We always fill a 5 gal bucket about halfway with fresh water and leave it outside the camper door. Just dunk your feet before you enter the camper and you'll cut down on sand. I also use an old towel as a floormat so I don't worry about drying feet. The web is invaluable for tide predictions etc...so, as others have said, don't get caught @ 3am if and when the tides reach the dunes. Also, I almost always use the AC rather than open windows. Sea air will start to cause surface rust on screws and other metal inside the camper.
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There is no subsitute for local knowledge. Ask around as to how they do it in your area. We travel over very soft and loose sand on Assateague Island, MD, and air down to 20 psi front 30 psi rear, which leaves a little room to air down a bit more if we hit a bad spot. Carry a shovel, a bottle jack, a 18"X 18"X 3/4" plywood board to support the jack. A hefty tow strap, and plenty of your favorite cool ones. A charged up cell phone is a good idea as well. Here there is always someone around to help if you get stuck, which we all do occasionally. We drive slow 10 mph and make wide turns and always stop on level spots, not facing up on a dune or down hill when on the sand.
We have a bank of air hoses from a large compressor which our fishing club has donated to the Park Service, so having aome way of airing up will be needed, when leaving if your sand is like ours. Google Assateague Island National Seashore, you can get a short term permit to travel these beaches and there also are two very nice RV camp grounds on the Island.
This place always sounds neat to me, but the downside is they do not allow duallies on the beach.
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Hello,we camp out on Sandy Neck every year.Lots of fun,beach front property for 4 $6 bucks a night..They are getting tougher on the rules now,keep the alcohol low profile..dog on a leash always and keep off the dunes..need to get rig inspected etc
We do not know for sure why the Park Service on Assateague Island does not allow duallys, they just don't. Some say it's because of the tracks we follow up and down the beach, Others say the duallys are more prone to getting stuck. I think it's just reduces the overall numbers of vehicles on the beach. At present all vehicles must we tagged and have 4X4, no motorcycles or sand buggys etc.
There are a few dually operators who remove two wheels, this seems to work out fine. A tire shop in close by Berlin,,MD does it for a fee.
Camping on the beach in the designated area, called the Bull Pen, is one of the most unique opportunities available in our National Park system, I believe. We are able to stay for as long as our tanks hold out. We often take a blue wheeled sewer tank on the front porch (rack), a 40 gallon water bladder on the roof, and stay for a week. Over night camping reqiures a $150.00 annual permit, other permits allow day trips or allow overnight fishing each priced differently. There are a limited number of vehicles allowed at anyone time, during the season on the weekends, there is a one off one on policy at the beach access point.
We belong to the Assateague Mobile Sports Fishermans Association, which has been largely responsible for keeping the beach access available. The Club has be very instrumental in helping to set up policies to keep the beach clean, to help establich regulations that will keep the beach pristine and all of us safe. There have been numerous court actions to close the beach access, which through the interevntion of the club have been blunted.
I encouraged anyone who would like to spend some time in relative solitude at the Atlantic shore to plan a trip to Assateague Island for and over sand excursion.
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