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Old 05-05-2019, 05:37 AM
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New to oversand driving

I own a Wrangler JL on Cape Cod and have permits to local beaches for driving oversand. My house is about 1.5 miles from the entrance to the trails. The recommended tire pressure for the beach is 12 PSI. Think it is okay to drive the 1.5 miles back on low tire pressure to air up at home?

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I would expect it would be OK for only 1.5 miles, just keep your speed low, like under 30 mph and check your sidewalls to see that they aren't getting hot.
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12 psi is low for hard surfaces
but you can go 20 psi it would be okeish for the beach and road.
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I frequent Brewster over the summer and have driven at Nauset in the past many times. Before putting a compressor in the Jeep I would run 20psi to the gas station then fill up there. I wouldn't run that low of a pressure on the street.
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The concern about driving with low pressure is heat buildup due to sidewall flex and this occurs both off-road and on pavement. A tire can't tell what the surface is, sidewall flex is what matters and 1.5 miles on pavement at 20 mph is no better or worse than 1.5 miles on a dirt road at 20 mph. Speed (and how long at that speed) is the critical factor, not the surface.
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I use to go to Nantucket every June and surfcast for a long week. I would drop the pressure down to to 15-16 psi and ride like that all week, even in town. Never had a problem in the 20 years I went. We rode on some soft sand back then too. If we got stuck we would go down lower and just air up a little when we came off the beach. Fun times!
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We were in Moab for a week and I ran 10PSI the entire time I was there... To and from trails, back to camp, out to dinner, etc. Just kept speed down and sidewalls never even got warm...
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Another concern with running low tire pressure on the pavement is the potential for an emergency maneuver. With the added sidewall flex would the vehicle roll easier, maneuver as well or pull a tire off the bead?

That would be some reasons to keep the speed as low as would be considerate in traffic. Just in case that one idiot does something unexpected.

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I go to Nauset all the time @ 12 psi and i live 7 miles from the parking lot. Been doing it for 30 plus years with no issues. Just take turns slowly.
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What size tires do you have? I had a TJ with 33 X 12.5 and found that I could go without airing down in even the softest of sand. Had to go to 4 Low and crawl a few times to turn around and when people got stuck in front of me but was good in 4 High and 1st gear with 33 PSI.

Did have a compressor in the Jeep just in case though but just found it was not needed.

Have a 2013 JK now. Due to the added 800 lbs I went with 35 X 12.5 and so far have yet to need to air down.

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