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Posted: 11/18/16 09:21am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

anutami wrote:

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.
I tried to email them, but could not get their email address to work. I'm wondering if they would work on a DRW. Looks like they would.

I am curious, did you try dumping water under the tires to aid in traction? A good opportunity to dump gray water. Worse case use some of your fresh water.

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Tiger4x4RV wrote:

... DRW in low 4 is best for sand. ...
Would you give more info on this? Do you think DRW would have helped anutami?

I ask because I have a 4x4 DRW.

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Reddog1 wrote:

Tiger4x4RV wrote:

... DRW in low 4 is best for sand. ...
Would you give more info on this? Do you think DRW would have helped anutami?

I ask because I have a 4x4 DRW.

Wayne


Depends on the sand, but duallies generally have higher flotation in the rear because of the wider contact patch. This is why empty they can get stuck on grass with a light dew when empty.


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Well, you know what they say -- "if you ain't gettin' stuck now and then, you ain't four wheelin'."

Actually, they don't say that -- I just made it up -- but it sounds like something they ought to say.


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JoeChiOhki wrote:

Reddog1 wrote:

Tiger4x4RV wrote:

... DRW in low 4 is best for sand. ...
Would you give more info on this? Do you think DRW would have helped anutami?

I ask because I have a 4x4 DRW.

Wayne


Depends on the sand, but duallies generally have higher flotation in the rear because of the wider contact patch. This is why empty they can get stuck on grass with a light dew when empty.
That is my thought, but it is my understanding that some beaches on the East coast do not allow DRW vehicles.

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Digging just one side? Consider Eaton TrueTrac differentials front and rear.
And otherwise shift from 1WD to 2WD a little sooner [emoticon]

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Glad you got out of there in the end.

That "truck claw" mentioned above looks like a useful and inexpensive piece of kit for just these situations.

I run a winch on my Jeep TJ and it gets used a lot, but having a decent amount of experience with a winch I can say I wouldn't bother with one on my truck camper. To get one sufficiently rated and good enough quality that you can rely on it that one time you need it means spending quite a bit of money and adding a load of weight. I've also seen plenty of people turn up with a winch they fitted 2 years ago and haven't used or looked after only to find it now doesn't work when they have got stuck somewhere they might not have had the confidence to attempt without that winch.

So unless you are seriously likely to regularly use a winch, I would go with a cheaper / lighter / simpler set of recovery options such as that truck claw, long handled shovel, decent tyre compressor (I went down to 12PSI when I got stuck in the Sahara, but don't have DRW).

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I run a winch on my Jeep TJ and it gets used a lot, but having a decent amount of experience with a winch I can say I wouldn't bother with one on my truck camper. To get one sufficiently rated and good enough quality that you can rely on it that one time you need it means spending quite a bit of money and adding a load of weight.


I disagree that it takes a tremendous amount of winch on a truck camper. I have an under rated 9,000# winch on my rig. The mount and winch only weighs about 80lbs. No it won't get me out if I'm buried to the frame in mud, but it sure will get me out of most oops I'll find myself in with a camper on the back. It definitely would have gotten him out of the sand if he had something to attach to or could bury his spare as an anchor - of course so would have 4wd.

I use to run the same winch on a 4,000# jeep on the trails so know what it takes on the extreme stuff, but generally we aren't talking that type of "stuck" when in a truck camper. The 1-1/2 times the weight rule doesn't apply.


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Posted: 11/19/16 12:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Obviously First is to find out why front wasn't engaging and fix the 4x. Auto hubs can take a bit more wheel travel to engage as already mentioned. However they are prone to simply not working as they age, lack of service, being vacuum activated many sources to also cause fail. Even manual hubs can fail to lock, especially under load or worse not fully lock.

Having never had auto hubs I don't know if applies, I assume you have auto/lock hubs though that can also be manually engaged. Being already in a pickle you can manually cause hubs to fully lock while stationary. (or when you positively need/want to know)

With transfer case in 2x or neutral (or whatever on a non manual transfer case) where front drive-line can spin freely, turn hubs to lock- turn /jiggle drive-line from drivers side, you can hear/feel the hubs lock, assuming they are free and not gummed up. Though I prefer do one wheel at a time, lock one wheel hub, reach behind wheel, turn/jiggle axle u-joint yoke until hub locks, then do the other side. Hopefully won't need to do, but an exercise to play with in driveway.
Sometimes 'light' brake pedal or ebrake pressure can help, where rear end is open or limited slip, slows down wheel that has least resistance which will recieve all the torque.

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