Originally Posted by Raucey
Thanks for the replies. I do have a 4x4 and will be driving up in Corolla.
What sort of cleaning / preventative maintenance do you do after driving on the beach?
After each day I give it just a regular hose rinse-down, like ghostrid3r says. I also do a full rinse down at a power-wash station after each trip. I make sure to hit all of the openings in the frame until the drain holes stop spitting sand. The skid plate and spare tire hold bigger things like shells, rocks, etc. - hit those for a bit too. Occasionally, I will spray the "wax" coating on the under-carriage to prevent more things from sticking.
If you are looking at undercoating, make sure you are careful, or the shop you take it to is careful. I've heard this a thousand times: "All it takes is one grain of wet sand to corrode a hole you can't see behind that undercoat." I don't know how much of an issue you might actually get, but take any advice with a grain of salt, or in this case sand.
Some of the required gear list from my nearest beach (Assateague Island) is:
- 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 1˝" hardwood.
- A tire gauge with a minimum reading of 15 pounds or less. (I use tire buddies to air down quickly)
- A tow rope or tow strap, chain or cable with a minimum pulling strength of 6,000 pounds and at least 10 feet long.
I carry WD-40 to spray on any engine parts that might get wet with saltwater, and a couple of 4' long 2x6 boards for traction too.
See ya on the beach.