Motorhomes and mud

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  1. Clarky

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    Everyone says that Ducato's with FWD are useless on mud and wet grass.
    This is our 4.5 tonne Carthago getting out of a very wet and muddy Dunsfold after Wings & Wheels and a wet Sunday night.



    Richard.
     
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    There's drivers.....then again, there's drivers!(y)
     
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    Never had a Ducato or Boxer with traction control! My last one was a 2011.

    All the ones I had were ok if you could keep moving, but crap if you had to stop.

    I expect Traction Control has improved them.

    :cooler:
     
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    image.jpg We have a 3500Kg Autoroller 707 on a Ducato with no traction control. We tow a trailer and had absolutely no chance of getting out of this on Monday. Tractor to the rescue. The photo doesn't really show how muddy it was. All good fun though :)
     
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    Real Drivers don't have Auto Box's ;)
     
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    opps,, im not a real driver then
     
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    I have a Ducatio.
    No auto box, traction control.
    Mud and wet grass, so far so good.(y)
     
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    No, still crap! Got bogged down in Belgium last year with traction control, as long as you are rolling it is OK, but crap if you want to get started! We had to enlist the assistance of several burly men to get us rolling! :D
     
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    Funney enough I met a guy on a wet muddy site & the discussion ensued FWD vs RWD & i Agreed the most part about RWD being a lorry driver.

    However RWD guy went & got stuck so FWD guy had to show how he cold pull RWD guy out of the MUD & then went on to turn around with his REAR WHEELS in the mud but not get stuck :LOL:
     
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    On Monday got stuck in the mud getting out of Twinwood, turned on Traction Plus and reversed out the mud without any problems.
     
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    Very well done. I've never understood the FWD vs RWD argument. My last A class had more weight over the front axle than the rear. I haven't weighed this one yet but suspect front weight will be adequate. There is more justification for short rear overhang vs long rear overhang ................
     
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    the youtube clip at dunsfold was more wet grass and a bit of slime than real mud. so long as you have tyres with good tread and dont over rev, you wont lose traction on that

    have I ever got stuck in mud? of course I have but knowing how to get unstuck is the trick. last time was 2 years ago when the van sunk into soft ground over night and we stepped out into 3 inches of water. wouldnt of chosen the pitch personally but was towed there when clutch failed. the iveco spec lift truck sent to get us to the garage really struggled breaking the suction round the tyres and took 3 attempts. now that was real mud
     
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    No day morning watching the other vans struggle to get off the very wet Dutch campsite I was panicking a bit but once I'd rocked out of the holes my wheels had sunk into low revs and second gear I got off with no wheel spin.. never understood why drivers think high revs is the way out.. one van left tracks the while length of the field by wheelspinning all the way off.. must have left 3mm of tyre on the edge of the tarmac as well..
     
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    The twin wheel tranny, is fine most times, didnt get stuck in the snow storm on Dartmoor getting on to the roadway.
    Rear wheel drive is good, with twin wheels even better. Front wheel drive in a heavy van with a trailer must be a nightmare.
     
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    When parking on grass unless it is rock hard & no chance of rain always put the bread crates under the wheels.
     
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    I'm in a PVC.. We don't have spare space for bread crates..

    Rocking out is easy peasy and makes you feel like a rufty tufty anyway :cool::ROFLMAO::rofl:
     
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    Wasn't at the Ken Hall meeting was it
     
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    Looked flat as a pancake try that with a hill saw a swift burn its clutch out on a field in devon
     
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    Let's have a rally on a ploughed field and settle the fwd vs rwd debate once and for all!
     
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    We will come.

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