So many times people ask me, "why do you have all that stuff on your roof?"
"why does your car look like a fire truck?"
Well, Christmas Day I answered that question.
I had been driving in deep snow quite a bit while my wife and I were back home for the holidays. My commander had proven to me that it was probably the best over all snow vehicle i have driven....I say over all....because where some vehicle, like a tractor or heavy duty pick may have more power and ablity it the deepest snow, they dont handle well on the icy slick roads, compared to the commander.
Of course it doesnt matter how much lift, how good of tires, or how good your 4wd system is....if you wheel are hanging in the air, and you are high centered you are done.
I was driving along by myself, on a gravel road that appeared to have been plowed.....but i didnt know that just over the hill was a long portion of the road that was drifted back shut....and it was too late to find a new route since i was already into it.....BUt had not shut off the ESP fully yet.....and got most of the way through the snow that was very hard and dense and probably about 12 -18 inches where i was driving....I lost my forward motion and lost some traction and then came to a stop. I Held the ESP down for 6 second and shut it all the way off.....I backed up a bit and got my commander some tractions and some forward momentum and put the hammer down and was able to plow my way thorough the rest of drift..... this drift was probly 150 ft long.
Now that that i had made it through i wasnt sure if i should go back throught it or keep going down the road....i chose to keep going but then came to the next drift about about half mile later.......this one was 3 times longer and much deeper........but i looked like it had been driven through before by another vehicle......BUT it was sort of a trick to my eyes cause i didnt realize those tracks were probably days old and had been covered by now the fart up into the snow.........
Well....went for it and made it about 3/4 of the way getting past the worst and deepest parts but eventually became hung up.
I have a portable winch in a the back but the nearest place to hook to was the telephone poll....sever hundered feet away........I didn have enough extensions to make that poll. I have an old axles stake and drive it in the ground but it just ripped up a 2 foot chuck of the frozen ground.....
So grab my shovels and clear out the snow under the jeep and was about to get it back o the ground......I was on top of snow that was hard packed and about 2 ft deep.....and deeper in places........But once i got the wheels onthe ground...i pushed foward and back ward and was able to plow/break my way out......
Any vehicle can get stuck in snow......there is always deeper snow somewhere......But you need to have lots of options for recovery.....
It crossed my mind that i needed the "pullpal" winch anchor......im not sure if it would have helped or not......no one else here had talked about using one in snow for a commander.
I get lots of ribbing from my ford loving dad and brothers.....and since i was by myself i could have kept it quiet.....but i guess i did take photos after i got out, so there is proof.....
I told them that its not really "stuck" if you get out on your own and don't have to bring in another vehicle to pull you out.
tested all options.
Broke free onto higher ground.