Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: In the Ozarks of Missouri
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Re: I winched out a Hummer today!!!
Well, as a driver of a military model I agree to a certain extent, but disagree with the essence of your "be all end all of trucks so to speak" statement. 90% of it all depends on the driver of the vehicle. A humvee (military model anyway) drives and handles off road like no other vehicle on the road today. I can take you places in a HMMWV that almost no other vehicle on the road today would even dare to go, and places that only the elite in the 4wd community would think of going - unless it was a dare over $20 after one two many beers. There are some mud holes that even a tank would get stuck in, but no one would say that the new Abrams is not the current "be all end all of tanks so to speak."
I won't lie to you - I've seen hummers stuck, but it was usually because the driver was an incidental operator, or the Motor T bubba was just screwing around when he shouldn't have been. I've taken hummers through mud and water so deep that I had to lock the throttle, unbuckle, and stand up with my head pressed to the roof to keep my chin out of the water. Now that's a kickin' 4x4! As long as you keep your RPM's up enough to keep the torque up and keep traction with only one wheel, you won't stop. I have transversed slopes so steep that a stock pickup would have tipped over - let alone a top heavy SUV. I have driven up to a 18" high retaining wall, locked it in 4 low, and drove over the wall scraping the undercarriage all the way through - with no vehicle damage except scraping off underbody paint. Now try the equivalent of that in your toy! I have taken a hummer at high speeds across open terrain so rough that only a Baja race truck suspension would had survived it. Give me an unlimited cash resource to purchase a 4wd, and I'd purchase a Hummer - even though everyone who knows me knows I am a Jeep freak.
What I don't understand is why these yuppies spend $40k - $90k on these vehicles and don't spend the extra $1k to get a winch on it! What is the price difference of a vehicle payment on a $70k vehicle as opposed to a $71k vehicle when you are in the market for one? Maybe they should have purchased the winch instead of the $2.5k premium sound system.