You’ve been warned – this video is frustrating to watch. So many things are going wrong here that don’t have to! The video is about 10 minutes long, but who knows how long this recovery “effort” went on. Check the video out for yourself. Props to you if you don’t start yelling at the screen!
So, the problem is obvious. Right off the bat, you’ll notice this rig has some pretty weak tires. The trail isn’t anything special. In fact, it’s something most vehicles would be able to handle with stock tires, but apparently this driver found a small rock to get stuck on.
For the first part of the video, plan A if you will, the helpers here are trying to get traction by putting plates/boards under the tires. What’s frustrating is no one seems to try clearing the channels of the tread. Maybe that happened before they started filming, but it would’ve been worth a try. Digging the rock out would probably be a good idea too.
This goes on for a while until they decide the winch it to a tree to see if it could pull itself out. They continue this effort for some time, but it doesn’t work out. Then they move on to winching the Jeep backwards for a while. Presumably, this is the method that eventually got the driver unstuck, but it seems like a lot of trouble when they skipped over the basic steps for recovery.
In the video description, you’ll learn that the rig has upgraded traction control, IFS, and IRS, but obviously he didn’t find much value in better tires. This is why we write our tire guides, and we urge you to check them out before you hit the trail — check them out on our blog.