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Frequently Asked Questions

Which Recovery Rope do I need?

There is no official working load limit on using Bubba Power Stretch Recovery Ropes. However, from thousands of successful recoveries we recommend that the best method in selecting the right rope is by multiplying the weight of the stuck vehicle by 3.5 or 4 times and then selecting the rope that has a breaking strength that is equal to or higher than that number.

For example: if you are going to be recovering vehicles similar in size to a Jeep which weighs approximately 4,000 to 5,000 lbs. our Renegade Bubba Rope with a breaking strength of 19,000 lbs. would be perfect for that application. Similarly, half-ton pickups that usually weigh 6,000 – 7,000 lbs. the best fit would be our Original Bubba with a breaking strength of 28,600 lbs.

If you still have questions of which rope to select just contact us or call us and we would be happy to recommend the best fit for your use.

New Rope Smell??

When you tear open your Bubba Rope box with excitement, you may notice our unique new rope smell. First, this odor is no cause for concern, it is not harmful in anyway and will dissipate rapidly . The smell comes from the protective coatings we use in our manufacturing process. Through evaporation, over a short time the protective chemical coating smell will dissipate. You can encourage this evaporation process with a couple easy steps:

  1. Find a well ventilated area, ideally outside, to unwind your rope to allow more surface area to be exposed to the air
  2. Hanging the rope and placing a fan to circulate air enhances the speed of evaporation.

Note: The rope’s size and proximity to the date of manufacturing will affect the length of time it may take for the protective chemical coating smell to dissipate. The larger the rope the more coating is absorbed into the fibers hence, longer evaporation time. It may take couple of days of airing out before your rope can be comfortably stored in an enclosed space such as a vehicle. Rest assured “That New Rope Smell” will go away!

If you have additional questions or concerns we would be happy to talk to about them. You can email us through our contact page or call 877-499-8494 M-F 9am-4PM EST

How Long Will My Bubba Rope Last?

Power Stretch Recovery Ropes are made from nylon fibers and are constructed in a double braid configuration. The longevity of the rope is going to vary on a few variables. First, the quality and quantity of the nylon used, these factors will vary greatly with ropes made here in the USA and those made overseas. For example, all Bubba Rope recovery ropes are built here in the USA to specifications that were uniquely laid out in a contract we fulfilled for the US Army. These specifications guaranteed a certain amount of quality and quantity of materials had to be used in the construction of our recovery ropes.  Another factor for longevity is how many times the rope is used to pull within its rated weight class.  For the US Army we were required to cycle test a certain number of ropes on a test bed for 200 pulls at the rope’s rated weight class.   To understand what weight class your rope is rated for divide the breaking strength of the rope by 3.5 or 4 times. That number will tell you the maximum weight of the vehicle the rope is rated for.  If the rope is always used in its weight class, the number of pulls is almost unlimited. However, when the rope is used above its weight class that pull will shorten the life of the rope. Finally, there are other factors that can degrade nylon ropes like sun, water and abrasion, all of shorten the life a nylon rope. Bubba Ropes have a vinyl coating which help resist with those aging effects.