The wife and I took a quick trip to OBX in North Carolina this past weekend. Last week, I had the TSB 21-003-13 to prevent the dreaded Serv 4WD error that people were getting while driving on the sand. We had no problems at all the entire time. We bought a 7-day beach driving pass for $50 and went straight for Ramp 49 by the airport. We drove East once on the beach almost all the way to the end of the allowed driving area on Ramp 49 on the eastern side.
I used this interactive map that is viewed in Google Earth. Really cool that they update it every day to show you the allowed areas. The green areas are for vehicles. The blue is for pedestrians only. The red is no access.
My plan was to keep the tires at 18 psi and if I got stuck, I would then air down to about 12 psi. I didn't get stuck. I did however run up to Buxton (about 15 miles round trip) to grab a couple boogie boards while on 18 psi. They were noticeably low on air when on the road, but I just took it easy turning the tires while on the hard road.
**IF YOU DON'T READ anything else I type, read this. Try to resist leaving your windows rolled down while on the beach. I've seen a lot of pics of people getting sand in everything because they wanted to leave the windows down. The main one is the sun roof. If you leave it open, the roof track can get a lot of sand in it which is a pain in the ass to clean**
Driving was easy. I was actually in Auto mode for a couple minutes until I realized and switched to Sand/Mud. I never went into 4WD Low.
Found a spot and hit the water:
Setup our spot. It is really nice not having to carry all of this crap. (Like I said earlier, you should try to resist keeping the windows rolled down. A lot of sand will get into your interior if you roll them down while on the beach):
Took a FREE ferry from Hatteras to Ocracoke for some Sunday breakfast.
A passing ferry with a Jeep. Had to take the pic lol. I saw a lot of Wranglers and Rubicons out here:
My lovely wife:
"I've got GREAT news! , I just saved a bunch of money on my motorcycle insurance by outrunning the cops."
'13 WK2 Overland Summit V8 (Black Leather) Mineral Grey
Yes, one of the advantages of taking yr jeep on the beach is not having to carry all your crap. Add a couple of kids and it is worth having to clean out a bit of sand.
2012 Mineral Grey CRD Laredo, Off Road Adventure II, Quadra Drive II, Quadra Lift, Cooper AT3, Stupid Useless JA Recovery Hook (modified) and sand mode software upgrade on 8 April 2013, full size alloy spare, GME TX3345, Chief Products recovery hook and bash plate, Jeep Garage sticker, faulty airbag light