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#1 pencils

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Posted December 19 2002 - 3:12 PM

Is an AWD SUV ok on a sand beach, and what problems if any. What AWD SUV's do you guys use on the beach. What, if any, advatages/disadvantages does an AWD have compared to a 4x4.

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Posted December 19 2002 - 3:59 PM

I have a Toyota Highalnder and it goes up and down the beach fine as long as I air down to under 18# and my clearance aint the best but it gets the job done. i think some of them smaller wagons and stuff could have a problem with clearance. Ideally, and the most of what you see out there are Jeep Cherokkes and Ford Explorers. If ya gave me a choice and all I had to use if for was fishun and no problems associated with gas cost etc. Id go with a Chevy Suburban, Tahoe or something along those lines lots of room but gas pigs. I use mine for fishun and a family vehicle although right now im probaly carrying a couple hundred pounds of sand, i ahd to dig my gas release cap out this morning from under the sand.

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Posted December 19 2002 - 4:11 PM

I have a Benz ML320 AWD and it's a tank on the beach and in the snow.....solid as a rock! I get some funny looks w/ the launchers on the front, but the fish love the way it rides It's not just for Moms. Great MPG too!

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Posted December 19 2002 - 4:12 PM


Originally posted by pencils:
Is an AWD SUV ok on a sand beach, and what problems if any. What AWD SUV's do you guys use on the beach. What, if any, advatages/disadvantages does an AWD have compared to a 4x4.

i don't have one but my friends do. they get around pretty good on the beach. the only time they get stuck is when the ruts are so deep that they basically have their tires lifted up off the beach.

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Posted December 19 2002 - 9:06 PM

Ford Explorer/Mercury Mountaineer, with AWD and the V-8 will handle any beach if you air down properly. At least the ones made from 1995 until 2001 will. The new ones look like they lack ground clearance with the new struts from the independent rear suspension.

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Posted December 19 2002 - 9:18 PM

Any 4wd or awd truck will handle the beach fine if you air down enough. 15 lbs.
Even my original 89 ford explorer sport did fine in the sand. It didn't do where much else
I had a 96' Explorer XLT which was an excellent all around truck. Snow in NH, sand at IBSP & LBI. May she rest in peace.
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Posted December 20 2002 - 10:31 AM

Used my Toyota 4-Runner with street tires at 30lbs to tow out my share of Blazers and Explorers; it's more about the driver than the rig. That said, airing down will get just about anything with wheels on it through all but the softest of sand.

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Posted December 20 2002 - 12:50 PM

My 97' Ford Expedition handles better on the sand than it does on wet pavement. I air down to 16 PSI and I go anywhere I want, no matter how soft the sand is.
As with any type of tire, when you feel the tires digging in..STOP...or you'll be digging yourself out!

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Posted December 20 2002 - 2:39 PM

I have a '98 Subaru Outback AWD that I've used on the beach for 2 seasons now...I've had absolutely no problems with getting stuck, although there have been a couple of close calls. However, you learn what ou vehicle is capable up, and the key to not getting stuck is to drive responsibly. I do get nervous in deep, loose sand, but as long as I keep the speed/momentum up--- absoluetly no problems. The only gripe I have is with the clearance, which isn't all that great--------rockdoc