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Old 04-10-2009, 01:15 PM   #15
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Old 04-10-2009, 01:23 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by diandtom View Post
I now got a 4X4 and no more problems.
A lesson learned from the cowboys in North Texas when 4x4 trucks first became widely available in the late 1950s....."With 4 wheel drive, we now get stuck quite a bit deeper and farther away from the bunkhouse."

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Old 04-10-2009, 11:37 PM   #17
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LOL, because I can say we've "been there, done that". I fully expect we'll do it again, because we boondock at off road motorcycle events, and often, you don't know what Mother Nature will bring.

Our maiden motorhoming voyage as a couple (several years ago) was a nice trip from AZ to Perris, CA. Torrential rainfall the entire way, we arrived at dark, missed the turn, drove 20 or so miles out of our way until we could find a place to turn the great beast and trailer around, eventually parked on the road (as did many other attendees) until we could see what morning light would bring. When morning broke, (still misting with rain), Tony went up to the entrance and talked with the owner about getting the rig in, owner says "no problem, bring it on up and then swing around at the top of the hill and your set". So we bring it on in, and immediately sink, up to the axles. Owner says "are you level?" Surprisingly, we were, so he says "just stay there, we'll get you out on Sunday". What he hadn't told us (yet) is that a big earth moving machine had gotten stuck in a big hole about 50' away from where we were, and that another big earth moving machine tried to get that one out, and also got stuck in the same mud pit.

Anywhoooo, it took several hours, many opinions, lots of planks, forwarding, reversing, ultimately a tow strap and a dually, then a broken tow strap, but finally freedom. Tony tells a pretty funny version of our introduction to RV'ing here:

Also, we got stuck twice at an event we go to in far east Texas (on the bayou)... it happens.

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Old 04-11-2009, 12:50 AM   #18
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Actually, it was an experience such as that with a borrowed pickup that decided it for me that any future truck/suburban I owned would have 4wd and it would be locked and engaged anytime I left the pavement.
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Old 04-11-2009, 06:16 AM   #19
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I pulled on to the shoulder just outside the KOA camp ground entrance in freeport , Maine (this happened about 5 years ago). They were just announcing, on the radio, the BRAC (base realignment and closing) news-- our home is close to a military base. I was keenly interested in this info.

It had been raining recently, of course, and when I fired the 'ole '86 HR up she was listing very badly starboard (to the right). It wouldn't move. I climbed out the pilot's door. The right side, rear axle was almost down to the grass/mud. The right front was in the mud halfway up the wheel cover. I wanted to crawl back into the MH and get my camera, but it was in an overhead bin on the right side. I was afraid 200 lbs might tip it on to its side. I didn't have a cell phone with me, only Jessie (my Lab). I walked into the campground and called for a tow. I am in the mean time unhooking the '01 saturn toad. He came in about 30 minutes, hooked a cable to the rear hitch, at about a 30 degree angle and pulled me back up on the highway-- backwards.

I remember distinctly --- I just knew it was going to tip on lt's side, by now it was listing 25 to 30 degrees, then what was I going to do ???--- phewwwww

I felt like the village idiot that day
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While getting ready to go to fla got stuck in drive way.gmc had to pull out.
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