Ha Ha, I've done it again!
Where NOT to park the bus. I had our MC9 over at my buddy's house as he was doing some major work to put in a bay heating system. Trying to keep our pipes and tanks from freezing up here in northern Illinois during winter travels. Well, the bus was in his front yard, and we had beautiful weather for the 3 weeks it was there. NO PROBLEMO!
Then the forecast came in for some 6 - 12 inches of snow. Time to move the bus. The night I was going to move the bus, which was the day before the snowstorom, a rainstorm hit the area. The bus sunk 8 inches into his front yard. OK. That is where not to park a bus. Someone's front lawn. In retrospect, it was a bad idea. I should have had some planks out or something. But no. I had nothing.
I was able to make a bit of a channel deep in the lawn, but not back it up the hill in the grass. I didn't want to hurt the trans so I didn't move the bus very much once the wheels started spinning. The next morning, I tried letting the air out of the tags. Boy, did those drive wheels go DEEP in the lawn after that.
With the snowstorm approaching, I got a little creative. First I tried filling the trenches with lava rocks and pebbles. Glad no one could see me doing that. Of course, now I'm telling everyone what I did.
All that did was embed lava rocks and small rocks deep beneath his lawn surface.
We had a few bags of the orange interlocking leveling blocks. Like the kind you can get from Camping World. I ran the bus to the front of my 24 inch trench which the wheels had traversed in his lawn. Then applied the air brakes. The drive wheels were on the front of the trench. I then made tracks with the orange leveling jacks from his lawn part way to his driveway for the drive wheels to travel - only did it for one tire on each side of the drive axle.
I then got in the bus, and let the brake off, which let the bus drop back onto the orange leveling blocks. Then I hit the accelerator ( in reverse ) The bus gripped just enough on the blocks to pick up some speed before getting to the lawn. Momentum carried me the rest of the way onto his driveway - with some slippage. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous at this point. Up the hill. carefully into the street. Uhm. A bit past the street apparently. I couldn't get traction going up the hill. Drive wheel spinning. Too much mud on the tires? Nope. Drive wheel on other side of the street, in neighbor's yard. Hmmm.
Coasted down the hill. All 8 tires on the street. Now, we have traction! Got it out right before the snow hit.
So, never park on friend's front lawn without an escape plan - e.g., large plywood sheets under drive wheels.
Also I learned that if you are on a very slippery surface, you only have 2 wheel drive, and those two wheels are are on ONE side of your drive axle!! I know - if I had a Crown, I'd probably have had 8 wheel drive and never been stuck in the first place!
Well, hopefully that will save someone from doing the same thing. And I'd always wondered about what would happen if the bus was on a slippery surface. Now I know. You get stuck.
Best Regards to all.