I'm stuck on the lawn

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  1. yorkieman

    yorkieman Funster

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    We had the estate agents round to take photos of the house on Friday. They asked me to move the motorhome out of the way so they could take a photo of the front, so I drove the motorhome onto the lawn at the side. :Doh:

    It has rained that much recently that the darned think just slowly sank.

    After they'd gone I tried to move it back and all I got was the front wheels spinning round and round and now the wheels are about eight inches into the ground and my dear wife's beloved lawn is ruined.

    So, not only am I in the bad books, but I can't get the motorhome back onto solid ground (i.e. the tarmac drive).

    Should I go get some of those plastic yellow things to put under the tyres, or is there a better way?

    Any bright ideas?
     
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  2. Chris

    Chris Funster Life Member

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    Sell it with the house:thumb:
     
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  3. bigfoot

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    A couple of boards like those used for estate agents 'for sale' signs:Wink:
     
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  4. Hayleylulu

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    send for cheyne he get it out
     
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  5. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

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    Eight inches, you got problems ! Are you in the AA Home start or could you get a tow rope on it.

    You will need to get something solid under the front drive wheels that is reasonably long and have extra lengths to drive forward on.

    Peter
     
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  6. 2dogs

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    If it was me I'd nip next door and borrow Eddies tractor to tow it out:Cool:

    one advantage of having a farmer living next door (shame about the mudddy road outside the drive:Doh:)

    Hope you get a solution, maybe an old carpet under the front wheels?

    Cheers
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  7. pappajohn

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    Oh boy, have you got a problem....

    if the wheels are 8" down the front cross member will be well embedded in the grass as well...thats one big ground anchor.

    the only way you'll get the yellow mats under is to dig a long sloping trench in the lawn in front of or behind the drive wheels, depending which way you face....then they probably wont work.
    instead of mats try builders planks in the trench.

    1" builders gravel thrown under the wheels while rocking back and forth may help depending how far off hard ground you are, and once moving don't stop.

    either way, the lawn is going to really suffer
     
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    I suggest you get a local recovery company to WINCH your van out,the more you attempt to drive it out using planks etc the more you will ruin the lawn.
    Best of luck:thumb:

    Les
     
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    am glad my wife not seen this eight inches :Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    may involve a purchase but here goes.

    Place a good hydraulic jack under the engine mounts and jack as far as you can.
    Place an axle stand under and then re-position the jack so you can lift the front wheel higher.
    Place a couple of scaffold planks under the wheel, also some planks where you plan to drive it along the grass. Pleas do be extra carefull when jacking and do not use lots of throttle, just enough to stop the engine stalling. hope this helps and if not please feel free to ring me.
    Number in pm.
     
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    I wouldnt mess around you will only make it worse, get someone that can tow you out preferably without you having it in gear and spinning the wheels further
     
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    problem would be getting suitably large jack pads under both the jack and the stands to stop them sinking in the very soft ground.
     
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    Scaffold boards will do, but i thought the vehicle was just off the edge of the drive???
    It is do-able though
     
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    Tinkermans right tow it out not in gear and dont stop until clear, its the only way, I have been stuck on fields not deep but no chance without a tow. Pete
     
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    Cheeky :Rofl1:
     
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    All four wheel are on the lawn, but it is just the front two that have sunk.

    I just called my Dad (can you believe a 50 year old man calling his 80 year old Dad - shame on me), and he insisted he's going to come round and sort it tomorrow. Knowing him, he'll push all 3.5 tonne of it on his own and tell me to get behind the wheel.

    Thanks for all the great suggestions. I'm going to print them out and show them to The Boss when he arrives. I will keep you posted. I'll try take a photo too so you can all have a laugh :Laughing:
     
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    is there not someone local with a hiab on a truck . they can lift and pull at the same time.
    if you are lucky they will only want a good drink . takes about a couple of minutes to slip a sling under and away you go. best luck.
    best not get my mates they would want to tow you around for ages till every body in the world knew you got stuck. been there. some handy people around here but they do like taking the p--s.
     
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    She probably never will Yosser.
     
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    If you need some muscle I will be home about 6 tomorrow evening, pm me if you need a hand to push out. I am only in Wakefield so I can be there pretty quickly. I have plenty of weight to shove with:Wink::Wink:
    Mark
     
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    This has got to be the nicest forum on the interweb EVER!

    Thanks for the offer Mark. If I'm not off (the lawn) by tomorrow I might just have to give you a shout :Smile:

    I hope it doesn't pour it down tonight otherwise the whole MH might be heading underground by the morning.
     
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