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Spring and/or Summer Assateague Island trip/meet?

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I've seen a bunch of Jeeps on here that have Assateague Island passes on their windshields (mine included). Who would be down for a day trip to the beach this summer, or several? for those that haven't beached their Jeep before, it's not the off-road adventure that a trail offers, but it offers an unparalleled view, and the ability to see scenery that you have to experience. we could even go down once or twice in the cold when it's not crowded to just beach drive and check out the abandoned houses, and maybe Tom's Cove (i've never been down to Tom's Cove before). so, who's in? suggestions? ideas? @HazzardSky & @MarinR00, i know you have/had passes.

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2) @HazzardSky
3) @gravitywell
4) @fdegree
5) Others TBA

Date: 4/23
Time: 9:00AM at Visitor's Station

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
The following equipment is required to be in your vehicle. I do not know the procedures for if 4 out of 5 members of a group has all of the equipment and one does not, and is being inspected. The rangers are allowed to inspect you for the items, and although I've never been inspected, other members here have.

-A shovel with a blade at least 6" square and at least 18" long.
-A vehicle jack sufficient to lift one wheel clear of the sand.
-A jack support that is at least 12"x12" of non-bending steel, 5/8" plywood or 1½" hardwood.
-A tire gauge with a minimum reading of 15 pounds or less.
-A tow rope or tow strap, chain or cable with a minimum pulling strength of 6,000 pounds and at least 10 feet long. Minimum diameter is ½" for nylon or Dacron ropes; ¾" for all other ropes; ¼" for carbon steel cable; 5/16" for chain links.

COST
Total cost depends on when we go, and what pass you buy. If we go when the park entrance fee is waived, you only need to buy an OSV pass. That fee is never waived, and you need to display an OSV pass on your windshield to drive on the beach. If we go outside of when the entrance fee is waived, it is up to you whether you want to buy a week pass or a year pass. I highly recommend the year, since you're already getting a year pass with the OSV, and you WILL want to come back. The entrance and OSV pass will get you into both the MD and VA side of the beach.

Park entrance fee, 7 days: $20
Park entrance fee, 1 year: $40
OSV pass: $90

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The sites are breathtaking, bring a camera for sure.

The OSV and entrance passes are obtained at different areas of the park. We would probably meet up at the visitor's center where you get the park passes, then head over to the ranger's station to get the OSV passes.

There is an area to air down right before you get to the beach, and it is recommended to go down to 15 psi. They also have public air pumps, which sometimes lose power. I know some of you are equipped with on-board air compressors (like @myfirstcherokee) so please keep in mind if the power goes down we may need to drive into Berlin to find another public air station.

There are two OSV zones, one in MD and one in VA. I have never done the VA side, as you can't just drive down the beach to VA. They have a fence set up, you need to drive back to the mainland and down to VA to do their side. We can do both if there is interest.

Stopping to set up to "beach" will depend on weather and what time of year we choose.

For any and all information pertaining to the OSV of Assateague, check out their website, here.

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I've seen a bunch of Jeeps on here that have Assateague Island passes on their windshields (mine included). Who would be down for a day trip to the beach this summer, or several? for those that haven't beached their Jeep before, it's not the off-road adventure that a trail offers, but it offers an unparalleled view, and the ability to see scenery that you have to experience. we could even go down once or twice in the cold when it's not crowded to just beach drive and check out the abandoned houses, and maybe Tom's Cove (i've never been down to Tom's Cove before). so, who's in? suggestions? ideas? @HazzardSky & @MarinR00, i know you have/had passes.


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that's right, i forgot you've gone down too. sweet, that's one! lol

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Following this thread. Mrs.BurtonRW and I frequently drive down to the state park area to spend the day walking the beach when O.C. gets too crowded during the season.

I'd like to take the TH on the sand, although I'm not sure she'd be much into it. Regardless, I'd be interested!

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I thought the same thing, but it's truly an indescribable experience, especially when the horses are out on the beach. this is a video i shot a few years ago on our very first trip there. you can drive until you can't see another human being, which is exactly the kind of privacy you want on the beach. only downside is that for the OSV pass you need to buy an entire year, you can't just get a day pass. for the park pass and the OSV pass i think it's like $125 for the pair. if we go during a national park week, the park entrance fee is waived (which i think is $40 of the $125) but it's more likely to be crowded.

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the following dates are free park admission for this year (you still need to buy an OSV pass however). this would make a day trip as cheap as possible, but if you guys want more options with less crowded days, we would need to go on a regular day and pay for a park pass. if you plan on going back (and you should!) then you would need a park pass anyway. i only selected Sundays because i work on Saturdays, and i did not pick the Feb 20th day because that is around the time my daughter is set to make her debut. thoughts?

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are you guys thinking a day beach trip in colder (and historically less crowded) weather, or a summer trip where we can set up camp and beach for a few hours? or both? the beach is normally not open to the state line in mid-summer for endangered species conservation, but it should be plenty open by August 25th.

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I've never done any beach driving. So, I have some questions:

--- How patient will everyone be with a newbie? I suspect I'll need a lot of instruction on what to do, and not to do. Plus, criticism after making mistakes.

--- I still have stock tires on my Limited. Will that be a problem, even after airing down?

--- Will AD-I be adequate on the sand?

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I've never done any beach driving. So, I have some questions:

--- How patient will everyone be with a newbie? I suspect I'll need a lot of instruction on what to do, and not to do. Plus, criticism after making mistakes.
You'll be more than welcome! Everyone has a first time (hehehe ) There are fewer mistakes to be made on the beach than on a trail. It's very straightforward.

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--- I still have stock tires on my Limited. Will that be a problem, even after airing down?
your factory tires will do just fine. The video i posted above was my Latitude with stock rims and tires, similar to what is on your limited, and i was driving in 4HI, the equivalent to your AD-I system.

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--- Will AD-I be adequate on the sand?
you should be fine. i have gotten the "4WD System Temporarily Unavailable" message twice while out on the sand, and i was doing a lot of stop/starts in 4HI. you're technically supposed to be in 4LOW on the sand (which you don't have) according to the owner's manual to fully lock the 4WD system, however, i have never done this. this means that in 4HI i am normally running very high RPMs on the beach and use a ton of gas to get down the beach and back because the car is staying in gears 2-3 to maintain speed. my assumption is that i will use less fuel in 4LO due to the increased torque and lower RPMs in higher gears. i'll be trying out 4LO on the sand for the first time this year. you should handle just fine, you might just burn a little more fuel than those of us in 4LO. we won't be going over 25 mph or so. i've seen stock patriots out there, so a stock AD-I will handle just fine. even 2WD vehicles go out on the sand. and worst case scenario, we tug you out with a strap! (just kidding)

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Sounds good. I am certainly interested. I'll keep an eye on this thread, and if I can make the chosen date, I'll be there.

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I'd be interested. My pass is good until end of June. Id prefer something prior to that, as I probably won't be renewing it considering my upcoming move.

I'd be game for either of the April dates. While cold, as long as the areas are not closed due to the Plovers, it's still a fun trip. Mid-April to early May si when they typically start closing off the area though. When it's closed, only 3 miles of beach are available for driving. It doesn't reopen until August-September.


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