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Old 09-15-2010, 11:28 AM   #1
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Winch at the Beach

I am planning a vacation on North Carolina's outerbanks in two weeks. I have gone and driven the beach many times. This will be the first time I have gone after installing my Superwinch EPi 9.0 winch. Is there any special concerns I should take with the winch? My concern is both sand and saltwater. Do I need to worry about protecting moving parts from sand and will the salt water pose any kind of corrosion issues? Of course, I will rinse it with fresh water every day once I'm off the beach.

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Old 09-15-2010, 11:42 AM   #2
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Not sure how the beaches are there..but you might want to be ready to pull a lowrider that thinks it can cruise the sandy beachs and not get stuck...you'll definitely get some light duty test pulls that way

I'm just speaking from what i see happen on florida's beaches

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Old 09-15-2010, 12:27 PM   #3
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If you get sand and or salt water on it. It is a SEALED unit, which means that it can be SUBMERGED in water regardless. I would just unwind it and WASH it up with fresh water.
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I think you should keep the term "CHADWICK" in mind. You can do a seach and see what a CHADWICK is. As for the your winch, true it's sealed, and yeah you wanna hose it off and re-spool the cable/rope. Your not gonna drive it along the surf line I hope?
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If he drove it along the surf line the winch would be the least of his worries after that.
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Old 09-15-2010, 08:07 PM   #6
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Have you thought about a pull pal? On the sand I would think this is a necessity. But don't know anyone that has one or used one.

BTW im on the otherside of NC but come down to wilmington once a year.
Hwy 12 is a long shot out of my way do you know of any other sands spots?
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Old 09-15-2010, 08:14 PM   #7
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^hmmm......thats like an old school Farmer's "hoe"???? I would think that you would have to heavily dig it into the sand in order to achieve grip.
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the pull of the winch digs the pal further into the sand. It does all the work just let the physics take over.
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Oh yeah i see what you mean now. I had to blow up the pic.
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damn close to 6 beans. I think this tool is for an extremest though. I highly doubt this guy will get stuck in the sand. And if he does, he has his family to push. lol
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No... I'm not planning on driving in the surf. I was thinking more of the salt spray. If it's windy it leaves a thin salty layer over everything. I was just checking if there was anything else I should consider and I will follow the advice of unspooling and rinsing once I get home. Thanks.

Yes, I read Chadwick and it was very entertaining! I won't be trying anything so... crazy.

Ed... I have heard there are beaches south of OBX that allow beach driving but have never been. I have driven the Maryland/Virginia beachs.

Not spending $300 on a pull-pal. There are other vehicles in the group if I need to hook up or get a pull. Have never had to yet, knock on wood.

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Just grab a HWY 12 sticker to slap on the heep! I've only had my old zj on 31's out there.

31 mudders didn't to to well. I learned quickly to shut off and deflate when the temp hit 220
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If you do not know already. Let some air out of yoru tires. helps gettign through the sand easy. I do it all the time when i go fishing on the surf. As long as you have an inflator your golden.
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lol @ pull pal.

A small danforth anchor should do fine on a beach. It works on the same physics to dig in, and with the exceptionally low setting angle you'd get from a jeep bumper it ought to dig enough.

It would be smaller to store, wouldn't require any assembly, and weigh a lot less. And, being on the coast, they should also be pretty easy to find (probably got em at wally world in NC...) and a whole lot less expensive.

Having said all that, nothing beats a "buddy vehicle" (not even a winch IMHO).
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remember to air down, and have a way to air back up!!!
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Or you can just get an extension with a longer rope.

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