Winches for ATVs and rescue vehicles

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lord_bosco
Shrew
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Winches for ATVs and rescue vehicles

Postby lord_bosco » Fri Dec 20, 2019 10:10 pm

The new JTAS has an article detailing the standard Traveller ATV and providing several examples of alternate designs. Seems to me that the ATV should have a recovery winch as a standard piece of equipment, although I don't see any description that confirms that opinion. I also don't see anything about winches in the Vehicle Handbook. The closest approximation would be cranes, which are optimized for lifting, not pulling, and require huge gantries.

Winches are commonly mounted on off-road vehicles, helicopters, boats, and any vehicle meant for rescue and recovery work. ATVs use winches to recover vehicles that have become bogged down and are unable to move under their own power. I based my TL8 example on this real-life beauty: https://sherpa4x4.com/products/stallion ... ruck-winch. It has an electric motor, synthetic cable, and is rated to pull more than 10 tons -- enough to rescue a trapped ATV.

Winch
TL8, rated for pulling 11340kg, 30m of synthetic cable, unit weighs 31kg, 1200 credits, mounted externally - requires no space
Condottiere
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Re: Winches for ATVs and rescue vehicles

Postby Condottiere » Sat Dec 21, 2019 3:35 am

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Always useful.

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