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4x2 on beach?

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I just joined the forum and have found it incredibly useful. I had a question about driving on the beach. I am planning a trip to the outer banks in Sept and they allow you to drive on the beach in certain areas but recommend 4WD. My Frontier is 4x2...how would it handle on the sand? Anyone have any experience with a 2WD Frontier on the beach? I would plan on airing down my tires before going out there...

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outerbanks hmmm where are you from. not sure dont want to drive my truck on the beach(salt) but know alot of people that go out there to duck hunt and do pretty good

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As long as you air down, have good tires with good tread and keep off the loose sand, you should be semi-alright, lol.

Its always a gamble going on the sand while being 2wd.

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might want to take some planks, just in case if you do

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Notes for driving on sand... avoid loose sand, have recovery points, remember the principles of sand.

As mentioned, loose sand will swallow you, and not in a good way.
Be sure of where to hook to your truck in the event you get mired that is a strong pull point as well as some recover equipment. Shovels, pull straps, planks as mentioned, good jack, lighting if stranded in the dark.
Principles of sand refers to the nature of sand, dry powdery sand will not support as much weight or offer much traction. In many cases, you can saturate the sand and it will allow you to simply drive out if you use your head and dont fight it. Horsepower and sand are not friends. keep your cool, let the truck do what its going to do.


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don't goose the gas!!!!!!!!!!

did I mention don't spin the tires?
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coast to a stop in loose sand, if you use your brakes to stop you will make holes you may not be able to get out of. Park facing down hill. Your floor mats are your friend.

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i would forget it with a 2wd. i regularly drive on carolina beach and i always have to lock mine in and the outer banks are much worse i would go get a rental car thats a 4x4 if your hell bent on driving on the beach
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You'd be taking a big chance. Go with someone who has a 4X4 and a snap line, until you know if its something you can accomplish on your own. Air down to 10-12 psi and stay light on the gas and brake pedal. I drive on Fire Island, which is all loose sand and easy to get stuck. I've made it 10 miles round trip in 2WD, so it's not impossible just not easy to stay unstuck. I don't care cause I can always hit the 4X4 switch. You don't have that luxury so be careful and find the hard packed or wet sand and experiment to find out what your truck likes.

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You'd be taking a big chance. Go with someone who has a 4X4 and a snap line, until you know if its something you can accomplish on your own. Air down to 10-12 psi and stay light on the gas and brake pedal. I drive on Fire Island, which is all loose sand and easy to get stuck. I've made it 10 miles round trip in 2WD, so it's not impossible just not easy to stay unstuck. I don't care cause I can always hit the 4X4 switch. You don't have that luxury so be careful and find the hard packed or wet sand and experiment to find out what your truck likes.

Remember, better safe than sorry.
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