My dirty little secret is that I purchased the Off Road Adventure II package because I wanted the 18" wheels and that was the only way to get the 18s with an Overland. I understand I am in the minority for preferring the 18s, but I have been very happy with my decision. I got the 4x4 for the occasional trip up north in the winter and the V8, well, because it felt better than the six to me during the test drives. The ORII package was only $275, which gave me the 18s that I wanted, and the fact that it came with a full set of skid plates that would protect my undercarriage against the occasional freeway flotsam was bonus. I had never considered buying the ORAII package to actually go off road.
But for the last ten months as I open the driver’s door, I see the "Trail Rated" badge staring at me. It beckons me to take my shiny vehicle to where Jeeps are meant to tread – and not to worry about getting it a little dirty. This forum has not helped. I read the adventures of the true off roaders and I am I confronted with the forlorn fact that I am using only a tiny percentage of my Jeep’s capabilities. I know that my Jeep is ready and capable to go off road, but am I?
So I have made my decision. I live in southeastern Virginia and I am only about an hour away from the Outer Banks of North Carolina where driving off road on the beach is allowed. Now that it is after Labor Day, the crowds are gone and there are still a few months of good weather before the winter gloom. OK, moosehead, AAAA, phisch, rangersplash85 and the rest of you serious off roaders: you can get off the floor from laughing now. I realize I am not braving the Rubicon trail and this may seem like child’s play to you, but for me, it will be my first off road experience and I want to make sure it goes right. (God, now I sound like a girl on prom night…)
Surprisingly, my wife is totally on board with the idea, and wants us to go to Corolla to see if we can catch a glimpse of the wild horses. We will probably go sometime in October.
I have read everything I can about beach driving, watched endless YouTube videos on the subject and I am a regular follower of the Oregon Inlet Idiots Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Oregon...12988558787606
). I certainly don’t want to be featured in their next photo spread. I am fairly accomplished in snow driving techniques and I imagine driving on the sand, while not the exactly same, is not completely different, either.
Of course I plan to air down to 18 psi before entering the beach, keep momentum, don’t spin tires, etc. And I have an air pump for when I exit, but I wonder if there is anything else I should bring with me? Recovery straps, shovel, special tools? I don’t want to make this harder than it has to be but I do want to be prepared. I don’t plan on doing anything outrageous, but I also don’t want to find myself stuck five miles away from the nearest civilization with no options.
2011 Overland 4x4 Hemi
Off Road Adventure II