1) Would you guys recommend camping along the water or turn East and get off of the main drag? I like being close to the water I just worry about the all night drag strip noise. I didn't use to care. I must be getting old.
2) Also how far down (what pole #) would you recommend?
3) Along with the CJ I am pulling a 40' toy hauler with an F250 and I am a little concerned about the U Turn. Any suggestions on truck and 5th wheel air pressure?
I did do some Google searching for answers prior to this post.
Best to enter at the 'Sand Center' that's south of the pier entry off of Grand Ave.
We camp on the beach down by pole 6.
Best to learn the tide charts and enter on low tide.
NO, 40' anything is easy on that beach! If your truck ain't 4WD-I wouldn't even try--
Don't forget your dune flags, and no double riding either.
Have'n you along, is like loose'n 2 good men
Driving down the beach was easy. Knowing where the tide comes up is also mandatory (You can usually see it). 4wd a must.
I aired down the tires on truck to 25 ('03 GMC 2500HD) and the trailer to the same. Drove down the Beach to where our group was and then drove straight in from the beach. Went about 10 yards past end of tide with back of trailer and shut it down.
When it was time to leave all I had to do was slide the 2-8'x2'x3/8" thick pieces of plywood I had brought under the rear tires and backed straight out onto hard packed sand. Everybody stood there ready to help and couldn't believe how easy I made it look. Don't know if I got lucky or what but it worked for me!
At that point where it's too much to list!
Take several of the plywood strips mentioned above. Handy to block the wind from blowing under the trailer when camped and getting a running start when leaving. Rangers keep things very calm in the camping area, not much of a racetrack. In winter, rains can make the creek impassable. Low tide makes travel much easier but make sure you park above high tide. Dunes are softer than I have experienced in OR.
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If you must make a u-turn, always turn down towards the water; time the waves or low tide as suggested.
Don't turn up away from the water!
And....I miss being able to camp down by Devil"s Slide or just before at the last (3rd) river crossing.
I stay on the ocean side of things with the your trailer. The furthest I'd venture is over the first set of dunes off sand highway (pole 5 I believe). There's a nice little hill to play on, a restroom and some privacy from the masses. But look at the conditions before ya go and try to get down there. As far as air, I always aired down to about 8 pounds in my trucks. It's been a couple years but I can't recall airing down the sand rail trailer. Could be mistaken though. And amen on checking the tide tables. Sometimes you just can't even get across the beach let alone the stream. And heaven forbid you park too close to the water and flood out the campsite! Also if camping on beach, don't forget to park your trailer closest to beach to use as a windblock! Have fun!
1) never go on a weekend before Labor Day. Thursday, Friday was great. Friday night and Saturday were more out of control than Glamis Thanksgiving or New Years. Little kids on quads completely unsupervised and buzzing camp ALL night and ALL day long. Again Mon. - Thursday. Also the rental companies will rent to anyone.
2) air down to what looks good. F250 4WD with 40' toy hauler, 30psi rear and 20psi front. Has a lot to do with type of tires. Go by look of foot print not what the other guy is doing.
3) there is normally no creek to cross in the summer.
1) never go on a weekend before Labor Day. Thursday, Friday was great. Friday night and Saturday were more out of control than Glamis Thanksgiving or New Years. Little kids on quads completely unsupervised and buzzing camp ALL night and ALL day long.
This is pretty much true of every weekend during the summer. A lot of folks come over from the valley (Bakersfield, Fresno) on the weekends to escape the heat.
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Yes. That's what my brain was trying to say but didn't type. Any weekend in the summer is very crowded and the way I understand it from the pump out guy, "after labor day it's like someone turns off the switch". Thanks for the tips guys. Oh and I didn't have the balls to turn towards the water so I turned towards the beach and buried it in the soft sand. Luckily my buddy was waiting with his military HUMVEE and a tow strap.
All in all we will be making at least one trip a year there during the week.