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Old 10-06-2009, 08:29 AM   #57
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Thanksgiving on the National Seashore

Leaving Goose Island...

I am thinking about heading back to Padre Island- South for thanksgiving....Anyone else interested in joining up for a beach thanksgiving????

I want to travel as far south on Padre Island as is prudent....anyone have experience on how far one can go with an airstream in tow???I have a vehicle with all wheel drive...

I think i want to go a far south as possible and then park perpendicular to the beach with the back of the trailer as far in towards the surf as is possible....

also, has anyone ever volunteered to work at a national wildlife refuge.....

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Old 04-15-2010, 11:33 AM   #58
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Well, last Summer I didn't get a chance to take my Airstream down to PINS because I didn't have it ready to go, but THIS year we're definitely going, and in fact we're headed down in just a couple of weeks, the weekend of May 1.

My wife loves the beach and she's really looking forward to this trip. I'm just wondering if anyone has any more specific information about boondocking on this beach (Gen Disarray/Boondocker, I'm looking at you here!

Here are the questions I have:

1) What is entry like? Will I need to stop at a Ranger station to pay for an entry pass or something like that?

2) Is there a dump station on the way out?

3) In case something goes horribly wrong with my plumbing, is there a bath-house up at the RV-parking-campsite?

Anything else I should know about camping here? This will be my first time on the beach with an RV.

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Old 04-15-2010, 04:19 PM   #59
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There is an entry station, depending on when you arrive it may or may not be manned.

The dump station is just outside of the campground.

There is a shower house but the showers are cold.

This link may or may not be helpful Padre Island NSS
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Old 04-15-2010, 05:03 PM   #60
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Cool, thanks Rodney. Can't wait to get this rig out on the beach! In fact, one of the pictures earlier on this thread is how I got my wife to agree to buy an Airstream. She loves the idea of boondocking directly on the beach.

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Old 04-15-2010, 08:55 PM   #61
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Cool, thanks Rodney. Can't wait to get this rig out on the beach! In fact, one of the pictures earlier on this thread is how I got my wife to agree to buy an Airstream. She loves the idea of boondocking directly on the beach.

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I would spend at least a night in the campground. Drive out on the sand, find out about the tides and wind conditions. Remember: wet sand good, dry sand bad.
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Old 04-16-2010, 07:07 AM   #62
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I would spend at least a night in the campground. Drive out on the sand, find out about the tides and wind conditions. Remember: wet sand good, dry sand bad.
We'll be getting there before noon, and we've only got two nights. Maybe I can unhitch somewhere and drive out to test the sand conditions? I'd rather not blow one of our two nights in the campground if I can help it.

I don't imagine we'll go too far anyway, this being our first beach camping experience and having a 2.5-year-old and a 0.5-year-old.
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We'll be getting there before noon, and we've only got two nights. Maybe I can unhitch somewhere and drive out to test the sand conditions? I'd rather not blow one of our two nights in the campground if I can help it.

I don't imagine we'll go too far anyway, this being our first beach camping experience and having a 2.5-year-old and a 0.5-year-old.
The visitor center has a huge lot, from there South Beach is less than a mile. My experience has been that about once every week and a half or so tides and wind combine to bring the water up to high to stay on the sand. Pay attention to what everyone else is doing, if the RVs are coming off the sand, that might be good notice for you. The idea time to arrive is right after the cycle of high tides has peaked and the sand is wet and packed as there is less chance of getting stuck. If the sand is really dry, be careful going out on the sand. Also, make sure to get boards to put under your tires and hitch. You WILL settle into the sand otherwise, and if water gets under your tires, you can drop down to your axles. I would think about having a dish pan with water to wash feet as you come in from the beach. Beach camping is great, but you will never get rid of all the sand. Ever.

I'm not trying to scare you off the sand, I camp on it a lot and love it.But you DO need to understand the potential to get stuck in the sand or caught by the tides.
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Thanks Rodney, I appreciate the advice. I think you mentioned the pan outside the door before, and I was definitely planning on that, it's such a great idea. I'll also take plenty of boards. should I put them under the TV tires too, or just the trailer?
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I'll also take plenty of boards. should I put them under the TV tires too, or just the trailer?
I just do the trailer. You get a lot of wind and rocking out on the sand and the sand isnt the most stable of surfaces. I also suggest parking parallel to the beach up as close to the berm as you can get with the front of the trailer pointed back toward the way in. This will put you far up from the water and you will be pointed the right direction if you do need to bug out. Incidentally, this will put your camper door facing the water.
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I just do the trailer. You get a lot of wind and rocking out on the sand and the sand isnt the most stable of surfaces. I also suggest parking parallel to the beach up as close to the berm as you can get with the front of the trailer pointed back toward the way in. This will put you far up from the water and you will be pointed the right direction if you do need to bug out. Incidentally, this will put your camper door facing the water.

Right, sounds good. I saw your pictures earlier up the thread, it looks fantastic. A couple of years ago, it was pictures like that, of camping directly on the beach, that helped me sell my wife on the idea of getting an Airstream. So, thanks!

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The "road" conditions change quickly, drastically (from the standpoint of ease). I've made 4WD trips well down the Island, and, on return, one would think it an entirely new road. 45-minutes that can change your life . . . .
Keep abreast of NOAA indicators. Am back in CC this week to work on house (I come & go), I never expect conditions on the Seashore to in any way mimic CC except for temperatures. (Thus, the pleasure of living here).
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The "road" conditions change quickly, drastically (from the standpoint of ease). I've made 4WD trips well down the Island, and, on return, one would think it an entirely new road. 45-minutes that can change your life . . . .
Keep abreast of NOAA indicators. Am back in CC this week to work on house (I come & go), I never expect conditions on the Seashore to in any way mimic CC except for temperatures. (Thus, the pleasure of living here).
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Old 05-03-2010, 01:54 PM   #69
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Just got back from our weekend trip to PINS, and man we had a fantastic time. Didn't want to leave!

Thanks so much to Gen Disarray aka Boondocker, and others, for the tips and tricks.

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We had to good fortune to check out the PINS a few months ago and scout the conditions, as well as wheel down the beach about 25 miles or so. It is a beautiful area indeed. I did take it upon myself to load the back of my truck with washed up 'debris' at the 25 mile mark and other points from our return.

We will be down at PINS for a single night this coming Friday but will move to a RV park up in Port A for the remainder of the weekend to meet up with some family that has a condo up there. We wanted to get down there before big globs a tar started to show up from the big spill.
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