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Old August 20th 03, 04:45 PM
Brad
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I've driven my Jeep Wrangler on the NC outer banks beaches. It's
actually pretty tough conditions getting over the dune trails. I saw
a Subaru getting pulled out of the deep sand - he was buried up to his
frame, and two really big 4wd trucks were having trouble getting him
out. Depending on recent weather, you might have to drive quite a
distance through the softest, driest sand you can imagine, with really
deep tracks that require good clearance. On the beach I see mostly
4WD trucks and "normal/large" size SUVs, not the small ones. You need
to lower your tire pressure to 15-10 psi. Once you clear the really
soft sand you can drive easily. There's nothing like the outer banks
beaches - sometimes you can drive till you can barley see another
vehicle, and have a mile of beach all to yourself. Other times it's
like a parking lot of 4x4s. Not sure why. You can also ride a
mountain bike along the hard sand at the water's edge, but the sand
and salt are really bad for the bike...
Brad

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Old August 20th 03, 05:25 PM
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This past April I had my GMC Sarfari AWD van on the beaches in Hatteras...
deflate the air pressure in your tires to 20psi and off you go!!!
Everything fits in, or, or behind the van.

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"James Y. Yang" wrote in message
om...
we're looking for a second car, and i'd like to get something that can
go onto the beaches here in nc (and elsewhere). i'm a longtime pier
fisher, but will be new to the beach and surf. it *is* necessary to
get a good 4x4 as a fisherman in nc, isn't it? i've heard there are
good parks to go camping at also, where you need 4x4 capability?

we also need the car to be decent or good on the road, for normal use.
we have a new baby... also, my s.o. is only 5'1" tall, while i'm 6' so
i don't want her to feel the truck is too high (getting in) or too big
(reaching the trunk, etc).

we're looking at the MAZDA TRIBUTE. We know it drives well on the
road... is the 4 wheel drive V6 reasonable for the beach?? Enough
power? Won't get stuck? I've heard compact suv's like the CRV are not
good that way..

any real differences on the FORD ESCAPE?
how is the Jeep liberty?
Toyota 4runner tops the charts but $$... would have to get a *more*
used one.

What do you all drive on the beach for fishing/camping/biking? i guess
ideally you want a truck truck for the beach, which probably doesn't
ride that well on the road, and a car car for everyday.... but what's
the best of both worlds, or the best compromise?... we have a budget
too to consider and we'd like to stay in the 15-22K range for a new,
or 1-2 year old, 20-30K miles type of bracket.

also, anyone know if a slim thule or other cargo box plus a couple
mountain bike trays would fit on top of the Mazda tribute?

can you email replies to me, if you also post?
thx in advance
james


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