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Unleashing the Beach Warrior: Your Guide to Sand Towing with Platinum Campers

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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!

Forward Fold Camper Setup on the Beach

Are You Prepared for the Journey?

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 camping camp fire

What’s the Right Beach Tyre Pressure for Campers?

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.

Elecbrakes Brake Controller for Camper Trailers

Do You Need to Tweak Your Brake Controller?

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.

How Can You Shield Your Camper from Saltwater and Sand?

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.

When is the Ideal Time for Beach Towing?

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.

What’s the Safe Speed for Beach Towing?

Racing down a stretch of open beach might sound like a scene from a movie, but in reality, taking it easy is the way to go. Stick to the speed limits – they’re there for a reason. Beaches are full of surprises and you want to have enough time to react. Even if there’s no sign in sight, keeping it between 60-80 km/h is a good rule of thumb.

When you’re driving on hard sand, it might be tempting to speed up, but hold your horses. You’ve got to think about your deflated tyres – you don’t want to overheat them. Plus, the beach can throw curveballs like sudden changes in conditions. Ever heard of the hidden cleavages on Fraser Island’s beaches? Yeah, those are not something you want to bump into at full speed.

Keeping your speed in check isn’t just about dodging obstacles and keeping your tyres cool. It’s also about soaking in the view and enjoying the ride. After all, every trip to the beach is an adventure waiting to happen. Take it easy, take it slow, and let the good times roll.

What to do if you get stuck in the sand? 

Getting stuck in the sand can throw a spanner in your beach adventure, but no worries – it’s something most of us have faced. A trusty shovel should be at the top of your gear list to dig a path for your wheels if you find yourself bogged. If the sand’s being stubborn, letting a bit more air out of your tyres can make all the difference. Got MaxTrax or a similar traction aid? Brilliant, slot them in front of your tyres for that extra grip.

If you’re on a busy beach, a fellow traveller might be nearby to lend a hand. But if solitude is your scene, your gear and a bit of elbow grease are your tickets out.

MaxTrax Recover Tracks

How Do You Clean Up After Beach Towing?

The beach is a beauty but leaves its mark – we’re talking salt and sand getting in every nook and cranny of your precious camper. But no worries, we’ve got the lowdown on getting that cleaned up in a jiffy.

Salt and sand are sneaky. They cling to your camper and start working their corrosive magic if you give ’em half a chance. So, what’s the plan? Good ol’ freshwater and a bit of elbow grease. Grab a hose and get to work. Focus on the underbelly, get into those hard-to-reach spots, and give your camper a thorough rinse. And do not forget to clean the poles from your awning! 

A word to the wise – be gentle. High-pressure washes can be a bit too intense, especially for the vehicle’s electrics. And here’s a pro tip – a quick spray of WD40 before and after the beach adventure keeps the salt and sand from sticking and wards off corrosion.

Wrapping It Up

Beach towing is one of those experiences that make you fall head over heels for the great Aussie outdoors. It’s about the roar of the engine mixed with the soothing sound of the waves, the thrill of the drive, and the beauty of the untamed beach stretching out before you. But remember, it’s all fun and games until someone gets bogged down.

So, gear up with knowledge, prepare your camper, and respect Mother Nature’s playground. The beach is a wild, unpredictable beauty – treat her right, and she’ll give you adventures worth their weight in gold.

And if you’re gearing up for a sandy escapade and wondering how to tweak your Platinum Camper for the journey, don’t be a stranger. We’re here, ready to chat, and loaded with tips to make your beach towing a breeze. Happy towing!

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