Originally Posted by Chickenmunga
In this case it was hardpack and wet, I was last vehicle. Not much chance of digging a wall.
I'm '08 auto, so no DAC.
I used to think fully locked brakes were the answer, but a guy told me you have less control - all you are doing is uncontrolled sliding, whereas a bit of gas can sometimes correct you, kind of like Janster says. Guess it may be situation-dependent.
Jan, I think 4L - 1st would have been fast enough. Can you swap to 2nd in the middle of things? I'm thinking that's better than starting 2nd off the bat.
Yep trying to stay off brakes. I came close to overheating them on a Honda once and I drive 5th wheels every now and then, I know all about that. I went with the way I did simply because I could come to a dead stop and just inch my way down. Since it was such a short distance at a time and negligible speed, overheating wasn't going to be an issue.
The rig in front of me took it real easy, but he was an FJC with a fresh set of MTs... I had my stock Rugged Trails with 5/32" tread (yes I'm looking to replace after some Christmas recovery). I wasn't trying to make this a tire quality threads... just getting a general "best practices" since even some really soupy mud on fresh tires can give you the same scenario.
I think you hit the nail no the head here. Tires, Tires, Tires. 4x4 gets you going, tires make you stop. If there isn't enough snow to pack up a wall in front of the tires, you are better off rolling slowly.
FWIIW, I HATE the ABS in these trucks in slick conditions. My next mod is going to be an ABS kill switch for heavy snow/mud offroading. It is the worst ABS I have ever driven. It adds a huge amount to the stopping distance in certain conditions.
I find it is pretty hard to get the brakes that hot in winter between the cole air temps and snow getting into the wheels. Brake overheat is pretty low on my worry list for a winter drive.
I used to live in upstate NH at 3,000' with a 1/4 mile long STEEP driveway. I've tried every technique possible to go up and come down a steep, snow covered hill... and I've often ended up spinning it around or buried in a ditch. All part of the fun, right? If you do start skidding, you can give the throttle a little bump and accelerate down the hill to regain heading... However, you can compound matters and end up with MORE momentum and in the same situation again. I'd rather hit something at 5 mph instead of 10mph.
Practice makes perfect!