4WD on Soft Sand w/Nitrofill

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This weekend I'll be taking my new Longhorn on the NC beach for the first time. (actually everything I do is 1st time since I only have 100 mi on the truck ;).
When I've taken my 2010 Audi Q5 on the sand, I'd reduce tire pressure. Is that necessary on this truck.? The reason I ask is that I received the truck with Nitrofill in the tires and hate the idea of letting out expensive air (and its a hassle....). I have all-season 20" tires.

Also, should I use 4WD Lo and e-lock on soft sand?

Thanks for any advice/experiences you've had on the beach!
 
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Please let me know how that goes I’m from Greensboro haha and going to outer banks in the short future.... beach fishing
 

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This weekend I'll be taking my new Longhorn on the NC beach for the first time. (actually everything I do is 1st time since I only have 100 mi on the truck ;).
When I've taken my 2010 Audi Q5 on the sand, I'd reduce tire pressure. Is that necessary on this truck.? The reason I ask is that I received the truck with Nitrofill in the tires and hate the idea of letting out expensive air (and its a hassle....). I have all-season 20" tires.

Also, should I use 4WD Lo and e-lock on soft sand?

Thanks for any advice/experiences you've had on the beach!

Nitrogen is a scam and makes little, if any difference in light vehicle tires. The normal nitrogen content of air is already 78%. Just let it out and reinflate as you normally would.
 

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Also, should I use 4WD Lo and e-lock on soft sand?
Try all the options, 4L, 4H, with and without locker, also try 2H with the locker... what a great opportunity to Really see what it can do. Good thing about sand is that even if you half bury the rear wheels, 4H/L will get you out of it.
 

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Unfortunately depending how loose the sand is there is no option but to air down. Some times when you think it’s enough you need to let more out.

As stated above Nitrogen is snake oil. My tires fluctuate the same wether “air” or nitrogen related to temp. As far as rolling resistance that is touted is ridiculous. The resistance is from contact which is all dependent on the rubber compound.

Don’t sweat it just refill at the nearest spot.


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Unfortunately depending how loose the sand is there is no option but to air down. Some times when you think it’s enough you need to let more out.

As stated above Nitrogen is snake oil. My tires fluctuate the same wether “air” or nitrogen related to temp. As far as rolling resistance that is touted is ridiculous. The resistance is from contact which is all dependent on the rubber compound.

Don’t sweat it just refill at the nearest spot.


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Thanks to all for the feedback.
I'll post my experience next week.
 

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I believe you need to let the air out regardless or you will get stuck in the soft stuff. You need the tires to float over the sand and when there at 15 lb they work great . I had my 2016
on the sand in outer banks a few years ago and everything i read on line was you need to let the air out. Everyone who was stuck was the guys not taking the time to do so. Once your stuck
your stuck. But be aware you will have sand in all the places you would not expect. Good luck and have fun
 

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Anyone know if there is a kit to use the air suspension system to be able to refill tires after airing them down?
 

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Just livel down the air by 10-15 bars and you’ll be ok don’t over throttle and maintain momentum enjoy!
 
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I drove my wife's 2014 bighorn crew cab in 4 hi, on Top Sail beach on very loose sand. It had the stock goodyear 20 inch tires. Drove it carefully without changing any tire pressure. Got in and out with no problems. She has the transfer case with the 4 auto. I have not driven my 2019 Ram laramie crewcab hemi, 4x4 on sand yet.
 
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I drove my 16 with 20 inch KO2's aired down to 18 on Corolla Beach. Had a blast, never had an issue. That was with an open differential and in 4WD Lo.
Enjoy!! It is a lot of fun just hanging out on the tailgate with other people there. Bring snacks, food and your choice of beverage. If you go on Corolla, there is an air pump just a short drive away at a gas station. Be advised, it is not the highest powered air pump so it will take some time. At least the people in NC are patient, unlike people in NJ!!!
 
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With my old '06 Ram when we went down to Pismo I would air down to about 12lbs and 4H, no problems. I would always tow out people who would get stuck. With my new Big Horn I'm going to try the same thing.
 

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