I've gone off roading and hauled some stuff here and there; even towed a trailer or two. But I feel like I finally got to see what the ole tacoma was made of this past weekend. Sorry, no pics, but a good story for me nonetheless.
So me and a couple of friends are taking the tacoma down to the river to chill out on the rocks and drink a few beers. Well, I've been to this river plenty of times, but my friends wanted to go to a different spot. It caught my interest, so I was game. I'm told that there is a really really steep hill you have to go down to get to this spot. I'm like "eh whatever, I have 4WD." We get to this hill and this thing is STEEP. I'm talking at least a 45 degree angle and 1/8 mile long. I start down it in 2WD just leaving the trans in neutral (manual) and crawl. I get around a bend and there is a mazda B2300 style truck stuck as all get out. Apparently he made it down (like any truck could) but didn't think about the ride back up. This hill has a very large rut on the right hand side and apparently he fish tailed coming up and jacked the rear end in the rut and was bottomed out in it. Keep in mind this is hard packed dirt with loose gravel on top. So he is all the way at the bottom almost and see's me coming down. There is only room for one truck so he starts waving his arms telling me to reverse and go back before i get stuck too. Me being me, I creep all the way down to him and set the brake and hop out the truck. I talk to him for a bit, get the story (it's a 2WD) and ask him if he wants me to try and pull him out. I always keep a tow strap in the bed. He replies with, "if you think you can." I gave him a look like oh yeah , no problem. So I have to reverse the tacoma ALL the way back up the hill in 4LO and turn around to back it down to him. While backing down one of my friends is complaining saying this was stupid and that we should just park at the top of the hill and walk down to the river. He kept on and on about how we were going to get stuck as well. I ignore him for the most part and replied, "if I were stuck I would want someone to help me too." I also explain that he is in a tacoma Well, while backing down I made the mistake of trying to use my rear view to back up. I ended up putting the left side of the truck in the rut. This is my friends revelation. "Well here we go...now we are stuck" he says. I calmly put it in 4LO and driver her out of the rut. I then continue down with my door open; hanging my head out the window this time. I finally get to the mazda and hook up. I'm still in 4LO, so I just put a nice tension on the tow strap and pull him right out. I pull him for a good while making sure he is back straight and stop my truck. He then honked and signaled for me to keep going. I guess he was afraid of getting stuck again. So we get all the way to the top, unhook, talk for a bit, and say our goodbyes. When I hopped back in the truck to go back down the hill, my buddy looked at me and says, "I guess this truck is more bad ass then I thought." That made the day for me.
Just thought that I'd share my fun little adventure with you guys. I'm sure some of you can enjoy it as much as I did!