A Neophyte 2018 Toaster Question

Discussion in 'Renegade Wheels & Tires' started by Charlie Ketchum, Nov 17, 2019.

  1. Charlie Ketchum

    Charlie Ketchum Member

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    Since I am new to the Jeep world I have a question regarding running in sand. Actually I have several questions.

    First, for beach running I know you air down your tires. How much do you air down? Is it dependent on whether the sand is packed or loose?

    Second, what setting on the transmission should I use? I am thinking four wheel locked (not low) and use the shifter feature. Is this correct? If not, please enlighten me.

    I will be wintering in Arizona and want to get my overlanding (ok, mild class 2.0 to 2.5) on. I eventually know I will be needing some add on's. What is the first thing I should look into modding?

    Thanks for the help.
     
  2. Dgr401

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    I normally air down to 20 lbs for beach driving. I have gone a little lower for powdery sand but normally 20lbs works good. Sand mode does work good but I have used Auto mode also with lock and manually shut off the traction control. Sand mode turns off traction control, keeps the rpms high and in Sand Mode I like to use the auto stick where I can shift. First gear in a Trailhawk is basically low range at 20:1, the Latitude is 17:1 which is fairly low. In Auto mode I usually leave it in automatic. I don't have low on my Latitude but very few guys I fish with use low range exclusively. When I had my Toyota I rarely used low range on the beach. Try different settings to find out what works good and you are comfortable with. I haven't been on the beach this year because we have had a number of Nor'Easters that washed a lot of the sand away. Our beach season starts after Labor Day to Memorial day and it wasn't worth the fee.
     
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    Beach driving requires you take some extra equipment (required in most states) such as a shovel, tow rope, jack with a strong board to use as a jack plate, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, full size spare tire, etc. Unfortunately my Latitude lacks recovery points that the Trailhawk has.

    Edit, forgot to mention a good air gauge and a good air compressor to fill up the tires, some places do have air stations.
     
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  4. Charlie Ketchum

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    Thanks for that heads up. I have everything but a tow rope. Any ideas on what to buy such as length, a snatch rope or perhaps a place to buy one that I don't have to take a personal loan from a guy named Vito?
     
  5. Dgr401

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    You can get tow ropes at just about every auto parts store, Walmart, etc. I was always told to get a tow rope with a weight capacity that is 2 to 2 ½ times the weight of what is to be towed. 4,000 lb car would be 8,000 - 10,000 capacity. If I remember correctly my strap is 20'. An auto store like Oreilly Auto could help you out, they can get you a lot of answers.
     

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