Son of a Hitch
The Complete ATV & Light Vehicle Recovery System
With its light weight, aluminum and anti-corrosive design, the Son of a Hitch recovery system is certified by a professional engineer to withstand shockload forces and eliminate the use of dangerous metal supporting objects such as chains and trailer balls, preventing injury.
Why Son of a Hitch?
Every year, people are injured, or even killed when they use traditional vehicle tow systems for recovering vehicles. Traditional systems such as chains, slings with tail chains, tow ropes with hooks, shackles, trailer balls, pintle hitches, and other equipment is designed for towing – not recovery. There are many reports of ill-suited tow equipment dislodging and hitting equipment and people. These accidents are expensive, tragic, and avoidable if the Son of a Hitch system is used.
Fully equipped and ready for vehicle recovery, this complete system comes with 2 Son of a Hitch units, the Fuse Link Recovery Strap, Snap Trap, 2 Quick Links and a Son of a Hitch System Carry Bag.
Son of a Hitch
The system works by bringing together a recovery vehicle and a stuck vehicle by inserting a Son of a Hitch into each of their standard 1 ¼” frame mounted receivers (or a 2×2 receiver with Adaptor) and attaching them with the Fuse Link strap secured with the Snap Trap. With both the recovery vehicle and stuck vehicle equipped with a Son of a Hitch, it will ensure a safe recovery as the units can withstand the massive force needed to pull out a stuck vehicle.
Connecting each Son of a Hitch unit is a Fuse Link strap. The Fuse Link strap is guaranteed to be the weakest part in the system hence the name “Fuse Link”. Use of the strap ensures no metal objects will be dislodged that could cause harm or damage to personnel and equipment. This 1” x 25’ strap is 100% nylon UV protected with a stretch of 8%. It will store 80-85% of the energy generated in a shock load situation. The breaking point for this strap is 8,000 lbs.
The Snap Trap is a kinetic energy diffuser that will capture a failed vehicle recovery strap or winch line which could cause injury to persons or equipment damages. The Fuse Link strap or winch line is threaded through the loops of the Snap Trap and tied off to a secondary location on both vehicles using the Quick Links. No more flying accessories.
Some light weight vehicles on the market come equipped with a standard 2×2 receiver. By using the Adaptor you can reduce the 2” receiver down to the same size as the 1 ¼” Son of a Hitch. The Adaptor comes equipped with a 5/8” pin to secure the Adaptor into the receiver.
The Quick Links are used to secure the Snap Trap to a secondary location.
Snap Trap Kit
A Snap Trap Kit can be used in conjunction with a winch line by threading the winch line through the Snap Trap to the Son of a Hitch. The Snap Trap is secured to a secondary location using the Quick Links. This will ensure that if the winch line breaks the Snap Trap will capture it.
Designed for Shockloading
With its light weight, aluminum and anti-corrosive design, the Son of a Hitch recovery system is certified by a professional engineer to withstand shockload forces – the sudden and intense stress that results when a tow driver ‘takes a run at it’. The unique 180 degree swiveling ‘U-bar’ turns with the pull to eliminate side loading and reduces the wear and tear on the straps. The Son of a Hitch can be shockloaded with 3ft runs to ensure optimal safety.
Strength tested at 35,000, the Son of a Hitch has a 4:1 safety factor, stamped at 8,000 lbs. The Son of a Hitch can be shockloaded at 8,000 lbs for one million cycles before it needs to be recertified (this will not happen in your lifetime). The Son of a Hitch can be shockloaded with 3ft runs to ensure optimum safety. It is no longer necessary to unsafely recover a vehicle using chains, slings with tail chains, tow ropes with hooks, trailer balls and shackles. With the Son of a Hitch users are able to eliminate the use of these hazardous towing mechanisms that were never intended to support the forces required to free a stuck vehicle.