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 ?

Navigateur replied on 17/08/2019 10:08

Posted on 17/08/2019 10:08

the number that park . . .  with their posterior hanging out into the carriage way,

That is what happens when I park my Discovery in very many places! I also have side-steps fitted so I can get out the door and slide along as the space either side is also often so limited.

I don't think it is a particularly big vehicle, especially if I am one of three adults sitting in the back seats.

SteveL replied on 17/08/2019 10:18

Posted on 17/08/2019 10:18

I certainly have no wish to drive our MH, which isn't huge at 6.94m down narrow lanes and struggle to find somewhere to park it. When abroad, we will make use of Aires when we want to get close to towns, or in France the municipal campsites are often ideally situated. Here we just tend to pick our sites a bit more carefully. Even with the caravan we liked sites with public transport, as I much preferred leaving the car on site as much as possible. Probably only using it to go shopping. If the site is more remote, we now just make sure we have 3 / 4 days of provisions and then move on and restock on route. Sites are picked for good walking and nearby places of interest. Although we do plan to get some ebikes to increase our range.

JVB66 replied on 17/08/2019 11:52

Posted on 17/08/2019 11:52

I agree that a lot of car parks both supermarket and L.A. seem to have been laid out with measurements to accommodate vehicles from the 60s before "safety" crash cages?were included in vehicles,just note a real mini and the bmw"mini?"we followed a rover 100 (1960) and that was a big care back then but it looked tiny compared to our Sportagesurprised

EasyT replied on 17/08/2019 12:09

Posted on 17/08/2019 12:09

The recommended size is 2.4 wide by 4.8 deep and for perpendicular bays 6m between bays. Some are of course smaller. 

JVB66 replied on 17/08/2019 16:41

Posted on 17/08/2019 12:09 by EasyT

The recommended size is 2.4 wide by 4.8 deep and for perpendicular bays 6m between bays. Some are of course smaller. 

Posted on 17/08/2019 16:41

That's where "recomendations"are open to the designers thoughts on what can be achieved wink

BoleroBoy replied on 17/08/2019 17:36

Posted on 17/08/2019 10:18 by SteveL

I certainly have no wish to drive our MH, which isn't huge at 6.94m down narrow lanes and struggle to find somewhere to park it. When abroad, we will make use of Aires when we want to get close to towns, or in France the municipal campsites are often ideally situated. Here we just tend to pick our sites a bit more carefully. Even with the caravan we liked sites with public transport, as I much preferred leaving the car on site as much as possible. Probably only using it to go shopping. If the site is more remote, we now just make sure we have 3 / 4 days of provisions and then move on and restock on route. Sites are picked for good walking and nearby places of interest. Although we do plan to get some ebikes to increase our range.

Posted on 17/08/2019 17:36

Steve, OT, sorry....but just a quick one....parking on French village side streets or even in larger towns isn't that difficult.

we tend to do it more when passing through and stopping for a couple of hours rather than taking the van out from the site....our bikes fill that job easily.

french supermarket carparks are also huge and under occupied so finding somewhere to tuck away is easy....Lidl now provide a number of dedicated bays.

all this breeds more confidence in getting where you want to be.

glad you're having fun.

derekcyril replied on 17/08/2019 17:41

Posted on 17/08/2019 10:08 by Navigateur

the number that park . . .  with their posterior hanging out into the carriage way,

That is what happens when I park my Discovery in very many places! I also have side-steps fitted so I can get out the door and slide along as the space either side is also often so limited.

I don't think it is a particularly big vehicle, especially if I am one of three adults sitting in the back seats.

Posted on 17/08/2019 17:41

Do you know why side steps were fitted ? To stop cars banging doors into ours ..Bit of useless info 

Navigateur replied on 17/08/2019 23:58

Posted on 17/08/2019 23:58

The real purpose of the side step, or running board as it was originally called, was so that one's riding mechanic could get out and work on the engine while the vehicle was travelling.

Must dig out my pair of leather driving gauntlets - they reach up to my elbows.