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Old 10-12-2014, 11:25 AM   #1
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Soft ground with tag axle.

Wondering if it is better to lift tag axle in soft ground/mud situation for better traction on the drivers? Thanks.
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You would get more weight on the drive axle, so better traction that way, but if the mud is deep, you would just sink further down.
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Traction isn't going to be your problem with soft ground. Use the tag to get as much supporting area on the ground as possible. That way you might not sink up to the axle right before you get stuck
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Old 10-13-2014, 07:27 AM   #4
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Thank you. Hopefully I won't get in that situation.
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Always best to travel with a buddy. This way when approaching questionable areas, you can send them in first. It's the only way to be sure you know it's safe for you. And being a 'buddy' - they'd be honored to take one for you...

I will add reading from other tag owners, that on slippery surfaces, that lifting of the tags can sometimes give the drives a bit more bite and perhaps get you moving again. Say on a wet grass condition.

If you're in softer ground, and have a compressor strong enough to add air to your tires. Letting air out of the tag and drives can get you more tire surface. But I predict the reality is this would help in very rare circumstances. As the DP's can be heavy! Using a outdoor mat/rug under the wheels with the most weight, would be you best bet for working out of a soft sand condition. Odds are, you will be paying for a heavy two truck visit...

Best to all, be safe, have fun,
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When we were at the CC Moultrie rally in 2005, a farmer made a fortune pulling coaches out of the mud at $50 for each coach. We were lucky and didn't need his help.
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Sometimes there's just too much mud.

The tow truck pulled him backwards with a chain attached to the MH's trailer hitch. The tow truck had no trouble pulling the MH out.

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We were at FMCA Hutchinson,KS when the big storm came through. Coaches that tried to drive out going forward went 3ft forward and 2ft down. Those that backed out of the quagmire made it to the blacktop
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