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sabjku

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@mark seifert , one thing to consider is that you can camp on either the ocean or bay side. The ocean side is obviously great because you're right on the water, but when we were up there a few weeks ago I would have personally preferred the bay side. It was incredibly windy on the ocean side, and there's no shelter from trees, brush, etc for the most part.

Bayside is MUCH calmer, with a lot more vegetation and shelter. However, once it gets real hot and humid the bayside is heavy with mosquitos. I imagine it wouldn't be too bad now.

Assateague is absolutely worth doing!
 
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Newbie member (so new don't even have my member number yet!). I was following this thread as the Assateague Island trip sounds great. Do you have any post-trip recommendations to share? I will most likely follow your suggestion and reserve one of the drive-in sites preferably closest to the beach. Thanks for any suggestions.
Welcome Mark!
Assateague island, as it gets closer to summer, will in general draw in a larger crowd. I think our experience in March will be very different due to the weather and time of year. I would say go early as there is a 146 rig limit on the beach, make sure to air down to reduce tire spin on sand, bring sunblock (I forgot about this one).

We did have a few people suffer from overheating. Actually one of the guys that left early had to get towed out because he overheated (luckily he made it off the sand before getting towed).

Aside from that, just visit the online park resource page and read through the park's suggestions. And have a great time!
 

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Welcome Mark!
Assateague island, as it gets closer to summer, will in general draw in a larger crowd. I think our experience in March will be very different due to the weather and time of year. I would say go early as there is a 146 rig limit on the beach, make sure to air down to reduce tire spin on sand, bring sunblock (I forgot about this one).

We did have a few people suffer from overheating. Actually one of the guys that left early had to get towed out because he overheated (luckily he made it off the sand before getting towed).

Aside from that, just visit the online park resource page and read through the park's suggestions. And have a great time!
Thank you...this is helpful. It looks like the OSV is $90 (good for one year). I frequent Cape Henlopen and already have that permit so will have to decide if it is worth the investment.
 
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LaxBro

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@mark seifert , one thing to consider is that you can camp on either the ocean or bay side. The ocean side is obviously great because you're right on the water, but when we were up there a few weeks ago I would have personally preferred the bay side. It was incredibly windy on the ocean side, and there's no shelter from trees, brush, etc for the most part.

Bayside is MUCH calmer, with a lot more vegetation and shelter. However, once it gets real hot and humid the bayside is heavy with mosquitos. I imagine it wouldn't be too bad now.

Assateague is absolutely worth doing!
Great points...either way i guess bring the bullfrog! I had not considered the bay side. Thanks!
 
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I was on this week. It was windy. So I got lucky as no spots on ocean side we got bat side and it was much better.
About the driving and visiting. Pass 90 bucks plus 30 or 40 park visit for year. We drive about 10 miles pass ballpen and it was no people what so ever.
I deflated my tires to 18 psi as I was tried stay on safe side as to make sure tire will not separate from rim bead .
No sleeping overnight on beach unless fishing or/and gray water and toilet build in . Ballpen is sleeping place but only with toilet and water tank build in.
Even weather was on cool side my tranny got to 175 very fast, so watch out to not overheat this.


Can you share whatever info you’ve got? Considering a trip down there in next few weeks. Ty.
 
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I was on this week. It was windy. So I got lucky as no spots on ocean side we got bat side and it was much better.
About the driving and visiting. Pass 90 bucks plus 30 or 40 park visit for year. We drive about 10 miles pass ballpen and it was no people what so ever.
I deflated my tires to 18 psi as I was tried stay on safe side as to make sure tire will not separate from rim bead .
No sleeping overnight on beach unless fishing or/and gray water and toilet build in . Ballpen is sleeping place but only with toilet and water tank build in.
Even weather was on cool side my tranny got to 175 very fast, so watch out to not overheat this.
Hmm...$120-$130 for the passes, etc? You are allowed to sleep in the drive in spots that DRJ referenced? I don't have roof top tent yet, but have 4runner set up for in vehicle "accomodations". and thanks for your insights
 
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Hey guys. Haven't posted a bit due to everything going on. Just throwing this out there though, I am selling my Jeep. So if you know of anyone looking for one, let me know.
 

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I was on this week. It was windy. So I got lucky as no spots on ocean side we got bat side and it was much better.
About the driving and visiting. Pass 90 bucks plus 30 or 40 park visit for year. We drive about 10 miles pass ballpen and it was no people what so ever.
I deflated my tires to 18 psi as I was tried stay on safe side as to make sure tire will not separate from rim bead .
No sleeping overnight on beach unless fishing or/and gray water and toilet build in . Ballpen is sleeping place but only with toilet and water tank build in.
Even weather was on cool side my tranny got to 175 very fast, so watch out to not overheat this.
We were on Assategue Island last week and had an ocean side camp site. Winds were so bad we couldn’t keep the tent up. Sadly ended up in a hotel, but the drive on the beach more than made up for it.
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