Actually, that's the third vehicle in two weeks we've found in trouble, such as Tom described. Though this couple got the o.k. from the ranger that they'd have no trouble on this trail, we're thinking the ranger was talking about getting over the river, which was only 12-13 inches deep. What he either didn't know about, or forgot, was the mile or more soft sand beyond the river. These folks were Canadians, not youngsters, and were trying to dig themselves out when we came upon them. (At least they had a shovel, but not much use in loose sand) Not only did he not have the proper vehicle, but also not the deep treaded tires to give traction. He had the treads so packed with sand, it was like he had bald tires on the two-wheel drive wheels. Absolutely useless for gripping. They were going to track down that ranger and have a few words with him.
Another vehicle was a rented class C with a goiod sized overhang and carried about 4-5 VERY good sized men, two tiny kids and two women. They were on a dirt road in Valley of the Gods a short drive from Monument Valley/Mexican Hat. Only one of these men spoke English, the rest sounded like an Eastern European language. They bottomed out on a fairly good sized dip and got stuck. A pick-up came from the opposite side we were traveling and had stopped to help first, before we came upon them. They only had a bumper jack and were trying to build the dip up under the tire enough for the tire to grip something. While we were there, that jack slipped out and we thought the back had come down across one of those fellows legs, since he slipped towards the coach at the same time. Somehow he was limber enough to fold his legs under him (I think) and therefore only suffered a sore arm from the jack handle bucking.... It was a real scary moment, but they soon had that rig out on the road again.
These people really should not have been on that road with a rig that size and I'm thinking they are not being properly instructed or warned by the rental companies, or they just plain did not understand what was being said to them. Since they were heading in our direction, we were hoping they found a place to turn around, because that road only got worse for a short while and would have been quite rough for a rig that size.
The third vehicle has already been discussed somewhere in this forum, and I do not wish to embarass the forumites again, by bringing it up......