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    Posted: 13 Jun 2019 at 4:12pm
Having lived in both, I consider the OBX to be worse than the northeast. It’s much warmer when it’s salty, and heat greatly accelerates chemical reactions, including corrosion. Rule of thumb is double the reaction rate for every 10 degrees C. A summer hurricane vs a winter snow event are about 20-30 deg C different in temperature, so that’s about 4-8x faster corrosion.

Just one storm surge event will destroy a vehicle. We call them tide trucks out here 😜. We keep em for driving on the beach, which we won’t do with our good vehicles. We chuckle at all the tourists who drive their brand new $60k 4wd pickups on the beach. Some of these idiots even drive through the surf on purpose.
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I watched a youtube video awhile back and these clueless new RVers with a brand new dually pickup drove on a beach and practically buried it. Brand new!

I think the owner in the video said something to the effect of, 'hey, it's 4WD, so we'll be fine'.


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Towing operators make good coin on the OBX in summer and its almost always some clown with a brand new 4wd truck. 4wd just gets these guys further from help before they get themselves well and truly stuck.  You have to pay for a beach driving permit now to access the national seashore so they get to pay 3x, once for the permit, once for the towing, and once for the corrosion and vehicle damage. All so they can say they actually used their 4wd one time. Me, I just park and walk over and I get to pick an area where they exclude driving so I'm not having these clowns drive 2 feet from me disturbing my beach nap time. 
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Having learned more with time, I wish to come to 'closure' on my axle falling off.

1. The trailer was unquestionably too heavy for the axle, perhaps by as much as 200 pounds. My bad. The steps that led me to this error are not directly relevant, sufficient that it happened and you can avoid my error by weighing your trailer at a scale, and this is absolutely MANDATORY for everyone

2. Whether or not FR's engineering margins for error of their axles are too small is a very different issue but not appropriate to go into here.

I hope this very bad experience benefits all of us.
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Originally posted by offgrid

Towing operators make good coin on the OBX in summer and its almost always some clown with a brand new 4wd truck. 4wd just gets these guys further from help before they get themselves well and truly stuck.  You have to pay for a beach driving permit now to access the national seashore so they get to pay 3x, once for the permit, once for the towing, and once for the corrosion and vehicle damage. All so they can say they actually used their 4wd one time. Me, I just park and walk over and I get to pick an area where they exclude driving so I'm not having these clowns drive 2 feet from me disturbing my beach nap time. 


couple of good websites or FB groups that follow and feature some very entertaining videos of beach recoveries..
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Originally posted by Happy Tripping

Having learned more with time, I wish to come to 'closure' on my axle falling off.

1. The trailer was unquestionably too heavy for the axle, perhaps by as much as 200 pounds. My bad. The steps that led me to this error are not directly relevant, sufficient that it happened and you can avoid my error by weighing your trailer at a scale, and this is absolutely MANDATORY for everyone

2. Whether or not FR's engineering margins for error of their axles are too small is a very different issue but not appropriate to go into here.

I hope this very bad experience benefits all of us.

Thank you for passing this along! I see it as a wake-up call for the rest of us.

HT... You have your work cutout for ya cleaning this up! Do you intend to? Lippert added a 1 x 2 x 3/16 tube under my frame (almost full length) and may be something you could do as well.
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