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Old 05-31-2016, 07:49 PM   #1
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Pulling a fifth onto the beach...

Is there anything different from pulling a trailer through the loose sand? I previously had a 28ft 7k pound trailer that I pulled into the beach a number of times. Now I have an 11k fifth wheel. Will be pulling it onto the beach for the first time in Father's Day weekend. Anything different I should be aware of such as airing down to a certain psi? I aired down the trailer to around 15psi but is it wise to go down that low with the heavier fifth wheel?


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Old 05-31-2016, 07:51 PM   #2
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Well, pulling on to the beach should be the easy part, getting it off the beach is the tricky part.

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Old 05-31-2016, 09:20 PM   #3
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I suppose a lot will depend on which beach you're talking about. Daytona Beach no problem. A beach like the one I live at. Unless your tow vehicle is a tracked vehicle you'll go about 20 ft.

What ever you do don't ever go below the high tide water marks.
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Old 06-01-2016, 07:34 PM   #4
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Mine is about 14k, and I'd be uncomfortable taking it onto a beach. Too afraid it would sink. I'd probably look for a beach front RV park within walking distance instead.

I do hope it works out for you, wherever you end up. Best of luck, and happy Father's Day!
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Old 06-01-2016, 08:40 PM   #5
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I hauled my previous 40', 14,000 toy hauler on the beach on Padre
Island in Corpus Christi, TX. In fact I went pretty far down the beach to get away from as many other campers as possible. They groom some distance of the beach, I think back then it was 10 miles were groomed. The sand was so hard packed it was like driving on asphalt.

I did bury that same camper and 1 ton Dodge Dually in the mud in Abilene, cost me 400 bucks for a tractor trailer tow truck to winch me 100 yards out of the mud.

I had flashbacks the other week at the Dover Nascar race, I got stuck. A small 4 wheel drive Kubota back hoe pulled my MH out of the mud. That one only cost me 50 bucks.

Moral of the story, call a towing company and see what they charge to pull people off the beach. At least that way you know how bad you'll have to bend over if it goes south.
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Old 06-01-2016, 10:02 PM   #6
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I tend to careful where I pull my 14k 5th, I always want to know my exit. I agree on Padre Island in Corpus Christi, TX I'd take it anywhere allowed. On a lose sand beach, I'll park it somewhere else. I go out to enjoy myself.
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I have to say that where I go on Long Island the majority are fifth wheels and pretty big at that. Have yet to see anyone get really stuck. And the sand is not hard packed by any means. As long as you air down the tires you're good to go. I suppose it could scare many away from trying it which is why it's usually pretty easy to find an open spot.

I was just wondering if there was anything different pulling a fiver from pulling the trailer. Guess I'll find out. Lol
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Airbiscuit were on L.I.

Shinnecock East campground. Great camping right on the beach looking out at the ocean.
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I would suggest to not go out on most of the beaches in CA (most do not allow) but especially near the Ocean Dunes recreational area (which is allowed).

We had to dig out the car and get help to move us where we could drive again. Wind blown sand in that area is worthy of its own erosion test site.
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And make sure you rinse everything thoroughly with fresh water. Salt water/air isn't your friend.

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