Commercial Benefits of Motorhome Towns - Campaign

JohnKeane replied on 14/08/2019 12:35

Posted on 14/08/2019 12:35

Throughout the continent towns and villages go out of their way to attract and provide facilities for Motorhome visitors, I'm sure they see the benefit of say 10 motorhomes staying overnight, typically 20 people, if only 50% eat out each night that is still 10 covers at £25 per head etc. soon mounts up over the year, not to mention use of local supermarkets, shops and museums etc.

In the UK we are seeing ever more restrictions imposed, height barriers, no over night parking etc. with only a few towns providing facilities. Negative publicity such as accused of littering the area, emptying waste tanks at the side of the road. I'm sure much of which is unjustfied and possibly down none motorhome visitors.

Having said that I agree with some residents concerns, if I lived on the coast at Lythm would I want to see a line of motorhomes blocking my view - almost certainly not.

My question is what is being done to counter this negative view and to encourage local authorities to provide parking and waste facilities.

Not the sort of campaign an individual can run but I would expect the Caravan & Motorhome club to take the lead on this - does it have a publicity officer working on this ?

What are other peoples views ?

BoleroBoy replied on 15/08/2019 21:53

Posted on 14/08/2019 22:15 by takethedogalong

We are in Devon at the moment. There are hundreds of MHs all over, all shapes and sizes happily getting on with having a good holiday.

My personal take on this is that there are a lot more owners of big MHs, previously happy to cross over the water each year and make whoopee on the Continent, who are now for whatever reason (Brexit, the falling £, Etc...) staying in UK and having a damn good whine because things are different over here, and frankly they are having difficulty coping. Rest assured, those of us who use a MH primarily over here do it with a great deal of ease. So incidentally do the dozens of German visitors in big MHs all over the area we are holidaying in. As they did in Northumberland last year, and Yorkshire the year before....

Posted on 15/08/2019 21:53

on an earlier Brexit thread, almost all the regular 'over there' vanners said it wouldn't stop them continuing to 'make whoopee on the Continent'.

yes, you might be seeing some continentals over here enjoying a good exchange rate, but little to do with the OP of members lobbying CC to get involved with LAs for more MH parking and water/waste points.

youre right though that Germans (and other contis) just don't give a fig and take their vans out most days...after all, it has an engine and they use it that way 'back home'...

perhaps they have parking nightmares like many others but they keep at it...

we had a German fami.y next to us a while back and they took their 7.5m van out to the Bournemouth area every day....it's what they do.

takethedogalong replied on 15/08/2019 22:03

Posted on 15/08/2019 22:03

Lots of German visitors up here on Dartmoor, some very nice MHs as well. One or two very interesting demountables and a serious looking off road/expedition vehicle. Seen one or two almost stuck as well, but the roads are very tight, and unforgiving. We prefer not to use our MH here, we love the tight lanes. There are a good few discreetly overnighting as well, all nationalities. But no litter or anything else left behind. 

peedee replied on 16/08/2019 08:20

Posted on 16/08/2019 08:20

my view is, while a noble thought, don't waste your time, just go somewhere where your custom is appreciated.....and the sun shines a lot more

Couldn't agree more BB.

peedee

Rufs replied on 16/08/2019 10:31

Posted on 16/08/2019 10:31

youre right though that Germans (and other contis) just don't give a fig and take their vans out most days...after all, it has an engine and they use it that way 'back home'.

yes and as you well know, you can travel for miles in countries such as Spain without seeing another vehicle, or very few, not travelled in Germany, but judging by the number of Germans over wintering in Spain in vlarge MH's there cant be many left in Germany, and as the stats show that i posted, places such as France & Spain are vast compared to the UK and if you steer clear of major cities largely conjestion free, wouldnt relish the thought of meeting one of those large Concord MH's, that are plentyfull in Spain on some of the roads in Devon & Cornwall. Us tuggers have been the butt of lots of jokes re clogging up roads etc for many years, it looks like MH's are now starting to suffer the same fate, but unlike a caravan you just cant park your MH on a site and tour in your car, blame the Government for allowing folk over 55 to raid their pension pots undecided

takethedogalong replied on 16/08/2019 10:38

Posted on 16/08/2019 10:38

We have experienced two weeks of following big MHs up and down the twisty narrow lanes here on Dartmoor, not many caravans attempting the over the Moor routes. You just pray they don’t get stuck, but then so do trucks and vans! At least most folks are respecting the 40 mph limit on the unfenced stretches. Loads of young animals on the roads, it’s part of the charm of the place. 

peedee replied on 16/08/2019 10:41

Posted on 16/08/2019 10:41

But unlike a caravan you just cant park your MH on a site and tour in your car,

Yes you can if you tow a car, it gives you the best of both types of LV. It is also not unknown for us to leave the car on site and go out for the day in the motorhome.

peedee

Rufs replied on 16/08/2019 10:56

Posted on 16/08/2019 10:41 by peedee

But unlike a caravan you just cant park your MH on a site and tour in your car,

Yes you can if you tow a car, it gives you the best of both types of LV. It is also not unknown for us to leave the car on site and go out for the day in the motorhome.

peedee

Posted on 16/08/2019 10:56

ok, give you that, but would suggest you are very much in the minority, although i have seen big MH's with a garage underneath with a Smart car onboard, i think in Spain the car has to be on a trailer and not just an Aframe, but could be wrong  

Wildwood replied on 16/08/2019 12:08

Posted on 16/08/2019 12:08

Caravans have always been the more numerous and motorhomes a small minority. Things are changing now and there are a lot more motorhomes around. Previously as caravaners could just drive the car into town and use the same car parks as everyone else the small loss by not allowing motorhomes in was not large enough to matter to many places.

As the balance changes in favour of motorhomes the losses by excluding them will start to show, and more places will need to acommodate them, so we will probably see a change but with public bodies this tends to be slow.