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Old 02-05-2017, 10:52 AM
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Default Little embarassed yesterday...

Yesterday we went ice fishing to Grand Lake. Pulled into the parking lot and saw a guy struggling with a snowmobile. Asked if I could give him a hand... he agreed. So I pulled out my winch cable and he hooked it up to his strap - I winched the dead snowmobile off the ice and near the shore. I needed to move the truck back so we can do another pull to get over a big embankment.

I was parked facing slightly downward with a big snow drift in front. This is where I made a little mistake: while trying to back the truck up I spun my tires in that wet heavy snow. It developed just a little dip under each tire - just enough to lose all the traction. It didn't matter that I locked front and rear diff... without the traction under the tires it was not going to climb out of there.

It took some work to rock it back and forth with a number of people and we finally rocked got it out of there, but I was a bit embarrassed by needing rescue myself. I realized that even my big knobby tires are very vulnerable in deep wet snow.

So... I wanted to ask what all is available to provide extra traction under the tires in situations like that besides chains.

What about the chains - can I get them for my Dura Tracks without breaking a bank?
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Old 02-05-2017, 11:44 AM
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A traction mat would do the trick. Traction Jack, Maxx track, etc

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Old 02-05-2017, 12:51 PM
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let some air out of tires
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Old 02-05-2017, 01:27 PM
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Fill a Nalgene bottle with kitty litter or oil obsorbent and toss it in the back. Doubles as a lce traction aid and a spill kit.
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Old 02-05-2017, 02:50 PM
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Wrap bungee cords through your rims and around your tires. It works like chains but people camping usually have a few. Works like a paddle in sand also.
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Old 02-05-2017, 03:15 PM
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In a pinch, use a piece of carpet or your car's floor mats. I have been stuck on dead-level ground on ice under the same conditions, and it is (indeed) embarrassing.
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Old 02-06-2017, 10:43 AM
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Meh, you were helping! Don't be embarrassed, even th mighty land cruiser can and will get stuck. Ice is a great foe.

Max trax, an alpine shovel and or kitty litter should help you out of most jams.
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If you were already hooked to the sled why didn't you just use him and an anchor? Anytype of abrasives toss under and in front of the tire would have worked easily
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Happens to the best of us dude.
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Old 02-07-2017, 08:13 AM
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What these guys said.

But if you still want chains (I think you do--I think everyone should have chains):


For a situation like you described, you could have just set the chains under/in front of the tires and driven out--wouldn't even need to put them on.

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