camping on sand

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Recently went to Perlubie beach in SA and was faced with something i had never thought of before i got there. Sand. i was very inexperienced and learnt quickly about driving on the beach, (or should i say bogged), sand and tides!! Anyway they are other discussion topics!

What does everyone else do with their guy ropes when pitching a tent / camper / shade in the sand ? i used plastic bags filled with sand which worked OK but thought there may be a better way ?
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Reply By: Ron A - Sunday, Aug 04, 2019 at 08:35

Sunday, Aug 04, 2019 at 08:35
Bluescrew Tent Pegs

Never had a problem with these.
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Follow Up By: Core420 - Sunday, Aug 04, 2019 at 08:45

Sunday, Aug 04, 2019 at 08:45
I agree with that
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Reply By: rumpig - Sunday, Aug 04, 2019 at 08:49

Sunday, Aug 04, 2019 at 08:49
I use pegs similar to these LINK , the pegs I have are actually steel and don't have the holes in them (bought from local camping store many years ago now, and not seen them being sold in any stores I've looked at these days), but are the same shape pretty much. Personally I find the plastic standard pegs very average in performance, i can't comment on the ones in my link, but the metal ones I have in 2 different sizes (i have some smaller skinny ones for tents etc and longer fatter ones for bigger things like a gazebo) have performed flawlessly in 35knott winds for days on Fraser Island.
As for sand driving.... learn all about tyre deflation, not getting bogged whilst soft sand driving is all about tyre pressures, and 18psi or lower is not something to be scared of going (though there is no set rule on a good pressure to run, as every vehicle is different in size and load they carry).
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Follow Up By: craig m18 - Sunday, Aug 04, 2019 at 09:13

Sunday, Aug 04, 2019 at 09:13
been looking into tire pressure but more importantly i guess how to re inflate them. ARB compressors look like the go? have you used them before the CKMA12 in particular?
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Aug 04, 2019 at 09:45

Sunday, Aug 04, 2019 at 09:45
Agree rumpig, and a few times we have been below 10 psi in very soft sand.

And your number one best friends and a long handle shovel and a set of MaxTrax...they are brilliant and one item I would advise to purchase.


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Follow Up By: rumpig - Sunday, Aug 04, 2019 at 16:00

Sunday, Aug 04, 2019 at 16:00
ARB compressors in general are fine Craig (I didn't look at that particular model though), personally i have been using a Bushranger Maxair 2 compressor for the past 13 years (now superceeded and they do a MaxAir 3 instead)....have pumped up my tyres more times then I can recall now over that time period with this one compressor, many a time I am doing 6 tyres in a row (camper included) from 16psi back up to 42 psi, have even done 12 tyres in a row a couple of times also.
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Follow Up By: Gronk - Sunday, Aug 04, 2019 at 16:55

Sunday, Aug 04, 2019 at 16:55
Just as important as lower pressures is momentum. Getting a feel for a high enough speed for the situation AND revs, especially in a manual.
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Reply By: craig m18 - Sunday, Aug 04, 2019 at 09:07

Sunday, Aug 04, 2019 at 09:07
thanks, i've checked those pegs out which look good to me and some others alternatives at here will get a few of each and try out i guess.
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Reply By: ian - Sunday, Aug 04, 2019 at 09:39

Sunday, Aug 04, 2019 at 09:39
Slotted steel for shelving from Bunnings cut to length works well for me.
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Reply By: Rangiephil - Sunday, Aug 04, 2019 at 13:57

Sunday, Aug 04, 2019 at 13:57
Peggy pegs also look good though expensive.
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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Wednesday, Sep 04, 2019 at 10:22

Wednesday, Sep 04, 2019 at 10:22
I have a selection of Peggy Pegs and now don't use anything else.
They have a peg for every/any occasion.
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Reply By: bellony - Sunday, Aug 04, 2019 at 16:23

Sunday, Aug 04, 2019 at 16:23
In WA we have lots of sand and wind. My go to pegs are 30mm angle iron, 450mm long, cut to a point one end and a 8mm hook welded just below the other, then galvanised.
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Reply By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Sunday, Aug 04, 2019 at 18:30

Sunday, Aug 04, 2019 at 18:30
A bundle of 4' or 5' garden stakes (usually 1" square section or larger if you like) cut in half and a point sharpened on one end is the go, tie a piece of rag on the top for safety.
Cheap as chips and light weight.

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Reply By: Ron N - Sunday, Aug 04, 2019 at 22:28

Sunday, Aug 04, 2019 at 22:28
You need two completely different styles of tent pegs for sand, and for hard ground.

This style is best for sand ...

Screw peg kit

And this style is best for for hard ground ...

Cheers, Ron.



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Reply By: 9900Eagle - Monday, Aug 05, 2019 at 07:05

Monday, Aug 05, 2019 at 07:05
Mate for weight reasons I make my own out of 50mm aluminium tube.

I cut 400 mm pieces and then with masking tape as a guide, cut them diagonally top to bottom and get 2 pegs out of the piece using an angle grinder with a 1mm cutting blade. Aluminium tube is pretty cheap if you buy a length from a supplier.

I then open them up a bit with a piece of wood and a hammer to give more resistance in the sand and for the rope attachments I drill a hole at the top and use a 8mm bolt with nuts either side.

They work out fairly cheap per peg and work well.
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Reply By: Karl F - Monday, Aug 05, 2019 at 09:20

Monday, Aug 05, 2019 at 09:20
Just get a set of the plastic sand pegs from BCF (or similar stores) come in various sizes (the bigger the better) and are really cheap.

Karl
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Reply By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Monday, Aug 05, 2019 at 10:05

Monday, Aug 05, 2019 at 10:05
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For pegging in soft sand I use the simplest solution of all...... my standard 300mm steel tent pegs.
Simply use a shovel to dig down about 200-300mm, drive the peg and attach the guy rope then cover it with sand.
Has worked every time so far in years of use.

Disclaimer: Not tested in cyclones above Grade 3. lol
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Reply By: Member - sparra - Tuesday, Aug 06, 2019 at 13:17

Tuesday, Aug 06, 2019 at 13:17
Use the big plastic sand pegs..make sure they are hammered in dead vertical,not on an angle like you do the steel ones in dirt.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Tuesday, Aug 06, 2019 at 17:49

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Why "vertical" Sparra?
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Follow Up By: Member - sparra - Wednesday, Aug 07, 2019 at 12:51

Wednesday, Aug 07, 2019 at 12:51
They won’t pull out easily when hammered vertical.......worked for me camping in sand on a lot of my time off while working at Useless Loop for 15 years,(shark Bay,w.a).cheers??
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Thursday, Aug 08, 2019 at 07:27

Thursday, Aug 08, 2019 at 07:27
I've determined that they don't work very well horizontally. :-)
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Reply By: Member Kerry W (WA) - Thursday, Aug 08, 2019 at 11:13

Thursday, Aug 08, 2019 at 11:13
Camped in sand in some pretty bad conditions - so I just bury something substantial - whatever is around -preferably a decent stick or something over 2 feet long.



This was last nights camp - just buried 2 shovels on the leading edge facing the wind - no lost sleep!!
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