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Old 10-21-2019, 10:07 PM #1
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Let me tell you about Crawl Control

I just picked up a TRD Pro about a month ago and it was the first vehicle Ive owned with Crawl Control. Myself, like a lot of people, took one look at that dial and said "yea, I wont be needing that" since Ive been offroading my whole life and feel like I can handle situations without the need of electronic assists.

So I had to do a trip to central California for work and on the way I decided to do my first off road adventure stopping at Jawbone Canyon to hit some dirt trails. All was well, used 4 lo and drove up some cool roads and checked this place out for the first time for a couple of hours.

Next I decided it would be a great idea to hit the small sand dune outside of Olancha and test this pig in the sand. I drove out there and was having a great time since the sand is so smooth and soft. Ive always liked how can haul ass on a dirtbike over sand dunes in Pismo and Glamis.

Im cruising up the side of a dune and start to dig in even in 4 lo with the traction control turned off. This 4runner is heavy and eventually came to a stop buried up the side of the dune and no matter how I feathered the gas the tires just spun. When I opened the door to get out I had to push sand out of the way, I was stuck DEEP.

Now Ive got the frame pancaked in the sand, no grip from my brand new tires, and im stuck bad. Real bad. Worse than that famous crawl control Tacoma video we have all seen. About this time im panicking a little thinking Im going to have to dig this pig out by hand or call for help. I climbed back in after about 10 minutes trying to rock it back and forth slowly and asking myself what the hell I was doing out there alone in the first place. I took a look at the crawl control dial without any hope it would actually do anything.

I turned it to the lo setting and sat there thinking about how dumb it was to even try and low and behold the damn car started digging itself out of that hole slowly, very slowly. After about 10 minutes of what seemed like very small adjustments to power each wheel the 4runner was back on hard dirt and i could not believe what had just happened. Im still blown away.

Lessons learned
1-DO NOT go off roading unless you are prepared to get stuck and call for help
2-If you are looking for a 4runner and are on the fence about buying a SR5 or spending more for a TRD Off-Road or above and you off road-do it. Crawl Control can save your ass wether you like to admit it or not. I thought I never would.

This pic doesnt look like much and I wish I had the brain power to take a pic of it stuck and a video of it working itself out, but I was seriously tripping.

Please post if you have had any Crawl Control "experiences"
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Nice "get out of jail free" feature... At least that is how I see it. Good looking truck btw.
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Thanks for the funny story about almost getting stuck in the desert lol. But really, it is good to know that crawl control really does work beyond that toyota example and glad it saved your ass!
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Were you aired down?
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Were you aired down?
yes but just a little as I would have to drive another 30 miles to air back up. It crossed my mind to dump more when I was stuck, but I highly doubt it would have helped. That was a last resort.
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Did you try to unstick yourself unsing ATRAC before going to crawl control? Just curious if that failed for you, in addition to just ordinary 4 LO.
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Iím glad you make it out
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yes but just a little as I would have to drive another 30 miles to air back up. It crossed my mind to dump more when I was stuck, but I highly doubt it would have helped. That was a last resort.


Dropping your tires down to proper sand pressures would have been a huge help. More importantly it probably would have helped you avoid getting stuck in the first place. Crawl Control is a nice feature for very limited scenarios but I wouldnít lean on it as your get out of jail free card while off-road.

If you take your rig off pavement you will get stuck again. Experience and preparation go a long way. Educate yourself on proper off road driving techniques and donít go alone next time.


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haha, dId YoU aIr DoWn PrOpErLy

Most people cant read a story without regurgitating what they've read on the interwebs.

Nice work OP, thanks for sharing the story.
I get your point about the trip on deflated tires.
In hindsight, I would spend the $200 on a nice portable air pump and quick deflater.
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Toyota U.S.A. videos on Crawl Control and Multi-Terrain Select in the Trail (now Off-Road) edition:

YouTube

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And these videos of TRD ORPs getting free from sand using Crawl Control:

YouTube

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Welp, thanks to you I know how I'm spending my morning.

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Dropping your tires down to proper sand pressures would have been a huge help. More importantly it probably would have helped you avoid getting stuck in the first place. Crawl Control is a nice feature for very limited scenarios but I wouldnít lean on it as your get out of jail free card while off-road.

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Used to descend steep grade

Like you, I didn't think I would need/use it but when on a steep shale grade and 4Lo was still too fast, I set crawl and enjoyed a nice, slow controlled descent. Lots of noise with the ABS but better than riding the brakes
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Nice....glad to hear that you got out without calling for help. I myself have been hitting the trails around my area and just had to try it out going up a loose gravel hill, it does work wonders.
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