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Old 11-18-2016, 04:57 PM   #1
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Stuck in mud/soft dirt

I just wanted to post an update about our bus. I hadn't come across a thread about this, so I thought I would post it. We ended up trying to drive our bus into the yard of the house we are staying at and it sank about a foot into the ground. Bad move, since it's so big.

It took us 3 days trying various methods to get it out of there. We were about to have a towing company come out, but they wanted a minimum of $290. What we ended up doing was tying 2x4s to the rear tires for extra traction with some very strong rope. We dug some of the dirt out from behind the tires and went and rented a u-haul pickup truck for about $34. Using a large cable, we attached it to one of the tow hooks in the back of the bus and combining the truck's pull with the bus in reverse, we were finally able to get it unstuck. We have the bus back on the street, but now have a bunch of lawn damage to fix. We're probably just going to leave it on the street and use extension cords to work on it.

So for now, because it will be on the street, we just went ahead and registered it at the DMV as a bus. If anyone happens to get a bus stuck in the dirt, there's a couple ideas for you.
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Old 11-18-2016, 05:26 PM   #2
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Thanks for sharing. Glad you got unstuck.
Interesting because at one point i planned to park in my sister's back yard, where the ground is soft and grassy. I half wondered if i made it back there if i would never get back out, and after reading this i am betting that would have been the case.
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Old 11-18-2016, 07:58 PM   #3
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Been there, done that, got the T-shirt.....

We buried an Eagle 10 deep enough that the differential was resting on the dirt. Fortunately the owner of the local John Deere dealership saw our plight and offered to loan me a brand new 500hp tractor. He warned me to be careful that I might "pull that bus in two". I was nervous as hell driving a brand new expensive ($250k???) tractor 6 miles, on public roads, to where our bus was stuck, pulling the bus out and returning the tractor.

That was in 1998. I have not had a rig get stuck since. I NEVER want to repeat that experience and have learned a good bit of caution.

I suspect that you may have a new perspective when looking at potential parking spots
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Old 11-19-2016, 08:08 AM   #4
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I just wanted to post an update about our bus. I hadn't come across a thread about this, so I thought I would post it. We ended up trying to drive our bus into the yard of the house we are staying at and it sank about a foot into the ground. Bad move, since it's so big.

It took us 3 days trying various methods to get it out of there. We were about to have a towing company come out, but they wanted a minimum of $290. What we ended up doing was tying 2x4s to the rear tires for extra traction with some very strong rope. We dug some of the dirt out from behind the tires and went and rented a u-haul pickup truck for about $34. Using a large cable, we attached it to one of the tow hooks in the back of the bus and combining the truck's pull with the bus in reverse, we were finally able to get it unstuck. We have the bus back on the street, but now have a bunch of lawn damage to fix. We're probably just going to leave it on the street and use extension cords to work on it.





So for now, because it will be on the street, we just went ahead and registered it at the DMV as a bus. If anyone happens to get a bus stuck in the dirt, there's a couple ideas for you.

I would have rented a 26 ft box truck.

Also!!!!!!! You said. Using a large cable, we attached it to one of the tow hooks in the back of the bus .
You can twist a frame very quick using those hooks. They are for shipping and you can pull some little stuff with no damage. Start jerking it and the frame can twist.
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Old 11-19-2016, 07:01 PM   #5
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You are correct. Thanks for sharing your story.
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Old 11-19-2016, 07:11 PM   #6
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I would have rented a 26 ft box truck.

Also!!!!!!! You said. Using a large cable, we attached it to one of the tow hooks in the back of the bus .
You can twist a frame very quick using those hooks. They are for shipping and you can pull some little stuff with no damage. Start jerking it and the frame can twist.
Thanks for the heads up. I would have used both hooks, but I would have had to have the truck on the lawn. I forgot to mention the tires were on concrete when I pulled it for good traction.

Box trucks are more expensive and the area was a little tight, so the pickup worked well. I first made sure the cable was taught and then I only applied constant pressure and didn't jerk it. I was just hoping to not damage the truck, though it did have insurance. Also, the extra torque would have been more of a concern with a 26 ft box truck.
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Old 11-19-2016, 09:53 PM   #7
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Don't tell anyone you read it here...
But, I've taken cable and looped it through one set of duals and made a wind up spool, on a 1 ton flatbed truck. But, conditions were just right... I was able to back out of the hole.
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Don't tell anyone you read it here...
But, I've taken cable and looped it through one set of duals and made a wind up spool, on a 1 ton flatbed truck. But, conditions were just right... I was able to back out of the hole.
HA! I always wondered if that would work! too cool Milk.
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Don't tell anyone you read it here...
But, I've taken cable and looped it through one set of duals and made a wind up spool, on a 1 ton flatbed truck. But, conditions were just right... I was able to back out of the hole.
I think I saw something like that attempted with an ACME cable... out in the Arizona desert somewhere... note that I say "attempted"...
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HA! I always wondered if that would work! too cool Milk.
Wasn't my idea and it was kinda sketchy... But, it was the old hay truck we fed cows with in the winter time. Way back before round bales became popular. I remember we anchored to a tree and had to re-hook about every 10 feet or so.

Shoot, there were times he had to hook up the truck and cable to "pull calves" even.
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