What to carry for if you get stuck in the mud

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  1. Jac Sprat

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    We are shortly to head off to France for our first big trip in our new moho. We have already had a few wheels spins with the mud on our own drive and wondered what people took with them to free up mud spinning tyres if you happen to encounter it. Clearly we won't be choosing to camp in a soggy field but it could happen anyway. Any tips?
     
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    NEVER drive down hill on grass unless it's bone dry, there is no way back. BTDTGTTS,

    We carry two lengths of plastic grid as sold for strengthening carparks and airfields. It had saved our lives a couple of time, on the flat.

    But the best plan is don't get stuck in the first place, you are the one driving it.
     
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    Sounds good but where would we get that from?
    is there anything we can buy?
     
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    Nick I mean borrow a couple of bread trays and cut the sides off.
     
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    You can purchase plastic sheeting strips from most motorhome/caravan accessory shops or at the shows or you can cut up some old strips of strong carpet about 2 mtrs in length to go under each driving wheel when you get stuck. Remember to tie some strong cord to both the underside of the van and to the mud strips in order that you don't have to stop and retrieve them immediately and risk getting stuck again. Remember the cord only needs to be sufficiently long to clear the front wheels so that the strip does not get cought under the back wheels as you drive away...
    As others have said, try not to get into that situation anyway.
    :happy:
     
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    Try eBay.
     
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    If you do have to use any of the strips etc then make sure anyone standing near the pitch is well away from the area behind you , where, if you shoot forward suddenly ,the strips will shoot backwards. They're only plastic but can really hurt if they hit you and we can bring forward a witness to this !

    We find the plastic Fiamma strips very useful for putting underneath levelling ramps if the ground is such that the ramps might sink in a bit with the van on them. We've got 4 and have lent them out many times to help get people out of mud or sand. We don't get stuck of course....:whistle:
     
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    @Jac Sprat. Or go to your local bakery or supermarket, and ask if they have any damaged plastic bread crates.
    You only need a couple of strips wide enough for the tyres. I made up four, two on each side, thereby doubling the length of each track...................but as advised, it is best to plan on not getting stuck at all. ;)

    Cheers,

    Jock. :)
     
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    I have got a long Lorry ratchet strap and spike to drive into ground and can winch van out as well as bread basket bottoms
     
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    Is there anything we can purchase? Not keen on butchering bread crates really as not sure what I'm doing. Shall we just use carpet? It'll be a pain to clean and dry after won't it?
     
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    You just cut all the side walls off them, then cut them in half, but lengthways. Easy peasy. (y)

    Jock. :)
     
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    "Fiamma Grip System Anti-skid system with superior traction. The two grips can be combined into one long piece to position under the motorcaravan’s wheels. Solid construction in UV-resistant polyethylene."

    Above as listed on John Cross Motorhomes site, also available at any m/h dealer, these listed are grey colored or yellow.
     
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    This has worked very well for me on the occasions I have bogged ours down. Frankly nothing is going to help better than this. Make sure you have a good supply of beer in the van.
    But why I hear you ask!
    Well, when you get stuck, walk around the site and locate someone who owns a Landrover Discovery, or even better a Defender. Ask them nicely if they would mind freeing you up, whilst holding 4 cans of said beer in your hands. Works every time.

    The last time we got bogged was on the camping field at the Spa grand prix. We had our breakfast whilst watching many motorhome owners launching anti slip mats and bread trays around the field with their front wheels. The nice gent in the Discovery had us out in a jiffy :D
     
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    We have a pair of 4' sand ladders as the link given above by @TheBig1 ...... They are very strong and quite heavy but very effective.
    If I was starting again I would probably get four so it's possible to have a continuous track.
     
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    You have got to be joking!!!!? Use shake and vac!!!:think:

    Seriously, if it gets that bad throw out and get another bit!:happy:
     
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    Hi I also carry a pair of sand ladders they are quite heavy and cost about £50 . But will stand 5 ton been driven over them like above post would bee ideal to make a temporary road
     
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