UPS trucks don’t do deep sand well.

I just gave up on the day and started a movie when the phone rang. “There’s a UPS truck stuck in the wash crossing.”

Oh, shit. “OUR wash crossing?”


You remember that big sinkhole I told you about – not really a sinkhole, to be pedantic, more of a washout. A big hole in the road, anyway. Well, Scott the Road Guy came and fixed it the very next day, but it was a mighty busy day and all he did was fill it with loose sand. He also gave the crossing itself a quick once-over with the grader, but I wouldn’t say he got it right. It’s really loose and I’ve been waiting for a 4X2 to get stuck for two weeks.

I wasn’t expecting a UPS truck. Only S&L live at the end of that road, and L wasn’t expecting a package.

So I drove the Jeep to the scene of the crime, thinking it would be a simple matter to tow him out but he’d buried it.

It took five people an hour and a half to dig that truck out of there, to the point where we could tow it out with a Jeep. And even then he was on the wrong side of the crossing, so D hooked his Jeep to it and towed the truck out after we filled in the ruts with shovels.

:( I need a new tow strap. Mine gave up the ghost.

And for all that – the driver was delivering an empty box, that wasn’t even needed. :) Seriously: L got her satellite service changed, and Dish Network sent a box because she had to return some equipment, except the technicians had already taken the equipment back so the box was unneeded. It had all been settled days ago, I’m told, but of course the UPS driver didn’t know that and wouldn’t have cared. He was paid to deliver an empty box, he was by god going to deliver an empty box.

I guess technically it wasn’t the responsibility of any of us to get the kid’s truck out of the wash. But he was there doing service for a neighbor. And this time of the year, you really don’t want to break down in the wash. It’s been threatening to storm all afternoon.

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10 Responses to UPS trucks don’t do deep sand well.

  1. Ben says:

    I had no clue that UPS trucks actually wander the desert to deliver packages to you thinly scattered natives.

  2. Joel says:

    If it’s a place with an actual address, they do. And, you know, if they can find it. Fedex, too. Not USPS, though.

  3. jabrwok says:

    This is one case where a drone would’ve been really useful, especially given that the box was empty.

    Well, a drone or a P.O. Box in one of the nearby metropoli.

  4. Mark Matis says:

    So if it turns out that AC will actually work, we can get another UPSmobile stuck trying to deliver it next spring?

    Of course, the fun doesn’t start until the truck’s pumpkin is buried and the bull arrives…

  5. MJR says:

    Joel you are a much better person than I am. After two incidents with UPS I refuse to use their services in any way shape or form. Let’s jut say that if it had been me I would have packed a lunch and a lawn chair then went and watched as the driver got himself unstuck.

    BTW as for the tow strap get in touch with UPS and demand a replacement or the cost of a new replacement. TANSTAAFL.

  6. Joel says:

    Aw, we like our UPS drivers. They’ll go to extraordinary lengths – as this one demonstrated – to deliver a package. I never get packages, of course, but I’ve met three drivers since moving here and they’re all diligent and very friendly. We even invited one driver and his wife to a Christmas outing in the desert several years ago.

  7. MJR says:

    Joel the reason I have a hate on for these guys is their company policies. For example, a few years ago I ordered a part for a firearm. It was legal to have and there was no issues with importing it into Canada. I paid for the cost of the item and shipping/handling. The part made it to the border then UPS contacts me and I’m informed the shipping was only to the border plus there is a brokerage fee on top of the shipping/handling I had already paid oh and because it was a firearm part the Canadian arm of UPS refused to deliver it. So I had to make the 490 kilometer round trip to Niagara Falls to pick up the part. The cost to UPS ended up being more than the price of the item plus there was the cost of the fuel and my time.

    My hate on for all things UPS is such that as my old dad would say “I wouldn’t piss on these guys if they were on fire.”

  8. Mark Matis says:

    What working load do you need for your new tow strap? And what length?

    Remember that, as long as you can hook the strap at both ends, the rated working load can never be too high. And if you can safely double the strap back on itself, it’s unlikely to be too long.

  9. Joel says:

    Mark, I’ve broken two tow straps now: A 2″ (claimed 10,000 pounds) and a 3″ (claimed 30,000 pounds.)

    Since 3″ is the biggest anybody sells, that’s what I’m going to replace it with. I never bought one without hooks before, but that’s where they break. I might end up getting shackles for this one.

  10. Mark Matis says:

    Summit sells straps up to 4″ wide:

    And D-ring shackles:

    What works for you?

To the stake with the heretic!