I was reading a "2014 Four Wheeler of the Year" article and came across these pictures. The article didn't mention how the Trailhawk got stuck. I didn't know the circumstances, or even that it was truly stuck until I downloaded the images and it said "Cherokee Stuck" and "Ram Rescues Cherokee".
Now, I never thought of the Trailhawk as a desert runner per say. But, I wonder if the ground clearance or the 4x4 system...or a combination or both....caused it to get stuck. I do believe the 4x4 system only engages when it is needed when not in 4 low. Someone correct me if I am wrong. Good thing for the tow hooks!
I don't know the specifics behind what "sand/mud" mode does to the 4x4. I would think it would act as a 4x4 high. Locked 4x4 for higher speeds? Does anyone have any info on this? I want to try and get out onto a beach sometime.
I don't think lowering the tire pressures in that situation would have helped as it was already riding the skid plates.
Sand is my major concern here in Southern California. I think some of the limitations created with the non full time 4x4 also led to it getting stuck in the first place....loss of momentum. That and it's ground clearance compared to some of the larger vehicles with full time 4x4's make it a bit more restricted in certain terrains...sand.
I guess it's just a trade off for some of the other niceties and efficiency of the Trailhawk.