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Old 06-15-2009, 07:20 PM   #1
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Your worst 4wheeling adventure

I did a search and nothing came up, so if I am not the first to start this, I am sorry. I'll start with mine. A few thanksgivings ago we had terrential rain for a good 2 days. Since we have an early dinner (2pm) my brother and I decided to go out afterwards in my jeep. There was a spot where people ride their quads (illegaly, nothing around here is) not too far away that we decided to go to. We drove in with the headlights off, so the security guard wouldn't see us. The best way to describe this place is like a construction site that has been prepped to begin construction. No trees or bushes, just dirt and rocks. There is a steep hill about 1oo yards high and a flat area to play in beneath. We drove in and started towards the flat part, when we got stuck. Immediatly. Apparently with all the rain we had and the trucks dumping loose dirt, it created a sort of quick sand effect. Me jeep was stuck to just below the doors. We tried for hours to dig it out, but the heavy rain on the downhill kept filling it back in. Since it was thanksgiving, I didnt want to bother anyone to come help. Drenched and exhausted, I threw in the towel. I called my buddy who has a F350 diesel to come help. To my surprise he came right away. At this point the security guard noticed us and I thought I was done! He was actually really cool. He showed my friend the best way to tow me from, being solid ground. My friend put his truck in 4low and would you believe it, All of his wheels were spinning. At this point I didnt care if the bumper got ripped off and I told him to get a running yank. Finally we got my jeep out after 5 hours! The security guard showed us the best way out and that was that. I learned a good lesson not to trespass that day!

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Old 06-15-2009, 09:29 PM   #2
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The worst one was in a Hummer while I was in the Army. I tried to cross a creek in the rain at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. The mud there is red clay and is slick as snot. I got stuck. Then the creek started to rise as it rained. It got up to the middle of the windows. We sat on the roof and waited for a tank to pull us out. I had to completely go under water to hook up the tow cable. I only had 2 more weeks until we went back, so needless to say, I was cold and miserble for quite a while.

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Old 06-15-2009, 09:48 PM   #3
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The worst one was in a Hummer while I was in the Army. I tried to cross a creek in the rain at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. The mud there is red clay and is slick as snot. I got stuck. Then the creek started to rise as it rained. It got up to the middle of the windows. We sat on the roof and waited for a tank to pull us out. I had to completely go under water to hook up the tow cable. I only had 2 more weeks until we went back, so needless to say, I was cold and miserble for quite a while.
that is a testament to why hummers suck
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Old 06-15-2009, 10:05 PM   #4
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Was in West Virgina at snow Shoe Jeep Jamboree. Wife signed us up for the hard trails..in a jeep we just got out of the shop... well it over flexed on a down hill/up hill and bent the track bar over the front 60 diff cover. I was stuck at the bottom of a creek and could only turn right... after about an hour of fixing.. bending and welding..thanks to some great folks we got back on our way.. only to have the radiator blow about 5 mins later... But we fixed that back at the hotel.. and signed up for the easy trail the next day.. thank god we trailed there....LOL
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Old 06-15-2009, 11:53 PM   #5
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1st- went midnight (2am) wheeling at the proving grounds with a couple of girls (this was years ago, in my wilder days). everyone got caked in mud just prior to planting the jeep bigtime. when everyone piled out, they promptly fell face first in the mud. after an hour of so of trying to get out (it was HEAVY thick mud), i called a buddy. he begrudgingly came. when he was pulling me out (from terra firma) a pebble flew up and hit me in the eye. the next day my eye was bloody looking, i ruined my cell phone, and getting hosed off at 4 am was no fun either

time #2. i wasnt even trying to wheel. I was leaving our pasture (in my truck) towing my gooseneck with the tractor and a whole lot of pecan wood on it. i had to swing wide to clear the gate so i was on the opposite side shoulder. when i went to pull ahead, the weight of the trailer pulled me down into the ditch. i gave it the skinny pedal to try and power through it but once the trailer caught the ruts it was all over but the crying. a guy who was there fishing tried to pull me out and it didnt even budge. i unhooked the trailer, thinking i would get the truck out, then back in at 90 degrees and get the trailer. the guy got the truck out by jerking it (he was on pavement :O ).
when i went to get the trailer out, i realized the trailer had sunk down when i unhooked it, so i couldnt get the truck back under it. about 2 hours or so and with tons of help from a few people who were fishing there (our place is on the river), we finally got it out. i had my hi lift on blocks of wood to try to jack the trailer out of the mud, then we hooked a chain on the neck and drug it sideways. it was a nightmare.
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Old 06-16-2009, 09:30 AM   #6
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I got pulled out of some mud by a Geo Tracker.

That is all.
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Old 06-16-2009, 11:57 AM   #7
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I got pulled out of some mud by a Geo Tracker.

That is all.
I will get you a bumper sticker that says that
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Old 06-16-2009, 06:21 PM   #8
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I don't think I've had a worst adventure yet. They are all good times one way or another.

Although I wasn't very happy the time I broke my shiat so bad that I had to leave it out there on the trail and come back the next day to get it.
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Old 06-16-2009, 08:45 PM   #9
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I have had a few "bad days" in Jeeps, but none of them were "bad adventures." All ended with pretty cool stories
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Old 06-17-2009, 10:03 AM   #10
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I have had a few "bad days" in Jeeps, but none of them were "bad adventures." All ended with pretty cool stories
Off topic, but your avatar scares me......
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Old 06-17-2009, 10:20 AM   #11
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A few friends of mine decided it would be a good idea to go wheeling at about 1:30 am, it had been raining the last few days, and the place close to the house was too tempting.

We did some muddy donuts in his 2500 Silverado, lifted with 35's, and walked through some mud pits pretty easily.

There was this low area in the woods that normally floods out pretty good, so we decided to go down in there, and the only way out is to climb down a creek bank, and follow the creek back to the road.

So were going down the hill into the low area, and start to slide, so he gives her the skinny pedal, and when we see whats at the bottom we all knew it was over.

The water must have been 3 ft deep and there was no way we'd cross it.

Sure enough, were stuck. The g/f's are in the backseat bitching about water pouring in the truck. After attemping to get out, and just digging outselves in deeper, we called for reinforcments.

Well, I decided to walk back to the house, completley soaked, it was cold as all get out, and close to a mile walk.

At the time, I had a k5 blazer, with 40's... i came in the opposite way, off the road, down the creek, up the bank and to the stuck pick up. We hooked up our straps, gave er' hell and yanked, and yanked with no improvement until I broke the tow hooks off the frame and the 40's were digging holes so deep my frame nearly sat on ground.

I backed out of it, left and came back from the other side and had no luck.

Fast forward 6-7 hrs later,a few trips to wal mart to buy all the tow straps they had in stock we had 5 trucks trying to get him out, all lifted, Including a brand new mega cab cummins dually that wouldnt even budge it.

We ended up getting it out, with two trucks hooked up yanking at the same time.

Right as we were all getting ready to leave, the sherriffs kept driving by, so we had to take a different route out.
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It should.
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Old 06-17-2009, 11:43 AM   #13
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Last weekend we hit up drummond island and on the way home the YJ's fuel pump dies and my friends alternator in his XJ gives up the ghost. Both still on the island 400 miles from home. We all got home, but it's a downer having to towbar a rig home.
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While on midnight shift as an MP in the Army. We had a Dodge Ram 4x4 with a winch that was used for Game Wardens and was passed over to us for hauling things, etc. We used it for patrol all the time. Anyway it was the middle of the night and my roommate was patroling in the truck. He had me meet him at the post golf course to go wheeling in the truck. I left the patrol car at the golf course and we went. About 20 minuets into wheeling we hit this puddle about 100 feet from the hard top road. We had been through the puddle in a humvee a few times and didn't think it was that deep. We got stuck. No problem we have a winch and we know how to use it. We found a tree and free spooled the line out and wrapped it around the tree, but the winch won't work. We can't get it to pull. To top off that I get dispatched to return to the MP Station and we are about 1 1/2 miles from my patrol car. Anyway, we called the Sgt who took me to my vehicle and my roommate and I had to pay a tow truck to pull out the truck at 4 am. Then he had to go clean all the mud off it while I went on calls. Needless to say our fun cost us about $60 and a lot of ripping by our sgt and the desk sgt. Good thing is we didn't get into any trouble other than paying to have it towed and cleaning it. Good times when your young and in the military.
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I don't think I've had a worst adventure yet. They are all good times one way or another.

Although I wasn't very happy the time I broke my shiat so bad that I had to leave it out there on the trail and come back the next day to get it.
I know a guy that had to do that!
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Mine was going into a completely open snow covered feild only to discover there was a pond in the middle of it. The jeep was more then halfway under water. I walked to a nearby Lowes and saw a guy with a dully and asked him if he would pull me out. He said yes, and we went down to the drowning jeep. With me standing in waist deep ice encrested water, I hooked up the the tow straps, only to find out that the guy pulling me out was on the edge of the pond and within seconds he was in the pond also stuck. He called a friend of his to pull him out and between the two of them, I also got pulled out.

It was a VERY cold ride home and I had to get a new tranny from the experience.

Only in a jeep.
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I had a similar experience with my brother in his Bronco II (back in the 80's). We were off-roading in the middle of December and were driving across an old mud bog. At first the ice seemed to be thick enough but it became very apparent - very quickly that it wasn't. The entire vehicle was upto the bottom of the windows in this frozen chocolate slush.

The recovery vehicle that was with us became stuck as well and we had to hike out of the woods almost 2 miles to get to a phone to call for help. To add further insult to injury, we had to get towed out by an old school Toyota FJ Cruiser at the handsome price price of $20 and a case of Molsen.

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