On a four-wheeling outing in Dubai we had a few luxo wheelers with us that were not afraid to push the plush 4-bys to their limits. In the end, the soft sand stuck everyone at least once.
We had one heck of an Idaho winter and decided to drive from Mud Lake to Dubois all off road. We only got stuck twice, but the snow become especially deep for my '97 TJ once we got close to Dubois. Overall the Jeep did great considering it's only running 33x10.50 BFG M-Ts!
Shortly after driving five miles down a rocky wash in Arizona the rear axle U-bolts snapped clean off. This U-bolt disaster led to my entire rear axle being ripped from the vehicle, brake lines and all. After piecing a few miscellaneous parts and pieces together we limped the truck back to our tow rigs. Even with all the damage we were able to round up enough parts to fix it and get back on the trial in just a couple hours.
Even with 16 inches of lift, once the Michelins packed up with mud, we were done!
The Deep End
Though my husband was impressed by my courage to drive through the deep stuff, I think it's time for my own dedicated mud bogger!
At least I know my truck floats!
During a driver training session in Sarder City, Iraq, we got this monster buried. We suggest trading in the 52-inch Michelins for Boggers, but so far no luck. We used a 30K Caterpillar loader to take care of the extraction.
Except for the occasional IED, Afghanistan is a virtual off-roader's paradise. Although I would suggest bringing something a little lighter for the mud!
After a heavy rain in Southeast Baghdad the squad went out on patrol and ended up in this filled-in canal! Not a good day, to say the least.
SRA Sean Jenkins
With the MRAP weighing in at over 35,000 pounds, it's not exactly built for the mud. We belong to the 2nd Platoon Attack Company 1/32 Infantry and are currently deployed in Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division. If the whole "war" thing wasn't going on, this would be a great place to wheel, especially if you're into rockcrawling.
Bridge Under Water
After a severe rain and flash flood took out a small bridge, the Marines of the 8th ESB and EMP attempted to try and fix the damaged crossing. It didn't take long before a few Marines got bored and tried to drive across the small creek. Needless to say, the Scraper got stuck in seconds. A civilian-operated HETT with dual winches attached itself to a 7-ton truck and pulled the stuck equipment out.
I work in the Army EOD (bomb squad) and am currently stationed in Iraq. We were responding to a call in the middle of the night when our security element took a wrong turn. So we ended up having to turn around in a field. The first Humvee made it just fine, as did my 40,000-pound JERRV (EOD response vehicle). But our last truck, driven by a city boy, let off the throttle and sunk right in. We were able to winch him out with my truck, but it cost him a broken tie-rod end because he turned against the winch and got the cable wrapped up around the tire. So, despite our efforts, we had to wait in a highly mortared area for about an hour for a wrecker to get out there to tow him back to the base.
SSG Charles S. McClung
It didn't take much for the new dirt bridge to give way when our MRAP cut the turn a little too tight. Luckily the front bumper slammed into the dirt and stopped us from rolling over.
SPC Lucas Kinkelaar
Lucky Number 13
While on patrol in Iraq my platoon came across this trench filled with human waste. Every truck in the convoy made it through fine, except for the Humvee I was driving. I'm just lucky like that, I guess.
Sgt. Allen Zurenko