Originally Posted by TacomaFanNC
What mode would you suggest for driving on the beach in fairly deep, loose, rutted sand? Also, what's the best tire pressure for sand?
From personal experience, in Baja... H4, normal (TRAC ON) mode. Deflating no may no longer be needed with TRAC ('09 or newer OR 4WDs).
If the ruts in the beach slow you down too much and there is an issue with moving, stop and shift into Neutral then L4 with A-TRAC on... continue... You can always deflate the tires if you need better floatation.
I go to a beach where the sand can swallow any 4X4 that doesn't deflate their tires, and for the first time didn't need to with the new Tacoma using TRAC.
For fun, I turned off the TRAC (VSC OFF mode) to make my 2010 the same as my 2005 Tacoma (open differentials) and could only drive a few feet in 4WD before getting stuck (tires at 32 psi)! I went into L4 with A-TRAC,and drove OUT of the stuck, without letting any air out of the tires or digging sand away from the front of the burried tires... it was awesome.
Once out, I went back into H4 (normal, TRAC on) and never got stuck again.
TRAC in H4 is Limited slip that puts torque to all 4 tires and A-TRAC is even stronger, like lockers front and rear for really tough conditions.
Here I am wheeling in H4 on the beach south of San Felipe, at 32 psi, the first time in Baja with my new truck:
My 2005 Tacoma would have sunk in in about 100 feet onto that sand requiring me to deflate the tires to 15 psi. There is an obvious superior advantage to the TRAC and A-TRAC system!