4WD Beach ACCESS

4WD Beach ACCESS




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


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


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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


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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.



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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


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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?


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


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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


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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


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


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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.


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


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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.


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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...


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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


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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.


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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.


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


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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.


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


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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


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


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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


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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?