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HELP! I am stuck and i can't get out. (Story of the longest Whoops!)

Discussion in 'WHOOPS!!' started by Athlonman, February 5, 2007.

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    1. Athlonman

      Athlonman New Member

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      Here’s my problem. Stupid me went 4x4 in my STOCK!!! Explorer and got stuck in a swamp kind of creek thing. I don't really know what is but basically flooded grass. Its winter, about -13c and about 5 in of snow. So I broke through the ground and the wheels are in ruts and spinning freely. Ground level is the frame. How do I get out?

      What I have available to me is a Kubota L2800 (Ruffly the same weight if not alittle heavier then the truck) with plow and Front end loader. I have a 3/4 ton come along and a 2 ton hoist. Lots of chain, no straps. I am a one man show with no help.

      I have tried hooking a chain to the frame and the tractor and pulled from behind the truck and got nothing but spinning tires.

      I have tried lowering the plow to the ground and curling the bucket to pull the truck out....Nothing

      I have tried anchoring the tractor and using the 3/4 ton come along and got no where. I stopped one I couldn't move the handle back on forth easily in worry of breaking the chain.

      My next moved was to try from the front of the truck. Anchor the tractor to the ground by putting the bucket and plow down. Attaching the 2 ton hoist to the bucket (there’s hooks welded to it). Attaching a chain to both side of the front frame, placing wooden rams on the front tires to help lift it to higher ground while I pull. My question is worth trying or a stupid idea? Is a hoist to dangerous to use in the vertical position?

      Sorry I have no actual picks but i will post them once i can.
       
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    3. Positive Vibes

      Positive Vibes Elite Explorer

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      Really hard to say without pics or being there. You have a Hi-lift?
       
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      Might have to get a bigger tow vehicle.

      For what its worth, it sounds like most anything you would have taken out there would have suffered the same fate
       
    5. 410Fortune

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      if pulling the truck out with another truck or tractor wont work due to traction you are stuck with only a couple of options.

      Come -a- long, winch, or hi lift jack

      You should also have tried taking the tires on your stock explorer down to about 12psi and also on the truck trying to do the pulling, this will gain you massive amounts of traction in the slippery stuff.

      A hi lift jack can be used to raise the wheel out of the rut and then you basically push the truck over so the jack falls to the ground, slowly this method can get both stuck tires out of the rut and back onto somewhat of the trail.

      JHaving lots of helpers with shovels helps a great deal.

      Be careful whatever you do, non experienced recovery attemps can be dangerous
       
    6. Athlonman

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      Yeah i do! do you think lifting it up and putting something under the tires might help?
       
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      always just be CAREFUL
       
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      if you can't get any help that is your best bid. as already told becareful.

      try to dig underneath the frame. put a piece of wood/iron etc underneath the frame and put your jack into the piece and jack it up. then fill up the holes with rocks.

      do that to every tire, but again don't go underneath the car at any time.

      good luck
       
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      Once the only way we could get a truck out was by pulling in tandem. Since we didnt have long enough rope (chains breaking are dangerous!) we had a Jeep with front hooks roped to the stuck truck, then I had my Ex roped to the Jeep. My truck ended up being on firmer ground and it helped a lot. A neat doodad our old army Iltis had was a wheel winch called an "unstucker", it bolted to the rim and you tied a cable to it and the spinning wheel winched you out. I havent seen on of those in ages. heres a video I found http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJOeEaba__c&mode=related&search=
       
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      Well i guess i am screwed. Got here after work to try at it agian. the water level must of rose a bit and now its frozen in the water. I guess once it freezes your SOL.

      I have pictures but where is a good place to host perferebly for free.
       
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      the same happened to me(well sort of) i was stuck in about 2 feet of watery mud that when u step in it takes ur shoes off

      well my fathers 03 suburban and my uncles 01 s10 zr2 both pulling together could not get me out... a big payloader pulled me out

      just be patient and get lots of help and the biggest truck u can find!!!!!
       
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      Well i am learning alot from this endevor. I think in the future i will buy my self a older explorer and use that for 4x4 and not my daily driver. Not haveing a vehical right now really sucks! heres the picks and go ahead and laugh i am tuff enough.

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      i think that if you dig in front of all tires and put rocks on the front ones and put in 4x4 low range it should move.

      just a thought
       
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      Either wait for the spring thaw, or use a couple of sticks of dynamite!!!:D

      You should be able to get it out with one other vehicle. Break the ice up around the wheels, hook a tow strap to the rear of the vehicle and use the second vehicle to put as much tension as possible on the strap. Then, while the tow vehicle is pulling, put your X in 4lo in reverse and creep back.. It should come out...it's not dug in that bad.


      You definitely should drain and refill your axles after it's sat in the water for a while....maybe tranny and xfer case too just to be safe.
       
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      Damn that is some crap, I'd shoveling as much as I could and start getting something under those tires. And as others have mentioned, it can dangerous doing recovery and doing it yourself only makes it more. Atleast the truck is not out in the sticks.
       
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      LOL well its getting worse. i thought i would just start the truck and let it warm up and melt some of the ice.

      The fuel lines are frozen! it wont start at all!

      so i was able to get some help. My uncle runs a landscaping company and he is going to come down with his excavator and dig/pull me out! i will take pics and let you know how this goes!
       
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      awesome!! That sucker is STIZZUCK!! It may not be starting because your exhaust pipe is under water? fuel lines shouldnt freeze.....
       
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      Major bummer :(
       
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      If you can't get her unstuck tonite and you do dig some ice away. Stick sticks, branches anything inthere so it wont freeze tight again on ya.
       
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      I still think a hi lift jack is your best bet for getting those tires out of the holes. it may do a number on your stock bumpers though and you will need a base for the jack on that slush/ice/snow

      I just went through this last week, the plow truck slipped off our driveway, 78 suburban with plow, 30" tires with chains, STUCK. Hi lift about 6 times on the rear bumper and we were able to push it back onto the driveway and regain traction
       
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      Take your come along, do what you were doing but bring a big pipe to use as an extension on it. I thought you said you had a bucket on your kabota? Can't you dig the snow out? Just dig the front out and see if you can drag it forward a little bit. Or you said there's a plow on it, plow some of the snow out so your kabota will sit on dryish firm grass/dirt/whatever, maybe bring kitty litter or ashes from a wood stove or sand or something to put under the kabota tires. Who's lawn is it? You could always try facing the kabota to the truck, put in reverse and use the bucket to also pull the kabota as well..... I don't really know much about tractors so I dunno if you can run the bucket as well as the engine. I dunno some ideas...As everyone else said though be careful....and it's probably water in your exhaust causing it not to start like 410fortune said. I don't think gas really freezes unless it's EXTREAME conditions. I got family living in northern Maine were it's often -40 and they never have much problem starting their cars.
       
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      He just needs a little tug....you could have yourself out in a few mins...
       
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      thanks a lot guys for your help! i will try the stick idea to keep the ice back. yeah fuel lines do freeze up here alot the gas stations up here pre mix fuel line antifreeze in there fuel so one ever notices. But with fuel prices going through the roof people are cutting corners. I had to help a buddy of mine yesturday with his truck that froze two. had to plug in the block heater for couple hours.
       
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      Man,that is stuck! As long as it doesn't freeze up, you should be able to get it out.
       
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      Any updates??
       

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