RIGGING BETWEEN VEHICLES
While rigging is being erected between vehicles, turn off
the engines and apply the brakes. This prevents pos-
sible injury to the recovery personnel and disabled
vehicle crew or damage to the vehicles.
Safety devices/keys/shackle pins should be securely in
place on all tow hooks, shackles, or other items of
equipment before beginning any operation.
POSITIONING GUN TUBES
During tank recovery (towing), position the main gun tube so
that it will not be damaged. If the gun tube of a disabled tank is
involved in a collision (this could occur on a nosed or over-
turned tank), support maintenance personnel should always
check the gun before firing.
TOW BAR HANDLING
Before attempting to tow a disabled vehicle, make sure
you are familiar with the location, features, and operation
of all components of the tow bar. Some tow bars have
operator's instruction decals mounted on them. Ensure
the proper tow bar is used based on the equipment
being towed. Tow bars can be used to tow any vehicle
up to the gross weight of the tow bar's towing capacity.
Before attaching the tow bar to a disabled vehicle, set
parking brake and place chock blocks in the front and
rear of the tracks of disabled vehicle. After attaching the
tow bar, set parking brake on recovery vehicle and shut
down the engine. Release parking brakes on disabled
vehicle (if applicable, disconnect final drives) and re-
move chock blocks.