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Old 02-09-2018
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Default So, she's now stuck

I am beginning to think my old bus just doesn't want to leave me. She is now stuck in my side yard, buried down to the frame thanks to this lovely sandy soil we have down here in SWFL. Alligator towing is supposed to be bringing their big rig to lift and pull her out. She is full of fuel and water and of course it's the rear that's buried. The pictures are attachements so you can click on them to make them bigger.



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Oh and the bus is completely aired up. There is dirt all around because we were trying to dig it out. We know better than to spin the tires. The one tire stopped moving due to a buried pine tree stump.
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Been there, done that. This sugar sand with 4" of roots on top does not allow much moving around for a heavy vehicle. A paving machine at the RV park pulled us out after hours of trying filling the holes, boards, etc. Have fun.
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One rule I live by "the bus shall not leave the pavement"
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I just can't wait to see what will be left of that part of the yard once she's freed. I also can't wait to leave this place and go somewhere where the soil is better.
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One rule I live by "the shall not leave the pavement"
Yep. The trucking company I worked for had that rule. I had to argue with Leo's twice at accident scenes when I said, "I'll just wait here"
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One rule I live by "the shall not leave the pavement"


I would tend to agree with that statement. We ourselves have driven over that part of the yard but the biggest rule is "never stop". We didn't drive the bus in and the driver stopped in the soft sand and down she went. We have areas of the yard that are hard packed with sand, shell and clay, but obviously not that area, especially after the rain.
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Hook the other bus to it and pull it right out.
We had a bus stuck a few years ago and we hooked an old FC i had here to it and pulled it right out,never spun a tire.
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Well Randy, then we'd have 2 buses to tow out. The 82 still doesn't have the front tow bar attached. Needs new hardware to attach it and it's at another location...of course.
Besides it's going to need to be pulled out from the back as the location of the front doesn't have any room for another vehicle to approach due to trees and our house. I wish I was there to witness this feat but I am stuck at work.


From now on, we will simply back the bus into position on the hard pack instead of trying to drive it in a horseshoe across the middle, where the ground is sugar sand.
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We had the same problem up in Hawthorne. I had to have a tractor pull us out. It did pull right out though.
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