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Hello everyone, we own a 2016 AWD traverse and really like it. We are renting a house on the outer banks in NC and there is 8 miles of beach driving to reach it. Every thing I’ve read recommended 4WD and not AWD. Has anyone been on the beach in the outer banks with their traverse?
 

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Hello everyone, we own a 2016 AWD traverse and really like it. We are renting a house on the outer banks in NC and there is 8 miles of beach driving to reach it. Every thing I’ve read recommended 4WD and not AWD. Has anyone been on the beach in the outer banks with their traverse?

Hi we just spent a week on Corolla beach on the northern most beach of the OuterBanks, do not try to take your AWD traverse on this beach you will get stuck!!
Also you do not have enough ground clearance every year we see ripped off facias and other body parts laying on the beach. We have a 2015 Traverse LT AWD and I will not take it on this stretch of beach. The tow truck guys are just waiting on the beach to charge you $300 to pull you off the beach.
 

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Lack of ground clearance, likely poor tires for the conditions and lack of real 4WD would keep me from taking the Traverse onto a beach... I'd be more likely with my wife's '15 Pilot as it has higher ground clearance and a rear diff with over 2 qts of fluid so it can stay cool longer.
 

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The front skirt height is really affecting the ground clearance. In winter when we get a dump of snow and the roads are not plowed the skirt is acting like a snow plow.
 

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I used to live up there and I am guessing you are planning to stay in Carova, based on 8 miles of beach to get to the house. I would highly advise against tying to take the traverse in that sand. However, I have seen people do fine up there in crossovers and seen people stuck in big trucks, so it is kinda iffy. I think it will still get stuck, though. I would not even think about it.

That being said, if you MUST attempt it, I have a few tips:
Remove the front air deflector to gain some clearance. This will make a big difference to keep you from plowing sand and fighting it.
Drop those tires to about 12 psi. Bring an on-board compressor. There is a small store just south of the 4WD Access that has air, but its good to have your own to adjust your tires.
Have a high-lift jack of some sort, a shovel, and some boards to jack on. (put the board down, jack the truck up, shovel sand back under the tires to bring it back level)
Have a SNATCH-STRAP (NOT A TOW STRAP), as well as a way to attach it to your truck without damage. People are not afraid to try to help you out if you get stuck, toss them a $20. Its a lot cheaper than the $300 tow truck.


good luck!
 

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The Traverse AWD is intended for adverse road conditions, not off road conditions. I've owned a Mitz Mighty Max 4WD and that little beast would go anywhere but I wouldn't take our RS anywhere rougher than my backyard. God love ya if you take it onto soft sand.
 
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