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Old 02-09-2018
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Had a similar problem Nov 2016.
We parked our 40 WB on hard dirt when when we moved off our boat onto land. everything was fine from April to Nov, then it rained and rained. Hard dirt turned to mush and the coach sunk in a soft spot while trying to leave for our daughters wedding. Wrecker wouldn't drive onto our property for fear of getting stuck and the cable wasn't long enough to reach, at least that's what the driver said. Suggested we wait till the ground dried out. 4 mos. later we did. This winter we moved it to the driveway in anticipation of rain, so far no rain! Probably should move it back, then we'll have record rains.
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Yep, same thing happened to us after the hurricane. We had the same bus parked behind our house protecting our back lanai and the ground turned to mush due to flooding and she sank. We waited for the ground to dry and firm up, dug her out and drove her out.
This time she got stuck and then it rained. The ground is very dry and sugary. We dug it out and put boards under the rear tires and tried to back her out. she was going til the rear tire hit an old pine tree stump that was buried. We didn't see it until we tried to dig it out again. The rear frame is now sitting on the ground. She will need to be lifted and then pulled out. The ground behind her is firm. She's just stuck in a bit of a sand bowl.
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Been there and done that! Parked on what I thought was good and solid with rock underneath. Nope!

Keep an eye on the tubes and valves for dumping your tanks. I had to stay aired up to avoid having the bus sit on them while waiting for a tow.
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I saved a piece of chain link fence just in case of this same issue. I am going to cut a few pieces to keep on the bus. I hope not to ever have to use them, but in florida unfortunately there is a lot of sand.
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Well I am happy to report the bus has been freed! They were able to pull it out. My husband called and told me. I am sure my yard is wrecked, but at least she is free and hopefully safe. I told him to take pictures, I'll post them later if he did. Lesson learned. When in doubt....don't try it with the fully loaded bus.
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You can get these buses stuck on a wet grass. From experience . If the wheels spin you have to be very careful you don't damage the drive line. Get the wheels spinning and hit dry pavement and you will probably spending money on differential repairs .

We fairly frequently park them off hard pavement at rallies and if it rains ??? Best wait until it dries up. OR get pulled out prior to breaking something . I've rebuilt my differential once and it's expensive and parts are not always easy to locate. This is preventable .

Until you do it you will not believe how easy it is to chip a tooth or two on a ring gear .
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Oh I remember reading about the big No no's of spinning tires are breaking rear ends. As soon as I saw the tires stop moving, I screamed for him to stop. Luckily the sand is very fine and slippery so it offered little to no resistance.
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So here's the pictures of the rescue:


Here's the rig that saved the bus


Along with his rotator in action


And the bus on her way out with the front wheels stuck in the ruts left by the rear wheels.



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How much does it cost the have a rotater come pull out a bus?
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About $300
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