CL Site Owners' Website

CholseyGrange replied on 14/01/2021 15:48

Posted on 14/01/2021 15:48

If you are a keen supporter of the CL network you might like to know that there's a dedicated support group for CL owners where they share best practice, information and encourage other landowners to set up new CLs. 

The group liaises with the Club on a regular basis, but like the CLs themeselves, it is entirely independent. The group receives no financial support or direction from the Club.The group was formed in 2014 and now has over 600 members.  Find out more on our website

How you can help: If you are visiting a CL and think they could benefit from advice or support from fellow CL owners, please point them in the direction of the group.  Likewise, if you know someone with a great spot for a new CL, the Owners Group website is a complementary source of information to the Clubs own guide for setting up a CL.

The group is entirely run by volunteers (all CL owners), is free to join and welcomes feedback from CAMC members, especially those with knowledge of the CL network!

davetommo replied on 17/01/2021 18:11

Posted on 17/01/2021 10:41 by DavidKlyne

Yesterday I put the heating on in the van between 11.00am and 18.00pm on the low setting with the thermostat set at 12 degrees C. I noted from my Smart Meter that I had used about 80p worth of electricity. Had I left it on for 24 hours it would have cost approx £2.50, now imagine if the van was being used for real. I would have had the heating on full, I would have had the water heater on and the fridge and would have used the microwave. So I imagine I would have used at least twice that amount of electricity probably more. I mention this just to illustrate how much electricity our units use. Obviously the cost to the site could have been reduced if I had use a mix of gas and electric but I wonder how many do that. So Ted's point about £5 to £8 a day does not seem unrealistic. I wonder how many would be prepared to accept an extra charge of £5 a night during the winter. It seems metering might have some merit?


Posted on 17/01/2021 18:11

What I would like to know is how much of the pitch fee does a CL allow for electric use.

replied on 17/01/2021 18:47

Posted on 17/01/2021 18:05 by davetommo

If metering became the normal then you might just find it cheaper to go down the safefill route and run your heating off gas. I can imagine just how much it costs in electric to run Alde  heating, as I can get through a 10kg safefill in 4 days using the heating

Posted on 17/01/2021 18:47

I personally would not faff with refillable gas.

replied on 17/01/2021 18:48

Posted on 17/01/2021 18:11 by davetommo

What I would like to know is how much of the pitch fee does a CL allow for electric use.

Posted on 17/01/2021 18:48

Probably variable.

davetommo replied on 17/01/2021 18:55

Posted on 17/01/2021 18:47 by

I personally would not faff with refillable gas.

Posted on 17/01/2021 18:55

Not a faff for me as I refil the safefill bottle at a pump next door to the calor depot about 10 mins from home. Plus by the time I have waited to get served then waited for a new bottle to be brought to me at the calor depot I could have filled 3 10 kg bottles.
Calor depot won’t allow refilling. I wonder why?

Tinwheeler replied on 17/01/2021 19:03

Posted on 17/01/2021 18:56 by davetommo

Maybe 1 or 2 of the cl owners could give us a clue

Posted on 17/01/2021 19:03

Why do you need your know?

Is a CL owners expenditure and pricing not his own affair?

davetommo replied on 17/01/2021 19:16

Posted on 17/01/2021 19:03 by Tinwheeler

Why do you need your know?

Is a CL owners expenditure and pricing not his own affair?

Posted on 17/01/2021 19:16

I would like to know because as the price of electric crops up regular it would be nice to know how much of the pitch pice is for Electric. As for pricing being his affair I would also think that it is also the customers affair. Or let’s put it another way if they meter the electric how much would the pitch fee reduce..

Takethedogalong replied on 17/01/2021 19:32

Posted on 17/01/2021 19:32

DT, don’t know if you have looked at the link in Ted’s opening post, but there is a bit about electricity and hook ups.............

Probably the most discussed issue for CL owners is the cost of providing Electric Hook Up (EHU) to members. Modern caravans now use electricity (rather than gas) for heating during colder spells. This fact, coupled with the assumption by some members that their pitch fee includes as much EHU as they like, can lead to spiralling costs for unwary CL owners.

An increasing number of CL owners are therefore either a) increasing their pitch fees for winter months by as much as £5/night or b) installing meters on each pitch so that they can ask for a reim bursement for electricity used. This has to be at cost (as per OFGEM regulations) as you are not al lowed to resell Electricity at a profit. As the popularity of electric cars increases (and the usage of awning heaters, washing machines and electric grills to name a few), CL owners are advised to keep a close eye on EHU usage and respond accordingly. EHU bollards must be tested by an electrician regularly and the results provided to the club.

This gives a bit of an insight, but given that there are just so many variables around each individual CL and it’s set up/ running costs, I doubt that anyone could give you a definitive answer, even if they chose to divulge their personal business plan.

davetommo replied on 17/01/2021 19:40

Posted on 17/01/2021 19:40

I did read that. So if they don’t want to divulge what they charge to substantiate the excessive electric usage then maybe they are cheesed off that they are not making enough on the extra for electric that they charge.

nelliethehooker replied on 17/01/2021 19:42

Posted on 17/01/2021 14:22 by harryb

FAO Cholsey Grange

Is it ok for cl's to now erect glamping pods? It would allow relatives to attend.

Posted on 17/01/2021 19:42

I know, just off the top of my head, of a couple of CLs that have Glamping pods and another that has a Shepherd's Hut for hire.  There are also others with cottage type accommodation to rent.

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