Me and my buddy are taking some friends up to the dunes Aug 24-26. I have a few questions that I couldn't find using search, With 4 people in my jeep what should my psi be? Do a lot of people use cbs up there and if so what is the channel? Has anyone ever stayed at the backcountry camp called white pine and how did you like it? Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated, Thanks
just went up this past weekend, i left my doors and top at our campsite, that is up to you if you are a trusting person or not though... there are no specified places to leave them if thats what you mean.. I have 31x10.5 toyo Open Country's and went down to about 8-10 PSI and had no problem going up anything (i only had 1 passenger), I was in 2 wheel mode most of the time unless going up the bigger dunes. I was actually a little disappointed there wasn't something that I couldn't make it up as weird as that may sound. You can't be afraid to use speed to your advantage, especially if you are stock it will help you make it that last 10ft at the top of the hill. You will have to nail down your approach after a few runs, I found I could crawl in 2nd until just before the serious uphill grade starts, floor it and make it up just fine. Also we got a crap ton of rain this weekend so be careful if you play in the puddles, which look like small lakes now! I was able to drive across and through most of them without to many problems. (I have 5 inch lift in front and 4 inch in back and a cowl intake) The cowl intake saved me a few times when deep dips would come out of nowhere!, and i towed out 2 hydrolocked jeeps this weekend 1 wrangler and 1 cherokee, so i would recommend walking any water you plan to drive through first...
All in all I had a great time, with only a few incidents (starter power wire broke off at connector, and found out front JKS adj track bar and axle don't get along when landing from "accidental" jumps thats what I told my girlfriend at least, and my entire interior is soaked and has enough sand in it to fill a sandbox! I had the top and doors off the whole time, sand isnt too bad to get out but once it got soaked from going through water it is a little more difficult!
The cheapest flags are right next to the park entrance, the places near town by the lake are more expensive, and for an ORV and park sticker i would get it right at the park also.
If possible, BRING YOUR OWN TOOLS! there are no real auto shops around the dunes and the closest is in Hart about 20 Minutes away and they charge pretty outrageous prices. There is a NAPA and a ACE hardware in Hart if needed.
Hey buddy, I live 2 hours from the dunes and go often. We always stay at the Silver Creeek campground but stayed at the Yogi Bear one night because Silver Creek was full. I would recomend either of those camp grounds and have a buddy that has stayed at the Silver Lake RV Resort and they liked it as well. There is a State Park camp ground there but it is always full it seems like. All are very close to the enterance to the sand dunes.
As far as tire pressure for your Jeep all I can tell you is what you feel comfertable with is best. The lower you go the better traction. I run 8 psi in my street tires when I run those on the dunes and run 5 psi in my sand tires when I run those. If your not sure I would start out at 10 psi and see how it goes. As long as you don't do quick, fast turns you will not have any problems even at low pressures like 8psi. Hope that helps....