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Old 02-26-2011, 09:39 PM
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I am now ready to get a vehicle specifically for fishing,beaching and never having driven the beach I need some suggestions: what vehicles are valuable/worthy/best and which ones do I avoid. It will be the 3rd car in the family so I am NOT looking new..just reliable. Looking for help from those who know
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Old 03-11-2011, 03:28 AM
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From what I have seen and experienced, if you have a true 4x4 and air down, it's more about the driver than the vehicle...I have an Explorer, never had an issue. Will you need to carry more than 2 people? If not a standard pickup will work well...dont get hung up on ground clearances. I've seen many a vehicle stuck with alot more clearance than the Explorer....

Watch the NJBBA video before you start and of course you can always come to IBSP. First time out I went with Jess, and never looked back, it is a great way to fish...there are better ways to catch though. However it would be a great tool on your 7 mile island in the spring and fall
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Old 03-11-2011, 06:51 PM
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Thanks Frank...I note that this thread got 137 looks and one response. I am trying to find a Subaru Baja (what the patrol drives in Avalon) and they are hard to find. Hope to see you at the Shorecatch show tomorrow
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Not much in the way of ground clearance or space for your gear in a Subaru.

A full size pick up has my vote.
There is a lot you can do with something that size and they do hold there value.
Also Dodge has mostly 4 door models now that are not crew cabs so you have the extra seating if needed.
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I will be at the seminar. Just look for a dork

Think Avalon can get away with the subaru cuz of the (usual) hard pack sand.
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IBSP you do need some clearance sand can be real soft and deep like early last year ( ram 1500 4 dr 4.7 non agressive tires 15 lbs no problems)
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Jeep Cherokee

Cherokee's are a good beach 4x4.
Also has more storage space then a Subaru.
I don't think they hold there value as well as a full size 4x4 would.
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A quote from a jeep forum..

"Tough, crude, and to most eyes, attractive, the Jeep Cherokee is the quintessential mid-size SUV. It?s also a fine off-roader if you happen to be seeking a beater with which to enter the Rubicon fan club. Manage your expectations?don?t expect good gas mileage, perfect reliability, or sports car handling?and enjoy driving what may be the first "classic SUV."
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Let me clarify the "dont get hung up on groud clearance' statement. Vehicles with true 4x4 and truck frames should give you needed clearance for most places, I just see on some sites the "well this one is 9.6 inch clearance and this one is 8.9 inch clearance blah blah blah"....

Yeah a Baja on your beach I would drive, i wouldnt take it on IBSP. If it wasnt for the access points, you could take a 2 wheel drive on your beach most times. If you want a vehicle that can do places other than 7 mile, I would not consider a subaru.

Jess' truck is awesome for the beach and he can be very confident, I go the same locations as he does but may approach getting there differently in my explorer.

Last year I had to drive a f250 out of sugar cause the guy started spinning and freaked... he was just south of my explorer in the same sand... I had a good teacher

All that said, I am looking for a vehicle, I'm narrowed down to a titan or f150, why? Well the Accord is getting old and the wife would be happy if her explorer didnt have the faint smell of bait
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'faint smell of bait' is the one reason I keep going to the auto stores... for their latest "remove any smell from anything" products

I do know of guys getting framed in the sugar sand at the north end of Brigantine last year... including Andy @ riptide (or the other guy who works there... no matter) so year's like last year where it is dry and hot can be a bear. I always felt dicey there in my liberty... and was just making sure that I stayed above the high water line until there was good sand to run on... just in case *LOL*.

The baja is an interesting vehicle and though I'm not sure about LBI, down at avalon / TI area it should work.
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Ground clearance can be misleading.

In a true 4x4 pick up the lowest point are the axle/diff.
On a SUV the lowest point is the entire bottom of the truck.
There is a big difference between the too.
If the sand hits an axle no big deal. However when the sand hits the entire undercarriage your done!
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However when the sand hits the entire undercarriage your done!

And then you need to clear out the sand....if you dont bring a shovel I guess you could bring her.

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Just thought of this, if you just want a beater for the beach, I would consider an Xterra as well
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WRANGLER!!!! Cherokee Sport or a Pick-up....but i say Wrangler i think the older jeep r better than the "new" style and the old wrangler{98-06} has the 4.0 straight 6 cant kill the thing never had an issue in the 6 years ive been using my jeep....couple years back i did see 1 or 2 of the Subaru Baja's out there but wouldnt trust it in sugar on those hot summer days....good luck with the search
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