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12-12-2004, 07:56 AM
We're about to purchase a quad cab Toyota Tundra 4wd. Having never driven on the beach, but planning to do so, we're hoping that the length of the truck will not be a problem with maneuverability on the beach. Does length of truck matter? It's not the longest truck ever, but then again, it's not a regular cab, short bed version either. Any advice would be appreciated.

12-12-2004, 08:23 AM
There's no way a regular sized truck is going to turn in as tight a radius as a shortbed.. Doesn't matter much though,as long as you have the tires aired down,you'll be fine. Used to drive a f250diesel on the beach,every bit as long as a Yota..Long as the tires were aired down no problem.

12-12-2004, 09:21 AM
Thanks. Does it matter what kind of tires? This truck is coming with pretty avg. Bridgestones. Nothing special and just hwy tires in my opinion. We're considering other tires at some time, but not immediately.

12-12-2004, 10:11 AM
Just highway tires are fine for beach driving. You do not want knobby tires or mud tires. Smooth tread tires are the ticket for sand. Air down and have fun. One hint to pass on, When you stop and park the sand will be build up in front of your tires. If you back up a bit it's easier to get going. Of course if you are backing when you park the sand will be packed behind you and you just pull off forward.

Tight lines...


12-12-2004, 12:30 PM
Great advice. Thanks a bunch.

12-12-2004, 03:44 PM
Goddess sounds right but domestic doesn't seem to fit. Lucky guy.

Anyway, when you guys say air down. Just how much you talking psi wise. And what the heck do you do when you get back off the beach? Hit the nearest gas station or what. That could be a long mushy sidewall screwing up trip in most cases.

The Bucket
12-12-2004, 04:08 PM

I'm running a F-150 w/34 PSI street and air down to ~22 PSI for beach then can do local roads while at OBX w/out airing up just have to take it easy while on NC 12. Then at end of weekend OBX run just air up before headed back north :cool:

Plow some sand,


12-12-2004, 11:47 PM
Got a F250 super cab long bed so it's a loooooong truck and no problems turning around. Air down to around 20 PSI and 4 low will keep any strain off the motor and transmission. Not to worry about airring back up, if ya do OI they have a air filling station across the street at the boat dock and further down towards buxton they have lots of places to air back up.
A few things that should always be kept in the truck while driving on the sand is.
Air gauge
tow strap
flash light(s)
and mostly importantly is fishing poles and bait.
Always offer to help anyone stuck because sooner or later you will be there yourself. :D