VW Touareg or a Toyota Prado in the sand

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 03, 2009 at 23:43
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We live in Dubai and love to go sand dune bashing. We have a V8 Touareg and went out on the weekend in the sand. We came up to a very steep dune (about a 90 degree angle) and the Touareg just couldn't make it - even after 3 goes! Mates in the Prado could do it and a Nissan X-Trail could do it! I'm starting to think we've bought the wrong kind of car for this country. Thinking a Prado may have been a better buy; or does it come down to the tyres on the VW? Any advice for a couple of sand-lovers?
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Reply By: WattsNew - Saturday, Jan 03, 2009 at 23:49

Saturday, Jan 03, 2009 at 23:49
90 degrees!! Whoops, sorry, mean 45 degrees.
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Reply By: Chris & Sue - Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 00:11

Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 00:11
Salaam Alaikum, WattsNew.

What tyre pressures are you (and your mate's Prado) running?

I spent a bit of time wandering around the Wahiba Sands (Oman) in our Mitsubishi Nativa (nee Challenger) and once the tyre pressures were sorted, it was a lot easier.

I suspect you my be running them a bit high?

Cheers,
Chris
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Follow Up By: WattsNew - Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 01:03

Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 01:03
Hi Chris. We had them set at 15, however, as we've had trouble buying a decent tyre pressure gauge over here, we now own 3! The one we mainly use said 15 and this was when the tyres were cool (we had just spent the night camping near Shwaib (near the Oman/UAE) border) so they were still coolish before we started out on the next part of our trip). Don't know what the Prado had but he had no trouble whatsoever getting up and down (twice!!!).

We have good new tyres on the car (Goodyear Wrangler HP) which I think are suitable for both on and off road.

Jen.
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Follow Up By: Chris & Sue - Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 08:57

Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 08:57
Hi Jen,

15 doesn't sound too far off the pace. We would get down to 12 in the really slippery stuff.

As Richard mentioned below, it might be an idea to turn the traction control off. There are a number of comments about it on the Club Touareg forum Site Link

I know what you mean about buying accessories in the Gulf. We used to come home from holidays with our weight allowance maxed out with compressors, jacks, etc and other 'essentials'. If you think Dubai is bad, try Muscat - great place but considering the country's potential for wadi-bashing, there's just about nothing available. I believe there's an ARB in Abu Dhabi, but never managed to find it. :-(

Stay safe and good luck getting up the 'other' Big Red (off the Hatta Road, not outside Birdsville)!

Cheers,
Chris
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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 02:09

Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 02:09
Good evening WattsNew

Maybe try getting your Mate in the Prado to drive the Touareg, up the dune.

this way you will know whether it's you or your vehicle, just a though..

Cheers

Richard
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Follow Up By: WattsNew - Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 03:35

Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 03:35
Thanks Richard. I think that's what we'll do next time.

Jen.
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Reply By: Richard W (NSW) - Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 07:49

Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 07:49
Jen,

Another thing to look at is the traction control. I don't think they like sand. Mate had his on in a Pajero on Stockton a few years ago and was having all sorts of issues until he disabled it.
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Reply By: Member - Shane D (QLD) - Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 09:25

Sunday, Jan 04, 2009 at 09:25
I reckon you wheels and tyres are letting you down.
I'm thinking the Tuoreg is running massive rims with low profile tyres, where as the prado is not, even though you are down to 15psi your wheel/tyre combo will not allow the tyre to "bag out" giving you a smaller "footprint" than you need.
Shane
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Reply By: Member - Bucky, the "Mexican"- Monday, Jan 05, 2009 at 04:46

Monday, Jan 05, 2009 at 04:46
WattsNew

All about tyre pressure, nothing else

Cheers
Bucky
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