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Old 03-02-2014, 08:27 AM   #1
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So a friend and I were off in a dried out creek bed yesterday just exploring and exercising our shenanigans and tomfoolery, when he hit a patch of clay that was like quicksand. We dug for about 6 hours and we're unable to get it to budge. My jeep doesn't have enough power or traction to do any real good. A guy with a dodge3500 tried to help, but just took of like a rocket and snapped a tow strap. We had to abandon it overnight, and were planning on going back today but looks like we're getting hit with a cold front and everything is frozen this morning. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 03-02-2014, 09:42 AM   #2
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We'll first off don't pull it from the deepest side. Pull it straight from the rear or on the rear passenger side. Your pulling in the pictures more against the bank and that's just doing it stupid

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So a friend and I were off in a dried out creek bed yesterday just exploring and exercising our shenanigans and tomfoolery, when he hit a patch of clay that was like quicksand. We dug for about 6 hours and we're unable to get it to budge. My jeep doesn't have enough power or traction to do any real good. A guy with a dodge3500 tried to help, but just took of like a rocket and snapped a tow strap. We had to abandon it overnight, and were planning on going back today but looks like we're getting hit with a cold front and everything is frozen this morning. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 03-02-2014, 09:58 AM   #4
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Lake bed at fort phantom near Abilene
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Old 03-02-2014, 01:05 PM   #5
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Might find a farmer with a tractor nearby who would do it for a few bucks.
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Old 03-02-2014, 01:56 PM   #6
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Update. 80 degrees yesterday, 18 today. Supposed to be colder tomorrow. Still little progress, we're trying to dig deep enough to put sticks and logs under the wheels as well as clear the frame.
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Happened to a friend at the deer lease. Ended up having to call a tow truck to get the thing out. Are you at an ORV park? I ask because it is illegal to ride in dry creek beds in Texas. Hope y'all get out soon.
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1) What about a high lift on a heavy plank to break the suction...lift the rear of the truck way up leaving it in the air. Then use the Jeep to "Pull the rear of the truck over" out of the ruts. Basically tipping the truck and jack over. Stay clear of everything as you do this!!

2). Longer straps to get on solid ground with the jeep.

3). Thread rope through rims and around tires on Truck basically creating a rope chain around the tires giving you traction.

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Old 03-03-2014, 07:36 AM   #9
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@jeepers29: yeah, we figured that out the hard way. the first guy that we asked to help us said he wouldn't and called th lake patrol. we both were ticketed but the officer said that anyone else that went down in there to help would be exempt untill we got it out.

@Sinister6: that is actually really helpful, thanks for the advice!
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Bummer that the guy called the patrol on ya. Did you get out? Wasn't trying to be an ass, just passing info. You may have more luck with the ground being frozen now.
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Bummer that the guy called the patrol on ya. Did you get out? Wasn't trying to be an ass, just passing info. You may have more luck with the ground being frozen now.
we still weren't able to get out, i'm going to stop by home depot this morning to get some boards for the jack.
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Well...you get it out??
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What if you use two vehicles side by side to pull?
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Old 03-05-2014, 03:33 PM   #14
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@Gamble: everyone we asked to help dipped out.
@sinister6: we did finally end up getting it out. We were at tractor supply picking up some stuff and an older guy saw our muddy clothes. We told him what we were doing and he said his son would be able to help. His suburban pulled it out first try. We had finally gotten a couple of 2x10s under the tires as well.
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How much was the ticket if you don't mind me asking?
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How much was the ticket if you don't mind me asking?
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Old 03-05-2014, 04:12 PM   #18
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The violation was "placing a vehicle in lakebed" and it was a $180 fine
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Sorry to butt in,,,but just what the heck is "illegal about dry creek beds or dry lake beds". whats not illegal? oh yea I forgot crossing the boarder on foot...

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