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Jim_in_PA 09-02-2013 11:11 AM

Jeep da Beach
 
As a follow-up to my recent thread asking about airing-down for "Jeeping" on the beach, I'll say we had a great time last week while on vacation in Kure Beach NC adding that activity to our itinerary.

Wednesday morning, we drove a couple miles south from our rented duplex and bought a beach pass for the magnificent Fort Fischer park. After squatting on the hot pavement to let a whole bunch of air out of my tires :o we headed out into "sand land". It was an interesting experience, but my Summit negotiated things well in "Sand" mode. There were places where things were pretty bouncy (the teens enjoyed that for sure :) ) but otherwise it was smooth sailing. The Jeep did work pretty hard for the couple hours of actual driving in the loose and deep sand...temps were up for sure. And it was sucking fuel like it was enjoying a really good milk shake.

At any rate, here are some nice photos of my largely-a-highway-monster playing on the beach and getting a nice "tan"... :)

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This dude came flying by where we were enjoying the sand and surf...
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The first and likely last time my Summit will actually spend a night inside of a garage. LOL
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...ps9d6fd3c4.jpg

The traveling rig...we felt that things were way too crammed on the way down, so we stopped at a Northern Tool store in Hampton VA and bought a hitch-mounted carrier (assembled in a hotel parking lot...) and at Lowes for a bin to put all the beach stuff, etc., in for the remainder of the trip. It worked out well and is a nice accessory to have when the utility trailer is too big for a small shopping excursion.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...ps1657cd5c.jpg

Oh...22mpg for the trip, despite the fuel economy heading into the toilet while on the beach. I can live with that, considering there were four adult sized people and "stuff" along for the ride. :D

AAAA 09-02-2013 12:42 PM

Re: Jeep da Beach
 
Thanks for taking the time to document and post your trip. Glad it did well in the sand. What pressure did you air down to?

scooterha 09-02-2013 12:44 PM

Re: Jeep da Beach
 
Your winter chill Summit looks at home on the beach. Nice pics of the Jeep!

CityCrawler 09-02-2013 03:15 PM

Re: Jeep da Beach
 
Glad to hear it went well, I should have told you to pick up a set of Staun tire deflators it would have made life a lot easier for you! Great pics, I'm in Hilton Head SC right now but there is no beach driving allowed down here unfortunately.

bill_de 09-02-2013 03:46 PM

Re: Jeep da Beach
 
The pictures on the beach sure look better than the garage and parking lot pictures.

I'm happy to hear that all went well


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Jim_in_PA 09-02-2013 04:08 PM

Re: Jeep da Beach
 
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Originally Posted by AAAA (Post 886418)
Thanks for taking the time to document and post your trip. Glad it did well in the sand. What pressure did you air down to?

I thought I took it down to 20 based on my hand-held, but the TPMS still reported 24. It worked fine that way.

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Originally Posted by CityCrawler (Post 886472)
Glad to hear it went well, I should have told you to pick up a set of Staun tire deflators it would have made life a lot easier for you! Great pics, I'm in Hilton Head SC right now but there is no beach driving allowed down here unfortunately.

That sounds like a handy thing to have for anyone who does this with any frequency. I had to chuckle at my portable compressor taking it's time re-inflating back up to 38 afterward. It's good for nail guns, but certainly nothing like the 60 gallon stationary compressor in my woodworking shop at home. LOL I should have just stopped at the Ft Fischer trading post, but forgot as I drove by. I found out after the fact that their air station is free.

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Originally Posted by bill_de (Post 886487)
The pictures on the beach sure look better than the garage and parking lot pictures.

I'm happy to hear that all went well


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True, dat...same for the 903 other photos (really!) I took over the vacation and have up for friends and family on FB. :) They all look great. The garage photo was just plain hard to tweak in Photoshop and the rest-area shot was over compensated.

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Originally Posted by scooterha (Post 886420)
Your winter chill Summit looks at home on the beach. Nice pics of the Jeep!

Yea, it wasn't my first choice for a color when I started shopping and I really didn't want another blue vehicle, but it was the only light color available on the MY12 Summit at the time I was ready to buy. I will not ever buy a dark colored vehicle if I have the choice! (I've even refused them for rentals) But WC has really grown on me from the start...it's one of those colors that takes on different personalities as the light changes, too.

Matterhorn 09-02-2013 08:09 PM

Great pics.

Was this with the stock GoodYear's?

Never mind just saw your other thread on nicking the drain and needing to replace em.

Jim_in_PA 09-02-2013 08:12 PM

Re: Jeep da Beach
 
Yea, the Forteras. No issues that I perceived. Sand likes you to float a little, so aired down they were fine with the drivetrain in "sand/mud" mode.

Of course, as noted in another thread, I took a little chunk out of the front-right when I managed to catch the edge of a cast iron storm drain while pulling out of a parking space a few days later. So replacing the so-far-just-fine Goodyears will be accelerated. I don't want to buy just one tire when the rest will have 22K miles on them. (still lots of tread however)

loadcoil 09-02-2013 09:27 PM

Re: Jeep da Beach
 
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?

BuckeyeSRT 09-03-2013 06:41 AM

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Awesome! I love that color too.

GCLimited 09-03-2013 09:18 AM

Re: Jeep da Beach
 
Good to know the crappy Goodyear tires and 20" wheels can handle the sand!

:thumbsup:

bill_de 09-03-2013 09:32 AM

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Originally Posted by loadcoil (Post 886639)
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?

Didn't read the captions in the OP, did ya? :)



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