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Model S Is An Awful Muddin' Vehicle. But Great for Digging In The Mud.

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Todd Burch, Apr 1, 2014.

  1. Todd Burch

    Todd Burch Electron Pilot

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    Yesterday evening was not ideal:

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    A guy's car died in the middle of a busy intersection a few cars ahead of me. Others were honking and driving around him, and I figured I'd hate to be in that situation. So I pulled over onto a grass driveway and got out to push his car to another driveway, out of the intersection.

    I came back to my car and was faced with a lot of rush hour traffic, and I'd have to back out uphill to get back onto the road.

    No problem, I thought. I'll just do a quick three-point turn around and be on my way.

    Bad idea.

    The minute I touched the grass (it looked solid to me) I knew it was too late. I'd driven onto QuickMud (it looked like grass at the time).

    Car only dug deeper as I tried to get out. No way to tow that I could tell, without putting straps around the rear wheels and risking damage. Even at the very high suspension level, there was very little space between the bottom of the car and the mud (especially in the rear). Notice the car's dug in to the point where the mud is up to the 19" wheel. Ended up jacking up each corner of the car individually, putting a long 2x6 under each wheel, driving back 6 feet, then repeating until I got back onto the roadway.

    The scariest part was: 5 high school kids who helped push. (One was a Tesla fanatic and has watched every video online about the car!). I asked them to push where the microwave oven is (inside the frunk) and at the B pillar on each side...which turned out well...except for the mud on my headliner :crying:. And all over my driver side floor mat :crying:. And on the floor of the car :crying:. And the steering wheel :crying:. And the pedals :crying:.

    Fortunately I was able to clean the car and get most of it off. I'll get the rest off tonight.

    This story has two morals:

    1. Only go mudding in raised, 4x4 trucks.

    2. Don't ever help anyone.


    (Kidding about #2).

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    By the way, this is NOT an April Fools' joke. And that picture is not Photoshopped :).
     
  2. wycolo

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    So the owner doesn't fence his property because he'd miss out on all the fun?

    So you carry 6ft long 2x6s in the MS? I carry 30 inch plastic launch pads which I've yet to use except as snow shovels.

    Was frost still there keeping you from going further toward Perth, Australia?

    I'd say chalk this one up as a Tesla Victory.
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  3. JakeP

    JakeP S P4996 / X P6028

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    Get some of this stuff (RS-511 Vinyl-Fabric Cleaner) for cleaning the headliner, and for cleaning blue jean dye off of Tan or Grey leather seats:

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    It works amazingly well for both applications.
     
  4. Brandonm

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    And where might you get that? The manufacturer website is less than useful, and search engines find nothing.
     
  5. Liz G

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    Might need to add plastic sheets to my emergency kit. Just in case I ever get stuck in the mud. Don't want it all over my carpets and seats.
     
  6. yobigd20

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    dude this is my driveway every time it rains. I have had absolutely no issues in snow/ice/rain/etc etc, EXCEPT for mud in my driveway. The MS can handle snow and ice just fine, but MUD -> nope. The only time I've ever been stuck in the MS...my own driveway mud. oh well. actually I just had it restoned today so hopefully no more muddy issues for me :)
     
  7. Trnsl8r

    Trnsl8r Blue 85kwh since 12/8/12

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    So what's your Model X reservation number? :)
     
  8. Newscutter

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    Drat. You beat me to this thread. I bet your eye is still twitching.

    Todd Burch you're my dirty car hero. I salute you, sir!
     
  9. JakeP

    JakeP S P4996 / X P6028

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    My detailer was able to get it for me, after I saw him use it to clean my headliner and leather seats. I see what you mean about Googling it, however! May have to contact the Manufacturer directly:

    Contact Us | Rubber Seal
     
  10. Todd Burch

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    So you wash your car...daily?!?

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    Thanks for the advice! Most dirt came off the headliner. I have a little more work to do. Actually, there's more dirt on my headliner from Tesla Service than from this incident now!

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    I wish. Actually if I could get another one I'd get the AWD S...performance this time.

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    I prefer checks to salutes...gotta finance that AWD S somehow...
     
  11. jiaotong

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    No good deed goes un-punished!
     
  12. Todd Burch

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    My thinking exactly!

    Actually I'm hoping it comes around back to me in a big way...
     
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    (you beat me to it)
     
  14. yobigd20

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    Like twice a week yeah but it's pointless because as soon as I leave my driveway and I turn the corner with the mud on my tires it flings up all over the side of the vehicle. It's frustrating. And I'm not going to put ugly mud flaps on my MS. Probably should though haha
     
  15. EarlyAdopter

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    I'm guessing your tires don't have a "M+S" designation. While many people focus on the "S" part - snow - there are clearly cases where the "M" part matters, too.
     
  16. Todd Burch

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    I've got the stock Goodyear Eagle RSA2s.
     

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