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Beach camping: Sand in the RV?
« on: December 28, 2015, 10:15:14 PM »
I'm planning to boondock at Padre National Seashore in a few months, which is a nice stretch of beach in southern Texas.  I've boondocked several times before, so I'm comfortable with that part.  But I was wondering how to minimize getting sand inside the RV, mainly from your feet?  I realize it's unavoidable to some extent, but I'd like to minimize it.  The RV has an outdoor shower but I'd like to minimize running the water. 

I was thinking a shallow pan of water outside to rinse off, then use a towel to dry off and remove as much as possible before stepping inside.  I keep a small piece of carpet just inside the door, so that should catch some sand as well. 

Any tips would be greatly appreciated.  I figure I'll have to vacuum once a day to catch as much sand as possible.

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Re: Beach camping: Sand in the RV?
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2015, 11:09:57 PM »
When we would go to Lake Powell we'd put down the green astro-turf from home depot in front of the trailer. And have a shallow pan of water to rinse our feet off in before getting on the 'grass'. Kept most the sand out from feet.
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Re: Beach camping: Sand in the RV?
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2015, 12:01:31 AM »
How about a board with a grate on top. A broom and vacuum and keep windows and doors shut the salt will kill your RV. The sand and beach is a losing battle with kids? Good luck. I've been there like 20 clicks past the four wheel drive barrier and its wonderfull . Be sure to fish! Oh and watch your feet/slippers for TAR, Sometimes can be bad,
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Re: Beach camping: Sand in the RV?
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2015, 12:22:44 AM »
One trick to removing sand from feet and other body areas is to use baby powder instead of water. A little powder rubbed on the skin will make the sand just fall off. You can rinse off, but any moisture left will immediately attract sand like a magnet!
Put the powder is a sock and pat in on, wipe with a dry towel before entering the RV. Good luck. We've used this over the last 40+ years on our numerous camp outs at beaches around the south.
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Re: Beach camping: Sand in the RV?
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2015, 03:44:04 PM »
regval beat me to it.  I was going to suggest baby powder

I will add though that it doesn't always work well.  I've had a few occasions, maybe it's the type of sand, where rubbing powder on didn't make the sand release form the skin.  In the case I can remember it was more like ground shells than sand...

Otherwise, living in florida where almost every campground is a sand lot, we have several layers of door mats.
I prefer the plastic ones that look like this
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they catch sand well, and turn upside down and drop to the ground to easily clean them.

I have one outside
then I bought two and custom cut them for the two steps into the camper
and we have another rug just inside the door at the top of the steps

It doesn't catch it all, but it does help
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Re: Beach camping: Sand in the RV?
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2015, 04:25:08 PM »
Are you talking about free camping at Malaquite Beach? Don't worry about the sand, worry about the water. The first night I camped there was at low tide and I camped as far away from the water as I could get. I got up in the morning and stepped into a foot of water. Pay attention to the tides.
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Re: Beach camping: Sand in the RV?
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2015, 07:42:58 PM »
I spend a month in the spring and one in the fall at the beach.

I use a fluffy washable rubber backed bath mat inside my front door so whatever sand didn't fall off outside, I rub off on the rug.

This seems to catch the first pound of sand. I shake the rug out 2-3 times a day and it seems to stay clean and the sand falls right off of it.  When it gets too dirty, I wash it and start over.

Outside I use a self draining patio mat because the sand tends to sift right through it. No need to shake it.

I also keep a small brush and waste pan set on a hook by the door. I was using this to sweep the steps, but I found out grabbing the dust brush is great for sweeping the sand off ankles and feet. Does an amazing job. So now I sweep my feet first, then walk inside and rub my bare feet on the fluffy bath mat.
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Re: Beach camping: Sand in the RV?
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2015, 11:04:42 PM »
regval beat me to it.  I was going to suggest baby powder

I will add though that it doesn't always work well.  I've had a few occasions, maybe it's the type of sand, where rubbing powder on didn't make the sand release form the skin.  In the case I can remember it was more like ground shells than sand..

I agree with Brad that the powder doesn't always work and now that the grandkids are teenagers, I just say "wait a minute while I fire up the pressure washer..."

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Re: Beach camping: Sand in the RV?
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2015, 11:07:01 PM »
Thanks all!  I'm going to bring some baby powder, astroturf, and a small brush.  Sounds like some combination of those will definitely help.

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Re: Beach camping: Sand in the RV?
« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2015, 11:08:45 PM »
Are you talking about free camping at Malaquite Beach? Don't worry about the sand, worry about the water. The first night I camped there was at low tide and I camped as far away from the water as I could get. I got up in the morning and stepped into a foot of water. Pay attention to the tides.

I was mainly planning on Bird Island Basin, which is right next to a beach area but above the tide line.  I'm a windsurfer.  But I was also hoping to camp on the Gulf Side.  Your comment is definitely giving me pause though.  How far down the beach did you set up?

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Re: Beach camping: Sand in the RV?
« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2015, 09:34:16 PM »
Who camps on the beach and complains about the sand?  LOL

With two golden retrievers no matter what we do there's sand.  It just is what it is and is part of the price for beach living.  Worth it in my humble opinion.

Never heard of the baby powder trick.  Think the retrievers will let me use it on them?  Yeah, probably not.
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Re: Beach camping: Sand in the RV?
« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2015, 09:47:31 PM »
We have a plastic pallet that we set up in front of the steps into the MH. It has holes in it so the sand comes off and goes through them without too much trouble. Just gives another surface to step on and brush off what you can before going up the steps.
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Re: Beach camping: Sand in the RV?
« Reply #12 on: December 31, 2015, 12:10:49 AM »
get an air compresser have it set at maybe 40 pounds and blow the sand off of everything...just a thought.....You should have one for the lowered tire pressures any way. Just thought of it because I just put a smallish Bostitch 115 volt onboard.
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Re: Beach camping: Sand in the RV?
« Reply #13 on: December 31, 2015, 07:14:33 AM »
get an air compresser have it set at maybe 40 pounds and blow the sand off of everything...just a thought.....You should have one for the lowered tire pressures any way. Just thought of it because I just put a smallish Bostitch 115 volt onboard.

If you use compressed air you need to be very very careful. I learnt years ago that compressed air can force unwanted particles through the skin and into the blood stream. The pressure has to be very low maybe even lower than 40 PSI. Just my opinion.
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Re: Beach camping: Sand in the RV?
« Reply #14 on: December 31, 2015, 07:49:38 AM »
We have been duning for the past 25+ years and have a large patio rug that we throw out on occassion, weather dependent.  Other than that nothing special but we got in the habit of removing shoes at the doorstep.  No grandkids to track sand in, but our son has been duning with us since birth practically.  We would have to sweep the steps off a few times throughout the weekend but that was about it.  Kind of surprising more sand didn't work its way into the coach. 

What was worse was when the winds would pick up and the finer particles would work their way in.  That was way more problematic than tracking it in from the doorway.

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Re: Beach camping: Sand in the RV?
« Reply #15 on: December 31, 2015, 10:14:27 AM »
get an air compresser have it set at maybe 40 pounds and blow the sand off of everything...just a thought.....You should have one for the lowered tire pressures any way. Just thought of it because I just put a smallish Bostitch 115 volt onboard.

As a side note here, OSHA regulations state compressed air for blow down must be regulated to 30 psi at the tip, and can't be used to blow down personnel.  I know OSHA doesn't apply here, but the dangers of compressed air for blowing down are widely known.
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Re: Beach camping: Sand in the RV?
« Reply #16 on: December 31, 2015, 10:26:58 AM »
but the dangers of compressed air for blowing down are widely known.

I'll bet you'll find that it is widely UNknown
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Re: Beach camping: Sand in the RV?
« Reply #17 on: December 31, 2015, 11:58:50 AM »
Hi, I don't have any advice but your post was interesting.  My first winter after retirement, I plan to spend in southern Texas as I establish residency. 

I have been camping at or staying in nearby motels at California beaches with 3 dogs for 10 years.  We rented a class C for bodega bay in a couple months.  This will also give me a better idea of what size and style I will be purchasing in the future.  It will be my first experience with a motorhome and there are no hookups so we'll see how it goes.

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Re: Beach camping: Sand in the RV?
« Reply #18 on: January 04, 2016, 09:51:25 AM »
I'll bet you'll find that it is widely UNknown

Depends on who you are talking too....
I'd guess that almost all folks that work in or support heavy industry would know it.  I used to work in the pulp and paper industry.  i worked at a mill for a while, then traveled for many years as a supplier to paper mills and some saw mills.  It seemed I was constantly bombarded with OSHA rules, safety requirements both OSHA and company specific, training classes and orientations, etc...

I can't begin to guess how many times I've been taught this rule....
& I also can't guess the number of times I've seen people do it in factories and and "home", even "trained" people
One thing I can say with certainty though, is how many cases of injury I have seen or directly heard of from blowing off with compressed air...... ZERO
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Re: Beach camping: Sand in the RV?
« Reply #19 on: January 06, 2016, 01:06:08 PM »
100% in agreement with BLW on the compressed air...My working stint consisted of 35 years in the building trades..certified pipe welder,fitter and foreman on many industrial jobs. That's why I mentioned spooling down the pressure to 40, which is almost minimal. But folks are gonna believe what they want...it's all good!!
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Re: Beach camping: Sand in the RV?
« Reply #20 on: January 06, 2016, 04:33:08 PM »
And since you can't keep ALL of the sand out, get a Roomba or Neato type robotic vacuum and have it run every so often. You can start it running as you leave, and come back to a clean floor (and track more sand on it :) ).
Used ones can be found fairly inexpensive or eBay or Craigslist.

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Re: Beach camping: Sand in the RV?
« Reply #21 on: January 07, 2016, 01:44:07 PM »
At Bird Island, the sand isn't much of a problem because everywhere you'd walk, it's caliche and not deep sand.  You'll still have a little sand, but a shallow pan of water by the door to step in is usually good enough.  But do bring the baby powder because it really does help make you more comfortable in the oppressive humidity. 

The real problem there is the damp, corrosive salt air blown into every crevice by the omnipresent wind.  I've ended up with salt formations that look like rock candy n the corners of my windows.

Also, the RV sites there are I think 12 feet wide and lined up in a parking lot, so your neighbor is just a couple of feet from you.  Almost all the windsurfers who go there use solar (there's not a lick of shade anywhere), and maybe a generator for a couple of minutes for the microwave to cook dinner.  People who run them for longer than that, like to charge up their batteries, don't win any friends at all, and it's real tight quarters and can be very crowded especially in the spring, so good relations can be pretty important.


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Re: Beach camping: Sand in the RV?
« Reply #22 on: January 07, 2016, 02:00:06 PM »
I was mainly planning on Bird Island Basin, which is right next to a beach area but above the tide line.  I'm a windsurfer.  But I was also hoping to camp on the Gulf Side.  Your comment is definitely giving me pause though.  How far down the beach did you set up?
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Re: Beach camping: Sand in the RV?
« Reply #23 on: January 09, 2016, 01:10:25 PM »
For tide info I use Magicseaweed.com or the MSW phone app. It will let you know when high tide is, and if it's gonna be higher than normal due to weather.

Look closely for signs of where high tide gets to before you park for the night.
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Re: Beach camping: Sand in the RV?
« Reply #24 on: January 10, 2016, 03:55:14 PM »
Here is a trick many truck drivers use that is inexpensive and may be of use...

Buy a full size scrub brush from any hardware store and attach it bristle side up onto the steps into the RV with zip ties. When entering the RV, a couple of passes of each foot over the brush should knock off debris off the shoes. I use this method, along with an interior mat just inside the door that is easily removed to be taken outside to shake the sand and debris out of.

Along with the DW and I, we also have 2 cats and a dog who haven't figured out how to wipe their paws before entering out TT. We are in a sandy area. Been there and done that.
You're still going to bring some sand inside. No way around that fact. But you can keep it to a minimum.
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Re: Beach camping: Sand in the RV?
« Reply #25 on: January 11, 2016, 10:52:31 PM »
I agree with Brad in reply #4... Wife and I where literally between the dunes at a state park in South Carolina for a week. We had picked up these mats at a Kroger for cheap. I was skeptical however we both where amazed at how well it took off the sand from our shoes.
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Re: Beach camping: Sand in the RV?
« Reply #26 on: January 12, 2016, 09:36:05 AM »
As a side note here, OSHA regulations state compressed air for blow down must be regulated to 30 psi at the tip, and can't be used to blow down personnel.  I know OSHA doesn't apply here, but the dangers of compressed air for blowing down are widely known.

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Re: Beach camping: Sand in the RV?
« Reply #27 on: March 18, 2016, 08:26:03 PM »
I'm planning to boondock at Padre National Seashore in a few months, which is a nice stretch of beach in southern Texas.  I've boondocked several times before, so I'm comfortable with that part.  But I was wondering how to minimize getting sand inside the RV, mainly from your feet?  I realize it's unavoidable to some extent, but I'd like to minimize it.  The RV has an outdoor shower but I'd like to minimize running the water. 

I was thinking a shallow pan of water outside to rinse off, then use a towel to dry off and remove as much as possible before stepping inside.  I keep a small piece of carpet just inside the door, so that should catch some sand as well. 

Any tips would be greatly appreciated.  I figure I'll have to vacuum once a day to catch as much sand as possible.

Sand what sand?

No time to vacuum now,  we have to track more sand back to the beach!

Maybe we'll vacuum next week... maybe not.
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Re: Beach camping: Sand in the RV?
« Reply #28 on: March 18, 2016, 11:00:23 PM »
We hate beaches.  Nothing worse than getting sand in your Schlitz. :)
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Re: Beach camping: Sand in the RV?
« Reply #29 on: March 19, 2016, 07:30:50 AM »
We hate beaches.  Nothing worse than getting sand in your Schlitz. :)

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