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Old 04-07-2011, 07:15 AM   #15
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we sank a 40 foot bounder once

i used the jacks to lift her up and place boards under the wheels and inched out 5 feet at a time

the first time i laid blocks under the jacks and they sank about 10" then we retracted them and did it again until the blocks stop sinking, then i lifted the rear off the ground and put boards under the wheel, then repeated the front wheels

it took us about three hrs

and a lot of pain killers

hard part was digging the blocks out of the ground the next day
This would be a good workout for your jacks too!
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Old 04-07-2011, 07:53 AM   #17
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I rolled my '97 Adventurer off the back of my drive once (landed on the jacks and frame). The tow truck driver got a laugh and only charged me $350 (normally $450) to get it back on the deck. After that I bought AAA Plus RV (about $125.00 a year). Covers anything I'm driving (toad or RV) and when we broke down in AZ in '05 about 50 miles from the end of the world, we drove 30 miles in toad, found a phone signal and called AAA. The cost of the tow? ZERO!!!!!!!!! The coverage is unlimited miles and covers the RV (Plus is miles, RV is...). I have had it since then and if I need it (and a lot of us have it for our cars anyway), the one tow covers the premium. Don't break your back for an extra $100 a year.
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Old 04-07-2011, 07:58 AM   #18
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Just remember , it cost's about $6700 when you rip the gears out of the drive axle. A tow would be a lot cheaper and less work.
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Old 04-07-2011, 08:06 AM   #19
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We were in Hutchinson,KS at the FMCA convention when a lot of motorhomes got stuck in the mud. The local John Deers dealer came out with a tractor and pulled them all out.

He had a chain with a plug to put into the rear hitch receiver. Inserted the plug and pulled everyone of them out backwards.
Yep, we were also at MUD FEST when it rained 6" and turned the site into a sea of mud. People took it all in stride, put WalMart bags over their shoes, and waded out to the road.
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Unfortunately, there's not much to hook onto on the front of Class A's.

The preferred method is to pull backwards via the trailer hitch, but that's not much good if you have to go forward.
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I have heard of propane tank haulers doing this to get unstuck
It would probably cost less and be a lot safer to call a tow truck or use the tractor. Clever idea, though. I'd probably never do it except in combat conditions with an air strike on the way - too many chances to lose everything because of one stray spark.
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When my rig got stuck in sand I called Coach Net and they sent a wrecker that was at least one, if not two, sizes too small... Still, strong mind got it out (mine) I had to re-write the book bit for the driver... I'm good at that.

We hooked to the rear axle near the spring brackets (in fact TO the spring brackets) both sides and pulled straight as we could.. Walked it out like nobody's business.. This is the one spot where the motor home is DESIGNED to have motive force applied..
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Don't feel too bad - my husband got our new Winnebago stuck in the sand a few weeks ago and we haven't even been out in it yet! We had to get it towed out. Needless to say, we didn't put it back in the horse pasture after that!
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i wonder if i could set up a business selling surplus Marston Mat....PSP to us veterans..... every wheeled vehicle larger than a Jeep seemed to carry a few panels of it. "unditching gear" was the nomenclature i believe....
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Wait till it freezes or dries,,,,you are already in a hurry!
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10-4 on the towing damage. A few years back we were in a CG that was grass/sod only. It rained for a week, and the place became a mud bog. When one particular 40' DP tried to drive out and of course got buried axle-deep, a nearby farmer came with an articulating tractor to pull the DP out. He pulled it out and in the process made the RV undrivable, something about the steering components.
Never did hear more, because I put my dually in 4WD, hooked up the 5er and left, once the drive was cleared of vehicles.
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Motorhome unstuck YEAH!

Got the big baby out of the mud undamaged. A lot of re-jacking and installing planks. Had great help from brother-in-law and future son-in-law. It took about 2.75 hours. She's home parked in yard and DW is happy.
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