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I looked at SUVs before buying my Chevy Silverado w/camper top. My concern is that I did not want to put all that fishy smelling stuff in the back of the SUV at the end of the day. With the truck bed and camper top (bed is sprayed), I just chuck it all in there at the end of the day -sand spikes, funky coolers, etc. and hose it all down when I get home. With a SUV, you have to protect the inside with a tarp or something else... Just MHO...

No problems with the Silverado 4X4 on the beach - just upsized to 265 tires so it will be even easier now... Plus - I can get inside of the bed and keep an eye on the rods with the back window partially closed during a heavy downpour...

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Toyota Hi-lux diesel. Unstoppable.

Since toyota wont sell the diesel in the US get the Tacoma 4x4 in gas here.
If you are ever in Afghanistan and need one go here:
http://www.aaltoyota.com/
..PS they will take livestock in trade. ( really ...they will)
 

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i completely understand airing down, no need to put it in big caps.

i got stuck the one time i didn't air down, lesson learned. but my issue is my axles tips on the front are worn. i am debating on spending money on replacing them, and new tires, shocks (all needed) or just get something else. trying not to have a car payment, so i'm not looking to spend a heck of a lot of money. the more i look around, the more i think i'll be fixing my ride. the price range i'd like to spend really doesn't have a decent daily driver, that is beach front capable, in it.

axle tips look like this

Fix it, the repair would be 2 car payments not counting property tax and insurance that would go up.
 

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I looked at SUVs before buying my Chevy Silverado w/camper top. My concern is that I did not want to put all that fishy smelling stuff in the back of the SUV at the end of the day. With the truck bed and camper top (bed is sprayed), I just chuck it all in there at the end of the day -sand spikes, funky coolers, etc. and hose it all down when I get home. With a SUV, you have to protect the inside with a tarp or something else... Just MHO...

No problems with the Silverado 4X4 on the beach - just upsized to 265 tires so it will be even easier now... Plus - I can get inside of the bed and keep an eye on the rods with the back window partially closed during a heavy downpour...

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That's a good point. If I could do it over, I'd probably opt for a Toyota Pickup with the 22R (or 22RE) 4-cylinder and a camper top. With a roof rack and cargo rack on the back though, the 4Runner's not too bad.
 

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Lovin My Xterra, rides like a Caddy

My Wrangler with 9 and 1/2 inces of Lift and Micky Thompsons on it would 2 wheel the whole Island, but it only got 9 mpg the X is getting around 20 or so and rides SWEET.. She won't get stuck..

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My Wrangler with 9 and 1/2 inces of Lift and Micky Thompsons on it would 2 wheel the whole Island, but it only got 9 mpg the X is getting around 20 or so and rides SWEET.. She won't get stuck..

JAM
That gas mileage is a beautiful thing, especially for those of us having to drive several hours/hundreds of miles to the beach.
 

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Did over a years worth of research before buying the Xterra.. Its an animal on the Beach.. Short Wheel Base, Rear Lockers (Stock) Plenty of Clearance.. Ride is AWESOME.. I stop in the red sugar sand all the time with it and there is NO worries.. JAM
 

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+1 on the Hi Lux. Drove one in Central America a few yers ago and it was unbelievable..
For a beach vehicle that you don't take to church on Sunday an old Suburban is a beast as well
 

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I vote Burban as well.

Sad to see my 1996 go away. Never got stuck on the beach with it. Replaced with a 4x4 Silverado.. Will test it good this fall.

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Bad video link, for me, anyway.

Are Subarus meant to take the constant strain on the drive train when driving on the sand?
You might get away with taking a Sub on HI, or AI once or twice, but for a dedicated beach vehicle, there are better vehicles for the job, IMHO.
 

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That link wont work either, dont know what is going on.

The video is called: Off-road Subaru Forester 4wding Stockton Beach -Subaru & Maxtrax promo. Go check it out on youtube., if you're interested.
 

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While I've heard good things about Subaru's AWD system, I just don't think it would have enough ground clearance to successfully navigate heavily used beaches. Travelling long distances to the beach, I recommend a small to mid-size pickup (or SUV) with a 4 or 6 cylinder engine, and of course 4wd. You'll have plenty of ground clearance, decent gas mileage, plenty of storage space, and honestly I don't think there's a single 4wd truck that's been made that wouldn't cut it on the beach given aired down tires and a decent, half-sober driver. Gas prices being what they are, that smaller engine and lighter vehicle weight would pay big dividends compared to a larger vehicle.
 

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With the gas prices as they are, and the fact it got horrible milage anyway, the best riding 4x4 I have ever had on the beach was a 1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. You know the one. The beautiful faux wood on the sides! Never once did I ever feel tires slip, even in the sugar. In fact, I don't recall ever seeing one stuck on the sand.
 

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They were/are great on the beaches. There was a guy in Frisco that lived in Brigands Bay that had 3 of them. Great on the beach but I don't think you could drive from there to Williamsburg with the tank full. They all had 360's with 2bbls and they would rust from a good morning dew as well.
 

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1995 Chevrolet K1500 Silverado pickup (This is what I own, but anything in this range would work). The parts are readily available, relatively cheap and an overall easy vehicle to work on.

The big plus side is throwing sandy and stinkin things in the bed, then just rinsing when done. The down side very limited dry and lockable storage, especially with passengers. Rods don't fit well even with an extended cab. With a cooler rack the stinky/sandy items could be stored outside of the vehicle on a SUV and rods overhead.

A suburban would be hard to beat for a vehicle that would be strictly (or at least mostly) used on the beach for fishing as long as you are organized.
 

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got a ford escape about 3 months ago and have had it on the beach at least 20 times.
it is a 2002 so it has awd with a 4x4 option.
not a true 4x4 but i have yet to be stuck.
i thought clearance might be a problem but so far it hasn't been.
i think the lightness of vehicle keeps it up on the sand instead of in the sand.
because it gets 20+ mph i can go fishing more.
 

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Find a used Dodge Dakota 2000 - 2004 vintage 4.7L V/8 4x4 Trailer Special - and you will be extremely happy on the sand!

The 4.7l V8 HEMI style engine has aluminum heads with excellent power to weight ratio on a mid sized truck frame. During this period of Dodge ownership, all engineering was made by Mercedes - they owned Dodge during these days and the mechanics on this truck are simply perfect!

4 wheel disc brakes with 6 lug wheels

Dakota Trailer package comes with 3 radiators - 1 engine, 1 tranny & 1 A/C exchange = extra cooling rolling the sand
Posi-traction rear end with locker - full time positraction

4 hi & 4 low with Shift on the fly in all 4 high settings. If you feel the back end starting to stick, click over to 4 high and BINGO - no problem!

5 speed gears (overdrive for highway cruising)

Rack & Pinion steering - this makes the truck drive like a darn sports car with super tight turning - rivals jeeps in overall turning radius

Add rod racks to the front and or behind the cab. I prefer behind the cab - it keeps my rods\reels out of the bugs, blowing sand and soaking rain blowing in at speed from the front.

Inside the cab, I can lay 7ft long rods between the bucket sets....basically rigged trout rods in the cab with super long surf rods stacked vertically, behind the cab, rigged for action as well. Running the sand rigged as such....it's easy to jump out with what ever rod\reel the surf scene needs. Small casting tackle, or surf rods with metal\plastic lures and or baits. I pile up a few weights in the bed, ready to clip on quickly with a bait box, handily iced and ready to go as well. I also keep an ice chest handy, with a livewheel aerator fed from my 12volt battery outlet in the cab, back to the bed to keep baits live....if I need to. Having a bed in the back, makes rigging and rolling ready to throw easy as pie! The back seat, pop open a back door, stacked tackle galore with lures, hooks and leaders - extra reels and tools!

The 4 door cab.....back seats fold up turning the entire area in the backseat into a tackle box storage area. I stack plastic tackle organizers behind my front seats with easy access to everything. The rods are rigged behind my cab in rod racks, ice chests over the back axle for extra traction and the entire bed for other coolers, cast nets, sand spikes, lawnchairs, super small portable smoker etc etc etc. Fishing alone or with two people....plenty of room for tackle and gear with enough power and weight savings (half sized truck with big truck horsepower) = sand is a PIECE OF CAKE!

 
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