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Old 07-03-2012, 07:50 AM   #1
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towing in sand

has anyone towed a 28 ft in the sand and how u did it
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Old 07-03-2012, 07:58 AM   #2
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Beach, desert, dunes ?

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Old 07-03-2012, 08:30 AM   #3
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Other than short stretches with a running start, I haven't; but for a longer stretch I would take the tire pressure way down, especially in the tow vehicle.
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I would think the risk of getting really stuck is really high.

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At Elephant Butte Lake they do it all the time. But the rangers have a 6x6 to pull people out.

Bring a jack, a shovel, boards and a tow rope. If you get stuck and try to power yourself out you will get more stuck. Jack it up and put the boards under the wheels until you can drive out.

Out at Great Sand Dunes NM there is a place called Point of No Return. There is a sign there that says if you get stuck beyond the sign the minimum charge to tow you out is $400.
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Old 07-03-2012, 09:22 AM   #6
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Not unless I saw tire tracks in front of me!
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So long as it's someone elses vehicle, yah, go for it.
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Old 07-03-2012, 09:47 AM   #8
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Not in a long time, but sand driving is odd, and counter-intuitive until you get used to it again.

It's all about floatation on top of the sand. You want wide and fat tires with minimal tread to them, and as low a pressure as you can do while keeping the sidewalls in place. Stay on top, because sinking is doom, and get your foot off the throttle at the first hint of wheel spin..... otherwise you're just going to dig down deeper. You really cannot power out of sand at all, it just digs you down deeper and faster, unless you have paddle tires and a lot of power. The deeper you get, the harder it is to get out.

Never do a long run through sand while solo, unless you have help nearby. Make sure to have the proper recovery gear. At minimum you need a good shovel, I prefer a fiberglass handle that won't break. Elastic style yank strap. Jack that can lift in sand, which means you need a baseboard or something to go under it. Recovery boards, or even better is purpose built sand channels, to put under the tires. Water Water Water Water Water. And if it's an area with a lot of dunes, a marker flag on a tall whip isn't a bad idea. A good 2-way radio is also a good idea if you're in a remote area, you won't have cell signal a lot of the time. Plus a compressor to air back up when coming off the sand, and a tire gauge to measure when airing down.

If you're equipped with a winch, you'll also need some kind of anchor such as a pull-pall, if you don't have another vehicle to use as an anchor point.

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Edit: Just saw your location. if you're going near the beach at all, make sure to have tide charts for where you're going. Don't want to get stuck in the wrong spot and stranded, or worse.... in the water. That, and NY is very permit heavy for beach driving.
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its on long island beaches other campers are on the sand just look for the best way
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Salt water beach with real life-like wave action? You're too close to the spray let alone the temptation of the firm sand nearer the water - salt never sleeps where aluminum and iron are concerned!
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its on long island beaches other campers are on the sand just look for the best way
From experience....

Whatever you drive on the sand on the beaches here, have it sold within 5 years of the first time it touches the sand, that way it's long gone before the rust REALLY starts to show through the frame. Particularly if it's a boxed frame.

No, I'm not exaggerating. A few family members used to drive on the beach out here, and every vehicle ended up with serious frame rust.

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has anyone towed a 28 ft in the sand and how u did it
We just spent a glorious week on the beach at teddy Roosevelt county park out in montauk. I was really nervous about towing my 20 footer on and off with my 6 cyl Tacoma so I paid a guy to tow me on. He showed me the ropes and after watching him tow it on I towed it off. I'm going back again next week and will do both ends myself.
It's not about power....it's about tire pressure and momentum. I dropped my pressure down to 12 psi. In 4 wheel low I rolled off easily. If there are tracks just stay in them. And, like others said: don't hit the gas and try to dig yourself out. All you will do is bury it more.
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