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Old 09 September 2013, 14:35   #1
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Towing on Shingle?

Next week I have to drive on shingle with a trailer, collect a boat and drive back. I am slightly worried that I will get stuck, especially with the drag of the trailer. Any tips?

The vehicle is a Td5 Discovery with traction control, self-levelling suspension, etc., etc.,
My plan was:
  • let some air out of the tyres of the car and trailer (how much?)
  • Stay in high ratio and get into second ASAP
  • NOT use the diff-lock (so that the traction control can work properly if it needs to)
  • Keep at a steady speed in a straight line

If the chassis hits the beach its probably 'game over', though I can jack the rear suspension up another couple of inches.

Any experience / advice gratefully received. The last time I did this (about ten years ago) I got well and truly stuck!
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Old 09 September 2013, 14:45   #2
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How far to hard standing or at least a patch of reasonable going ?
I'd be tempted to run a strap to the trailer/boat and pull it in stages across the tricky section shortening each pull. Without the trailer you should get across as long as you travel at a reasonable speed & keep the revs up in a low gear. As soon as you lose forward momentum it's usually game over I'm afraid.....
I usually carry a high lift jack plus sand ladders & hate using them....
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Next week I have to drive on shingle with a trailer, collect a boat and drive back. I am slightly worried that I will get stuck, especially with the drag of the trailer. Any tips?

The vehicle is a Td5 Discovery with traction control, self-levelling suspension, etc., etc.,
My plan was:
  • let some air out of the tyres of the car and trailer (how much?)
  • Stay in high ratio and get into second ASAP
  • NOT use the diff-lock (so that the traction control can work properly if it needs to)
  • Keep at a steady speed in a straight line

If the chassis hits the beach its probably 'game over', though I can jack the rear suspension up another couple of inches.

Any experience / advice gratefully received. The last time I did this (about ten years ago) I got well and truly stuck!

2nd gear high, on a shingle beach...... I'd be in low if anything, I'd also avoid driving in shingle if possible!! any incline and your going to struggle. Leave the vehicle on good ground and rope / winch the trailer
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Old 09 September 2013, 15:04   #4
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2nd gear high, on a shingle beach...... I'd be in low if anything, I'd also avoid driving in shingle if possible!! any incline and your going to struggle. Leave the vehicle on good ground and rope / winch the trailer
No incline, but it is several hundred yards to the boat!
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Low box in 3rd or 4th will give you the power but to be honest I'd be looking for a tractor or another site to beach the boat....
The trouble with shingle is there's no bottom so even with chunky tyres you just dig down until you're sat on the chassis.
You've got to keep the power on & your speed up to avoid sinking! Wouldn't fancy it with a boat & trailer on the back !
Good luck if you try it!
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Let all your tyres down to 10 psi you will be amazed at the difference can someone go with you as back up as well
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Old 09 September 2013, 15:51   #7
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Let all your tyres down to 10 psi you will be amazed at the difference can someone go with you as back up as well
Better take a compressor too!
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Better take a compressor too!
Chuck in a few old mats/carpet and a decent shovel. Try not to dig in, if you do, stop at once and clear a gentle slope up and out. Use the mats to drive out on. Be patient. Most trouble is caused by gunning it when it isn't needed. 2&3 low would be my choice with the diffs locked (but then I'm old tech). If you can get a few old planks then bring them too - you can drive on them. Yes to the hilift etc. Bring a spreader plate for the hilift
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2&3 low would be my choice
You need good revs and decent torque .. so this is my prefered choice too .. but then it depends on the make up of the shingle and your tyres

The best advice is ... if you start and make good traction .. dont stop ! .. cos you might not overcome the shingle mole hill infront of your tyres
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Can you set the boat up with a damn good jockey wheel, drive along, around in front, person drops rope onto eye, keep going at all times, it's the stop / start that can get you.
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