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who's been to pismo beach before?

what do i need to do to be able to off road my truck im going up next weekend for a friends bday and dont know what i need to do or get or anything to off road my truck. does anybody know?
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did bugs bunny every make it to pismo beach?


you guys are to young to remember that
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Well I don't know what truck you hve but if your a stock 2wd Xl I wouldnt reccomend going out there but if you do always keep up your momentum and watch out for little jumps.
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uh yah a little b4 my time lol.
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well i figure if i can do ocatilla wells. with my ****ty stock tires i had. i can do pismo aired down. my buddy who i trust quite well said my truck will do fine. i have an 06 sport
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Your truck should do fine.

Air down right after you get on the sand and DONT let off the gas. Air down to between, 10-15 psi in the tires. Depending on how soft the sand is, drop your pressure lower.

Observe which direction the wind is blowing so you know which side of the dunes the drop offs will be. Generally the wind is comming from the ocean, so the drop offs will be facing away from the ocean.

Make sure you have someplace on your truck someone can hook a tow strap to so they can pull you out. (tow hooks or a hitch) And make sure you have a tow strap.

DONT do anything you dont feel comfortable doing, that will just get you in trouble.

I would recommend NOT going into the dunes a few hours before and after noon, it is extremely difficult to see the dunes when there arent any shadows.

Thats all I can think of right now...O, and DONT go over 5mph next to the water, or you just might get a ticket.

EDIT: ONE more VERY important thing: MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A FLAG AT ALL TIMES!!!! This insures people will see you while you are out in the dunes and its illegal not to have one.

EDIT AGAIN: I thought of more.

NEVER stop going up a dune...you will just get stuck.

Always stop facing down hill.

Make sure you are always with other people, it sucks getting stuck out there by yourself.

Drive around on sand highway for awhile before you go out into the larger stuff.

Keep your lights on so that people will be able to see you easier while you are out in the dunes.

Dont go down the face of a dune too fast, the bottom of the dune will most likely be at a smaller angel then you think...and this could happen to your truck... Name:  pismo008.jpg
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Dont stop on the side of a dune, just keep going. If you do stop, and dont feel comfortable continuing, have someone who has experience out there drive your truck out.
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You can pull the ABS fuse while you are out there...this will help you stop on the dunes and prevent the ABS from kicking in...which is really annoying.

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bailey do i need to call the ranger station or anything up there to get any kind of pass or anything for my truck? like when we did the azusa rincon trail. or can i just drive right in? thats mainly what i am not sure about. im not worried about the sand or the dunes lol.
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i cant pull my abs fuse cuz ford must have realized ppl are doing it i have my tranny and a few other things integrated into it. if i pull the fuse i wont be able to take my truck out of park.
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bailey do i need to call the ranger station or anything up there to get any kind of pass or anything for my truck? like when we did the azusa rincon trail. or can i just drive right in? thats mainly what i am not sure about. im not worried about the sand or the dunes lol.

Well, I would call just in case...make sure they arent booked for the weekend. It would suck to go all the way out there and them not let you in.

Are you just going for the day or over night?

If its over night, you may have to make reservations.

I think a day pass is $10 and per night its $20. You will get these at the ranger station that is right before you get on the beach. You have to stop here no matter what.
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a coupole of my buddies have 2 camp spots already im having problems finding a number for the ranger to call up there and find out that kind of info. do you have it by chance?
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if your camping you need to buy a camping ticket/pass and its per vehicle.. if your not camping just buy a flag and buy a day pass when you get there and unless you have good tires and/or alot of momentum your going to get stuck. even four wheel drives with crappy street tires get stuck.. and theres not alot you can do.

if you havent driven in sand before.. not wash sad.. dune sand. youll see what i mean as soon as you hit it.

have fun! im goin there the 14th!!

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i have driven sand before so im not worried. i have some beefy all terrains im going to air down. my friend has 2 camp spots apparently so i need to get ai pass for the weekend cuz im going up friday night. i'll pm you with my number josh we can do some wheelin when you get up there.
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dude you may be outta luck i dont know where you buy your passes but reserveamerica.com doesnt have anymore for that weekend. a few of my friends slacked off and didnt buy thiers soon enough, so if you find a pass somewhere tell me where so i can tel my frineds.

hope everything works out.

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hah Iíve been there more then a few times (i miss living 10mins away )

Drop all four of your tires down to 10psi as soon as u get on the sand.

Momentum, Momentum, Momentum... thatís all u have to remember as a 2wd

If/when you do have to park or stop, do so on a down slope, hell i donít even like stopping on flat ground out in the dunes. Also by the fences(boundaries) the sand is usually allot harder and packed so thatís the best place.

Oh and donít park on top of a dune or some dumbass on a quad may just decide to jump a dune without first looking and slam into you....
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did bugs bunny every make it to pismo beach?


you guys are to young to remember that
I don't think Bugs ever made it there...he always got confused in Albequerque.
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hey josh found out i can't get a pass either for pismo and tried a few different places and called the ranger station. so im gunna be going with the family to gorman instead. have fun be safe out there.
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lol thats a huge difference.. sorry you couldent make it. gorman is good fun, have a good time!!


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