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Post by shuttle on Wed 28 May 2014 - 14:34

Going away tomorrow,just for one night .Bit concerned that we may get stuck on grass pitch with all the rain we have been having. Racked my brain for a solution and came up with an idea .Looked out a couple of beach roll mats (sort of reedy type material) and propose to place them under the front wheels when I've parked up. They only cost about a £1 years ago and we've never used them as we don't go onto the beach preferring the swimming pool .May work may not but in theory they should .
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Post by RML on Wed 28 May 2014 - 16:43

Dissected bread trays are also pretty good and sometimes free if you know where to look.  Got stuck on a site in Bauvais last year after a clear night created a heavy dew on an almost flat pitch - lesson learned!
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Oh yes... and my better half got stuck in the toilet block when the door jammed and the automatic lights went out and I didn't go to look for her - another lesson learned.... take a torch.
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Post by roli on Wed 28 May 2014 - 16:55

Bread Trays like Rich, daisy chained if needed....   or of course nowadays a Transit RWD makes a difference

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Post by journeyman on Wed 28 May 2014 - 17:14

I got stuck last weekend….The Symbol does not really like any sort of damp ground…The bonus was the site owner pulled me out in his 1958 Landrover.

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Post by roli on Wed 28 May 2014 - 17:20

Doesnt look in bad nick for its age, mate of mine has one he uses for off roading (the Landy that is)

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Post by dandywarhol on Wed 28 May 2014 - 18:31

Winter tyres are the answer - used them for 3 years now - all year round - they chew up campsites a treat!  biggrin  Also better grip if you reverse a front wheel drive

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Post by journeyman on Wed 28 May 2014 - 19:58

Cheers Dandy, I'll bear that in mind….the current ones have a fair bit to go yet. I am aware of the reversing bit, that was my first manoeuvre!!

On the plus side, the towing hole on the front was applied a good squirt of WD40…and I now know where the towing hook is located within the van!!!

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Post by rogerblack on Wed 28 May 2014 - 21:09

I agree with dandy re winter tyres.  Got fed up getting no traction on our front wheel drive Boxer, even on slight inclines in wet grass. Used Spider Spikes for a few years as required to get us out of trouble but very messy when muddy and a pain to fit in the dark, also bulky to store.  Then around few years ago on recommendation fitted TOYO H09 M&S (Mud & Snow) tyres and have never looked back.  Not been stuck on grass/mud since and have also driven in deep snow on Scottish roads in January.  I also use winter tyres on the car now and it makes a huge difference to traction even on wet roads in cold weather (below 7 C) where summer tyres go hard and lose grip.

On the car I do higher mileage so change back to summer tyres around Easter time but on the Pollensa the TOYOs stay on all year round. No perceptible difference on road noise, bearing in mind all the usual rattles etc from the hab area would drown it out anyway. Also no noticeable difference in lifetime since the mileage we do in the motorhome means we change due to age rather than tread wear anyway.

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Post by journeyman on Wed 28 May 2014 - 21:13

Do they have to be fitted all round, or will the front suffice?

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Post by Dutto on Wed 28 May 2014 - 21:20

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I hope I never have to use it  allthumbz  but Transits are absolute hell on wet grass, snow and ice; even on the level.  tap_fingers 

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Post by rogerblack on Wed 28 May 2014 - 21:29

journeyman wrote:Do they have to be fitted all round, or will the front suffice?
For traction on grass, only the driving wheels really matter. However for winter use and for general wet weather grip, it is very strongly recommended to fit them all round, to avoid problems when braking.
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Post by dandywarhol on Wed 28 May 2014 - 22:09

I only use them on the front but a good patterned Contis on the rear.

I regularly monitor tyre temperature on long runs and the rears are always warmer, albeit evenly across the tread which indicates the pressure is ok.

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Post by millenium falcon on Sat 31 May 2014 - 22:26

Hello!

Up here I use winter tires all year round ( Nokia hakkapelita M&S) without the spikes and use a complete set, I wont use summer and winter mixed becuse if you get a flat then the spare is always the smaller and changes some of the driving charicteristics. The other thing is to take a small bag of kitty litter and throw some under your driving wheels to help get traction, this works but please use the clean stuff not the second hand one as you will slide more!! snigger

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