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Old 12-08-2015, 07:16 PM   #15
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I agree with the tow truck. I have a 16k fifth wheel and 9k lbs truck that got stuck in the mud in my front yard the weekend I brought it home from the dealer. I spent two days trying to dig, maneuver, etc, and ended up damaging a foot pad on the landing gear, getting everything covered in mud, and killing my back. Not to mention my yard COMPLETELY torn up.

Finally gave in to my pride, called Good Sam roadside assistance (which I've had for TWO days), a huge wrecker came (the kind that tows semis) and pulled me out in 30 minutes. I was so sunk down in the mud it pulled his truck two feet before it started pulling me.
When I first moved to Oregon I had a 5th wheel and pulled it with a 2 wheel drive Ford truck. Moving around the property the 2 wheel drive just wouldn't move the 5th wheel. I disconnected and went to a local RV park and asked the manger if he knew of any of the tenants that had a 4X4 that might be willing to try moving the 5th wheel. He had a suggestion so I chatted with a guy and he said he'd give it a try. He came down with a Dodge dually 4X4, backed up, hooked up, moved the 5th wheel to better ground without spinning a wheel. I was very impressed. He wouldn't take money but I did find out that he drank a little nip of whiskey every now and then so bought him a large bottle of expensive stuff and his wife a nice bottle of wine. I also went down and bought a big 4X4 dually and never had a mud problem after that (except with the motorhome I now have).
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I have the 4x4 dually. No match for the soft ground on a slight incline. :(

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I have the 4x4 dually. No match for the soft ground on a slight incline. :(

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Been there - done that. Street tires are useless in mud, it requires real mud grips.
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Old 12-10-2015, 01:09 PM   #18
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I have the 4x4 dually. No match for the soft ground on a slight incline. :(

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does 4WD help?
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Old 12-10-2015, 01:37 PM   #19
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does 4WD help?
It does help, but a SRW is better. Duallys don't do well in mud, sand, or snow conditions, even with 4x4.

More than likely, if I would have had my 4x4 on before my rear tires started spinning and got slick/caked with mud, I wouldn't have been in that mess.

I had an '06 F-350 DRW that got stuck (with no load) a little further down the same hill in snow. My father had to pull me out with his 4x4 1500. If he were still alive, he probably could have pulled me out of this one, too.
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Old 12-10-2015, 02:00 PM   #20
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Help!
I'm staying at an RV park in Plano Texas. I left my RV parked here while I went away for three weeks (jacks up, slides in). Came back and discovered that my RV had sunk into the muddy ground that is my RV space,
What do I do? How do I get unstuck?
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If you have Coach Net ERS, (emergency road service), one phone call to them, @ 800-759-6999, will get a wrecker sent to you and get your coach pulled out of the mud, (free of charge).
That's one of the things I pay them for.
(I can't tell you if any other ERS will do the same, but they might).
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The picture above is nothing compared to what mine did. The right rear was sunk as low as the back tire would allow it to go. The front right was deep too. The ground is supersaturated!
Waited over a week to allow some of it to dry further away from the RV. Shoveled the mud away from the tires front, sides and back. Got my old 4X4 chevy truck and pulled back the same way I went in. Came out nice and steady, just try not to spin the wheels too much.
The chevy was attached to a large chain and was on much firmer ground. Much simpler and safer that all of that jacking and trying wood.


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The boards would not cost nearly as much as a tow! The real issue is getting the wheels back up or getting the ground ramped a bit so the tires are not stuck in custom fitted wheel chocks. That reduces the strain on the chassis and tow point significantly. If the campground dealt with mud on a regular basis they probably also had something around to tow with.
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It does help, but a SRW is better. Duallys don't do well in mud, sand, or snow conditions, even with 4x4.

More than likely, if I would have had my 4x4 on before my rear tires started spinning and got slick/caked with mud, I wouldn't have been in that mess.

I had an '06 F-350 DRW that got stuck (with no load) a little further down the same hill in snow. My father had to pull me out with his 4x4 1500. If he were still alive, he probably could have pulled me out of this one, too.
OK, but for me the single rears sunk pretty quick with the weight of the 5th wheel but the duallys seemed to spread the weight and stay on top the soft stuff. Maybe different soil or soft stuff.
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The OP has not posted since his first...........3 days ago..........digging?
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We went to Concord NC for the World of Outlaws Finals earlier this year and they had experienced a fair bit of precipitation. Since we didn't make reservations years ago, we were sent to the campgrounds over by the super speedway.
Had to move the coach a couple of times, to get out of the standing water and this was the result from moving between the roadways. No 4 wheel drive but did have the diff interlock engaged.
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I am out of the mud. Sorry I didn't post sooner but life has been extremely busy.

I considered the tow truck but I was afraid that they wouldn't be able to get any purchase on the RV as I was backed into a lot with really no way to get behind me. The front of my RV was actually touching the ground. Actually a lot of the RV was touching the ground. It sits real low when parked (super low when it has sunk into the mud).

After airing up the suspension I was able to wedge some boards under the jacks, lift it up enough to get some stuff under the tires (wood, gravel, eventually my tow dolly ramps). Took a couple of hours but finally got it out. The tow dolly ramps got all bent to heck but without them I wouldn't have gotten out. The RV jack bottoms (the round disc) are all bent up, but they may have occurred as it was sinking. I had these plastic orange stabilizer pads and they were almost fused to the jack pads and warped all to heck.

All in all it has been one of my least favorite RV adventures but certainly not the only of it's kind. Two years of traveling and I couldn't tell you how many sites I have stayed in that were merely dirt or gravel. We've seen our fair share of rain too but we've never sunk like this. Rained again a couple of nights ago and I can't tell you have nervous it made me. I think I need to find me a concrete space for a little while.

Thanks for all the advice, it's good to hear from those who have been there even if you all don't agree with each other
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It is great that you were able to get it out. Having done that myself I can appreciate the effort it takes.
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