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Old 06-15-2009, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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I'm going to be going to Carova Beach in a few weeks, which is located among the 4x4 beaches north of Corolla. It is apparently about 7 miles of beach driving to get to the location, and I'm looking for the best alternative:

- I can borrow a Saturn Vue, but I don't believe it is 4WD - would it be able to make the trip to Carova and back? I would leave it at the house for the week so it would only be one round trip
- if the Saturn can't make it, is there a long-term lot I can park it in? Somebody else can pick us up and bring us to the house
- I could rent an SUV myself, but basically I'd be paying to have it sit at the house for six days, which doesn't sound like a good financial decision
- Is there any kind of shuttle service where I could leave my car and pay to have them drive me up the beach?

Thanks in advance. I'm looking forward to the trip but have left the arrangements (except for this part of it) to others and I'm not finding the realtor's site to be very helpful.
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Old 06-16-2009, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Never mind.
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Old 07-30-2009, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Bump bump -- I'm supposed to go to Carova this weekend and stay with some friends on the 4x4 area; I have an AWD vehicle and heard really mixed things about whether it would work on the beach or not; I'm deciding that it will probably not work so I tried posting about whether on not I'd be able to rent 4wd vehicle in the Raleigh forum but didn't get much feedback.

What's the best way to rent or get transportation onto the 4x4 area? Do the mainstream rental companies allow beach driving / offroading of their vehicles?
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Old 07-31-2009, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Outer Banks and Coastal NCers: do you know what the rental policies are for the mainstream companies as far as driving up on the beach in the 4x4 area go?
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Old 08-04-2009, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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So, I rented a 4x4 Nitro, did not have any problems with driving up in the 4x4 area (North Outer Banks). I'm glad I did; I don't think my X5 would have made it.
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Old 08-04-2009, 09:16 PM
 
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What is the big attraction for driving on a beach?
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Old 08-05-2009, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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What is the big attraction for driving on a beach?
The beach houses are not accessible by road at all. There are no paved roads in the northern Outer Banks beaches—travel is over loose sand roads and actual sand dunes. You can only access the house by driving directly on the sand.
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Old 08-08-2009, 07:41 AM
 
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We were there this summer, and there were a lot of stranded SUV's trying to dig themselves out of the sand. The sand on the beach there is really "thick and fluffy", and rather deep. Apparently if you let some of the air out of your tires you will be less likely to get stuck. We saw a tow truck there, we were told it stays there all day. For $150.00 I think it was, they will tow you out if you get stuck. Driving over sand is really hard on a car, I'd definitely rent one before driving my own on the beach.
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Old 08-08-2009, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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They recommend lowering the PSI to less than 20, bring towstrap, shovel, bucket, jack, wood (for underneath the jack) and cash for the tow guy.
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