Replace tow pintle if a pry bar is needed to open jaw
after towing mission.
Do not exceed maximum speeds for towing with tow bar
or tow cables. Failure to comply may result in injury or
death to personnel or damage to equipment.
Towing a disabled vehicle requires use of towing pintle
and tow bar. When towing a vehicle, maintain the follow-
ing speeds: 5 to 17 mph (8 - 27 kmph) over hard, level,
smooth road or 3 mph (5 kmph) over hilly, cross-country
ground. These figures are maximum speeds. Go slower
if towing on steep slopes (10-25%) or if disabled
vehicle's technical manual specifies slower speeds. You
must obtain your unit commanders approval to tow on
slopes above 25% (per FM 9-43-2).
Make sure disabled vehicle will not move after it is
disconnected from M88A2. If final drives of disabled
vehicle were disconnected for towing, chock vehicle
before disconnecting tow bar. Disabled vehicle may not
have any brakes. Failure to comply may result in move-
ment of the disabled vehicle causing injury or death to
personnel or damage to equipment.
Shut off engine(s) and lock brakes on both vehicles
before going between them. Vehicle may jump and crush
personnel against other vehicle. Failure to comply may
result in injury or death to personnel.
When towing in unusual conditions (mud, snow, ice),
recommend the crew perform a risk analysis.
Operational Risk Assessment (ORA) must be completed
for every 70 ton class vehicle towing mission. Ref: -10