So, you’ve got that shiny Platinum Camper parked up and are itching to hit the beach. But, wait a sec – towing on sand is a whole different ball game. The vision of cruising down the beach, with the sea breeze in your hair is pure gold, but let’s make sure it doesn’t turn into a scene of being bogged with the tide coming in.
Now, if the thought of beach towing gives you the jitters, stick around. We’ve broken it down, Aussie style – straightforward and no fuss. Whether it’s your first rodeo or you’re a seasoned camper looking to avoid rookie errors, we’ve got your back.
With a bit of prep and some local know-how, you’ll be cruising down those iconic Aussie beaches like a pro. No dramas, just the open beach, your trusted camper, and the call of the wild. Ready to dive in? Let’s get started!
Before heading to the beach, it’s important to understand how much your camper weighs and how well your vehicle can tow it on the sand. Different weights can affect how your car handles, especially on tricky terrains like the beach. Our guide on camper weights and towing can help you get all the details you need.
When on the sand, if you find yourself stuck, it’s often better to keep moving forward rather than reversing. Going backward can cause the car to dig deeper into the sand and even damage the underbody.
Also, think about what you’re bringing along. Extra weight can make the car and trailer sit lower, and that’s not good when you’re driving on sand. If there are things you don’t really need for your trip, consider leaving them behind. A lighter load is easier to handle and can make your beach trip more fun and stress-free.
With the right info and a lighter load, you’re all set for a great time beach towing with your camper.
Beach driving is a whole different ball game, and getting your tyre pressure just right is crucial. Too high, and you could find your wheels spinning in the sand; too low, and you risk damaging your tyres or rims.
A common starting point is reducing the tyre pressure to about 18psi for both the towing vehicle and the camper trailer. However, this isn’t set in stone – it’s more like a general tip. The actual pressure you should use can depend on the condition of the sand. On a cooler and firmer surface, you might get away with a bit higher pressure. On softer and warmer sand, going lower might be the way to go.
But there’s another factor in the mix – the load you’re carrying. A fully loaded vehicle and trailer will behave differently from ones carrying lighter loads. If you’re packed with gear, a lower PSI might be necessary to improve traction and prevent getting stuck.
Always be cautious. If the pressure is too low, there’s a risk of the tyre coming off the rim, particularly if you’re turning while accelerating. Start with the 18psi baseline and adjust based on the sand conditions and your load. Pay attention to how your vehicle handles and make small tweaks as necessary.
Remember, the aim is to have enough traction without compromising tyre safety. With the right pressure, you’re set for a smooth, stress-free, and safe beach towing experience. Adjusting the pressure considering the load ensures that you’re always in control, no matter how packed or empty your vehicle and trailer are.
If you’re not familiar with adjusting brake controllers or wondering why it’s necessary, check out our guide on why you need a brake controller. It’s packed with easy-to-understand info that’s right up your alley.
So, why the fuss about adjusting it for sand driving? Well, it’s pretty straightforward. The sand’s soft and loose nature means your camper behaves a bit differently compared to when it’s on the hard, solid ground. The brake controller, being a critical part of ensuring you stop safely, needs a bit of a tweak to play nice with these new conditions.
Here’s a quick tip – dial the controller down a notch. Doing this helps prevent the camper from locking up or swaying, keeping you steady and in control. You sure don’t want your wheels digging into the sand and leaving you stuck, right?
Adjusting the brake controller is all about finding that balance. Too much braking power and you risk digging into the sand; too little and, well, that’s not a situation anyone wants to find themselves in.
Remember, every trip to the beach can bring a different driving experience, thanks to the changing tides and weather conditions. Stay aware, make those small adjustments as needed, and you’re all set for a smooth, enjoyable ride along the beautiful coastline with your Platinum Camper trailing safely behind.
Hitting the beach is always a blast, but the combo of saltwater and sand can be a bit rough on your camper. Not to stress though, with a couple of handy tricks up your sleeve, you can keep your trailer in tip-top shape.
Ever heard of the wonders of WD40? A good spray down of your camper with WD40 before you hit the sandy shores can make a world of difference. It forms a nifty barrier that makes it tough for salt and sand to stick. Plus, it helps in putting a stop to corrosion in its tracks. A quick clean with it after your beach escapade is a smart move too. It’s like a one-two punch to keep saltwater and sand at bay.
And let’s not forget about giving your camper a good ol’ wash. A thorough rinse, getting into all those nooks and crannies, can get rid of any sneaky salt or sand that hitched a ride. Pay special attention to your canvas – a good clean can extend its life and keep it looking sharp.
Ever wondered when the best time to take that beast of a camper out on the sand is? Early morning and low tide are your golden ticket. Why, you ask? Cool and damp sand is your best mate when it comes to driving on the beach. It’s dense and firm, making it easier for your wheels to glide on the surface rather than digging in.
A bit of a heads up – the tide waits for no one, and it’s a smart idea to check the tide times on your phone before you head out. Be sure you’re looking at the times for the exact area you’ll be conquering. Starting your journey early not only gives you the best sand conditions but also ups your chances of getting a helping hand from fellow beach-goers if you find yourself in a bind.