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Chevy Tahoe and bad judgement

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by caesum, Oct 18, 2009.

  1. Oct 18, 2009 at 7:45 AM
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    caesum

    caesum [OP] Member

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    I wish I had pics, but alas...

    Anyway, my wife and I went to scenic East Durham, NY (heart of the irish catskills) to a resort/bar to see my friend's band play. Since they were having a big event the next day, parking was limited and we ended up parking in a field across the road from the festivities. The "lot" as it was was accessed by a one lane dirt path over a culvert, with the rest of the road frontage being a really steep drainage ditch. We parked my Tacoma (backed in to the spot in 2wd with the auto lsd only doing minimal work.

    After the band stepped down, we walked back over with another couple we didnt know (guy and girl in their early 40's). The got in a relatively late model tahoe (early 2000's? - it was dark at this point). Looked like a pretty nice ride actually. In any case, the guy drops it in drive and starts driving right down into the ditch (a few too many brews?) at an absolute 90 degrees from the run of the ditch. I'm impressed that he thinks he can do it, but he rapidly applies the brakes as he sees exactly how steep it is. At this point, he probably could have saved it if he shifted in to 4wd lo and backed out really carefully. But he doesnt, and proceeds further in. Predictably, the bottom fascia and undercarriage are now scraping bottom. A little more throttle and the back wheels are actually starting to lift. At this point he shifts to reverse, but there is no way one front wheel will pull it back out in the soft ground. He puts it back in drive and finally makes it out, but I could hear all sorts of stuff crunching underneath.

    He's gonna have a nasty mess when he looks at it in the morning. He's lucky it was still drivable.
     
  2. Oct 18, 2009 at 7:48 AM
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    Janster

    Janster Old & Forgetful

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    The main thing....I hope he wasn't drunk driving. :eek:

    That'd be me - I'd look at something and think, "I can get through that" and end up making myself look like a dumb ass. :D
     
  3. Oct 18, 2009 at 8:07 AM
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    Simon's Mom

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    Doh, that's gonna leave a mark!
    I watched a guy in a corolla do this the other day when he went to pull off the shoulder of the road not realizing the depth of the culvert :eek:
     
  4. Oct 18, 2009 at 8:12 AM
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    This happens alot at Clemson games. Espicaly when it rains the grass lots turn into mud pits
     
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