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Awesome, oncore, oncore

...where is the vid of the Ledcruiser on the strap?
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We were just cruising around the Otways here and yep, a young Chinese couple with big camper were well and truly stuck.

Pic doesn't show it, but they never had a chance driving in that slop.

My two co-pilots really are hopeless at taking vid or even pics

Front end was buried in a culvert/spoon drain, and was sitting on its sill. Rear wheel drive. No chance.

The look on their faces when we stopped and said we'd get them out was price less.

No tow recovery point on the front, only a rear. So backwards it was.

Their English was not good enough to be able to technically understand how not to rip the front bumper off if it got snagged in the mud, don't turn it this way... etc. A bit sketchy. Just went as slow as possible, and kept checking.

Slow tow had no chance, had to use the snatch.

The relief, the hugs I got, the offer of accomadation if we ever visit China. They were extremely appreciative. 18mth baby sleeping inside, never woke up



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Awesome Karma!! I'm trying to work out how to ride into China at the moment, proving extremely difficult, you get their number haha
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Awesome Karma!! I'm trying to work out how to ride into China at the moment, proving extremely difficult, you get their number haha
They said they'd email me their pics and details. I remember her saying they live in the second biggest city in China.

I'll keep you posted.

They were a very humble couple.

Those rental RVs get stuck very very easily. I did it in NZ, and in our RV you couldn't turn the damn traction control off, which meant zero chance to get any momentum, once stuck that's it. In hindsight I should have found that fuse
We got pulled put by another hire RV.
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I wish I had a waterproof phone or camera - this weekend, my mate had to drag a 30-seat bus off a driveway in Buderim (residential suburb) with his JK 2 door and a snatch strap in the pouring rain. The bus driver wanted to do a 3 point turn, reversed up a steep driveway too quickly and got his tow bar caught up, which left his rear wheels in the air above a gutter.
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I had to help a couple in their Lexus (Re-badged Land Cruiser) a couple of weeks back. I was doing my local tracks in the Awaba State Forest and came across them.

They were driving home to Sydney from Port Macquarie and decided to take some time to do a few fire trails on the way. They weren't bogged just hopelessly lost so I had them follow me out to the main road and pointed them in the right direction.

I think it might have been a chilly drive home for him. His partner wasn't impressed and she didn't strike me as the outdoorsy / camping type.
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Bored on a Sunday arvo, on my own, I was wheeling through the right place, right time again

Anglesea, Otways, on my way through to Paddys.

Great group of blokes. Well mannered, cruisey. So I thought to stay and watch for a bit, have a chat and some laughs. Patrol Ute. Landcruiser Ute, Hilux Ute winching, and Cruiser stuck.

Red Hilux, anchored to tree, was winching the Cruiser out frontwards, it was a hard pull, but a bolt holding the front bar on sheared, or mount broke or something. Stopped it straight away.



They asked what my winch was like (12,000lbs Monster winch, so not brilliant), but I offered to snatch him out backwards from the other side. Deal.



They only had a tow strap handy, I said I had no chance at pulling it out slow tow style, I'd just spin and spin and spin. Need a snatch. They didn't have one, so I offered mine. Deal.



I asked "Not on the tow ball please..." They knew that was bad news, and hooked up to a good recovery point.

I took it easy at first, working up to faster run ups. Took some dislodging, then getting it up the rearward boghole embankment took a bit too. About 8 tugs, 2 minutes or so. He was out.

This pic shows doggie sticking head out the window, feeling a bit sick. I couldn't take her out for the pulls, too muddy, don't want mud everywhere in the WG when she got back in. Poor dog got thrown around a bit



The Cruuser driver (Kalvin/Calvin) was very thankful, and offered to wash my strap and bring it to my house. Not needed, I can clean it. He appreciated the token.

While taking the pics he says ,"Pretty proud of pulling out a cruiser hey?". I said "Haha, I wouldn't have made that either mate, you could have been pulling me out."

Next weekend, another pull for three in a row?
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I received a panicked call from my mate - his Discovery was stuck in a giant mud pit and it was going under quickly (I may be paraphrasing). I raced over as quick as I could to find this:


Traffic was standing still on the Bruce and he thought the track running alongside the highway will be a sneaky shortcut to jump the queue. He said mud hole "looked like a giant puddle" so he drove along its side but the ground gave way under driver's side and the car slid sideways.

The strangest thing was, his V8 would run fine for a minute and then belch out a cup or two's worth of muddy water but keep running:


Another guy with a JKU came by (Dave IIRC) and helped us out by being awesome and getting behind the wheel with the seats covered in mud and the pedals underwater when I reverse-snatch recovered it:


His car ran fine for another 15 minutes but shortly after we got onto a nearby dirt road, his car died in a haze of white smoke and coolant spray from what I suspect is a cracked block. I don't know if his existing head gasket leak contributed but for the second and last time that day, I recovered his car by towing it to a nearby road.

The towie who came to pick it up offered him $500 salvage for it, which he accepted. All of this because he was impatient...
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