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Old 07-25-2013, 04:04 PM   #1
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Duramax got my ox out of the ditch

Somehow I managed to get my 16K Excel into a National Forest CG in Haines, AK that had 1/2 mile of 14% grade with loose gravel, 2 switchbacks and 2 sharp turns. This was one of those deals where I had already contacted the wrecker and got rates. It was also one of those deals where you kick yourself in the hind end any wonder "what was I thinking".
In preparation for our exit DW and I had spent an hour or so packing dishes and relocating everyhing to near the floor (includng turning the table over). At 9:15 this morning I pulled the dually into 4 wheel low, said a prayer and managed to walk it out with no issues. (pucker factor in red zone),
Haines is one of the most beautiful areas we have been to on this trip and I will certainly remember it.
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Somehow I managed to get my 16K Excel into a National Forest CG in Haines, AK that had 1/2 mile of 14% grade with loose gravel, 2 switchbacks and 2 sharp turns. This was one of those deals where I had already contacted the wrecker and got rates. It was also one of those deals where you kick yourself in the hind end any wonder "what was I thinking".
In preparation for our exit DW and I had spent an hour or so packing dishes and relocating everyhing to near the floor (includng turning the table over). At 9:15 this morning I pulled the dually into 4 wheel low, said a prayer and managed to walk it out with no issues. (pucker factor in red zone),
Haines is one of the most beautiful areas we have been to on this trip and I will certainly remember it.
We just got back from Skagway and Ketchikan two days ago and had incredibly beautiful weather all week. (we took the cruise ship route, less gravel that way). Would love to hear more about your land trip and how things went.
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Somehow I managed to get my 16K Excel into a National Forest CG in Haines, AK that had 1/2 mile of 14% grade with loose gravel, 2 switchbacks and 2 sharp turns. This was one of those deals where I had already contacted the wrecker and got rates. It was also one of those deals where you kick yourself in the hind end any wonder "what was I thinking".
In preparation for our exit DW and I had spent an hour or so packing dishes and relocating everyhing to near the floor (includng turning the table over). At 9:15 this morning I pulled the dually into 4 wheel low, said a prayer and managed to walk it out with no issues. (pucker factor in red zone),
Haines is one of the most beautiful areas we have been to on this trip and I will certainly remember it.
So glad that "Texas Edition" 4WD Duramax was able to do the job. Makes me mighty proud. My 2 WD would have never made it!!! Git R Dun! rockin'
Enjoy the ride!
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Gary, I wish I were there to witness the miracle....
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Gary, I wish I were there to witness the miracle....

Doc, I know you wouldn't ever get in that situation, but.....you're little SRW would still be spinning it's little wheels!!! rockin'
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Doc, I know you wouldn't ever get in that situation, but.....you're little SRW would still be spinning it's little wheels!!! rockin'
look who is talking about spinning wheels, he seems to have forgotten a little wash situation when he needed a pull!!!!!
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Doc, I know you wouldn't ever get in that situation, but.....you're little SRW would still be spinning it's little wheels!!! rockin'
Actually, by "little" SRW would have better traction on the rear wheels and less likely to spin than DRW.

It sounds like you have first hand spinning experience....
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Dutch and Doc,

With old age, I had forgotten about that "little incident" a while back. Some of you don't forget as easily......shame on you for taking advantage of an old man!!! rockin'
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Actually, by "little" SRW would have better traction on the rear wheels and less likely to spin than DRW.

You are partially correct.......only in some specific surface conditions....such as soft sand on the beach. Man does Tuggerbaby do a dance (crowhop) on that stuff! rockyspinout
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Actually, by "little" SRW would have better traction on the rear wheels and less likely to spin than DRW.

It sounds like you have first hand spinning experience....
Russell,
Please explain that one.
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Russell,
Please explain that one.
I'm not the Doc but I can tell you, after years of playing around with off road vehicles, there is a reason jeep type vehicles don't have duel rear wheels.
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I'm not the Doc but I can tell you, after years of playing around with off road vehicles, there is a reason jeep type vehicles don't have duel rear wheels.
Gary, single rear wheel vehicles will have better traction than dual rear wheels. It's a weight and surface area contact thing.

Wait till you hit ice or a wet patch with with your DWR. You'll spin out much easier than your old SRW.

Walt hit the nail on the head.
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