Hello from snowy Herefordshire

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Hello all,

A short introduction.

Been having lots of fun over the last 2-3 weeks with a newly acquired RHD G500. Snow on snow for us in Herefordshire and the G has coped amazingly during many outings through the lanes around where we live. We have been shopping for neighbours and delivering prescriptions for OAP's in the village.

Best wishes to all

 

PS a few pics of the G in the weather.

 

Chris Egan

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Re: Hello from snowy Herefordshire

Great to learn you are enjoying your new G-Wagen and the service you are providing to your community, but please ensure although you do have a G-Wagen, have it well stocked with blankets, hot drinks, etc, etc.  just in case you do get stuck.

Thanks for the posting.

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Re: Hello from snowy Herefordshire

Does anyone know what's happened to pictures that have been uploaded. It used to be that, when clicked on,  a picture would become much bigger on the screen and you could then scroll through all the pictures, But that doesn't seem to work anymore so left with looking at very small pictures within the comment box.

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Re: Hello from snowy Herefordshire

Mark

If you right click on the picture and then click open image in new tab, you will get the full size photo.

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Re: Hello from snowy Herefordshire

Ah! - many thanks.

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Re: Hello from snowy Herefordshire

Not so much snow here in Norfolk...

 

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We (Aberdeen) gave the rest of the country our snow this year .. well kept one night of 4-5ft drifts but no 3 weeks driving home over the fields.

The G has a bust oil cooler and is SORN'ed anyway, JCB had injection pump away being fixed, Unimogs in 1000 bits, so left to ML500 (W163) with duff ABS pump and 4 season tyres; I fitted snow chains for the first time in my life. ML did well on drift blasting but the wipers are weak weak weak. I had to stop 3 times to clear the windscreen. The G with more vertical windscreen would self clear. It lacks power so you lose the battle in long drifts - I try and keep the diff locks for going backwards so you have a chance to get out but sometimes you just have to go all in and hope! Best was about 300 ft of 4-5 ft drift in a blizzard but it has run out of power and then you find yourself up to the bonnet and tyres standing on 8" of snow when you dig out (so watch it!).

Need shovel, tow rope plus the clothes/food/fuel etc. Forgot tow rope on ML and after driving past the obligatory Landrover parked in the middle of the road (always there!) to find a stranded car in the way that I could not crawl past I had to borrow the boys in blue's tow rope to pull the car out.

Chains do make a big difference it seems and so does 300hp but 30mph max plus very lumpy when on tarmac which you should not be..

Mk1 Rav4 does not bad with it's central diff lock - towed a trailer up the road in similar conditions to photos as the oil tanker could not get heating oil home. Must sell it..

When it gets real bad the quad does well..

..oh and I got to finally test out my Estonian snow suit.. that is the real answer to clothes. It is shiny nylon outer, insulated boiler suit in construction, has vents at the back  so when you bend over e.g. digging it vents the heat. The outer is pretty water resistant but it just shrugs off the snow so lying in the snow to do chains, towing, digging etc it does not stick/get wet. Not a fashion item but in a blizzard who cares!

 

 

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Re: Hello from snowy Herefordshire

Snow chains make all the difference,  except sometimes gives you such confidence  you get properly stuck, meaning a nightmare to dig out, very envious of all the power as that does cause a problem trying to blast through long sections with 109bhp of 603. As soon as you change down, all momentum lost.

Also have a mk1 CRV, that does well in snowy conditions, or perhaps being cheap i don' t care much about it

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            We actually managed a little snow south of Bristol, twice in fact.  Nothing much to speak of except for some reasonably heavy drifting. 

            Having spent most of my life dealing with this type of weather while driving class one HGV`s on mainland Europe it was quite amusing to have the opportunity to play in our short wheelbase 460.  This did confirm that even with a 3 inch body lift some drifts are just too deep and leave you suspended on the axles.  Full marks to the G though, I did manage to extract myself without resort to digging by cross locking everything and reversing half a mile.  I think this must have discouraged the chap in the Disco that considered following me through the drifts. 

              Later I discovered that if you get the G crossed up a bit on a two lane hard packed polished snow country road it will spin several times before the grass verge assists a resumption of control.  Memo for future reference,  Keep the speed below 50.  Had there been any other traffic on that stretch of road I would have kept the speed down anyway, still, a useful lesson.  

               Being sort of retired Julie kindly volunteered me to collect staff for the Care Home where she works.  Having had two small falls of snow I was fairly busy there for a couple of days.  Nice to play for while. 

Alex & Julie.

 

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Re: Hello from snowy Herefordshire

Nice.

I still recall a bit of snow and an empty car park allowing me to drift my SWB 230GE like a good un.  But like any motor, if you combine speed with an icy road you can spin like you experienced. I think the SWB is better - less weight behind to get our of line.