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By: Alexy
5/22/2016 5:24 PM

Nice to see you dropped in Ted. Fish

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By: Salvo Jimmy
5/26/2016 11:44 AM

Nice to see you dropped in Ted. Fish


Only because a person pointed out to me that link no longer worked.

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By: Big EL
6/20/2016 6:54 PM

Why is it that people with Duallys think they don't have to air down?

Fish

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By: sadobx
7/27/2016 12:58 PM

Whatever you do DON'T call Cape Point Exxon/Jarvis Towing. They towed me last week. Did a terrible job and I complained. Next thing you know my gas tank is full of diesel. Hmmm, wonder how that happened!!!!!

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By: coastguardsman
1/11/2017 3:31 PM

As a long time Outer Banker, I make it a point to WALK on the sand, DRIVE on the roads, and SWIM in the ocean - and I never get stuck!

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By: hatterasnc
1/12/2017 10:27 AM

As a long time Outer Banker, I make it a point to WALK on the sand, DRIVE on the roads, and SWIM in the ocean - and I never get stuck!


Good for you Coastie. Glad that you are able to choose your modes of enjoyment while respecting all others who may choose different ways of enjoying our Recreation Area.

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By: 1ststate
4/13/2017 8:32 PM

Thoughts as to inflation for an actual dune buggy with wide street tires on the rear and narrow on the front. Thx in advance Car

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By: judyk
4/14/2017 12:11 PM

^^ are you asking about use on cape Hatteras national seashore? Your vehicle needs to be street-legal for use there.

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By: 1ststate
4/14/2017 1:14 PM

Asking about inflation for street legal dune buggy for use at NH and KDH. Thx

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By: judyk
4/14/2017 1:58 PM

When are you going? IIRC, beach driving on those two areas is allowed only from Oct. 1 to April 30. Is your trip prior to 4/30?
Can't help you with inflation advice.

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By: GeraldB
4/19/2017 5:58 PM

I just picked up a 04 yukon for a beach beater. After airing down should I just disable TC and Stabilitrak and run in normal 4hi awd or just go to 4 lo? Not familiar with the 2 speed transfer case.

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By: J4yDubs
4/19/2017 8:17 PM

I'm not familiar with the Yukon 4x4 system, but you should be fine using 4-Hi with your tires aired down. 4-Lo will just give you more torque normally. Try both and see what you like better. Some people like using 4-lo because it keeps the wheel spin down, but I'm the opposite and like having full throttle control. Sometimes you want a little wheel spin.

I can only think of one time where I used 4-lo in the sand and that was to pull someone out. Probably didn't need it. Even my '92 Explorer did just fine in 4-hi in the soft Carolina sand. My Durango went through anything and everything in 4-hi.

My current truck, a Jeep Grand Cherokee, has this fancy terrain selection knob. Turn it to "sand" and it raises the suspension and "retards" the throttle. Don't really care for the way it makes the throttle feel. I normally just raise the suspension myself and don't switch the mode. Haven't ever used 4-lo on this truck yet.

Edit: Forgot to add, yes disable the nannies (TC, ST). They will fight what you want to do in the sand.

John

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By: rpemers
4/21/2017 12:32 PM

I just picked up a 04 yukon for a beach beater. After airing down should I just disable TC and Stabilitrak and run in normal 4hi awd or just go to 4 lo? Not familiar with the 2 speed transfer case.


I always disable the TC on my F-150 when running on the sand. You don't want TC kicking in in deep sand. No need to run in 4 lo either.

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By: GeraldB
4/23/2017 9:18 AM

Someone said if I turn off TC and Stabilitrac I'm ok in 4 hi. Just don't exceed 35 mph or it will engage again. My transfer case has a 4hi or full time 4wd and 4 lo. There is no 2wd setting.

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By: outbackpaul
10/15/2018 5:17 PM

I bought a new truck that has 285/45 tires on it. Has anyone aired down with a tire like this?

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By: Alexy
10/15/2018 6:56 PM

Pretty low profile tires to be taking on sand.

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By: outbackpaul
10/15/2018 7:16 PM

Yeah, I think I've realized after extensive research that I need to get new rims/tires.

Thanks

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By: J4yDubs
10/15/2018 8:12 PM

Is that on a 22? You can air down, but it's not going to do as much. See if you can find some 18" rims

I've done OK with my Jeep Grand Cherokee's 265/50R20's in the sand, but 265/60R18 does better.

John

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By: outbackpaul
10/15/2018 8:36 PM

Is that on a 22? You can air down, but it's not going to do as much. See if you can find some 18" rims

I've done OK with my Jeep Grand Cherokee's 265/50R20's in the sand, but 265/60R18 does better.

John

J4yDubs


Yeah, the dealer "upgraded" the rims before I bought the truck to 22's. They come standard with 20's. I totally didn't even look at the sidewalls before I drove it off the lot. I wasn't thinking. I should have said something the next week but I figured it was too late. Someone also told me I should be ok but after doing a lot of reading today I found out I wasn't ok.

So, yeah, this evening I've been looking at Craigslist and have found some 265/65/18's. Apparently dealers are taking these off of GM suv's and switching to something else. Now I've just got to sell my 22's.

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By: rpemers
10/16/2018 9:23 AM

Is that on a 22? You can air down, but it's not going to do as much. See if you can find some 18" rims

I've done OK with my Jeep Grand Cherokee's 265/50R20's in the sand, but 265/60R18 does better.

John

J4yDubs


Yeah, the dealer "upgraded" the rims before I bought the truck to 22's. They come standard with 20's. I totally didn't even look at the sidewalls before I drove it off the lot. I wasn't thinking. I should have said something the next week but I figured it was too late. Someone also told me I should be ok but after doing a lot of reading today I found out I wasn't ok.

So, yeah, this evening I've been looking at Craigslist and have found some 265/65/18's. Apparently dealers are taking these off of GM suv's and switching to something else. Now I've just got to sell my 22's.

outbackpaul


My F-150 came new with 275/65/18's and in deep sand up here and on the outer banks I air down to 18 psi and have never had any problems.

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By: Bill
8/23/2019 5:22 PM

Saw on a Surf FIshing forum in Delaware a guy drove his AWD Tesla on the beach to fish in Assateague.

Drove it on and off no problem.

Here is the story: Click to follow link...

www.delaware-surf-fishing...

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By: rpemers
8/27/2019 10:20 AM

Sand doesn't look deep and it's packed down pretty well. They'd never be able to drive it on most of the Hatteras beaches and may high center it on some of the ramps, not enough ground clearance.

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By: John Bull
8/27/2019 12:30 PM

Interesting article and pictures, but I think I'd agree that it wouldn't do well on Hatteras Island beaches. We've got an SUV and find that even though its transmission works very well for the beaches there that even its ground clearance isn't always enough for the deep stuff and ruts between ramp 44 and the point.

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