Oregon Dunes - Coos Bay
Our family traveled north to the Oregon Dunes for
several days of fun in the Coos Bay area. We stayed at the KOA RV
Park in North Bend and explored the dunes from the Hauser dune access
area. We made a few trips out to the beach. One day we
headed north to the Spinreel area and back through the dunes. The
next day down to the Horsfall area and back through Bull Run.
The Coos Bay dunes is the largest riding area at the
Oregon Dunes and stretch from Spinreel campground in the north to
Horsfall in the south.
Our Vehicles for the Week:
2011 Polaris RZR XP - Long Term Review
Can-Am Commander 1000 XT - Long Term Review & Buildup
Fullerton Sand Sports sand tires. I absolutely love this tire
package for the RZR XP. Small razor up front for some help
with steering, and the rears are a 60/40 stagger cut STU Sand
Blaster. You can run in two-wheel drive anywhere.
Fox 2.0 RC2 Shocks for our Polaris RZR XP. We have swapped out
the OEM shocks that have low-speed compression adjust only with some
new shocks. The front are RC2's which have high and low-speed,
plus rebound adjustment. The rear shocks have a dual-rate coil
spring, with RC2, plus position sensitive dampening. The ride
through the whoops is much improved, and the added adjustability is
Moral of this story is be very careful with tight
trails in the Oregon Dunes. Many are very steep, with loose
sand and not suitable for UTVs. We were able to use the Warn winch
on my Commander 1000 XT and several tow straps to not only help
anchor the Commander, but also to reach the RZR. In the end, in
addition to the mechanical advantages, it took some digging and a
lot of pushing to get everyone out.