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Posted: 11/14/16 08:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Can't say much about your ordeal but I can say you are in one of the most beautiful and awesome parks in the country. Photos never do it justice. You have to see it to appreciate it. I hope you enjoy your stay.


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Posted: 11/15/16 07:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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I went down to 40 psi, but the sand was just too deep and my rig too hvy


Did you ever figure out why the 4wd didn't engage? Not really, but almost ready to go down and once again go into major debt on a new truck.

Last and most important, how pleased are you with the BFG AT K/Os? Are they wearing well with the heavy camper weight?


I love the K/o 2's. Definitely have to rotate every 3-5k miles though.


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Wondering whether you are still relying on the Ford vacuum system of 4 wheel drive. After paying and paying to fix it, I put on some Warn hubs and now it works when I put them in every time.


Plus you get your money back invested out of MPG savings. You will no longer be spinning the driveshaft and differential going down the highway.

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Bummer about your ordeal, it looks awesome out there. It's in our near future to visit Borrego springs.


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I've been thinking about keeping a set of these Truck Claws in my truck. I'm always putting around the Borrego desert with the camper on and also always run up sand washes with my fingers crossed.

Back in the day (late 70's - early 80's) when I used to take the Bronco out on extreme Borrego excursions we'd always take along a rolled up remnant of carpet in the back of the Bronco - about 18" wide by about 4-6 feet long. Laying the carpet in front of one of the drive wheels (or 2 pieces in front of both with Posi) would allow the tire(s) to float up onto the carpet rather than dig deeper into the sand (mud, ice, etc.). It's only a little more help but sometimes that's all that's needed.

I've always said, 4WD in a vehicle is a license to get into a predicament, the winch is what gets you out.


--- BTW -- when I was down in Mexico I had seen the "local" version of the Truck Claw made by nailing/screwing a nylon cinch strap to a 2x4 piece of wood. YMMV [emoticon]

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Has anyone ever tried the Truckclaws or knows anyone who has? I like the concept but I have not seen any user reviews other than the videos on the manufacturer's website.


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Ventura Dogman wrote:

Has anyone ever tried the Truckclaws or knows anyone who has? I like the concept but I have not seen any user reviews other than the videos on the manufacturer's website.


That claw looks pretty nice, but I wonder how well it will work with a 3000lb camper in the bed of the truck. I was also looking for reviews but can't find any. when I got stuck I called the tow company and they wanted $150 an hour with a 2 hour minimum to rescue me. So it looks like the claw will pay for itself pretty easily if you have to call a tow. Nice insurance to have. Thanks for the link on this.

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trick I used to use was to carry a couple of dozen empty burlap sacks , shovel and high lift jacks. Get the wheel up fill the burlap sacks with sand put one under the tires and build a road bed out of the rest of them. you may only move a few feet at a time as you keep moving the bags in front of the tires but it beats burrying yourself to the frame. Note: do this a soon as you start to bog down , way before you get hopelessly stuck


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Buzzcut1 wrote:

Even with the auto lockers you can just twist the dial on the hub from auto to lock for 4wd. I do that whenever the surface looks iffy. Then all the dash switch is doing is engaging the front driveshaft to the transmission.


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Nolan, sorry to hear about this. For deep sand, 20 psi works best. Would've tried that. As for gear, getting a good winch and traction boards are recommended.

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