As wonderful as RVing on the beach is, it doesn’t come without its hurdles. If you’ve ever tried to get comfortable on sheets covered with sand you know what I’m talking about. Still, whenever possible, I try to book an RV site directly on the sand. To me, there’s nothing more relaxing than a beach holiday.
Ten Tips For RVing On The Beach
Over the years, I’ve accumulated some tricks to ensure our beach vacation keeps us, and our RV, in good shape. Here are ten you can use the next time you RV on the beach.
1) Before you book, make sure your beach site has the amenities you need. For example, septic is often not available on the beach and you may need to pump out which comes at an extra cost. Occasionally the cost of the perfect view is reduced services. Just make sure you can live with it before you commit.
2) Salt air can be hard on an RV so it’s best to prepare your RV ahead of your arrival. Wash it well and apply a protective wax coat. This will not only help protect against salt air but also harmful UV rays. Just like you undercoat your RV to protect against salt on winter roads, it’s a wise idea to do the same for salt air.
3) Bring reflectors to put on your RV windows. Even with air conditioners running it can be hard to keep an RV cool with the little shade a beach camping site can provide. Keep blinds and shades drawn but also consider using reflective foil, particularly in your front window.
4) Bring shade with you in your storage compartment in the form of beach umbrellas, gazebos and big sun hats
5) Certain people who shall remain nameless cough my children cough, don’t seem to understand that sand belongs outside, not in. Set up a small washbasin just outside your RV entrance with fresh water for everyone to wash their feet in and a towel nearby. Keep clean flip-flops within reach to slip your feet into.
6) Stop! Before you even think about stepping into your RV shower, you may want to head back to the beach shower instead to get the sand off. Sand does not like your RV septic system, so get it off your body outside. No beach shower? Use baby powder to get sand off outside first.
7) Hang wet swimsuits outside to dry and shake the sand off outside before you enter the RV. The same for wet beach towels and blankets.
8) Cover your upholstery with easily removable blankets that can be shaken outside and easily laundered.
9) Temperatures can vary drastically on the beach—scorching hot during the day and cool during the evening. Be sure to pack warm sweaters and wind proof jackets for strolls along the beach at night or in the early morning hours.
10) A rainy day can really put a damper on your beach holiday so have a Plan B ready to go. Find an indoor attraction nearby that you can head to when the skies are grey.
What are your best beach tips and tricks? Share with us below in the comments.