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Old 06-19-2018, 05:13 AM   #1
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Has anyone driven their class C in sand?

Hello from California! I just purchased a Fun Mover 35C Super Duty Diesel Powered and I'm concerned about the weight of this RV while driving through sand at Pismo Beach. I've been advised to lower the air pressure in my tires. Can anyone else offer me some sound advice?
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Old 06-19-2018, 11:25 AM   #2
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Not sure how dense or soft the sand is there. Some drive-on beaches around here are packed, dampish sand but you will still run across soft spots occasionally. The sugar soft sands will cause a problem. I have a similar size coach and have years of experience driving on beaches along the east coast and I wouldn't even consider taking mine on the sands of a beach. Once the rear tires slip just a little...down they will go. Another concern is the weight on the front axle causing those tires to just bulldoze right into the sand. It would be an expensive tow. Not to mention the salt exposure to the under carriage. There are some guys out west that have the 4X4 Super C's for the dunes. Not sure how that works out. Bottom line...nothing that heavy with that narrow of a tire with only rear wheel drive on the beach.
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Old 06-19-2018, 11:40 AM   #3
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Wouldn’t do it for the reasons Gritz listed. I’ve seen people drive cars and vans on the beach that weigh a whole lot less than your MH, seen a lot of them get stuck too!!!

Play it safe and pass on the beach drive.
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If you decide to give it a try: the folks around you will enjoy the entertainment!

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Old 06-19-2018, 12:15 PM   #5
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I completely agree with Gritz and Bob
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Old 06-19-2018, 01:54 PM   #7
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Here's your answer in living color...just about the same size coach...DON'T DO IT!!


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Old 06-19-2018, 02:01 PM   #8
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Is this Good Sam's "Desert rig"?

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People do it everyday on 2 of Cape Cod’s Biggest beaches. And we have soft sand up here. Just make sure you air down your tires a lot. Much lower than you would expect. Like scary low. Talk to the people who actually use the beach. Go out there and talk to them. They have a lot more experience than the people on here. Drive slow, if you bog down don’t spin your tires, slow and easy with low tires. This is Sandy Neck beach in Barnstable. They have to limit how many people drive on the beach because there are so many motorhomes they run out of space to park. There are hundreds every weekend in the summer.
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Old 06-19-2018, 02:43 PM   #10
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"Talk to the people who actually use the beach. Go out there and talk to them. They have a lot more experience than the people on here."

Really??? Try reading the entire thread before commenting!! We don't just sit here and make up what we "think" would happen!! Look at the video I posted of the exact beach mentioned in the OP with the exact size and weight of the rear wheel drive Class C mentioned in the OP. I've been driving on beaches most of my driving life!!
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Old 06-19-2018, 03:00 PM   #11
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"Talk to the people who actually use the beach. Go out there and talk to them. They have a lot more experience than the people on here."

Really??? Try reading the entire thread before commenting!! We don't just sit here and make up what we "think" would happen!! Look at the video I posted of the exact beach mentioned in the OP with the exact size and weight of the rear wheel drive Class C mentioned in the OP. I've been driving on beaches most of my driving life!!
Please read my entire post before commenting. I said go talk to the people who use that beach, go out there and talk to them as they have “a lot more” experience than anyone here. All that you did was post a video that anyone can google. If you have “experience” on that beach I apologize, but you didn’t state that so I assume you have none. Also please feel free to rewatch that video or any others that pop up with that YouTube video of that exact beach, you can plainly see many other heavy vehicles not stuck. More than likely the person being towed didn’t air down enough and spun their tires, because they didn’t talk to someone with “experience” on that beach. Sorry to have offended you.
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Seeing is believing...whether you are there or not. There are dozens of videos of RV's on that beach...mostly TT towed by 4X4's that struggle enough. I'm sure there are every reason in the world that 20,000# motorhome got stuck other than the facts...it shouldn't have been there with that drive train and tire type. And your beach...at Sandy Neck...the towing companies have made their share of money towing them out as well. I didn't just fall off the turnip truck...I drove it here.
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I guess that one thing to consider might be that our rigs are awful darned expensive: why take chances with them?
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Old 06-19-2018, 05:19 PM   #14
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I’m not here to argue. I humbly bow to your vast knowledge of everything. What was I thinking to disagree with you? I’m so stupid, thank you for sharing and pointing out how wrong my opinion is.
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Old 06-19-2018, 05:22 PM   #15
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Funny to watch those fools dragging their RV's through the salt water up to the bottom of the floor. then they complain why all the brackets that hold everything together, axles, spring hangers and such rust apart and the camper crumbles in the driveway.
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Old 06-19-2018, 07:27 PM   #16
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I have driven on the sand before, but in a Jeep Wrangler with big 32" tires and an onboard air compressor, carrying tow straps. I can't imagine driving an RV on a beach unless it is way smaller than mine. Yes, you can air down... yes they may have some hard pack areas... on the other hand, if the beach was going to be THAT crowded, I wouldn't want to be there anyway.

I lived in Virginia Beach for over 30 years... time to head inland for me! I hate cleaning sand out of EVERYWHERE!!!
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Old 06-19-2018, 07:36 PM   #17
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I lived in Virginia Beach for over 30 years... time to head inland for me! I hate cleaning sand out of EVERYWHERE!!!
I've got a tip for letting you know when you're far enough inland...

Tie an oar to your grille...
When somebody asks you what it is: it's time to "drop anchor"!
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Old 06-19-2018, 08:31 PM   #19
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I've got a tip for letting you know when you're far enough inland...

Tie an oar to your grille...
When somebody asks you what it is: it's time to "drop anchor"!
Yeah... LOL... on top of it all, I was an officer in the world's greatest Navy for over 11 years, when someone asks me if I would like to go on a cruise with them, I run away (as I laugh maniacally...)

I have seen more ocean and sand than I need to. I have been to a lot of places, almost all exclusively along the coasts of many countries. I get that a lot of people are attracted to the beaches and to the coasts. Been there, got that T-shirt... Next!

Hills and mountains do it for me. Rolling fields and pastures and babbling brooks and trout streams are now the things I want to see. Eventually I want to see ALL of the United States.

That is my rather serious response to your quip... don't take it as me being a tight-@$$... but more explaining my rationale. No hard feelings...
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To the OP (WoofWoof) sorry for derailing your thread. I am off of my soap box.
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