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Old 02-25-2018, 12:28 AM   #1
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Cool trick to get unstuck when no other way is available. Caution, I've read this can be hard on axles, and lockers.

https://youtu.be/ZUUckU-vAqI

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I saw that video years ago (or one like it) and soon forgot that trick but it has surfaced a few places recently. It got my attention this time and I thought about whether I have a suitable stick of wood/pipe/whatever and a couple good straps in the van that could work. I do. Sadly I got stuck a few months back and didn't think of it. I'm not anxious to be stuck but I do want to try it out!

Thanks for sharing GAR

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That seems to work, but it would seem to be super easy to snag a brake line, fender well or suspension part. If you had the clearance though it might be the difference between spending the night stuck or getting out.
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Hey that's super cool! But does it not seem that all the related videos show that trick being used only in Mississippi-style mud pits....? Wonder how that approach would work in sand. Seems like it would work pretty good!

*** Okay....can't keep myself from stating this "Captain Obvious" holy-crap-common-sense cautionary observation: ***

>> Wow, do ya wanna make sure to stay wayyyyy clear of a spinning tire that has one of those boards attached to it....dang, talk about snapped ankles if you're standing too close.... <<

Gonna keep that get-unstuck trick in the repertoire for sure.


EDIT: Found this video about commercially-available "Truck Claws" (by virtue of YouTube playing more videos related to GAR's first video). These look like a great tool to have along to get unstuck! Super compact to store in your van. They show themselves extracting from axle-deep sand easily with 'em too. Way cool!

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There is a product called Truck Claws that is a “real” version of that. With Truck Claws the base setup is only the width of the tire, you can add an extension to make it stick out like a 2x4.
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There is a product called Truck Claws that is a “real” version of that. With Truck Claws the base setup is only the width of the tire, you can add an extension to make it stick out like a 2x4.
Oop! I double-posted here same thing. Those Truck Claws look legit.
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Uh I have a good idea Just DON'T put yourself in that situation DUH
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^^ Haha! ^^ Love it.

(But.....the very best camping spots are usually somewhere on the other side of the possibly-get-yourself-stuck spots......)
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What fun could that be?
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