It Is An RV Not A Houseboat

RV Security and Safety Badge.

The beach is an alluring place, especially for many RVers who desire a view of the ocean and being just steps away from the surf. RV camping on the beach sounds wonderful doesn’t it?!!

But it can also be a nightmare if you don’t completely understand what the Tide is.

“A Tide is the alternate rising and falling of the sea, usually twice in each lunar day at a particular place, due to the attraction of the moon and sun.”

Depending on where you are in the world, the tide can change the level of the ocean by a foot or two, to dozens. It can creep in and out slowly and quietly or it can roar in and out violently.  If you’re going to try RV camping on the beach or even if you’re going to park on the beach for a few hours, you need to understand when and by how much the tidal changes affect the depth and reach of the water.

Respect the Visual Cues

RV camping on the beach where a travel trailer is being consumed by the tide.

It was high and dry when they parked it at low tide, but now as the tide comes in and the owners are off exploring, the situation is getting more serious by the minute.

Recognize by sight where the “high water” mark is, and how it relates to where you are planning to park and set up your RV. This recognition and understanding didn’t happen until after the fact for the folks in this picture. A friend who lives along the Texas coast sent us the picture. He says this type of thing happens far too often.

People park their rig at “Low Tide” and go about exploring the local area. They return later to find their rig is in a precarious situation or worse – consumed by the wave and tidal action.

Where to Find Tidal Info

Local newspapers publish tidal tables. You can also find them posted at information kiosks in communities along the coast where there are public beaches. Or Google “tidal information for (location)” to find the high and low tide times.

If you aren’t sure where to park to preserve your RV from the ocean’s watery grasp, ask someone such as the local police, sheriff or park ranger. If you have doubts and can’t find out…go stay elsewhere until you do.

Do you have tips for RV camping on the beach? Please comment and share.

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Gerald Voigt

Gerald's interests are wide and varied. His work career started in the United States Air Force and since then has worked in logistics management, retail & service management as well as manufacturing. He's an author, photographer, pilot, radio show host and marketing consultant who enjoys RVing which allows him greater freedom to explore, meet new acquaintances and serve his clients.