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Old 10-14-2013, 07:49 PM
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A Little Mud on the Tires

Found a new little spot by my house today. I have seen some guys driving jacked up F-150's pop out of a path beside the road, so I tried it out today. It is a one lane dirt road that goes back in the woods quite a ways and looks like people ride 4 wheelers on it more than trucks. There are no signs, so I am not sure if people are supposed to be back there or not. I would rather err on the side of caution, so I just took a peek. Anyway, I learned a lesson today. Mud holes can be deceptively deep. I was riding in the ruts made by the jacked up trucks because I wanted to stay on the path just in case. We came across what appeared to be a puddle of mud slurry and I decided to push through it. Wrong choice, sort of. That puddle was deeper than I thought, came a little over the half way point on my wheels, just below my step bars. I know that is not very deep, but when it was a quick, unexpected drop off like that, it was a butt clencher. I was worried I was going to high center since I was in their ruts and the trucks that made those ruts were quite a bit higher than my stock Jeep. Turned out my worries were unnecessary because the Jeep plowed on through. The awesome part, I had the sunrider top open with the windows down, and mud was flying inside. That part rocked. So, rookie lesson learned today, don't just blindly plow through an unfamiliar mud pit, especially when all alone with no one to provide a tow. I'm going to do a little research now to find out who the property belongs to and if we are allowed to wheel back there. It looked like it would be fun as a time killer just to get muddy.

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Old 10-14-2013, 09:03 PM   #2
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I would be up to go give that spot a try. If you want someone that could pull you out when you get stuck just ask, i will wheel with you.

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Old 10-14-2013, 09:23 PM   #3
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When alone, I definitely take the safest line through an unknown mud hole, usually off to the side if possible, or at least out of the obvious ruts until I know the hole better. No need to risk it then, your alone scouting and exploring.

When a buddy's with ya though, it's show off time!
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Old 10-17-2013, 12:38 PM   #4
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I always stay away from puddles or mud holes that have ruts on either side. There are some pretty big trucks around here that love to dig. I was wheeling through the forest 2 weeks ago and I chanced one big puddle with ruts, I started to lose momentum so I decided to stop and throw it in reverse. Luckily I was able to back out. Even having a winch, framing out in the middle of a mud hole is not the best place to stuck yourself when alone. I'm a little more cautious now after getting my humvee stuck on patrol in some mud in Afghanistan for 36 hrs. Tried digging for hours with the other Humvees in our convoy but it took two hemmits to finally drag me out. It was a nightmare!
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