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Old 05-18-2011, 07:54 AM
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Just a looking for some tips on driving on the beach, i know that the tires need to be around 15-20 psi and in 4 wheel drive. but is there anything else i need to know about taking my truck on the beach this summer?

PS. ill take some pics and post them when i get home.
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Make sure you accelerate and brake very gradually so you don't spin your tires and dig a hole. Give yourself plenty of space when you're turning. If you get stuck, don't hit the gas. You could easily find yourself buried up the the axles. Instead, dig out in front of your truck with a shovel and then slowly accelerate out. In general, just try to go slowly and brake gently because braking hard can dig you in deep.


Remember there are different types of sand. There's dry sand that is very loose. Don't drive on this stuff if you can help it. There's hard packed sand that is firmer. This is better because your truck will sink in less than the dry stuff. There's the moist sand that is very hard packed. This is the best to drive on. Finally, there's the wet sand that will swallow you. Avoid it.

As far as stuff to bring, bring tide charts, a shovel, jack, wooden boards or planks for the jack (it will just sink if you don't have it on a plank), something to fix a flat tire, spare tire, tow straps, recovery straps (not the same as tow straps), CB radio if you have one, cell phone, jumper cables, first aid kit, and some basic tools.


Remember to hose off the undercarriage of your truck when you get home to prevent rust.
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its way more fun to blast thu the soft sand. my titan was a blast in the sand. thing would just eat it up. haven't put the 2500 in the sand yet. i'm sure its going to shake like a bitch when i romp on it. just like anything else, momentum is your friend.
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thanks guys ill remember all this next week when im in the outer banks
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make sure to take some pictures, i would love to see what its like out there. will you have another truck out there with you?
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I dont know if my dad will take is new F150 on the beach. I hope he does so im not the only one if i get stuck. i am going to take a lot of pictures of my truck on the beach.
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nice, i love driving on the beach. we have a local spot here south of boston that is fun. has some trails that go between houses and beaches. the spot has no power of water to any of the houses. its a fun spot.
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When I had my last jeep, I carried some 2x12's with some skateboard tape strips across it. It got me out of most anything I could ever get into. Jeeps don't do well in the sand because they had 32x11.50 tires and they just weren't wide enough and had BFG MT's on it which really just dug deep rather than riding across or over the sand. Bring a shovel, A jack point (12"x12" board) hi-lift jack if you have one or a farmers jack from harbor freight. Something that actually works well as a "traction mat" is rubber floor mats so you can use those at worse case scenario. I like to carry multiple things in the bed to be able to attempt to get out so use your imagination, and a little 12v plug-in air pump really comes in handy when getting back on the road.

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Rinse your undercarriage when you get home. Not sure if someone else said this, but sand can get into your rotating parts that have seals (Diff inputs/outputs, etc) and the sand will act like sandpaper and chew up the seals fast.

As far as tire pressure goes, I spent all weekend on a beach last weekend, and kept my tires at 40psi the whole time. Never needed lower pressure. Did need 4wd a couple times, and always kept a light foot with trac off.
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I have also never lowered the air pressure when we have gone to Carova and driven on the sand. We usually stay 7+ miles down the beach and have never had a problem with my wife's LX470. I think her 4x4 system is better than the one on my truck but I just put on Bridgestone Revo 2 ATs so my tires should be better.
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