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laknox

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Posted: 02/21/20 09:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hammerboy wrote:

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I have never found that driving over the grass hurt either the truck or the trailer.


Until you get stuck. Ask me how I know.

Dan


That's why I have 4x4...

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laknox wrote:

Hammerboy wrote:

Allworth wrote:

I have never found that driving over the grass hurt either the truck or the trailer.


Until you get stuck. Ask me how I know.

Dan


That's why I have 4x4...

Lyle


I’ve heard that remark before , when pulling a stuck 4x4 out .

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Allworth wrote:

I have never found that driving over the grass hurt either the truck or the trailer.


Me! Me! Me! It is all about me!
"It doesn't hurt truck or trailer" attitude can cost the CG owner a lot of money. That attitude means it is okay to let the inside tire off the pavement on the curve. "It doesn't hurt truck or trailer" but it does compact the ground, kill the grass. And it makes a low spot to funnel water under the road surface.

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Posted: 02/22/20 12:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

laknox wrote:

Hammerboy wrote:

Allworth wrote:

I have never found that driving over the grass hurt either the truck or the trailer.


Until you get stuck. Ask me how I know.

Dan


That's why I have 4x4...

Lyle


So did I

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This quote has probably been cited here before:

"Having a 4x4 allows you to get in trouble a lot further away from home than you ever could before.

Having a 4x4 along with a winch allows you to get in trouble in places where perhaps no one will ever find you."

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I've only been towed one time, and just about anything, short of a 6x6 UNIMog, likely would have gotten stuck. Rut was only about 4-5" deep, but it was volcanic clay mud, so zero traction due to tire tread full of mud; like trying to drive on ice, it was so slick. Took 2 other 4x4s to get me out and tow straps long enough for them to get out onto a gravel road where they had traction. I likely could have gotten out by myself and left my trailer there for several days, but also likely, I'd've come back to find my trailer stripped. One of the downsides to boondocking in the AZ forest in the summer.

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Lucky guy [emoticon]

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That was the worst year we camped up there, after getting rained out the year before (annual family 'docker) and we'd never missed 2 years in a row. Shoulda skipped that year, too...

Lyle

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After towing a 39' 5th wheel for a year or so I learned:

1) If I couldn't see an easy way out from the gate; I'm not pulling in unless
2) I can find a spot to park outside the park and walk in to scope out the site or sites;

If I couldn't see a big wide access and/or couldn't find a spot to stop while I took an investigative stroll through...on to the next CG.

Found quite a few CG's where the access road meant that I had to have one specific, possibly two, sites or I couldn't get in and out with my combo.

State Parks were the usual suspects for places I wanted to go that had smaller sites and access roads, but there was more than one or two "modern" CG's that tended to do the sardine thing that had the same problem.


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laknox wrote:

Hammerboy wrote:

Allworth wrote:

I have never found that driving over the grass hurt either the truck or the trailer.


Until you get stuck. Ask me how I know.

Dan


That's why I have 4x4...

Lyle


False security times four...[emoticon]

Had a place in the San Berdo Mtns for several years. Exiting the street at the stop sign before the main highway, was a shaded low spot in the road. In winter, snow would melt in daytime, freeze at night to black ice - last for several hours of "shaded" sun in the AM.

"Unfortunate", but regular entertainment:
Watching the "can go anywhere", "can handle anything with my 4 x 4" flat-landers come up to the stop sign at normal speed, hit the brakes and slide out into traffic on Hwy 18! Lots of near misses - luckily the main road had good traction for "avoidance" by the cross traffic.

Whenever I saw a "suspected" 4 x 4 coming up behind me at speed to that stop sign, I would pull over well in advance, let that driver go first, then watch the show - while I crept up to the stop with my lowly 4 x 2.

The "pull-over procedure" also saved many "savvy" drivers from being rear-ended by the sliding 4 x 4's. A few weren't so lucky..[emoticon]

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