-Ply recovery straps for light-duty applications like off-road recreational vehicle, quick vehicle recovery, or smaller weight items. The 2-Ply to 4-Ply straps typically have higher working load limits which is useful for heavier duty applications. These could be used with any vehicle, like trucks and farm machinery. 

    What’s the Difference between Recovery Straps and Tow Straps?

    The main difference between a towing strap and recovery strap is the fabric and its ability to stretch. The tow strap is usually made of polyester which stretches less than nylon. From our blog, How to Choose a Recovery Strap or Tow Strap, we listed a few differences between them. 

    Recovery Straps

    • Made of nylon for a higher stretch value.
    • Used for "recovering" a vehicle that's immobilized.
    • Sometimes also called snatch straps for the ability to "snatch" a vehicle from a stuck position.
    • Can also be used for towing applications.

    Tow Straps

    • Generally made of polyester with very little to no stretch value.
    • Used for towing a "free-wheeling" vehicle behind another.
    • Usually has a hook on each end.
    • Should not be used for recovering a vehicle because of the lack of stretch increases the chances that the strap could snap.

    What Rating Recovery Strap do I Need?

    That depends on if you’re most likely to get your car stuck in the snow during a Midwest winter, or if you are taking your Jeep into some really muddy off-road terrain. Although there are different surface conditions, inclines, etc., we recommend choosing one with a WLL of 2-3 times the gross vehicle weight. 

    You will lose some elasticity (stretch) of the webbing with a heavier strap, but less likely to be overloaded. Another option would be to have two straps on-hand of different strengths or lengths for different scenarios.  

    NOTE: don’t put too much shock load, or sudden jerk, on the strap. It’s common to see that when extracting a stuck vehicle, but that’s also the point when damage to the strap or equipment happens. It’s better to use steady force when possible. 

    Complete Your Recovery Kit

    Get all the essentials together to have a successful recovery or towing job. We carry Tow Ratchet StrapsTow Hooks, Screw Pin Anchor Shackles, and Tree Saver Straps.

    More Reads for Recovery and Towing Applications: 

    New Product Alert: Drop-Forged Steel Tow Strap Shackles for Towing & Recovery Applications

    How to Extract a Stuck Vehicle

    Auto-Recovery Straps vs Tow Straps

    How to Pull a Car Out of Snow Using a Recovery Strap

    A Complete Guide to Vehicle Tiedown Straps for Beginners

    11 Tips to Safely Extract Stuck Tractors and Farm Equipment from Mud

    What is a Snatch Block

    When you're ready to start creating your own recovery kit, head over to the USCC website or give our sales team a call at 800-969-6543.

    About US Cargo Control

    Founded in 2005, US Cargo Control is a trusted leader in the cargo control industry, specializing in professional rigging and lifting equipment, trucking and transportation tie downs, and moving supplies. With a superior online shopping experience, industry-experts available via phone, and a central Midwest location, USCC is dedicated to getting you what you want, when you need it. For more information, visit www.uscargocontrol.com

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