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Cmerkert 02-19-2019 07:53 PM

AWD driving on the beach - soft sand
 
Can't decide between a Chevy Tahoe or a 2019 Chevy Traverse. We like the Traverse better but we camp on the beach everyday for July and August so it needs to be able to drive easily on soft sand ocean beaches not packed sand. Has anyone had any experience with the all-wheel drive and the clearance driving on soft sand beaches. Not the hard pack sand like Daytona or something. Any information would be great I know it's not four-wheel drive but it's not like it's an Audi all-wheel-drive which I've seen get stuck many times and we laugh at them. Just don't want to be the guys who get laughed at. LOL

Thomcat 02-20-2019 10:44 AM

I prefer the Traverse over the Tahoe for everyday driving on paved or gravel roads.....but



Wouldn't trust my Traverse AWD on a sandy beach.......not even if a High Country with dual rear clutches. Aside from their traction capability, I'd be concerned with sand's abrasive damage upon the accordion boots on the front axle CV joints and the electric steering rack.....not cheap repairs.



You could get lucky with an AWD, but reliable, responsible driving on beach sand calls for a Silverado/Tahoe/Sub/Avalanche class vehicle equipped with an Eaton E80 locker, higher ground clearance and 4WD w/4Lo in a native RWD vehicle with a truck frame......not a native FWD unit body vehicle driving the rear wheels through a slush box. ....a real 4WD with independent transfer case is only way to get true equal all time full power to each wheel regardless of surface conditions under each wheel. Doesn't mean you'll never get stuck but you've increased the odds in your favor that you won't.



Been there, done that and yes, better to be the one laughing than watching someone's boat/trailer launching his AWD SUV off a slippery boat ramp.

cintocrunch 02-21-2019 08:18 AM

Soft sand? Not hard pack like Daytona Beach where people can drive family sedans with no problem? You need a true 4WD for longevity. I'm sure the Traverse can do it quite well but this is a lot of additional strain on what is really a "part time" AWD system meant as a traction aid in bad weather.

Cmerkert 02-21-2019 08:33 AM

Thanks for all the information. Tomcat that was perfect. So I've made my decision I'm going to get a new Ram 1500 and give my wife my Avalanche to get used to the size for the next few months until we buy the Tahoe. this way I get to keep the Avalanche with which I truly love but have to move away from because we're pulling a 31-foot 8000 pound trailer. It'll be a good way for her to get used to the size before smacking things up with a new Tahoe. it's too bad though that the Traverse is not a four-wheel drive vehicle. I really liked the way it drove it felt like a truck but drove like a car or he Colorado compared to a Silverado. And the inside was great felt much bigger than the Tahoe even

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Capucine 02-21-2019 09:11 AM

The Tahoe is my next prefered vehicle . Built like a truck because it is a Silverado minus the box. Full frame and maybe less room inside but for me I never use the rear seat except putting my groceries bags.

Thomcat 02-21-2019 09:41 AM

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Thanks for all the information. Tomcat that was perfect. So I've made my decision I'm going to get a new Ram 1500 and give my wife my Avalanche to get used to the size for the next few months until we buy the Tahoe. this way I get to keep the Avalanche with which I truly love but have to move away from because we're pulling a 31-foot 8000 pound trailer. It'll be a good way for her to get used to the size before smacking things up with a new Tahoe. it's too bad though that the Traverse is not a four-wheel drive vehicle. I really liked the way it drove it felt like a truck but drove like a car or he Colorado compared to a Silverado. And the inside was great felt much bigger than the Tahoe even

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Save yourself a load of bucks and forget a Tahoe/Ram in favor of a Silverado. I owned three Avalanches and traded the last of the bunch '13 for the '16 Silverado. Loved the midgate concept until you realize hat once folded to store plywood or sheetrock, you converted it into to a two seater and move the driver seat forward to kiss the steering wheel. By far I love the Silverado....same seating capacity as the Avalanche, carry 4' x 8' in the bed while retaining all 5-6 seat and a bonus upgraded lighting system. Identical 5.3l engine as the Avalanche plus a 6 or 8 speed w/manual option tranny and an optional 6.1l V8. Main problem I had with the Tahoe was the sorted wheelbase and limited storage. Besides with a Tahoe class you'll pay an additional $15K+ for the same configuration you'd get in a Silverado pickup....want covered enclosure get a tonneau cover or cap.... Only thing I missed was look of the Avy's sail and solved that problem with a sports bar and the roof lighting comes in really handy when hunting or camping. Plus if you go for a Z71 package you get higher front bumper clearance with skidplates and shields to protect the drivetrain.


Even the wife likes the Silverado better than the old Avalanches.

Cmerkert 02-21-2019 10:33 AM

thanks for your input. I actually never had trouble fitting a full sheet of sheetrock in the back of my Avalanche with 2nd row folded down. I only have to move the driver seat forward to clear the headrest but then back granted I'm 5 foot 8 and not over 6 foot but it happened with no problem. I'm a fan of the short beds and if I still want to get full sheets I would just fold the tailgate down and that combined with the short box would be at least 7 ft I would just use straps. Have you seen the 2019 Rams? They make the Silverados and even the Denali look like they dated back to 2014. I would even say they're up there with the interior of an Escalade check out the ram limited on YouTube videos and I'm not just talking about the 12in flat screen infotainment Center I mean just the overall dash leather dashboard and seats even the rear seats recline for the kids. I'm not a contractor so I don't really want to drive a full-time pickup truck that feels more like a work truck. I'll have the ram so my wife just needs an SUV not another pickup. So we're going to end up probably going with the Tahoe which is fine however she still in love with her 1990 Land cruiser that she had to give up 10 years ago. Now that was a nice big truck that drove like a car unfortunately the new ones are a $90k [emoji849]. I do agree though the Tahoe has very little leg room in the third seat because it sits on top of the wheels but the good thing is I'll never drive from back there LOL.here's the Avalanche. Going to keep her for a few months but will miss her when she's gone. But like every ex girlfriend eventually you got to move on LOLhttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...9be1b85175.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...890c01fed9.jpg

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jeepgrady 02-21-2019 12:29 PM

Both Car and Driver and Motor Trend did a comparison test between the new Silverado, F150, and the new Ram. Both declared the Ram the best overall vehicle. Don't recall which publication, but, one stated that the Rams' interior was hands down even nicer than most luxury vehicles.

cintocrunch 02-21-2019 01:37 PM

Grab a used Suburban 2500... 6.0 is indestructible, plenty of room for occupants and stuff and higher towing capacity...

I've sat in a new Ram, while it was very impressive and nice vehicle everyone I know that's had Dodge products over the years have had many more issues than any other brand, so I still don't think I'd get one.

Honestly, if it were my money I would be looking at a Titan really hard, maybe a Tundra (since the Tundra is **** bulletproof). Don't care for the looks of the new Silverado, the Sierra is a little bit better and I just don't buy Ford's philosophy of downsizing and running turbo engines, give me my V8! And yes, I know they offer the Coyote but the fact that it isn't the flagship engine doesn't sit right with me.

Capucine 02-21-2019 02:20 PM

I know the Tahoe is quite more expensive than the Silverado but a pick up truck is not usefull for me. Even with a cap there is always issues when you load some items in the box in winter when it is cold etc. The extra cost of the Tahoe is worth the ++++ over the Silverado.


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