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    Default Best pegs for West Coast soft sand

    Any recommendations for the best pegs for the
    West Coast soft beach sand or does one tie ropes to rocks?

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    Default Re: Best pegs for West Coast soft sand

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Dold View Post
    Any recommendations for the best pegs for the
    West Coast soft beach sand or does one tie ropes to rocks?

    Sand bags, available from Tentco. fill them as you need it
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    Default Re: Best pegs for West Coast soft sand

    last time round we used tent pegs as per normal and put rock ontop of pegs.

    had some of those screw in goodies, did not work for me.
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    Default Re: Best pegs for West Coast soft sand

    As said above sand bags do work but are quite a lot of effort filling.

    Easiest is use a normal tent peg (preferably a long one) with rocks on top. By far the easiest and secure way to do it.

    Now if you end up at a place with no rocks well the sandbags esp if submerged will work a treat. (but more labor intensive )

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    Default Re: Best pegs for West Coast soft sand

    For soft sand I use the anchor pegs. But loooong ones. The sand does get harder the deeper you go, hence the long pegs.

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    Default Re: Best pegs for West Coast soft sand

    Hello,
    Some places even the long anchor pegs won't hold in the wind, and there aren't always rocks around.
    Agrimark sells perfect size sand bags at a good price. They multitask as part of the Jimny recovery kit although I've not needed them yet. ☺️
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    Default Re: Best pegs for West Coast soft sand

    You can get these anchor pegs from a camping shop. To fit, hook them on and pull on the bottom part causing tension. Hammer the elbow into the ground with a rubber hammer at about 45 deg with tension on until the hook and top is horizontal with the ground. We've camped at St Helena Bay, Swakopmund, Redelinghuys, Biedouw Valley and many sandy places on the West Coast without a problem. The pegs flex with tension but don't pull out:

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    Default Re: Best pegs for West Coast soft sand

    In sand I use those screw in type, they work a treat. Actually what works best is to screw in the thing, then hammer a peg in against the side closest to the tent. The screwy thing prevents the peg from pulling out.


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    Default Re: Best pegs for West Coast soft sand

    Some excellent suggestions here.

    I am wary of that West Coast wind!

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    Default Re: Best pegs for West Coast soft sand

    Take a plank about 300mm long by 50mm wide by 10mm thick. Tie guy rope around middle of plank. Dig hole into sand, bury tied plank so that flat surface is pulling towards tent ie becomes an anchor.
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    Default Re: Best pegs for West Coast soft sand

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Dold View Post
    Any recommendations for the best pegs for the
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    Paul, next time you're in town, go into the Cape Bag and Twine factory shop (now just Cape Bag, I think) at 177 Albert Road Woodstock. They sell the bags the roadworks guys use for holding down road signs, cheap as chips, fill them with sand or rocks and they also double up as traction aids in soft sand when partially filled with sand and placed in front of tyres. Besides anything else, the factory shop is full of other useful stuff like cheap duct tape, cable ties, rolls of polyprop rope and cord etc etc.
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    Default Re: Best pegs for West Coast soft sand

    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Weaver View Post
    Besides anything else, the factory shop is full of other useful stuff like cheap duct tape, cable ties, rolls of polyprop rope and cord etc etc.
    Tony, Paul just wants to hold his tent down, not tie up and gag his missus

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    Default Re: Best pegs for West Coast soft sand

    Quote Originally Posted by Olyfboer View Post
    You can get these anchor pegs from a camping shop. To fit, hook them on and pull on the bottom part causing tension. Hammer the elbow into the ground with a rubber hammer at about 45 deg with tension on until the hook and top is horizontal with the ground. We've camped at St Helena Bay, Swakopmund, Redelinghuys, Biedouw Valley and many sandy places on the West Coast without a problem. The pegs flex with tension but don't pull out:

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    There is a good reason the army used these L shaped pegs. I never had a problem with these, even in soft sand. Get a couple of big ones for soft sand. They also dampen forces by bending up.
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    Default Re: Best pegs for West Coast soft sand

    Straight pegs are only used if you have tent floor or instead of roof nails on ground cover. Useless on ropes. Those "L pegs" in correct angle work.

    Rubber hammer is useless. I refuse to use such. We have home made steel 1 to 2 kg. That works minus those rock hard grounds where even drill has an issue.

    We were 6 weeks on East and West coast. L pegs worked every time. No extra wind ropes, nets - nothing. Xporer has good frame for the "rally". With the road van having rally we had to use wind rope. Always only L shape. It has only 3 upright poles and no frame

    There are 2 types of L shape. Post 7 has the straight type. Post 5 has small bend just above the label. Sometimes that bend is substantially more. Those with a bend can be real pain to get to hard ground. We have both types to use
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    Default Re: Best pegs for West Coast soft sand

    Or make your own, I see you are at the coast so stainless steel would be my option.

    Get someone to laser cut and bend you some of these. Dimensions to suit you, 2mm thickness should suffice. You can take them home and mount the c bolt yourself or find a suitable alternative.

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    Default Re: Best pegs for West Coast soft sand

    Quote Originally Posted by Olyfboer View Post
    You can get these anchor pegs from a camping shop. To fit, hook them on and pull on the bottom part causing tension. Hammer the elbow into the ground with a rubber hammer at about 45 deg with tension on until the hook and top is horizontal with the ground. We've camped at St Helena Bay, Swakopmund, Redelinghuys, Biedouw Valley and many sandy places on the West Coast without a problem. The pegs flex with tension but don't pull out:

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    This has always worked for us in the past.

    When fully inserted the hook to which your rope is attached and the upper part of the "V" peg must be parallel to the ground (Sand) surface.
    This helps to avoid tripping over the peg and gives max. grip in the loose sand.
    If available rocks or weights of any sort on top would assist.

    The longer the lower portion of the "V" relative to the upper, the better.
    If really windy (As can be at the coast and some other places in the interior), then a strap across the top of your tent, awning, whatever, anchored by similar pegs should save the day.

    However NOTHING is fool proof if the winds is strong enough.
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    Default Re: Best pegs for West Coast soft sand

    Wrt using a rubber mallet vs steel hammer. I found the rubber mallet bent my tent pegs in hard ground where as the steel hammer sunk those pegs beautifully into hard ground.

    The Danforth looking peg is a bloody good idea.
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    Default Re: Best pegs for West Coast soft sand

    I made myself a couple of these. They work very well in sand. Even use them in the beach. I have a drawing that I can mail anyone interested. Then you mail it to your local laser cutting shop to cut and bend. Mine was cut from 3cr12 stainless steel. Worked out about R25 eachClick image for larger version. 

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