Report: I have to tell that my RTL is as good as any 4 wheel drive I have driven over sand. Since 1978, I have had international scout/jeep-cj5. jeep charokee/dodge dikota(mistake) nissan exterra (awsome)/ chevy pickup 1500 and the ridge has performed at the top of the list. I tried to get myself stuck, but could not! of course i didn't gun it to bury the tires, that is just stupid. I did at the most extreme back down the slope towards the water so I would have to start uphill ( as you know that is the hardest to do, especaillly on sand!) the ridge slipped just a hair, but did not let me down, Flawless. Only down-side is that I wish the VSA would disengage while the tires were low (15PSI) it wasn't a problem, but was annoying at times. I did not need to lock the rear diff, but i tries it both ways, no problem, was a bit easier with the lock on though. pics coming soon, sorry. by the way, that is my english springer put up her first pheasant at 6 months old!