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#1 of 4 Your Best Truck Story/Adventure
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Jun 01, 2004 (3:46 am)
Time to have a place here for your amazing truck stories. This is not a place for "my truck is better than yours" but a topic to share the interesting or incredible things that you've done with your truck. Example... a few months after I got my 87 Nissan 4x4, I found myself sitting in a shopping center parking lot facing one of those mounds of snow that they make when they've plowed the parking lot and piled it on the islands. My co-worker was asking what the 4WD low setting was for... soooo... I looked at the pile, decided it was frozen enough to try... put it in 4low and worked my way over the 4-5 foot high "mountain" of ice This COULD have been a mishap story, but it worked out in the end!
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#2 of 4 Okay, I'll bite!
Jun 03, 2004 (5:38 am)
March 2001. Got a brutal Nor'Easter that came through dumping 18+" of heavy, drifting snow. New neighbor few doors down was 9 months pregnant with first kid and went into labor that afternoon. About 10 p.m. they decided that contractions were coming close and they had better get to a hospital. Hubby proceeded to bury his Subaru Forester AWD in a snow drift, and couldn't even get out of his driveway. They called 911, but EMS was backed up, Fire Dept was busy on electrical fire, and Police had to wait for a plow to come before they could even attempt to get up the hill to our neighborhood. I had only talked with parents-to-be a couple of times since they'd moved in, but they remembered that I was former Paramedic, so they called me for help, just in case the baby decided to come before EMS.
Mom was diabetic, which makes home delivery kinda risky, especially for the baby, so we really needed to get to a hospital. Since delivery was still a ways off, we decided to attempt to meet the ambulance in my '01, F350, 4x4, Crew Cab. Loaded cab with medical supplies, blankets, etc. (just in case) and struck out on unplowed roads in attempt to rendevous with EMS.
We kept in contact with EMS via cell phone, and found out ambulance had gotten stuck real bad and were now calling for help themselves. So at that point we figured, nuts, we're not stuck, lets just get to a hospital. (Mom's cries during contractions and Dad-to-be's panicked looks were more than enough incentive!!) Well, the F-350 performed like a champ! (Glad I splurged for the limited slip rear end.) We moved slow, but never got stuck. Only one scary part where I couldn't figure out where the road was at one point and plowed through drifted snow almost as high as the hood. (4wd-Lo) But we got through.
Anyway, made it to hospital ~20 minutes before baby's arrival. Had to yell at Mom "Don't Push" a few times during the last mile or two. Result: HEALTHY, 8 lb. baby Girl!
Few days later, as things warmed up, my new truck began to smell FUNNY!? Turns out that Mom's membranes had ruptured during the trip, and my back seat and carpet had gotten saturated with Amniotic fluid and other "stuff" in spite of towels and blankets.
New parents gave me gift certificate to have truck detailed as show of thanks. (But they wouldn't name their daughter after me.) Mom is pregnant with kid #2 now, but due in August.
#3 of 4 Was up in Vermont last week
Jun 03, 2004 (6:48 am)
In my 04 Dakota Quad 4x4. Just cruising around in the backroads when my Mom, who knew how psyched Id been to go off roading since I got the truck, kept pointing out little drivable paths that seemed to lead off into the woods. One in particular looked interesting so I turned off onto this dirt road. As Im climbing the hill I see an abandoned dirt mover and something tells me this is gonna be REALLY fun.
Turns out to be an abandoned construction side with some heavy dips and ruts, mud, loose sand and dirt, and steap inclines. So Im slingin mud all over the place, splashing through deep water and sludge, then head down this mild incline to turn around in this mud pit when Mom notices this steap, dirt and mud incline that leads back up the the exit she suggests I try. As I get closer she gets a little nervous about it and is like "Well actually this seems a little steep, maybe it's not such a good ideaaaaaaWHOAAAAAAAAA"
OF course the Dak performed like a champ, clawing its way up this 65 degree dirt incline like a champ and over the top without any scraping of the undercarriage. I couldn't even find any permanent evidence of my little off road jaunt etched into the paint when washing it a couple days later. So much fun I got myself turned around and made one more circuit of the site doing it all over again before leaving.
All I know is Ive caught the bug now and I gotta find somewhere to do that again. Hey, what would have been the point of paying 2-3 grand extra for a 4x4 if it never touches the rough stuff?
Jun 03, 2004 (7:19 am)
I almost forgot another winter adventure... January of '93 and there was a sporting event we were supposed to go to, but a lot of snow in the forecast. The kids were only 4 years old and 7 months old, so Mom didn't want to take them out... but I said, "Heck we've got a 4WD vehicle... I'm going!" Well, during the game some 27-30" of snow came down. I knew the roads and traffic were going to be a nightmare so I waited at a post game event until about midnight so all the vehicles would be off the roads. I live out in a very rural area and there was no chance that the roads I would be taking would have been plowed at all. It was a VERY interesting experience. The only way to tell where the road was supposed to be was by the telephone poles sticking up out of the snow. The farm fields and road were one seamless blanket of 30" deep snow. I just kept it between the poles and drove along. The REALLY cool part was that most of the time, the snow in front of the truck was coming up ocer the top of the truck like a big wave and I was navigating by brief glimpses out the front while watching the line of telephone poles out the side.
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