This was down in the Pine Barrens (NJ), more water than mud!
We got a virtual hand slap by ENH for posting this picture. While I’m a firm believer in the tread lightly philosophy, I have mixed feelings about which is worse for the environment, staying on the trail and going through mud or going off trail to avoid it. The Jeep in front of us stalled out and had to be towed so we went through the mud probably faster and harder than necessary. Apparently, it wasn’t the driving in the mud that was the offense, it was the posting of pictures.
However, I did learn a new appreciation for mud cleanup. My husband had to leave town for business immediately after the ride so I had to do the cleanup, what a mess! Now I avoid mud when possible. That is not an easy thing for someone who grew up muddin’ in the Tennessee Mountains!
Had my first really serious mud encounter today. Was alone and got pretty solidly stuck in deeper water than expected. 4 low, patience, and a prayer were the only things that helped me avoid the tow truck call.
Best thing I have found so far is a pivoting sprinkler. As you begin washing your Jeep, you run one extra line to a sprinkler and place it under the jeep and let it start soaking the underneath. You then start washing the top and move the sprinkler back about a foot every 5 minutes until you pull it from front to rear as you wash it.
After Windrock, I had to wash mine that night with a quarter spray wand the knock off the worst of it....then washed it 4 times before it it looked like new again.
The engine compartment was the worst as that Tennessee brown mud seemed to stain the hoses brown and then bake in from engine heat as I drove home. I had to scrub the engine and then completely detail it with product to get everything looking new again.