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Discussion in 'The Great Outdoors' started by VCorleone, Oct 10, 2019.

  1. VCorleone

    VCorleone Member

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    Heading to the Outer Banks 4WD access only area and I am excited to take my 1500 Big Horn up the beach. One week of beer, food, fishing. All guys, but I digress....

    I have Goodyear Wrangler SR-A tires 275/60 r20. I know to lower the pressure to 18-20 psi, but have never driven in sand before.

    I've been a passenger, and it seems like the really loose stuff would be like driving in snow, in a way, but I would hate to be THAT GUY that gets his big 4x4 stuck. The beach entrance and the turn offs tot he houses are primarily drifting / dune loose sand. The beach area is a little more solid.

    Any tips from the grizzled veterans out there?

    **My first post, seems like the right place for it, but please let me know if this should be posted elsewhere. Thanks.
     
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    Keep moving. Momentum is your friend.

    Personally, I wouldn't take my truck or Wrangler in the sand. That sand gets in everywhere, and starts wearing mating surfaces. Not to mention, it's impossible to get out of carpeting.
     
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    Above all things don't drive in the salt water big no no
     
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    It's all fun and games until the tide comes in....
     
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    Lol!

    Years ago....A friend of mine got a jeep Cherokee stuck in sand once on a military base. Totally sucked...had to get towed out by a tractor and you can imagine how bad he got roasted for that....since that experience I've never attempted it myself.
     
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    Carry a recovery strap and a shovel. Try to stay out of the water. Down here they have car washes that are close to the beach that will spray under your vehicle to wash any sand and salt away. You might look for one of those after your done.
    Jay
     
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    I took my 1994 F250 to the Outer Banks and we had a house about 5 miles up on Carova Beach. I had Sport King tires and did not air them down. The very front where the road ends is soft sand to keep cars from trying but once you get about 100' in it gets packed down pretty good. Just stay on the 'path' where it is packed. I did have to pull out a Suburban that got stuck near the entrance. My truck pulled him out pretty easily. But I agree, I wouldn't want to do it again. I had sand everywhere but yet couldn't find it to get it out. My power windows had a scratchy sound for the next year or two until I got rid of it. Apparently had sand in the window track but couldn't find it to get it out.
    Also, there was a house that jutted out close to the beach. When the tide came in you had to hug their deck to get through. This was back around 2000 so may have changed since then.
     
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    The house is / was still there as of October last year. I'm looking at the tide charts and trying to time my arrival for mean low tide. Even then, it can get iffy around that place.
     
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    This is one of those things I know, but would have forgotten about...appreciate the reminder. I will load a shovel, three others in our group have proper towing / pulling straps.
     
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    I have "Frame wash" in my notes, good to know there is one nearby the beach down there.
     
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