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Old 03-24-2014, 01:18 PM   #1
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NC laws and offroad opportunities.

I'm headed down to Sunset Beach, NC this summer and wanted to know the doorless laws in NC/SC. Plus anyone know any good places to wheel?

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For NC, doorless is fine, although you are suppose to have a driver side side-view mirror. However I see people all the time with out them.

You can drive on some of the beaches, but no real wheeling opportunities there. I can't give you more specifics, because I don't live near the beach. The closest wheeling spot will be Uwharrie NF near Troy, NC. I go there all the time. When you know when you are going, let me know. I can most likely get a few people to go and join you if you want.

I don't know about the actual laws in SC, but they seem to be enforced similar to NC. There aren't any wheeling places until you head to the northwest section. The Gulches OHV Park is near Laurens, SC. I go there quite often too.

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You will need a permit to drive on the beach. I'm not sure if Sunset has any beach driving areas. Most are on the outer banks of NC
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Sunset Beach is wonderful. There is a stretch of maybe a mile heading south toward Bird Island where the houses stop. It's just a preserve with no houses. Don't see that on the coast too much. Except for Bull Island in SC near Charleston. At Bull Island the beach is about 7 miles long no houses in view at all.

You won't be able to drive on either.

Back to your question. I think you will be ok if you have a drivers side mirror. Most states seem to want at least a drivers side mirror. But I have never tested this and from what I have read on various forums ... I get various answers to the no door in SC and NC.
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For beaching it, Freeman Park Carolina beach and Fort Fisher both allow OHV access on the beach for a fee. Freeman park is $20 per day or $100 annual, and they allow camping and fire pits where Fort Fisher closes at dark. There may be other beach riding areas, but I'm not sure.
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NC state law requires on mirror. The rear view counts as that one mirror. Spoke to a state trooper in regards to this issue.
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NC state law requires on mirror. The rear view counts as that one mirror. Spoke to a state trooper in regards to this issue.
one mirror.
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NC state law requires on mirror. The rear view counts as that one mirror. Spoke to a state trooper in regards to this issue.
Actually, NC law requires a rear view mirror and a driver's side mirror. Here you go.

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Yep, one inside rear view and one side view.
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The way it was explained because a Jeep is manufactured for the doors to come off the side mirror is not required.
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For NC, doorless is fine, although you are suppose to have a driver side side-view mirror. However I see people all the time with out them.
NC says you must a "rear facing mirror", but does not specify if it has to be on the door or the windshield.
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Old 04-05-2014, 06:00 PM   #13
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Yeah that's close to what PA's states an unobstructed rearview mirror.
Reading the code posted it appears on the highway at least one outside drive's side mirror
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NC state law requires on mirror. The rear view counts as that one mirror. Spoke to a state trooper in regards to this issue.
You must have either misunderstood him or he didn't know the law. I'm a LEO here in NC and your vehicle must have a driver side mirror and a rear view.
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North Carolina General Statutes § 20-126 Mirrors

(a) No person shall drive a motor vehicle on the streets or highways of this State unless equipped with an inside rearview mirror of a type approved by the Commissioner, which provides the driver with a clear, undistorted, and reasonably unobstructed view of the highway to the rear of such vehicle; provided, a vehicle so constructed or loaded as to make such inside rearview mirror ineffective may be operated if equipped with a mirror of a type to be approved by the Commissioner located so as to reflect to the driver a view of the highway to the rear of such vehicle. A violation of this subsection shall not constitute negligence per se in civil actions. Farm tractors, self-propelled implements of husbandry and construction equipment and all self-propelled vehicles not subject to registration under this Chapter are exempt from the provisions of this section. Provided that pickup trucks equipped with an outside rearview mirror approved by the Commissioner shall be exempt from the inside rearview mirror provision of this section. Any inside mirror installed in any motor vehicle by its manufacturer shall be deemed to comply with the provisions of this subsection.
(b) It shall be unlawful for any person to operate upon the highways of this State any vehicle manufactured, assembled or first sold on or after January 1, 1966 and registered in this State unless such vehicle is equipped with at least one outside mirror mounted on the driver's side of the vehicle. Mirrors herein required shall be of a type approved by the Commissioner.
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I run doorless everyday in NC and SC, with no mirrors and have never been stopped. Live in Charlotte, NC for the past 2 years and lived in Cherry Grove, SC for 10 years. No side mirrors and no tickets.
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^ this is what I am getting from most people too.
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If you are really worried about it get some motorcycle mirrors and put them in your hinges while your doors are off
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if you drive down to barefoot landing in north myrtle beach, SC probably 30 mins you can 4 wheel on some of the swamp land back there. Other than that I don't know of a place around there. You can always try your luck cutting a trail off the beaten path of your own. But cops and rednecks with guns and stick trespassing policies might get you there
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I am in the Burlington area and often drive doorless and never a ticket. I have a motorcycle mirrors but almost never use them. I always forget.
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I have a mc mirror that I intend to use on my divers side. Sometimes I get tired of hanging out the side to check blind spot. Just got fool around with it to get it to work.
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I run doorless everyday in NC and SC, with no mirrors and have never been stopped. Live in Charlotte, NC for the past 2 years and lived in Cherry Grove, SC for 10 years. No side mirrors and no tickets.
I wouldnt worry about it

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