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Re: OBX beach driving advice

You will have a good time.
We drive on the beach almost every weekend, we have a season pass to Freeman Park beach access in Carolina Beach, NC. We take my truck since it is built for off road but here are not pointers for the Jeep.

-Defiantly air down if you are running stock tires.
-Tow hooks are a good idea since there is no place under these Jeep to attach a tow strap cleanly to minimize damage if you need to get pulled out.
- Always carry a shovel. Generally you can always dig yourself out.
- Get a good feel for your jeep in sand. Low and slow is a safe bet but momentum is your best friend. Depending on the conditions of the grooves too much speed will get you bouncing too much and berry you front tires. We have had a very hot dry summer down here and the sugar sand is very soft.
- DONT SPIN YOUR TIRES of you loose traction. Stop and crawl out of the hole.
- Use your head and be smart about you moves.

Definitely wash your Jeep after you get off the sand. Even though you don't drive it in the ocean the amount of salt attached to the sand will cause oxidation and rust if not maintained. I usually hose it down real good but then I will also hook the hose up a oscillating sprinkler and let it sit under the truck for 20min or so.

Have fun, it is a great time. If you come down to Carolina Beach look for my truck, we are always out there.

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Old 08-02-2012, 12:53 PM
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Re: OBX beach driving advice

I might be headed to OBX the week of Aug 14 also. I have driven my Honda Pilot on the beach, with AT Revo's, with no issues - 17inch rims aired down to 18-20psi or so.
The Jeep has the 20" wheels - anyone know how these might fare in the sand (stock tires as well)? A lot less sidewall to say the least! I have the QTII system with regular suspension.
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Re: OBX beach driving advice

From what I've heard the 20's do just fine aired down. Having the QTII will help as well but I think if I'll be ok in QT1 you should be fine. From what I've read it seems like the south part of OBX is the softer part where as up north in like Corolla the sand is much harder. Also, I'm in Sterling as well, I've probably seen you on the road before.

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I might be headed to OBX the week of Aug 14 also. I have driven my Honda Pilot on the beach, with AT Revo's, with no issues - 17inch rims aired down to 18-20psi or so.
The Jeep has the 20" wheels - anyone know how these might fare in the sand (stock tires as well)? A lot less sidewall to say the least! I have the QTII system with regular suspension.
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Re: OBX beach driving advice

I have experienced and read that JKU 07-11 automatics will overheat (the transmission) in 4H after as little as 15 to 20 minutes in deep sand. Use 4L and turn the O/D off. If you install an aftermarket trans cooler, you might be good either way. Don't want to kill your tranmission or worse, torch your ride.
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Re: OBX beach driving advice

I had no problem with beach driving last fall at Kure Beach, NC. It was a great experience. I did air down (to about 22) and never felt out of control or about to get stuck.





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I have experienced and read that JKU 07-11 automatics will overheat (the transmission) in 4H after as little as 15 to 20 minutes in deep sand. Use 4L and turn the O/D off. If you install an aftermarket trans cooler, you might be good either way. Don't want to kill your tranmission or worse, torch your ride.
Would O/D ever kick in at the speeds you drive at on the beach? I never gave it a thought with my vehicles that had it.


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Re: OBX beach driving advice

Hey everyone! Haven't posted in a while. Husband took over my Jeep so I'm not on the forum as much
We traded in his pickup for a Mazda CX-5 for me. He just LOVES the Jeep

Anyway.....we are going to be taking it on the beach for the first time this summer. We used to use his truck on the beach, so we do have all the beach driving supplies already.

My question is....should we drive in Auto, Sand or 4wd lo?
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Re: OBX beach driving advice

I've always used sand mode with 20 psi in the tires and never had a problem.
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Re: OBX beach driving advice

I've driven 3 different SUVs on the ocean beaches near the Columbia River and have never had any problems without airing down. I'm betting most of the people getting stuck are like one guy last summer who forgot to put his F-350 into 4WD and had dug some nice holes with his rear wheels before realizing his mistake. The whole family was in the truck and Mom looked very mad/worried until she saw me walk over with a tow strap after I decided I had better help them out instead of taking a bunch of sunset photos. :-)
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Re: OBX beach driving advice

Got lots of advice reading this thread, thanks. Drove on Corolla @24psi with my 20's no problem. Great time with the family on the beach!



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Got lots of advice reading this thread, thanks. Drove on Corolla @24psi with my 20's no problem. Great time with the family on the beach!
I love Corolla. Great beaches too compared to Nags Head.
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I've driven 3 different SUVs on the ocean beaches near the Columbia River and have never had any problems without airing down. I'm betting most of the people getting stuck are like one guy last summer who forgot to put his F-350 into 4WD and had dug some nice holes with his rear wheels before realizing his mistake. The whole family was in the truck and Mom looked very mad/worried until she saw me walk over with a tow strap after I decided I had better help them out instead of taking a bunch of sunset photos. :-)
I've been on the beach at Pacific City a couple times now. The first time was with a 2010 Outback. While we were there, high tide came all the way up to the ruts going up to the ramp. I just B-lined it straight to the ramp. through all the soft sand, and it did really great. It practically floated over the sand... I never considered airing down the tires at all.

Second time was a couple weeks ago with the Durango RT. I put it in low range and I was surprised how much it pushed/under-steered, even avoiding the really soft sand. With the lower ride height it did drag the chassis a little through the ruts as well. The JGC would've done a bit better (lighter and more ground clearance), but the Durango really felt like a heavy pig in the sand. It's a lot of weight to move. I did leave 36 psi in the tires though... as I expected it to do better with a 'real' transfer case like the JGC.

Now that said, the Hemi did a HELL OF A LOT better towing our pop-up through the hills, and was far more comfortable driving than the old Subaru! With the 3rd row down, it wasn't packed to the gills either... I could actually see out the rear window.

PS - the waitress at Pelican said that they once watched a Hummer get stuck and then get swallowed by the tide... and people were cheering for Mother Nature!

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