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4WD Beach ACCESS
Posted By: TurtleKraal - (Send PM)
Member Since: 6/8/2012
Location: Springfield, PA
Total Posts: 46

Date Posted: 8/10/2017 12:19 PM




Hope this doesn't come off as a stupid question, but here goes ... I would love to drive my truck on the beach. However, I see all these pictures and hear all these stories about people getting stuck. I have a 2015 Toyota Tacoma with engageable 4WD I can switch it on to 4WD and back to rear-WD whenever I want. Does anyone else use a similar vehicle for beach access, and how does it go?

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RE: 4WD Beach ACCESS
Posted By: Brad Z - (Send PM)
Member Since: 2/13/2016
Location: Alexandria VA/ Frisco NC
Total Posts: 720

Date Posted: 8/10/2017 12:27 PM




Air down to 20 PSI and you'll be fine.

RE: 4WD Beach ACCESS
Posted By: Woodduck - (Send PM)
Member Since: 11/8/2007
Location: Vestige of Jockey's Ridge
Total Posts: 4061

Date Posted: 8/10/2017 12:32 PM




Air down. Don't go down below last high tide line. Stay in tracks where another vehicle traveled successfully.

RE: 4WD Beach ACCESS
Posted By: J4yDubs - (Send PM)
Member Since: 6/24/2015
Location: Jamison, PA
Total Posts: 707

Date Posted: 8/10/2017 1:01 PM




You'll need to get a permit (online or there) and they'll show you a video that explains most of what people are saying here. You should be fine with your truck. Air down, use common sense and have fun! Some ramps are easier than others. Pick one you're comfortable with and go for it.

Also, read this older thread for more information:

http://www.obxconnection.com/outer-banks-forum/forum-thread.aspx?Thread=53010

John

RE: 4WD Beach ACCESS
Posted By: Tim-OBX - (Send PM)
Member Since: 6/2/2004
Location: Kitty Hawk
Total Posts: 18278

Date Posted: 8/10/2017 1:04 PM




You'll need to get a permit (online or there) and they'll show you a video that explains most of what people are saying here. You should be fine with your truck. Air down, use common sense and have fun! Some ramps are easier than others. Pick one you're comfortable with and go for it.

Also, read this older thread for more information:

http://www.obxconnection.com/outer-banks-forum/forum-thread.aspx?Thread=53010

John



Permits are not needed in the 4WD area of Corolla.


RE: 4WD Beach ACCESS
Posted By: J4yDubs - (Send PM)
Member Since: 6/24/2015
Location: Jamison, PA
Total Posts: 707

Date Posted: 8/10/2017 1:22 PM





Permits are not needed in the 4WD area of Corolla.


True, but I wouldn't recommend that area for just driving on the beach. It's not really a great experience with all the traffic (in season of course), IMHO.

John

RE: 4WD Beach ACCESS
Posted By: Tim-OBX - (Send PM)
Member Since: 6/2/2004
Location: Kitty Hawk
Total Posts: 18278

Date Posted: 8/10/2017 1:27 PM





Permits are not needed in the 4WD area of Corolla.


True, but I wouldn't recommend that area for just driving on the beach. It's not really a great experience with all the traffic (in season of course), IMHO.

John



Serious smiley It's not a good experience because it is so popular. Didn't Yogi Berra say something like that?

RE: 4WD Beach ACCESS
Posted By: TurtleKraal - (Send PM)
Member Since: 6/8/2012
Location: Springfield, PA
Total Posts: 46

Date Posted: 8/10/2017 1:32 PM




Thanks to everyone for checking in. I really appreciate it! I will be in Hatteras Village, but would like to check out Shelly Island.

RE: 4WD Beach ACCESS
Posted By: J4yDubs - (Send PM)
Member Since: 6/24/2015
Location: Jamison, PA
Total Posts: 707

Date Posted: 8/10/2017 1:47 PM





Serious smiley It's not a good experience because it is so popular. Didn't Yogi Berra say something like that?


Yeah, kinda like the Jersey Shore. Less is more...

John

RE: 4WD Beach ACCESS
Posted By: judyk - (Send PM)
Member Since: 11/1/2008
Location: eastern PA
Total Posts: 14420

Date Posted: 8/10/2017 1:49 PM




Your Tacoma will do just fine. I've seen lots of em on the beaches, although older models than your 2015. I think many of the fishing ppl use them with no problems, so good to go. Follow the rules air down and such, don't drive in wet sand. You know.
The ramps to the point are open, too, so you can get to see the now infamous sandbar

RE: 4WD Beach ACCESS
Posted By: judyk - (Send PM)
Member Since: 11/1/2008
Location: eastern PA
Total Posts: 14420

Date Posted: 8/10/2017 1:53 PM




Yogi said "nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded."

RE: 4WD Beach ACCESS
Posted By: TurtleKraal - (Send PM)
Member Since: 6/8/2012
Location: Springfield, PA
Total Posts: 46

Date Posted: 8/10/2017 1:58 PM




Thanks again, all. I actually would like to hike to the point to see the new island. Some folks said that you can drive in past the campers, and park near the fish cleaning station? That would be a much shorter hike?? Not sure, never been there before.

RE: 4WD Beach ACCESS
Posted By: judyk - (Send PM)
Member Since: 11/1/2008
Location: eastern PA
Total Posts: 14420

Date Posted: 8/10/2017 2:08 PM




If memory serves me correctly, it's about 1 1/2 mi one way

RE: 4WD Beach ACCESS
Posted By: kurthi - (Send PM)
Member Since: 5/3/2011
Location: Southeastern, PA
Total Posts: 1145

Date Posted: 8/10/2017 2:25 PM




One other thing to look out for is when high tide is. The current route to the point goes through a rather narrow section of beach. At high tide, the room from the tide line to the dune may be impassable.

Hopefully, the back road access to other ramps will open up soon. It is currently closed due to nesting birds.

RE: 4WD Beach ACCESS
Posted By: pspossum - (Send PM)
Member Since: 5/11/2011
Location: Finksburg MD
Total Posts: 46

Date Posted: 8/10/2017 4:57 PM




Tacomas don't get stuck.... Theeth smiley

Seriously, I have had a 2004 and now a 2016...neither one came close to getting stuck even in areas where others where getting stuck...airing down is key...I usually go down to between 15 and 19...

RE: 4WD Beach ACCESS
Posted By: bstriping - (Send PM)
Member Since: 7/10/2014
Location:
Total Posts: 6

Date Posted: 8/10/2017 8:58 PM




2014 Tacoma here. Air down to 20. Been driving the beaches of Brigantine NJ, Hatteras Island, and Ocracoke. You will be fine. No sharp turns and stay in the tracks smiley with shades

RE: 4WD Beach ACCESS
Posted By: Heinz57obx - (Send PM)
Member Since: 10/28/2012
Location: Oakton, VA/Waves, NC
Total Posts: 114

Date Posted: 8/10/2017 9:38 PM




My two cents: Park near the fish cleaning table at Ramp 44 and walk from there over Ramp 44. If you stay on the paved road, you'll end up in a parking lot at Ramp 43. You can walk from 43 too if you want, but it's a little closer from 44. I did the walk last week. Takes about 45 minutes or so at a slow pace walking in the water or at waters edge.

RE: 4WD Beach ACCESS
Posted By: Eric08HL - (Send PM)
Member Since: 8/21/2016
Location:
Total Posts: 54

Date Posted: 8/12/2017 11:39 PM




lol your Tacoma will be fine. Hell, my wife's highlander (awd) on all terrain 19's aired down to 18psi took us the whole way out to cape point. My 4runner can do it without even putting it in 4wd lol. Just air down and you'll be fine.

RE: 4WD Beach ACCESS
Posted By: OBXmagic - (Send PM)
Member Since: 4/3/2016
Location:
Total Posts: 70

Date Posted: 8/13/2017 8:43 AM




this will work on beach also
https://youtu.be/mHyHlLTlP4A

RE: 4WD Beach ACCESS
Posted By: CrumbDona - (Send PM)
Member Since: 5/22/2017
Location:
Total Posts: 89

Date Posted: 8/13/2017 10:18 AM




this will work on beach also
https://youtu.be/mHyHlLTlP4A

See you have been researching how to pull your AWD out after you stick it. Those guys could have just pulled it with a couple camels. Stick to the Yota and you will be fine.

RE: 4WD Beach ACCESS
Posted By: Rick - (Send PM)
Member Since: 2/8/2004
Location: Amissville Va.
Total Posts: 2546

Date Posted: 8/13/2017 10:27 AM




My Tacoma does fine I usually go down to 15 PSI Never been stuck Be sure to get a guage and don't guess.

RE: 4WD Beach ACCESS
Posted By: OBXmagic - (Send PM)
Member Since: 4/3/2016
Location:
Total Posts: 70

Date Posted: 8/13/2017 11:02 AM




this will work on beach also
https://youtu.be/mHyHlLTlP4A

See you have been researching how to pull your AWD out after you stick it. Those guys could have just pulled it with a couple camels. Stick to the Yota and you will be fine.


It is called research and being prepared does not matter what type of vehicle you have, not opinions of so called experts
And I don't have an awd again you don't know what you are talking about

RE: 4WD Beach ACCESS
Posted By: Alexy - (Send PM)
Member Since: 7/10/2008
Location: Warrenton VA and Frisco NC
Total Posts: 6021

Date Posted: 8/13/2017 11:44 AM




A Toyota Tacoma is one of the best 4x4 vehicles made. Air down and drive smart and you will be fine.

RE: 4WD Beach ACCESS
Posted By: CrumbDona - (Send PM)
Member Since: 5/22/2017
Location:
Total Posts: 89

Date Posted: 8/13/2017 1:09 PM




I have a real 4X4 Tundra. I don't need to research a bunch of camel herders trying to unstick their AWD vehicle. Somebody like me will pull you out no doubt. Thumbs up

RE: 4WD Beach ACCESS
Posted By: OBXmagic - (Send PM)
Member Since: 4/3/2016
Location:
Total Posts: 70

Date Posted: 8/13/2017 1:27 PM




I have a real 4X4 Tundra. I don't need to research a bunch of camel herders trying to unstick their AWD vehicle. Somebody like me will pull you out no doubt. Thumbs up


I have been driving on OBX beaches for many years. And it is know it alls like you who are the ones that get stuck the most.
Being prepared is smart, a Tundra is not exempt from being stuck.
I can give power to all four of my tires at the same time can your tundra?


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