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Old 01-08-2020, 09:40 PM   #1
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Hello from Austin Texas

So happy to be joining this forum!

The Fiancé and I live in Lakeway (Austin) and just purchased a Eagle TT. When my granddaddy passed I hauled his Airstream triple axle limited all over the country in my 20’s and grew up in that rig. Now at 42 I’m back and ready for the road. Picking the new TT up in 2 weeks after the genny install and planning a break in trip to North Beach Texas.

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Colorado & MSG/R Big1 thank you for your service to this great country of ours.

I have a sinking suspicion not many people have installed a 5500 Onan on a Eagle TT. I will be happy to send some pictures as soon as I receipt the rig. Im so so excited to take my Fiancé, lab & Basset hound to the beach and boondock.
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Welcome from Seguin!

If you're going to go down there and boondock, why not do it on the big beach? Port Aransas/Corpus Christi beach Parking permit is $12 for the whole year, you just need one for your tow vehicle, and there are even spots where you don't even need that (I think between MM 52 and 58; the area between Port A and CC beaches). We've done it several times, and there's usually plenty of company, but not too much. The closer you get to the pylons on the Port Aransas beach, the wider the beach is, and you can park right up against the pylons if you want to go that far up.

Just watch your tides... I've woken up with my tires in the water before. It doesn't get deep, and I didn't get stuck or anything, but it's a little disconcerting.
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Camper Bob, thank you for the information on Port A. I lost all afternoon online researching the main beach. I would definitely be interested in learning about your experiences and advice on beach front camping in Port A. The fiancé and I are currently looking at purchasing a 2nd home down there but we may just do the RV thing. So many decisions

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Welcome to JOF from Indiana! Congrats on the new TT!!

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Camper Bob, thank you for the information on Port A. I lost all afternoon online researching the main beach. I would definitely be interested in learning about your experiences and advice on beach front camping in Port A. The fiancé and I are currently looking at purchasing a 2nd home down there but we may just do the RV thing. So many decisions

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Not really a whole lot to say I'm afraid. Except that we always have a good time, and a messy camper after boondocking on the beach.

We're in a MH these days, and while we had the capability to do this in our TT, we never did it. It really wouldn't have been much different for us anyway.

We generally pull in after dark Friday night, use access road 1 to get on the beach (parking permit purchased on the way in if we don't already have one, I put one on the camper AND my toad if I'm towing, it's cheap enough). We usually turn right (South) and cruise down until we find a suitable spot. MM 52 begins right at Gulf Waters RV Resort's boardwalk IIRC, and free parking from there to 58 (it's on the Port A website). I look for higher ground and try to park on the tallest bit of sand I can find. You're supposed to park no closer than 50 ft from a traveled road, but people violate that often (not me). The road on the beach is actually a public Texas roadway subject to all normal traffic laws.

The reason I say to watch the tides is that the water will go all the way to the dunes sometimes. We have learned to clean everything up before turning in for the night, lest our stuff get carried out to sea! LOL!!

It's rare that we can put the awning out because of the wind, so we set an EZ-up out and anchor it down. I use the Rubbermaid tub where I keep my stinky slinky as a "foot rinse" and put fresh water in it and set it by the stairs; it keeps the sand tracking to a minimum. We run the generator the entire time we're out there, so we have full power access including both AC units (we always drive onto the beach with a full fuel tank, and full FW tank). People who have trailers usually run gennys from their tailgates. And no worries running a cheap open frame unit out there because you can't hear it more than 15-20 ft away anyhow over the sea breeze.

In the morning, we usually have the beach to ourselves. By noon it starts to fill up, by the mid-afternoon, it can be "shoulder to shoulder" out there. By 6 or so it starts to thin out, and by dark we've usually had the beach to ourselves again for a while. We bring groceries for the whole weekend so we don't have to leave the beach. On Sunday we leave for home whenever we feel like it.

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