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Old 06-05-2012, 03:57 PM   #1
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Stock JKU on the Sand

I am going on vacation down to NC OBX and and I want take the Jeep out on the beach, but I have never done so before.

So a couple quick questions for the experts:

1) Will I have any trouble with my stock Sahara JKU?
2) Is there any gear I should pick up to have that would be good to have? I know I have read some beaches require first aid kits and fire extinguishers are required but I have not seen for OBX.
3) What is a good pressure I should air down to? I know I should not go down past 15 since I don't have bead-locks.

If there are any other words of wisdom I would appreciate it.

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Old 06-05-2012, 04:05 PM   #2
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5 gallon bucket.

If you get stuck in deep dry sand, dig out in front of the tires and wet down the holes really well. wet sand has a LOT more traction than dry

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Old 06-05-2012, 06:17 PM   #3
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I am going on vacation down to NC OBX and and I want take the Jeep out on the beach, but I have never done so before.

So a couple quick questions for the experts:

1) Will I have any trouble with my stock Sahara JKU?
2) Is there any gear I should pick up to have that would be good to have? I know I have read some beaches require first aid kits and fire extinguishers are required but I have not seen for OBX.
3) What is a good pressure I should air down to? I know I should not go down past 15 since I don't have bead-locks.

If there are any other words of wisdom I would appreciate it.
This site has a bunch of information! (Driving on The Beach - North Carolina Beach Driving & Off-Road Vehicles - The Outer Banks - North Carolina)

I'm going down there (Kill Devil HIlls) in couple weeks too. I'm planning on taking her up to Corolla to see if we can see the wild horses. (Wife and baby love horses)
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:25 PM   #4
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Air down before you hit the sand. I forgot to do it, dropped into gear, and just sunk in the loose packed stuff by the off road/ no road section my first time off of whatever part of the island has the highway that just stops on the coast. Doh!

Air down, slap in gear, and stay safe!
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:38 PM   #5
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No problem



I put her in 4L went anywhere I wanted. I didn't bother airing down had to jump right back on I-275.

I would check out that local link. Have fun.
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:44 PM   #6
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With the right tires--

You'll probably never have to air down-just

4lo-easy power/no tire spin--go anywhere!

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Old 06-05-2012, 06:50 PM   #7
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Obviously it would be best not to become stuck in the first place if you can help it. If you do happen to become stuck there are always lots of other Jeepers up that way that are generally happy to lend a hand in pulling you out as long as you aren't a jerk.

Also be cautious of the tide. I've been going down to OBX since I was a kid and driving on the beaches since I was old enough to drive. A couple of years ago I was overly confident in myself and was driving very close to the surf (in a non Jeep, not that it would have mattered all that much) and became very badly stuck. After 45 minutes of trying to become unstuck the water was getting very close and I was getting very nervous. I thought I was going to end up being that guy on youtube who had his SUV swallowed up by the surf. In the end with some additional help we got it unstuck but it was a close call.

Maybe the bigger thing to consider is making sure you are okay with sand in your vehicle. Once they've been out on the beach you will never completely get it all out.
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:53 PM   #8
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should be no problem - have fun

we've been heading up to Carova beach every year for the past 5. Took our honeymoon there and have gone back every August since. I've taken a stock 2004 Explorer with street tires there, just lowered to 15psi and never had a problem. Last year took my wifes' '12 4Runner limited up to the NC / VA border, a few days after Hurricane Irene hit (we were 3rd non-commercial vehicle into Currituck County). You can see the debris on the beach.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikenti...ream/lightbox/

We always see people getting stuck, but it's usually people playing around in stock tires not dropped down. One year saw a 325i stuck about 200y up the beach.

Last year my dad forgot to put his F150 in 4x4 and nearly stuck himself, but we all had a laugh when he figured it out before bottoming out.

The other time I've seen people get stuck is at the end of day at high tide - lots of traffic causes deeper ruts (the wind at night makes them shallower I think) and the high tide gives you less options. Harder to tell rut depth in the dark. You might consult a tide chart for planned trips into Corolla.

Twiddy is a great company to rent from btw. Their website has great beach driving tips and video. Not an employee, just an annual customer.

Sorry no Jeep in this reply but I'm getting lurking preparing to order a '13 JKU and thought I'd chime in. We'll be in Carova in August...but probably not in the JKU till next summer!
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:56 PM   #9
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Maybe the bigger thing to consider is making sure you are okay with sand in your vehicle. Once they've been out on the beach you will never completely get it all out.

Oh yeah, forgot about that. I love the place and the little bits of sand I find all year remind me of 'home'!
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:25 PM   #10
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Our beach house partner just got a '12 Sahara Unlimited in the fall. He's had no issues with driving both near Oregon Inlet and up past Corolla with us. In fact, he swears that the JK does better than his '11 Land Rover LR4. He normally airs down to 18 or so. I'm not sure if he goes 4Lo or 4High.

Me....I'm lazier and barely air down past 25 and keep it in Auto or 4 High with no issues. Much like the others on here, don't be stupid and you'll be OK.
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Old 06-05-2012, 11:00 PM   #11
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If the beach is the Salt Water variety, make sure you wash it well underneath. Last time I was on Daytona Beach I forgot to; months later my muffler was rusted out!
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Old 06-06-2012, 07:34 AM   #12
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Make sure you turn off the ESP system - as in hold down the button for 7 seconds every time you start the engine or change into 4hi. 4lo will do this itself below 35mph so not problems.
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Old 06-08-2012, 01:10 PM   #13
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Thank you everyone this is great help. Sorry I have not been able to gt on here sooner, been fighting a virus all week. Nothing like an 8 hour drive to NC while still recovering.

That one local link says I need a jack. I am assuming the stock jack will work but should I grab boards to help with the jack and/or traction?

I keep and E-tool in the jeep now, so I have that.

One last question, and sorry for it being a total newb one in that, but I am assuming 4-hi will work on more compact sand, but if it gets light should I be in 4-lo?
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You will need a board as a base for your jack. Figure on at least 12" x 12", otherwise the jack will sink into the sand instead of raising the Jeep.

4H will be fine in all sand conditions unless you have an automatic. In that case it's preferable to be in 4L all the time to keep your trans cooler.
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Old 06-08-2012, 01:58 PM   #15
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just got back an hour ago from OBX, Sport Fishing all week. Many of the Beaches are closed down there due to some Bird watchers organization. Kinda a touchy subject depending on who you ask. Just get on 12S and jump off onto whatever beach you want as long as its not posted. I didnt air down or even put into 4 wheel had no problem at all.
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Old 06-08-2012, 03:51 PM   #16
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Of all the things to do, I think airing down the tires provides the greatest benefit. Not only will it increase traction significantly, but it also reduces the bumpiness of driving in the sand. I could get myself out of issues when at stock pressure by engaging 4Lo and engaging the lockers, but I got into less trouble in general when I aired down my tires.

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