. . . about unplanned situations like that.
There I was, Jeep on its side, back window on the driver's side blown out. I have a day pack, water, tools, first aid, etc etc in it, but NO WAY can I carry all that stuff. I am out in the middle of nowhere on a dirt road, its a "main road" in that potato trucks haul over it all the time, but not on a Sunday. So, I don't expect much traffic.
Ok, this happens in real time with no Z-Poc, I can call for help on my cell and wait for someone to pick me up, drive me home so I can call a tow truck etc.
But let's say, it IS the Z-Poc and Zed have been seen within a 10 mile radius. Cell phones no longer work. Like I said, the Jeep is loaded for bear, axe, hammer, lightweight water pack, canteen, peanut butter, coffee filters, tuna in foil packets, rope, work gloves, a couple of space blankets, dynamo flashlight/radio combo, small tarp, compass, 2 heavy duty rain ponchos that double for tents, couple of cans of seltzer water, maps, basic medical kit, duct tape.
It's 5+ miles back to the ranch, out in the open, in the middle of high desert country. It's 5 pm, temp is a sunny 60 degrees, but in about 15-20 minutes, when the sun goes down, the temp is going to drop 20-30 degrees and the wind is going to pick up to at least 30 miles per hour.
Do you stay and hole up in the overturned Jeep? If so, how do you fortify it?
Do you abandon the Jeep, take as little as needed and hike back to the ranch?
Do you salvage out as much as possible to protect against looters? If so, what do you take?
Finally, you if you make it back to the ranch, how do you get back to the Jeep later on and get it pulled back upright?
(remember, no tow trucks, but you do have access to a F-150 pick up that stalls out alot, an old Budget cube van with bad transmission and a 16 foot alum. bread truck that has a faulty clutch - no chains, no winch, only lightweight ropes)
What would you do and WHY?
your welcome. I have have a 3" lift and 32"Goodyear MTZ's on it right now. Just some food for thought on flipping it over. I have never flipped mine personally, but I have flipped many of them back over. In soft dirt or mud you maybe carrying things that woull give you a platform for a hijack. A 4 way lug wrench works pretty well, just place it under the jack in soft dirt. Mud you'll need something with more surface area, but a good bet is your spare tire. If you have some rope the roll bar is a good place to tie off, and even with the hack above the flat roll bar you can lift it. Just need to come up with something to put under it when you get it lifted a little.
So, how'd you roll it?
Haha Im curious how she rolled it too.
Was slowing down for a curve and hit loose gravel on the back tires. I did a 360 and started to go up the side of road, but was at a weird angle, so intead of jumping the "curb", I sliced into the soft dirt and boom! over she went.
We only have dirt roads here and they are so over-graded that they are literally below ground level, so there is either a ditch or a 6-12' incline back up to "ground level". Since the potato trucks are running non-stop for harvest, the roads get all chewed up and really soft.
Then the damned cop (sorry Prime), had the nerve to tell me "Gee, you must have been going at least 45 on that curve"
I was like, the hell, I was already in 2nd gear by the time I was taking the curve, so my estimate was MAYBE 20. He was generous enough to not give me a ticket for reckless driving.
Sorry, wish it was a more spectacular story to tell - LOL
I have a more exciting drive home ducking soccer moms. Well, at least until I get away from town.
probably - I get my NJ fix on driving in Dec when I go back for Christmas. I tend to forget that in NJ and NY people pass on the right ALL the time. EEK!
Well it could have been worse, you could have rolled if more than once. You said it wasn't the Wrangler you were driving right? I may have missed that. If its a Cherokee they tend to get mangled in multiple rolls.
No, I rolled my Wrangler. There's something about going topless. . . LOL