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dalearyous 05-06-2013 09:11 AM

First beach trip in my first Jeep soon. What are some must have items/mods? Wisdom?
 
First beach trip in my first Jeep in July. A few of us have rented out a beach house literally on the beach. It is one of those secluded 4x4 access only houses. There are apparently some good 4x4 trails and you can drive on the beach freely. My Jeep is in my sig ('13 JKUR mostly stock). Other than beer, what do you guys recommend I get? The other vehicle going is a grand cherokee.

What I can't do between now and the trip:
As much as I would love to do it, buying a lift and wheels just isn't practical right now. Obviously that would be the best thing to do to get prepared.

What I was thinking:
Safari Straps and/or mesh screen top to cut out the sun as I plan on being topless all week (weather permitting). I also plan to take the doors off once I get there.

Recovery straps? I don't know how easy or rough this place will be but I should probably get something just in case I bury myself.

Any other thoughts or advice/wisdom is much appreciated.

vacca foeda 05-06-2013 09:15 AM

Air compressor, you'll probably need to air down your tires from time to time, and will need to refill.

Recovery strap with no metal hooks

Sunscreen

live_slow 05-06-2013 09:18 AM

what he said ^^^^

plus, in my experience from years ago:

permission to be where you are and momentum :-)

Halfoftwo 05-06-2013 09:20 AM

If you do get stuck on the beach, your floor mats are a good way to get out of the ruts. Most of all......HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!

jkjeeper06 05-06-2013 09:25 AM

Tie a rope to your floor mats and attach it to your bumper or hitch. You don't want to have to stop and get the mats once you're finally out. You just want to keep going.

A good shovel too. I always carry one when I'm on the beach. I've never shoveled myself out but I've lent it to many AWD ppl

Sanbagn 05-06-2013 09:26 AM

Tire pressure is critical for successful off-road driving. 12 p.s.i is recommended. Friction may cause pressure to increase while you drive making it necessary to stop and reduce pressure again. Your beginning tire pressure should not exceed 15 p.s.i.

If you feel you are in danger of getting stuck - check your tire pressure and let air out if necessary; try backing up in your tracks before moving ahead. Do not spin tires, this will only cause the vehicle to dig in.
:thumb:

dalearyous 05-06-2013 09:31 AM

and of course an app to track the tide :hide:

i figured i would air down but only once. hmm, i need to buy an air compressor to do the trim work in basement so yeah ill take it with me.

never would have thought to use the mats! good idea. sway bar disconnect and lockers no brainer no matter what?

FranksJK 05-06-2013 09:46 AM

isn't the esc/traction control/bld/roll mitigation/etc going to slow you down in the sand where high wheel spin is required?
i guess if your not climbing hills you won't need wheel spin.

WatchThis! 05-06-2013 10:13 AM

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Originally Posted by FranksJK (Post 3724397)
isn't the esc/traction control/bld/roll mitigation/etc going to slow you down in the sand where high wheel spin is required?
i guess if your not climbing hills you won't need wheel spin.

I have done a lot of beach driving and allways avoid spinning the tires. One time the sand was horribly lose and there was a lot of stuck jeeps and jacked up rigs all over the place. I just putted along around them in an old 2 wheel drive Suburban. Sure I had to back up and start over a few times but I got to where I was going.

jkjeeper06 05-06-2013 10:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FranksJK (Post 3724397)
isn't the esc/traction control/bld/roll mitigation/etc going to slow you down in the sand where high wheel spin is required?
i guess if your not climbing hills you won't need wheel spin.

Yeah it's not like mud. Wheel spin is bad for sand. It'll just dig you down. Momentum is key

dalearyous 05-06-2013 10:36 AM

anything you guys recommend for the jeep though having it parked in the sand on hot day?

like are doors off a bad idea cause all the sand will blow into the jeep? or is it just a lost cause.

Sgt93 05-06-2013 10:37 AM

Hottie in the passenger seat:thumb:

kramer2k 05-06-2013 10:43 AM

A Spiderwebshade for sure. You'll love having the shade.

Everything else has been covered pretty much.

Brewbek 05-06-2013 10:49 AM

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Originally Posted by Sgt93 (Post 3724535)
Hottie in the passenger seat:thumb:

Yep, Do NOT forget the hottie! If you get stuck you might need somebody to help push. :D

txtumbleweed 05-06-2013 10:59 AM

NPS Has Some Good Equipment Advise For Assateague Island
 
Over Sand Vehicle (OSV) Use - Assateague Island National Seashore

Heading to OBX?

dalearyous 05-06-2013 11:17 AM

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Originally Posted by Sgt93 (Post 3724535)
Hottie in the passenger seat:thumb:

check :thumb:

yeah i think the shade is crucial. i might go with shade and half safari straps.

kramer2k 05-06-2013 12:03 PM

On this topic of beach driving and suggested tools, what is a good collapsible shovel that people recommend?

I'd like to get some pictures and recommendations on a good light weight shovel and mounting options going in this thread rather than creating a new thread. (If that's okay with the OP?)

I looked into a Hi-Lift shovel handle combo but I think I'd rather go for a dedicated, collapsible shovel and I can mount to my Teraflex accessory mount using some Quick Fist clamps.

Quote:

Originally Posted by dalearyous
yeah i think the shade is crucial. i might go with shade and half safari straps.

Full JKU Spiderwebshade and Warrior Extended Safari Straps :cool:

(Can't see the SWS, but it's up there.)
http://i.imgur.com/9yXcQdD.jpg

BrandonsJeep 05-06-2013 12:09 PM

soft top, a big cooler full of beer, and your ipod with a bunch of good music on it. You should be good to go as long as you have all that!

Jeep757 05-06-2013 12:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kramer2k (Post 3724797)
On this topic of beach driving and suggested tools, what is a good collapsible shovel that people recommend?

I'd like to get some pictures and recommendations on a good light weight shovel and mounting options going in this thread rather than creating a new thread. (If that's okay with the OP?)

I looked into a Hi-Lift shovel handle combo but I think I'd rather go for a dedicated, collapsible shovel and I can mount to my Teraflex accessory mount using some Quick Fist clamps.

Full JKU Spiderwebshade and Warrior Extended Safari Straps :cool:

(Can't see the SWS, but it's up there.)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...w_bottom_links

Here's the shovel I'm looking at.

BeachJeepJK 05-06-2013 01:03 PM

You'll have a blast! You heading up to Swan Quarter North of Corolla? Super times ahead--plenty of beach to get around. Just air down and you'll be fine--keep you the momentum and stay in tracks of other vehicles before you. If you do get stuck, a quick dig and floor amts will get you back on track. Bring a camera and take tons of pix of the waves and horses.

Keep the doors off--no sand issue, and even if you get some, its a great story to explain to future passengers. No stupid viedo to watch/permit to get if you are north of Nags Head--definitely need a permit if you are Oregon Inlet-Ocracoke. Have fun!

kramer2k 05-06-2013 02:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Jeep757 (Post 3724892)

That one caught my eye too during my search. I went and bought it and a pair of mini Quick Fist clamps to mount it to my TF hinge accessory mount.

Jeep757 05-06-2013 02:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kramer2k (Post 3725217)

That one caught my eye too during my search. I went and bought it and a pair of mini Quick Fist clamps to mount it to my TF hinge accessory mount.

How do you like it?

dalearyous 05-06-2013 02:45 PM

yeah thats fine. kramer, while i have you maybe i can revisit the top thread. in your picture:
http://victoryitsolutions.com/images/jeep/jeep_top.jpg

how did you get the top bar to sit where it is (red arrow)? mine always sits down into the cab farther.

the orange arrow is pointing to where the top bracket rubs the plastic part. (behind the top on inside)

my original question was how you got the top folded down so low that it fits in that skirt/cover thing.

kramer2k 05-06-2013 03:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jeep757 (Post 3725254)
How do you like it?

I just ordered it 30 minutes ago. :p I'll post up my thoughts when it arrives Wednesday.


Quote:

Originally Posted by dalearyous (Post 3725349)
yeah thats fine. kramer, while i have you maybe i can revisit the top thread. in your picture:

Q: how did you get the top bar to sit where it is (red arrow)? mine always sits down into the cab farther.
A: Mine would be sitting lower in the cab. However, it sitting higher is a product of my soft top boot putting down pressure on the frame underneath the boot. If you push down on the rear frame (under the boot) you'll notice the front bows push up.

the orange arrow is pointing to where the top bracket rubs the plastic part. (behind the top on inside)

Q: my original question was how you got the top folded down so low that it fits in that skirt/cover thing.
A: It wasn't easy! It's actually in there very tight. I had to put some weight on top of the top folded down top in order to secure the boot wedge pieces. But they're in and it looks great now. Over time it may develop a tear. I'm not worried about it though. If/when that ever happens I'll get a marine place to add a bit of fabric to make it slightly larger and to reinforce that corner seam.

I hope that helps answer your questions. :)

dalearyous 05-06-2013 04:03 PM

ultramesh or trailmesh?

kurtz265 05-06-2013 04:08 PM

Jack and jackstand, a way to air down/air up, and a snatch strap and you will be good to go!

kramer2k 05-06-2013 04:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dalearyous (Post 3725646)
ultramesh or trailmesh?

TrailMesh. It's marginally more expensive but has a much better warranty.

dalearyous 05-08-2013 09:33 AM

ah i see the warranty difference, missed it on my first browse.

can we very briefly touch on offroading tactics on the beach as it pertains to stock JKUR. i know airing down and keeping momentum are the 2 big ones.

should have lockers going at all times? sway bar?

kurtz265 05-08-2013 09:52 AM

lockers are really not necessary for sand, and the sway bar really wont help you (may make for a slightly more comfortable ride if there are lots of deep ruts, but that sway bar is more for articulation than anything else and sand is generally flat), if you are adequately aired down, in 4WD you will be fine. If you start bogging down, STOP spinning your tires, you will only dig yourself deeper. Grab your shovel, use your floor mats and create a place for traction.

Again, if you are aired down and in 4WDyou in all likelihood you are going to sail right through.

SuicideSaints 05-08-2013 09:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jeep757 (Post 3725254)
How do you like it?

I have used that shovel so many times. I have used it in Iraq and Afghan. I love it and now I have it in my jeep. You wont be disappointedwith it.


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