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Old 09-03-2013, 10:42 AM
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Great pictures Jim. Looks like you had a nice time. The hitch carrier you have...is that the one from Harbor Freight? Regardless, how do you like it for form and function?
I was going to buy that one, but the store, um...disappeared...that was in the area I was cruising looking for one. Or at least it was well hidden. So I went to Northern Tool. This one is really nice...wider than many...and well built. I could have bought a steel one for about $40, but it required assembling about a billion separate parts. The only gotcha on the one I bought was that the bolts/screws for the two steel supports that join the tow halves require a metric allen wrench rather than a screw driver...something that I didn't see in the online version of the manual before my purchase. So I had to get a set of those while picking up the bin from Lowes to complete the assembly. (I bought wrenches and a screwdriver at NT while getting the carrier...which is now a tool set to keep in the spare tire well)
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Old 09-03-2013, 12:36 PM
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Nice pics. I live just a couple miles from there.
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Old 09-03-2013, 01:24 PM
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Andy, that was a really nice experience...you are blessed to have access to such nice places. With my wife's brother and spouse (and kids and MIL) living in Wilmington, it's likely that we will visit there again in the future.
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Our beach access is great. I've been telling people to enjoy it while you can. The feds want to label our beaches as "critical habitat" for sea turtles. Final decision will be made next July. Thanks for spending your money in NC.
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I'll let my wife know of your thanks...it was mostly her money. LOL
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I may be doing the same thing at Kure beach in a couple of weeks. Looking forward to giving it a try. I think I need to invest in a real air compressor - my kids will get really impatient waiting for the $12 one I have filling up those big 20" tires.
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Re: Jeep da Beach

toifile, when you exit the Ft Fischer area and drive north back toward Kure Beach, there is air available at the "Trading Post" on the left side as you are driving. It's only about a mile above where you exit the beach. The park ranger told me they don't charge for air and that appeared to be true when I drove by the next day headed south to take the ferry over to Southport.

As to the beach driving...it was very enjoyable. I'm not really an "off-road" person, but the place is beautiful and you can stop to enjoy the sun and surf. We took a picnic lunch and our teen daughters enjoyed the water for a couple hours. Access fee is $12 for a day or $50 for the year.

There is also beach access at the north end of Carolina Beach. I think the access fee up there is $20, but we didn't go there.
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Our beach access is great. I've been telling people to enjoy it while you can. The feds want to label our beaches as "critical habitat" for sea turtles. Final decision will be made next July. Thanks for spending your money in NC.
Sea turtles? Around the Wilmington to Fort Fisher area?
In all the time I used to hang around Carolina Beach in the mid-late 70s, never heard a mention of them.
'gators along the Cape Fear, yup, but turtles?!

Be thankful they don't protect the Venus Flytrap, which is allegedly native only along the area in and near the Carolina Beach State Park.
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Yes, there were many endangered sea turtle nests staked out during our visit and there were nightly vigils as it was time to hatch.
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here in N.Y. access gets closed off due to the endangered Piping plovers. I hear they taste like chicken.
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Heading out to Kure this weekend. Looking forward to it! Is there a checklist I can use to help me make sure I don't get stranded?
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Well, I'm next to zero experience with beach Jeeping, but it's not a bad idea to have a shovel, a length of board and anything else you might need to get "un-stuck". The park service will not rescue you, although they will cheerfully call a towing company that undoubtedly charge a lot of change for the service! And the usual stuff...water, snacks, sunscreen, a beach chair and a good book. LOL Seriously, you'll really enjoy Kure and the Ft Fischer beach.
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