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Old 01-07-2020, 10:06 AM   #1
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Sandy / Soft Ground trick?

OK, so it's time to put the big 5er in the backyard. Can't make the tight corner on the driveway, but the ground is way too soft this time of year to drive over...

I thought of Marston Mats, but couldn't find any available any more. Got to be a modern substitute, right?
Bingo!
I found an outfit a hundred miles away that makes Fiberglas mats in various sizes. They also can be connected for a runway-sized area, but the ones I got are 32"x8', rated at 30k pounds, and just right for crossing that 20 foot patch of ground I otherwise sink into. Now I'm deciding if I want to keep them with me on the road for potential applications.
Have you ever gotten into a place you wished you had something like that?
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Spent five hours digging and dragging truck and trailer out of a relative's yard. The last two hours were moving and laying any piece of board we could find and orange levelers, backing up 10 inches at a time.

If they stack easy in my pass through and don't add to much weight I would be interested in a set.
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Keep 'em handy?

45# each, 96" long: They're only about 3/8 of an inch thick, so stacking some in the pass through wouldn't be bad. I know that to put them in my pass through I will need to trim them down a couple of inches in length, but that seems like a pretty good compromise.
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Old 01-11-2020, 02:26 PM   #4
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Wish I had known these tricks before I drove onto a place in my yard near the woods to drain my water tanks. Too soft. Sank to rear axles. Cost me $100 to get it towed out. Luckily didnt destroy anything.
Great learning experience lol.
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OK, so it's time to put the big 5er in the backyard. Can't make the tight corner on the driveway, but the ground is way too soft this time of year to drive over...

I thought of Marston Mats, but couldn't find any available any more. Got to be a modern substitute, right?
Bingo!
I found an outfit a hundred miles away that makes Fiberglas mats in various sizes. They also can be connected for a runway-sized area, but the ones I got are 32"x8', rated at 30k pounds, and just right for crossing that 20 foot patch of ground I otherwise sink into. Now I'm deciding if I want to keep them with me on the road for potential applications.
Have you ever gotten into a place you wished you had something like that?
This sounds interesting. I see that they are offered in different widths. I think you made a good decision to go with the 32" width.

How much are these mats each?
How many did you buy?
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The ones I got from GFI Inc in Harrison, AR were 32"x96". List price is just over $100 each. They're rated for 30,000 lbs, but I don't know how to interpret that.

What I can say for sure is that a row of those on each side got my 16000# 5er and Dually across my very wet yard without sinking in at all, where walking across the same ground saw my boots sink into the mud 3"!
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I have seen dump trucks use 3/4 sheets of plywood to get across a muddy construction site. Get 3 or 4 of them and keep walking them forward as you drive. I use them for very large excavators that sink down into the mud above the tracks and have no traction to go up a hill bc the cab is hitting against the mud. both would be comparable in weight to your rig.
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