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    Guys, we’ve never been to Storms River Mouth rest camp. The only booking I could get for early January is a non-sea view site, 4th to 11th. What are these like, and should I try and upgrade to a sea view site as soon as one becomes available?

    I suppose it’ll be quite warm in January. However the sea breeze should provide some relief? Am I correct with this assumption. And should storm straps be required in the non-sea view sites.

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    The wind along the coast in summer is not something to take lightly.
    The question is how strong is your tent.
    A 'normal' caravan tent without a few storm straps will not make it.
    Light weight stand-alone tents won't either.
    Rip-stop tents might.

    I would opt for a stand with trees / high shrubs on the south-western edge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4eTouareg View Post
    The wind along the coast in summer is not something to take lightly.
    The question is how strong is your tent.
    A 'normal' caravan tent without a few storm straps will not make it.
    Light weight stand-alone tents won't either.
    Rip-stop tents might.

    I would opt for a stand with trees / high shrubs on the south-western edge.
    Thank you for the response 4eToureg, so I better be prepared . You would know living at the coast.

    We will be using our Bushlapa Ratel and I'll make sure the storm straps are properly in place. I read it is one of Michael's (Kooskop) favorite places, so if his Bushlapa Gogga can handle the wind my Ratel should be ok, I think .

    Problem is one don't get allocated a stand when booking or provided with the option to choose, and if not mistaken it is first-come-first-serve as you arrive. When we arrive there will be only two stands available according to the booking system, thus will obviously not be the best one's . I'll just have to move as soon as a better stand becomes available.
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    The wind there can flatten gazebos - so be prepared to care for awnings etc..

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    Camp back from the edge, wind ± 100 kph less.
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    Something like this we found was always better.............
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    Quote Originally Posted by duncang View Post
    Something like this we found was always better.............
    Look at the shape of the tops of the trees in the background - they look like that because of the wind!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4eTouareg View Post
    Look at the shape of the tops of the trees in the background - they look like that because of the wind!
    Ok so I better be prepared. Gazibo thus won't be in use
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    Die wind kan erg wees, maar wees net voorbereid. Ons het al verskeie kere met 'n Echo 4 daar gekamp. Die RTT het niks daarvan oorgekom nie, nieteenstaande dat dit redelik hoog staan. Ons moes wel flysheets afhaal.

    Daar is van die nie-seefront staanplekke wat baie lekker is. Ek weet nie of mens 'n spesifiek staanplek kan probeer kry nie.

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    We didnt camp there, used the bungalows, but what a fantastic place to be, we had almost perfect weather, camp sites were full, yes some wind, but thats part and parcel of camping.
    Kayaking up the river , walking over the bridge, enjoying a meal at the restaurant, before it burnt down.
    Also the nice little village with its quaint shops.
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    Default Re: Storms River Mouth - sea view vs no view camp sites

    Is the shop / restaurant rebuilt after the fire?

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    Thanks a mill for the link Woolf, was very useful to read and learn from Mr SRM Expert
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    I only saw this thread now..

    I would negotiate with the staff at the office once you get there. Even though sea front spots are booked out almost a year in advance, things change all the time. You could end up moving once or twice but I think having a sea front spot is worth it. The stands with slight wind protection is less than a hand full. The down side is that the protection blocks your view.

    The problem wind mostly comes from about the 2 o'clock position if you stand facing the sea with the sea being in the 12 o'clock position. Once in a blue moon it surprises you from the opposite direction. The wing frame on the BL is solid and as long as you have the guy ropes tied down with decent storm pegs (twice the size of the standard ones), there is no need for storm straps. Turn the guy rope 2 x around the pegs. This prevents chafing with the constant movement in the wind.

    A few sea front spots have sea water raining over them with rough waves causing spray that is carried over by the wind. That rain causes havoc with anything that is not stainless steel. Even alluminium goes dull. I have tried many things over the years to stop the corrosion but have not found anything that is 100% effective. Things like the coupler, stabilizers and the jockey wheel will look worse for wear after 2 weeks. My previous brand caravan rusted me awake at night....

    I buy about 20 bags of wood from a guy in the area of the Storms River bridge. It is a lot cheaper that buying it in the park. I can PM you his number. Do not expect nice braai wood. All the wood in that part of the world is crappy so just make a big fire...

    Cattle Barron is still running the temporary restaurant and the setting is stunning. When we were there in Jan they have not even started building on the old site...and that was more than a year after the fire. Enjoy your stay and make a turn in Storms River Village. There is a small beer brewery en some small shops. Did I mention there is a small beer brewery.... To stock up properly you need to go the Plett or Jbay. We prefer Jbay. Plett is very busy....Jbay too if you do not go early. Enjoy!
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    Default Re: Storms River Mouth - sea view vs no view camp sites

    Very valuable info again thanks a mill Michael, really appreciated.

    December 2013 we toured the coast from Dweza down to Oyster Bay and the wind was hectic, such that we packed and left on the 31st December, 3 days early

    I need to find ways to cope with the wind and plan outings or whatever when the weather is not so nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kooskop View Post
    A few sea front spots have sea water raining over them with rough waves causing spray that is carried over by the wind. That rain causes havoc with anything that is not stainless steel. Even alluminium goes dull. I have tried many things over the years to stop the corrosion but have not found anything that is 100% effective. Things like the coupler, stabilizers and the jockey wheel will look worse for wear after 2 weeks.
    Salt Off/Salt Attack etc from a boating shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirk View Post
    Salt Off/Salt Attack etc from a boating shop.
    Thanks. Sal bietjie huiswerk doen. I bought ACF-50 that is a special product for:

    ACF-50 is a superior anti corrosion formula specifically designed to protect against salt spray, road salts and a variety of other corrosion forming elements. The US Airforce as well as several aviation manufacturing companies have tested and approved ACF-50, so the product has over 30 years in the market proving its effectiveness at combatting existing corrosion and preventing new corrosion formation, as well as protecting all electronic components.

    It helped a bit but that salt spray caused salt crystals to form on everything and worked through the ACF-50 even though I applied it a few times during our stay . Was not cheap either....
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    We camped there December 2016 and camped away from the edge. we had the site two sites from the ablutions. I sat and watched how rooftop tent covers got blown off by the wind, dome tents blown flat etc.

    Definitely as far away from the view as possible...

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    HERE is the layout of the camp sites.
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    Camped there in an open site with a dome tent and gazebo. Two storm straps across the gazebo corners and one across the dome tent
    was sufficient to handle the wind. Baboons raiding unattended campsites was more of an issue than the wind.
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