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The wife and I took a quick trip to OBX in North Carolina this past weekend. Last week, I had the TSB 21-003-13 to prevent the dreaded Serv 4WD error that people were getting while driving on the sand. We had no problems at all the entire time. We bought a 7-day beach driving pass for $50 and went straight for Ramp 49 by the airport. We drove East once on the beach almost all the way to the end of the allowed driving area on Ramp 49 on the eastern side.

I used this interactive map that is viewed in Google Earth. Really cool that they update it every day to show you the allowed areas. The green areas are for vehicles. The blue is for pedestrians only. The red is no access.

Google Earth KMZ file link (click on the date that pops up(You have to have Google Earth installed on your computer)) - Current Interactive Beach Access Map using Google Earth - Cape Hatteras National Seashore

I also used this on my iPhone as well.

My plan was to keep the tires at 18 psi and if I got stuck, I would then air down to about 12 psi. I didn't get stuck. I did however run up to Buxton (about 15 miles round trip) to grab a couple boogie boards while on 18 psi. They were noticeably low on air when on the road, but I just took it easy turning the tires while on the hard road.

**IF YOU DON'T READ anything else I type, read this. Try to resist leaving your windows rolled down while on the beach. I've seen a lot of pics of people getting sand in everything because they wanted to leave the windows down. The main one is the sun roof. If you leave it open, the roof track can get a lot of sand in it which is a pain in the ass to clean**

Aired down:


Driving was easy. I was actually in Auto mode for a couple minutes until I realized and switched to Sand/Mud. I never went into 4WD Low.









Found a spot and hit the water:








Setup our spot. It is really nice not having to carry all of this crap. (Like I said earlier, you should try to resist keeping the windows rolled down. A lot of sand will get into your interior if you roll them down while on the beach):






Took a FREE ferry from Hatteras to Ocracoke for some Sunday breakfast.












A passing ferry with a Jeep. Had to take the pic lol. I saw a lot of Wranglers and Rubicons out here:


My lovely wife:


Yours truly:


 

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Yes, one of the advantages of taking yr jeep on the beach is not having to carry all your crap. Add a couple of kids and it is worth having to clean out a bit of sand.
 

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Is that a wheaten terrier?
It sure is. I think they are just the coolest dogs. I don't know how much he liked the beach though lol. He swallowed some salt water then went and laid down in the shade tent for a couple hours.
 

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It sure is. I think they are just the coolest dogs. I don't know how much he liked the beach though lol. He swallowed some salt water then went and laid down in the shade tent for a couple hours.
Sweet! They are the coolest dogs! We have a 20 week old puppy. We had an 8 year old that passed in the beginning of the year that absolutely LOVED the ocean!

I love your Jeep btw, I also have an Overland Summit, white gold with saddle (haven't gotten around to uploading any pics yet beside my avatar). I'm also in VA, Charlottesville to be exact.
 

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That looks like an awesome trip. My fiancee and I are planning almost an identical trip once I get back from deployment and it warms up again. So thanks for the Google Earth link!

Have you found any other areas to bring the Jeep around? I am stationed in Norfolk and still wanting to bring the Jeep into more places than work and home.
 

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Sweet! They are the coolest dogs! We have a 20 week old puppy. We had an 8 year old that passed in the beginning of the year that absolutely LOVED the ocean!

I love your Jeep btw, I also have an Overland Summit, white gold with saddle (haven't gotten around to uploading any pics yet beside my avatar). I'm also in VA, Charlottesville to be exact.
We've been wanting to get a second. He's 4 years old. His name is Bert. lol. Want to get Ernie.

That looks like an awesome trip. My fiancee and I are planning almost an identical trip once I get back from deployment and it warms up again. So thanks for the Google Earth link!

Have you found any other areas to bring the Jeep around? I am stationed in Norfolk and still wanting to bring the Jeep into more places than work and home.
Definitely. We stayed in a B&B in Hatteras called Sea Side Inn. The whole town was small nice and quiet. :thumbsup:Next time, we will probably stay in Buxton just to try something different.

If you want a more "active" area, Corolla is nice and I don't believe you have to pay to drive out on the beaches there.
 
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