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Old 03-03-2009, 10:42 PM   #1
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2499 Stuck in the Mud in Georgia

Since we dont have a Worst Stuck Column here on the forum, I thought I'd post these pictures here in the Community Column

Cindy and I drove up to Clayton Georgia to visit some friends last week. We were originally in Charleston, South Carolina (Thanks Pam and Steve for all the great info) and the weather was beautiful

Driving up to Georgia across South Carolina was a beautiful drive. All back roads as always and the scenery was perfect. Spring in the South and everything in bloom

The day we pulled into Clayton, it started raining. Our friends have a 20% grade on their driveway (not lying, it's what my pitch/roll meter read) so they told us they had some friends who have a farm just down the street.

We were more than welcome to park the Sunline in the pasture where it would be safe and sound while we visited with them.

Fast forward a few days later and it has never stopped raining. Cindy and I had made a few trips back and forth to the coach to get clothes and what not, and each time I'd make a comment that it was going to be hard to pull the Sunline out of this pasture due to the rain.

Finally on the forth day the forecast was calling for what else? A SNOW STORM!!

We said our good byes and told them we were headed south as camping in the snow is not something I really want to be doing, especially in Georgia.

Well that was when the fun started. We hooked up to the 2499, threw the truck in 4 wheel drive and started making our way across the pasture. At first we were gaining good momentum untill the truck just started spinning and buried itself pretty deep in the thick Georgia Mud.

We would later find out that the safety cable had gotten pulled out by a stick or some debris in the pasture which resulted in the trailer brakes locking up. That alone would be hard to pull across a field, but add 4 days of solid rain, and this is what you get out of the truck to look at.


Cindy got out and laughed saying "I think you got us stuck honey"

She couldnt see the lean that I could see on my side of the coach



I told her to come look at my side, and she about freaked out. The passenger side tires were almost off the ground due to the amount of lean! I had visions of the Sunline lying on its side in the field, and us being snowed in for the next few days.

Well some Southern hospitality came into play, and on a early Sunday morning, the owner of the farm and his neighbor both came out in the pouring rain to help pull the truck and trailer out. (Both had to be pulled out seperate with very large tractors)


Thank Goodness we just had those axle supports beefed up...LMAO

So I'll bet that I'm the only one on this forum that has had their Sunline pulled out of a pasture by a John Deere tractor

Not that it's something you want to be bragging about, but it was pretty funny to say the least.

And if you think it couldnt get any worse, about an hour South we hit the snow. Georgia doesnt have any equipment to remove snow from the roads, and I'll be damned if this Michigan boy is going to stop just because of 5" of slop is hitting the backroads

Although I about cried when we pulled over for fuel and the undercarriage looked like this


I had asked Cindy "Are these people just idiots and why do they keep pulling in front of me when I have my blinkers on?"

Well while we were pulled over filling up the tanks, I decided to clean off the windshield. While walking around the truck, I noticed why no one could see my blinkers!



I'd like to say that we drove for 8 hours straight and made it through the snow storm. We're now safely sitting in some parking lot in Northern Florida and the forecast calls for 70 degrees tomorrow

Yeah, So long Snow!! And I dont plan on parking in any pastures any time soon!!
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Old 03-04-2009, 12:39 AM   #2
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Old 03-04-2009, 06:44 AM   #4
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Where in North Florida are you? I work in Tallahassee every day. If you're close, I could try and meet you.

Yeah the mud down here is deceptive. It LOOKS more solid than it is. I believe the clay here can be used as a super lubricant when wet as the friction coefficient must be nearly ZERO.

It kinda reminds me of the scene in My Cousin Vinny...
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MY COUSIN VINNY is Cindy's favorite movie, so you had her laughing pretty good with that comment.
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Gee WIZ, Pat,

You could have been stuck there 'til it froze

Now, how much mud did you leave in the auto car wash, and did you have to deposit more $ just to wash the wash bay

Sure glad you got your baby out safe and sound, except for mud,

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Yep -you get the Trophy-"but" thats what makes it an adventure!
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Hi Pat

Your one pic won't post. Se here it is. Take the space bar off the end.



Now to the rest of the adventure "Holy Cow"....

Well I had a similar T2499 stuck story. But it was my front lawn, and the tractor was a Ford, just there was a Chevy Suburban stuck in-between the 2.... So the tractor was not directly pulling the Sunline….

What a mess….I have been stuck on the farm enough times one would of thought I would known better by now but I guess I just had to relive that frustration one more time to have it sink in…

Don’t be going on the lawn in the clay of Ohio unless it is the frozen tundra of winter or concrete clay of summer. Spring, ah nope.

How the guy pulled your TT with the mower on the back….. WOW

Glad you made it down south safe and sound.

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Thanks for that John, I fixed the space on the URL code

When the farmer pulled up with the brush hog, there happened to be a spindle on top of his rear tire that fit perfectly into my ball socket. So he just went real slow and the camper rode on top of it perfectly

That was a two for one deal there. First and Last time we camp in the Georgia rain and not be on solid ground!

Thanks for the comments.

Kitty, we never even had to wash the camper off. It was raining so hard, that a half hour of driving down the road and she was clean! Then the snow hit
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stuck in the mud

Stuck in the mud? nope, just plowing the field! here's your sign.
what an adventure. thanks for sharing that story. It sure was something to smile about and the stuff that memories are made of!!I guess mud and snow tires on the Sunline wouldn't ----oh never mind!

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So let me get this straight, you hired Wilford Brimley (and his tractor) to pull you out of the mud?
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So let me get this straight, you hired Wilford Brimley (and his tractor) to pull you out of the mud?
He needed the money, with the economy in the crapper, he's not getting any acting gigs these days

Actually, it only cost me a case of beer we had in the camper. The guy showed up at 9am drinking a beer, and after we sat out in the pouring rain for an hour, I gave him our case of Coors Light we had.

He didnt even want to take that, but I insisted. Great hospitality here in the South!
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