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Old 06-29-2012, 05:17 PM   #61
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Thank you... I have a nice f2.8 70-200 which was actually stopped down a bit for that shot.

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nice lens.. flirting with getting something in that range for my 60D. Get new glass or extras for the jeep. between golf, photography, and jeepin... i need to find a cheap hobby lol

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nice lens.. flirting with getting something in that range for my 60D. Get new glass or extras for the jeep. between golf, photography, and jeepin... i need to find a cheap hobby lol
Since buying my Jeep I've considered returning to golf but I KNOW my game would suffer because I'd lie about buying golf stuff to outfit the Jeep!

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I was out and about yesterday at Carolina Beach. I missed out an an opportunity to head out to OBX this past weekend...waited too long to book. Driving around on the sand was entertaining, particularly for my passengers. As you can probable imagine, it was packed yesterday...probably the most 4x4 (and Jeeps) I've seen in one place.

I was pleased to note that the BFG KM on my Rubi seemed to bite well in the sand...a few folks didn't understand the concept of not stopping in the deep stuff. Bouncing over the washboards had me grinning like a fool. If I'd been of a mind, I probably could of made enough to pay for gas pulling out stuck trucks at five dollars per. I quickly understood why some fellow Jeepers just had their recovery straps looped around the bumper...plenty of occaision to use them. The sand was possibly the loosest and deepest right at the entrance to the beach. The folks selling passes were doing their best to ensure people/rigs were capable, but there were still guys stuck but good within 50 meters going out or coming in.

Interestingly, the bulk of all the vehicles I saw stuck were full sized pickup trucks - all makes. I assume part of that might be weight distribution, part of it might be road tires and part of it might be too much zeal with the happy pedal in 4-Hi. I went to pick up a buddy and passed a couple stuck trucks (one of which was basically abondoned at some point...guess the owners said "f" it, close enough), forgot about the 2nd truck and went right through its tracks...including the nice deep ruts/holes it needed to dig out of. I was happy to bounce through that.

Humorously, I'd taken some friends back to their car off the beach and damn near got stuck in the parking area.
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nice lens.. flirting with getting something in that range for my 60D. Get new glass or extras for the jeep. between golf, photography, and jeepin... i need to find a cheap hobby lol
Yep hobbies will thin the bank account.

I've spent enough on the Jeep for a while until the stock tires are worn out.

To pay for the new glass (fast lens) I've been selling off years of collected camera equipment... all the way back to the 1970's. Do you have a need for a Sekonic Zooming light meter? Or some nice medium format lenses? ...
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Old 07-05-2012, 05:32 PM   #65
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I was out and about yesterday at Carolina Beach. I missed out an an opportunity to head out to OBX this past weekend...waited too long to book. Driving around on the sand was entertaining, particularly for my passengers. As you can probable imagine, it was packed yesterday...probably the most 4x4 (and Jeeps) I've seen in one place.

I was pleased to note that the BFG KM on my Rubi seemed to bite well in the sand...a few folks didn't understand the concept of not stopping in the deep stuff. Bouncing over the washboards had me grinning like a fool. If I'd been of a mind, I probably could of made enough to pay for gas pulling out stuck trucks at five dollars per. I quickly understood why some fellow Jeepers just had their recovery straps looped around the bumper...plenty of occaision to use them. The sand was possibly the loosest and deepest right at the entrance to the beach. The folks selling passes were doing their best to ensure people/rigs were capable, but there were still guys stuck but good within 50 meters going out or coming in.

Interestingly, the bulk of all the vehicles I saw stuck were full sized pickup trucks - all makes. I assume part of that might be weight distribution, part of it might be road tires and part of it might be too much zeal with the happy pedal in 4-Hi. I went to pick up a buddy and passed a couple stuck trucks (one of which was basically abondoned at some point...guess the owners said "f" it, close enough), forgot about the 2nd truck and went right through its tracks...including the nice deep ruts/holes it needed to dig out of. I was happy to bounce through that.

Humorously, I'd taken some friends back to their car off the beach and damn near got stuck in the parking area.
GREAT story!
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Yep hobbies will thin the bank account.

I've spent enough on the Jeep for a while until the stock tires are worn out.

To pay for the new glass (fast lens) I've been selling off years of collected camera equipment... all the way back to the 1970's. Do you have a need for a Sekonic Zooming light meter? Or some nice medium format lenses? ...
ha, not currently.. i have a 18-55, 55-200 and a 50 1.8. a total noob starter set basically
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Old 07-05-2012, 08:29 PM   #67
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go past corolla to 4x4 beach. If you go behind dunes you can find trails that go back into swamps. There are some behind mile marker 22 (I think), near firehouse and park. You can drive back all the way to VA line fence back in the woods. Lots of ponies around. Went geocaching and came out of the woods and my truck was surrounded by ponies, had to wait for them to leave.

There are some near pennies hill that have deep sand and are narrow. Went way back there looking for a geocache, was awsome. Had to use google maps satallite on cell phone to find our way out, like a maze. Just a warning, may get some trail pin striping.

I have destination m/ts and never aired down on the beach or back in the trails so you should be good. I never got stuck. If you do, just try to back out. Once on paved road there are gas stations with air in corolla. Have fun!!
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Great info folks, keep it coming. I'm heading down to Corolla for 2 weeks starting on the 28th. I have a great fishing charter set up with my best friend and our sons, and Im stoked to take the Rubi on the beach. I want to see the horses, and I think I might drive all the way north to the border (depending on the weather anf the tides). Watched the Twiddy Co videos on Youtube, it looks like their rental office is less than a mile from the end of Rt12, and they have free air.
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Going down in August, plan to do some beach driving north of Corolla, and do some fishing up there. I've got a stock 2005 LJ with 235/75R15's, tread is about 1/2 worn - should I look for a set of 31x10.5's?

What other equipment should i have along: Tow strap, shovel, carpets, board for jack, ?, ?.
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Besides tow straps I'd say compressor, you need to air down your tires to about 18-20 lbs and you should be fine ....in the soft deep sand MOMENTUM is your best friend ...remember that!! :-)
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You have to keep a distance of 50ft from horses, you can get a fine or arrested.



Watch for signs about buried munitions behind the dunes along one stretch. I forget which part of beach it is on, somewhere before corova, maybe after north swan, cant remember.



The area where the beach is was once a forest long ago, so there are a LOT of stumps sticking up out of the sand all along the beach. Keep an eye out.



Sand roads on most of beach are marked and show up on gps, but if you go back on trails, they wont show up on gps, that was where we needed google maps on cell phone to find our way out.
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I did the horse tour that last time we were down there 3 years ago, and the guide said "you can drive next to the dune (in the ruts where everyone was driving in), or you can drive on the shore where the sand is wet, both of these areas are firm enough to drive on. If you drive on the soft sand in between, you'll get stuck.

I plan on doing some fishing up there - which means getting across the "soft sand where you get stuck" to park while I fish. How do I traverse the soft sand without getting stuck? Look for where it's narrowest?
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I did the horse tour that last time we were down there 3 years ago, and the guide said "you can drive next to the dune (in the ruts where everyone was driving in), or you can drive on the shore where the sand is wet, both of these areas are firm enough to drive on. If you drive on the soft sand in between, you'll get stuck.

I plan on doing some fishing up there - which means getting across the "soft sand where you get stuck" to park while I fish. How do I traverse the soft sand without getting stuck? Look for where it's narrowest?
air down, gain and maintain momentum. try to gain the momentum before entering the fluffy stuff, then just maintain speed. if you accelerate too much in the fluff you risk craving the tires down into the sand, rather that floating (bouncing) atop it.
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Subscribing. I just booked our house for June 8th of 2013. It will be the third year in a row for us heading down there, but the first with my Jeep (JKU), and the first with us staying North of Nags head in Duck. We've previously stayed in Avon and Salvo.

I definitely plan on heading up to Corolla.

Already picked up a digital tire pressure gauge and an easy air down tool, just need to pick up a good compressor. Cant wait!
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Subscribing. I just booked our house for June 8th of 2013. It will be the third year in a row for us heading down there, but the first with my Jeep (JKU), and the first with us staying North of Nags head in Duck. We've previously stayed in Avon and Salvo.

I definitely plan on heading up to Corolla.

Already picked up a digital tire pressure gauge and an easy air down tool, just need to pick up a good compressor. Cant wait!
I was there this past weekend and the only thick sand I saw waa a couple hundred feet at the entrance and crossing the dunes in desanated areas, the rest was hard packed, two wheel drive driving.


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When we went the horses were eating the peoples plants! We also saw these heads on sticks. Pretty creepy.

Also watch out for those puddles in the middle of the roads. We went through a couple and the last one I tried the water quickly rose and started to come over the hood.

Those trails/roads are a lot of fun. We spent all day exploring the sand roads which are more like trails in some areas.

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Subscribed. Tons of great info, stories, and insights in this thread!

We go to the OBX every year, but next summer will be the first time with our new Jeep!
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I miss it there. I use to live in Manteo in Pirates Cove. Live there for 2 years. Fun place even during the winter time!!
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When we went the horses were eating the peoples plants! We also saw these heads on sticks. Pretty creepy.

Also watch out for those puddles in the middle of the roads. We went through a couple and the last one I tried the water quickly rose and started to come over the hood.

Those trails/roads are a lot of fun. We spent all day exploring the sand roads which are more like trails in some areas.

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I just remembered Alligator River National Refuge. There are mapped trails there. Head west past Manteo on rt 64. Pick up a map off of 64. you'll see a pull off area on the left about 2 miles down 64. Fun trails. mostly Dirt trails some Mud. Yes there are Alligators There!!
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Its fun with a stock truck too. Only pic i can find
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I just remembered Alligator River National Refuge. There are mapped trails there. Head west past Manteo on rt 64. Pick up a map off of 64. you'll see a pull off area on the left about 2 miles down 64. Fun trails. mostly Dirt trails some Mud. Yes there are Alligators There!!
I'll have to keep that in mind for when we go back in the spring.
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I went through one puddle slowly and the water level was a couple inches from the rocker and I have a 4" lift and 33's.
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Subscribed. I'll be down there june 1st-8th plan on hitting up some trails. I really hope these permits arent super pricey... Id really like to drive up to the shore line and do some surf casting. I cant wait
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Interestingly, the bulk of all the vehicles I saw stuck were full sized pickup trucks - all makes. I assume part of that might be weight distribution, part of it might be road tires and part of it might be too much zeal with the happy pedal in 4-Hi. I went to pick up a buddy and passed a couple stuck trucks (one of which was basically abondoned at some point...guess the owners said "f" it, close enough), forgot about the 2nd truck and went right through its tracks...including the nice deep ruts/holes it needed to dig out of. I was happy to bounce through that.
I'd taken my 6500lb F350 diesel (with 1500lbs of gear and passengers) out there a few years ago on stock E rated tires. Aired down to 18lbs they still don't flex much. In soft sand I had to lay into it quite a bit to keep from bogging down. I can understand why you saw so many stuck pickups.
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Subscribed. I'll be down there june 1st-8th plan on hitting up some trails. I really hope these permits arent super pricey... Id really like to drive up to the shore line and do some surf casting. I cant wait
Dude I can't wait to be trolling the beaches
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I wanna go play down there next week, I have yet to take my new to me TJ truly off road and cant wait to see it in the sand.
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OBX = some of the best beach driving and fishing on the east coast!
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Went geocaching and came out of the woods and my truck was surrounded by ponies, had to wait for them to leave.

We stayed at OBX two years ago all the way up at the Virginia border. At the time, we had a Trailblazer. We got stuck twice and almost another 3 times. I thought they were nuts when they said to drop the tire pressure to 18 psi but once I did, it really helps. This year, we have Jeeps and can't wait. With the Trailblazer, we didn't want to drive much so we didn't really get too much geocaching in but plan on doing more this year now that we can get around. Plus, I see there have been more caches places in since we were there last. We always rent the same house near the VA border. It's nice because you don't get all the vehicle traffic and get almost the entire beach to yourself.
Now my only dilemma is do we bring the Sahara Unlimited or the Rubicon.
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Going again this summer. I need to try and get some of those caches that we didn't get last time

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