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Old 06-19-2022, 01:57 AM   #1
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Angry Dually Rock

As I mentioned in another thread, last month I spent a couple of days at the Trona Pinnacles in the desert of southern California. This required my class A rig to venture about 6 miles off the hiway on rough and rocky dirt roads, and then another .8 mile after arriving to the Pinnacles to get to a campsite. This is a very rocky habitat:
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Before my departure to drive home, I performed my usual walk-around of the coach, and I discovered a rock wedged between my driver side dually tires. No problem, I thought. I retrieved my hammer from the toolbox and started to pound on the rock to dislodge it, but it would not budge. I have had this happen a couple of times before, and could easily remove the offending smooth stone with my hand or hammer. Not this one. This mini-boulder was the perfect size and had a very rough surface, so it wasn't going anywhere without a fight. Luckily I had cell coverage here, so I consulted the web and found this little nugget of info. I followed the directions by joining two tie-down straps, and it worked perfectly. Thank you, Oregon Dept of Forestry I viewed a couple of videos that called this an old farmer's trick, but I'd never heard of it before. Prolly because we didn't have rocks like this where I grew up in rural Nebraska
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Old 06-19-2022, 09:27 AM   #2
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great info, thanks. I pick up rocks all the time.
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Old 06-19-2022, 09:41 AM   #3
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Great info. That Trona area has to be the dustiest area I have ever been in.
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Old 06-19-2022, 10:24 AM   #4
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Cool trick.

Any reason that airing down the tires would not have worked?
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Old 06-19-2022, 11:56 PM   #5
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. . Any reason that airing down the tires would not have worked?
I did consider that, but I would have to drag out my 110v compressor and set up the extension cord. Then fire up the generator, which has the exhaust pipe 3 feet in front of the location that I would have to spend a long time sitting at to air the tires back up to 100 psi.

Or I could try the much funner and easier Farmer's trick, which worked in about 10 seconds once I set it up.
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Seems like there's a size and rock roughness factor where using that method would damage the tires, no? The tires on that FS truck are probably way tougher than what is on your Class A.
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I suppose if the rock had some sharpness it could damage the tires. This rock was shaped like a large baking potato. In my case I figured if the stone entered the dually space without causing tire damage, it would probably also exit without damage. Luckily for me that's how it worked out
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