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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 :eek: 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"... :)













This dude came flying by where we were enjoying the sand and surf...


The first and likely last time my Summit will actually spend a night inside of a garage. LOL


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.


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
 

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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.
 

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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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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.

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.

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.

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.
 

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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)
 

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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?
 

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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. :eek: 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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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 :D
 

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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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