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ruxerr 07-07-2013 08:44 AM

Taking my Jeep on the beach what do i need with me
Taking my 2004 TJ to the outer banks next week, any must have gear that I should take with me "just in case" I was going to pick up a tow strap, and take a shovel and a piece of plywood in case of getting stuck. I have the factory tow hooks on the front and was thinking of getting one of those hitch D ring attachments for the rear. Also, how much do I need to air down the tires?

Robertsk1 07-07-2013 08:47 AM

Hi-lift jack with one of those attachments that makes the base larger wouldn't hurt.

Well, it'd hurt the wallet..

269jeep 07-07-2013 09:12 AM

What tires are you running?

SurfKaster 07-07-2013 09:28 AM

You should be fine. Don't take off too fast & avoid spinning the tires. After the trip make sure you rinse your undercarriage well.

gianniblaise 07-07-2013 09:34 AM

I always air down. Less strain on engine. Floats right over sand. Less bumpy. So i think a compressor is important. You should be fine

AlexS 07-07-2013 09:35 AM

Maybe a small compressor to air back up. If your going north there is only one gas station with air back up at within a couple miles of the sand ending and it gets pretty packed.

gianniblaise 07-07-2013 09:35 AM

I go between 10 and 15psi

Off Road King 07-07-2013 09:37 AM

Tow strap, some wood, shovel, wd40, and a good set of tools!

hosejockey61 07-07-2013 09:39 AM

I'd start with a hot chick first...but that's probably more expensive than other stuff you may need...

cchartrand 07-07-2013 10:01 AM

Up here in little Rhode Island, aside from a permit, you are required to carry the following..
- a shovel
-tow strap or chain
- jack+support( min. 5/8 plywood, 18"x18"
- street legal tires ( DUH!!)
- spare tire( full size)
- " low pressure tire gauge"
- first aid kit
- fire extinguisher( coast guard approved)
- emergency signal and or CB radio
- flashlight
Seems to pretty much cover it, but I agree w/ the idea of a portable compressor of some kind..... Gotta air those puppies back up for the ride home! Good luck and have fun!! ;)

AlexS 07-07-2013 07:24 PM

If your going up north on the OBX no permit is required, but southern beaches require a permit.

Getnoff 07-07-2013 11:57 PM

I agree with 15 psi. Start in 4hi soon as u get on sand. Don't wait till u get stuck to engage...may be too late! Def make sure u have tow strap and attachments. Other than that, the hot babe might be the next best option. Don't forget ur floor mats if u get stuck in sand. Saved my butt many a time!

bryanintowson 07-08-2013 09:18 AM

I take my TJ over the sand at Assateague National Park here in MD. Below is a link for what the NPS says you have to have as well as some brochures with more information:

Over Sand Vehicle (OSV) Use - Assateague Island National Seashore

Have fun!

Rubicon06Va 07-08-2013 09:32 AM

Took my jeep to OBX on last year' vacation. I considered air down tires but never did. Put in 4H and never got stuck but there is soft sand in places that create deep grooves. I did have a issue, sand driving loosen/broke the plastic white bushing that holds auto-shifter gear cable to transmission.

Jerry Bransford 07-08-2013 09:43 AM

Aside from the above good suggestions, one more is to not use your brakes while on the sand. That can cause a berm to form in front of your tires & make it more difficult to start out again, increasing the odds of digging in.

And I would go to a slightly lower psi like 12-13 with stock size tires which will give you a little more flotation on the sand. :)

ruxerr 07-08-2013 04:11 PM

Thanks, I have picked up most of those things, I need to get a small air compressor to air up the tires. I already have my hot chick (she let me buy the Jeep)

Getnoff 07-08-2013 04:21 PM


Originally Posted by ruxerr (Post 3939228)
I already have my hot chick (she let me buy the Jeep)

Haha! That, my friend, is the absolute best mod around!!! Enjoy.

Gixxer86g 07-08-2013 05:54 PM

Pretty much everything has been covered. I drive on Island Beach St Pk in NJ. I'm new to this, but after six trips on the beach, I've settled on 10psi. The last time I was there I drove around for a while in 2wd without realizing it!

I have all the stuff that is required by my beach buggy permit. And it's all common sense stuff you should have anyway.

Fire extinguisher, piece of plywood for under the jack, shovel, recovery strap, etc.

I also have a cb.

X2 about laying off the brakes in soft sand. And X2 about washing her off afterwards.

ruxerr 07-14-2013 06:47 PM

Thanks everybody, took her out on Corolla today and she did great. I didn't even bog down at all, aired down my tires to 18 and off we went. The kids loved it!

Jerry Bransford 07-14-2013 06:56 PM

Don't be afraid to actually air your tires down the next time, 18 psi is not really aired down... you're not really aired down until you get below 15 pxi. As was suggested above, 12-13 psi is safe and makes it less likely to have problems on the sand. :)

ruxerr 07-14-2013 08:25 PM

Wow, ok I figured from 32 to 18 was a pretty big jump

Gixxer86g 07-14-2013 08:39 PM

The first time I went out, I tried 16. Bogged here and there but no real problems. Each time I went out I stepped down 2psi. 10psi is the sweet spot. Like I said, at 10psi I can do most of Island Beach in 2wd.

Dextreme 07-14-2013 08:43 PM


Originally Posted by ruxerr (Post 3962297)
Wow, ok I figured from 32 to 18 was a pretty big jump

10-12 make such huge difference in soft sand. It's one of those "ya have to try it" to undersand the better floation gain over 18 Especially on dune hillclimbs.

ruxerr 07-14-2013 08:47 PM

I have the rest of the week, so I will take it down some more next time

Smashbox 07-14-2013 11:06 PM

Somebody told me its a good idea to take a bucket to fill with water. If your on dry sand at the beach you can fill the bucket and wet the sand under your tires.

Beachcomber 07-15-2013 04:59 AM

I go on the beach in Delaware every week and air down to 17lbs which works fine. I have at times go on without airing down but it's tough on the jeep, I have to keep the RPM's up to get through. We are required to carry a tow strap, jack, shovel, and a board. As mentioned in an earlier post avoid the brakes and sharp turns. If you do start to bog down don't spin you wheels and dig yourself in, back up over your tracks and start again.

old_mans_jeep 07-15-2013 05:06 AM

Those automatic tire deflators are a great addition to your gear if you plan to do a lot of off roading or beach driving. We use them all the time here in Delaware to run the beaches. They are a big time saver.

Beachcomber 07-15-2013 06:58 AM

I agree I also use them, you can preset them to the pressure you want to air down to and just screw them on by the time your on the fourth tire it's almost time to take them off.

NoBoat0429 07-15-2013 07:28 AM

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Here on Long Island, our requirements are similiar to that list but in addition, we need to carry a bucket, fishing poles, bait or lure, and a garbage bag. Here is the definitive link for Long Island;

WEBEGPN 07-15-2013 05:23 PM

Two blond babes and a cooler full of beer,

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