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What's the best truck / vehicle for funnin on the beach?

Discussion in 'All About SoWal' started by RiverOtter, Dec 9, 2004.

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What's the best vehicle for beach fun?

  1. Jeep - any model

    16.2%
  2. Pickup Truck - any model

    2.7%
  3. Toyota Land Cruiser

    10.8%
  4. Anything with 4WD cause I'm not carring my stuff through all that sand!

    5.4%
  5. Keep you trucks off the beach. Beaches were made for walkin on!

    64.9%
  1. RiverOtter

    RiverOtter got any pics?

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    I take my Burb out there cause it's the only truck we have. Bout didn't make it through the soft sand :shock: . Lots of room but way too heavy. Looks like the Jeeps just float over the sand 8) . Is there an official Beach Truck? 8)
     
  2. kurt

    kurt Admin Staff Member

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    Nothing official. But there are real 4-wheel drives and there are pretenders.

    A few years ago, you never saw a vehicle without rust or mismatched paint job. Now it's mostly $30,000+ trucks and SUVs. :shock:

    You should add a 4th option: Keep your vehicle on the road. Many people don't like it. Not saying I'm one of them, but I hear it from time to time.
     
  3. RiverOtter

    RiverOtter got any pics?

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    I'll try :? but now sure how to do that.
     
  4. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer Beach Lover

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    Kurt, can you post a picture of our truck? The one with the covered seating area on the bed? I know I've seen a couple on this site before.

    Our family has had "beach buggies" since the 1940's. That's what we still call the truck---beach buggy. In the early 50's my cousins had an old "woody wagon" with the side doors removed, probably no windows except for the windshield, and large under inflated tires . We would ride the dunes high and low (when that was legal, like walking your dog used to be).

    Over the years we've tried many kinds of vehicles, some 4WD and some not. Needless to say, we've got some very funny and sad stories about getting stuck in the non-4WD vehicles. We don't drive the $30,000+ trucks, but we do insist on 4WD now and (knock on wood) have avoided being stuck for years. We have always modified our vehicle exclusively for beach runs and made it suitable as a people mover, along with transporting coolers, chairs, umbrellas, etc. Every version has improved modifications. We have places to hang chairs, spots for trash cans and coolers. Makes for an intersesting ride!

    I'm leaving after work today to spend the weekend. Big family Christmas party. Can't wait!
     
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  6. RiverOtter

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    I've seen that truck before! Love it!! :D 8)
     
  7. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer Beach Lover

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    Thanks for the photo of our buggy, but I think Kurt was focused on something other than our truck when he took the photo.

    Good shot! :roll:
     
  8. GraytonBound

    GraytonBound Beach Fanatic

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    Looks like you'll have pretty good weather, too. We've had flooding & threat of tornados in Nooga today :roll: When you get back be sure to tell us how great it was...complete with photos. Have fun! :D
     
  9. RiverOtter

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    Sure am glad someone else noticed that :mrgreen:
     
  10. Landlocked

    Landlocked Beach Fanatic

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  11. Bob

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    any old CJ-7 or 8 w/ bikini top would do
     
  12. Landlocked

    Landlocked Beach Fanatic

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    I agree, but that thing looks pretty neat.
     
  13. OhioBeachBum

    OhioBeachBum Beach Fanatic

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    Sweet ride! (OK, Otter - there's a ball you can run with... ;-) )
     
  14. RiverOtter

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    Dam LL! Blast from the past :funn: . Graytonbound wants an 89/90 Toyota Land Cruiser. Love those things. Looks like they just float over the sand. :cool:
     
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    Smiling JOe SoWal Expert

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    I know of a red one for sale. Not sure on the year, but probably close to a 1990. Also, Patterson has an old International Scout for sale.
     
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    Those old Scouts are cool. My boss has two late sixties models. I think late sixties. Does that sound right?
     
  17. Smiling JOe

    Smiling JOe SoWal Expert

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    I like the old Bronco's, and this one too. I think it is cool that they put a desiel engine in it, but I don't know about the 128 hp. Sounds a little weak. When will these guys realize that we don't need leather interior? These kind of vehicles need all weather interior. Toyota also has a concept FJ-40 for 2006 which is similar in style. I like the looks of them both.
     
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    Actually I voted for a Landcruiser. I once had a baby blue 1972 FJ-40. Jeep cj-7,8 are much easier to find though. The new FJ-40 I believe, comes out this spring and looks way to good to be on the beach.
     
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    Smiling JOe SoWal Expert

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    FJ-40
    (245 HP - vrroom, vrroom)
     
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  20. RiverOtter

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    Cool, I hadn't seen that before.

    The other beach truck I have seen "floating" over the sand it the old Grand Wanoneer. I used to have two of these. The 4WD systems were awesome!! :cool:
     

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