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Unread 06-03-2012, 10:54 PM   #1
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HELP! Jeep high centered in mud 2 miles into forest!

Just got back form a very interesting camping trip. We left with 2 Jeep Wrangler Rubicons and a Toyota 4-runner and came back with one Rubicon on the back of a flatbed.

Basically what happened was the three of us were offroaing in the forest and I got my Jeep sunk so deep in mud that it is now high centered in the middle of a bog. The 4-runner tried to pull me out from the way I went in but almost got stuck himself and tore up the mud making it very hard to get back in there. Then he tried to pull me out from the front and ended up blowing out his rear diff.

We tried to toe the 4-runner back to the main road but the other Jeep was having electrical issues. So we got another buddy out with his Yukon XL and the Yukon started towing the 2nd Jeep back to the road. the Yukon got stuck in a different muddy stop but we got the Jeep running again by playing with the fuse box (we later found out it was just a loose ground cable) and he pulled the Yukon out. So we called that a win and went back to town.

It is now raining for the next 4 days but we hope to go back on Thursday.

Any reccomendations on how to get a vehicle that is high centered in the bog out? It is difficult to get a big truck in there (like the Yukon) because they are too heavy. The stuck Jeep doesn't have a winch, neither is there any place to winch too. If you've been in a similar situation is the best way to jack it up with a high lift or two and just put a ton of wood and gravel underneath the tires? Or would it just be easier to rent a mini hoe, dig out what we can and just drag it out. Would that even work? Has anyone done it that way? Right now I'm willing to spend the money on the hoe, I just want to get the Jeep out before it is completely ruined. (the doors are currently off of it)

Thanks in advance!

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Unread 06-03-2012, 11:03 PM   #2
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Unread 06-03-2012, 11:18 PM   #3
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It's so far from civilization that I am much more worried of going back to it looking like this:

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Unread 06-03-2012, 11:23 PM   #4
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Any farmers near by? Ask one of them to see if they can bring their tractor to pull you out. Or contact a local 4x4 club to see if one of them to help you.
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Unread 06-03-2012, 11:30 PM   #5
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This is a prime example of why I NEVER have or will go wheeling around Ft. Mac.

Muskeg is a real biotch......you could come back to this instead:



If the muskeg doesn't swallow your rig some crack head will find it and strip/burn it.....no matter how remote the area it's stuck in is. Hopefully it's not on one of the more travelled trails like tower road, draper road or up behind abasand.

Sorry to be a debbie downer but you are going to have a hard time finding someone to volunteer to go back there......time to put some cash on the table. I'm up here right now but I don't have a capable rig and I'm working for the next week so I'm not of much help. There were/are a bunch of guys up here running full sizes with big blocks and nitrous that go out bogging.....but I'm not sure how you'd find them. Ft. Mac Kijiji maybe?

I'll ask my cousin, he and his buddies all have quads and side by sides. A bunch of them may be able to pull/winch it out without getting stuck given how much lighter they are.....if they are off shift.

Your saving grace might be to try here:

http://www.jeepsofmcmurray.ca/

They're a good bunch of folks that would probably be willing to help but given it's the start of a work week who knows when they'll be able to go out.

As for the mini hoe, bad idea. It's one thing to get your rig stuck but walking a rental machine into the bush is just asking for a huge dent in the wallet.

The rain certainly isn't going to help but I think some hi-lifts, shovels, wood cribbing and plywood are going to be your new friends. And the biggest thing to remember is try NOT to follow old tracks on the way out. Once the muskeg is disturbed you'll be getting stuck every 10 feet if you follow your tracks from the way in.

Good luck dude, it sounds like you're going to need it!
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One other thing. If you do have to get it out manually on your own, remember three things.

1) something flat and stable so the jack has a good solid footing to stand on, preferably with cleats on top that will stop the jack from kicking out
2) a length of chain: wrap it around the axle and frame to limit suspension droop each time you jack it up so you don't have to jack it up as far to get the wheels off the ground
3) a chainsaw: when it comes time to put stuff under the tires find old dead fallen trees or blowdown. Cut them about 4 feet wider than your jeep on each side and lay them perpendicular to the direction of travel. This is called "corduroying" and is the best way to get a good stable surface to drive on with the least amount of risk of falling back in (although it is very labor intensive and time consuming)
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Unread 06-04-2012, 12:26 AM   #8
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Weasle your way out of it with a few come-alongs?

I'd rather inch my way out of it with a few of them and some shovels than pay for a hoe that will probably get stuck...From the sounds of it though, a jeep or truck without any mechanical/electrical issues may be of some help.
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Unread 06-04-2012, 06:08 AM   #9
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Thank you very much jeepwhore. That's what I will do. I will let you all know how it works.
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If you have any 2x6x10 or 2x8x10 lumber lying around you could build some mats. Four of them would be great because then you could swap them around as you drive out. Basically you would do the same thing jeepwhore is talking about you just would not need a chainsaw. The mats would be flatter and thinner to get under the tires.

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Unread 06-04-2012, 09:21 AM   #13
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Gradall/Lull. I have taken them through some nasty stuff on job sites and they are seemingly impossibly to get stuck. 4 wheel steering, 4 wheel drive, loads of ground clearance, lots of torque, and if you do get it stuck you can use the boom to pull yourself out.
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