Ability to chose hardstanding pitches on all sites

AandJ replied on 08/09/2021 17:47

Posted on 08/09/2021 17:47

I want the club to look at giving members the option to chose hard standing or grass pitch on the sites where standard pitches can be either or. 
This season I have experienced problems on a few popular sites whereby I’ve booked a standard pitch with awning only to turn up (at a reasonable time 2-3pm) to find there are only grass pitches left. With a 4.5 tonne Motorhome this makes me Cringe. With all the rain we’ve had grass pitches have been really soft and twice we’ve had to get off using mud runners. 
I’ve also seen many other Motorhome sand larger caravans struggling to stop wheels sinking in or awning being like mud pools. There have been several reviews around on some of these sites were members have stated they’ve booked a std pitch with awning expecting hardstanding, as on sites that are all hardstanding, only to turn up to be told only grass left and these have been very wet and several not fit for purpose. 
The sites that I experienced problems with and heard from other members that have major issues are, Tewkesbury, Hurn Lane, Seacroft, Hill Head and Gowerton. There are probably others. 
I know some people like grass and that’s fine, but if that’s the case let them book them and let those of us who literally hate them cos they are not suitable for modern caravans or Motorhome chose hard standing. 
I don’t even mind paying a bit more for hard standing but I do object to paying the same for a poor quality, inferior, soggy under sized grass pitch ( lots of these at Tewkesbury and Hurn Lane ) . It should be personal choice so give us that choice and I think you might find there’s a drop in bookings at these sites, perhaps that’s why you don’t put in in the information options. 
Of course the best option would be to do away with soggy grass pitches and make them hard standing or at least increase the proportion of hard standing . So come on CAMC give us the option on all sites so that we’re all getting the same value for our money and not getting Stuck in the Mud which is we’re the club seems to be .

DavidKlyne replied on 08/09/2021 20:51

Posted on 08/09/2021 20:39 by redface

see also the other thread on this same subject to which I replied :-

So now would be a good time to cut through the murky system and organise properly graded pitch choices for club members. To cover requirements as listed above.

 Is anyone listening?

 

Posted on 08/09/2021 20:51

Well...  According to this question I asked at the last AGM:- 

The C&CC and virtually all commercial campsites allow you to book a
hardstanding pitch, when is the Club going to do the same and if not
why not?
David Klyne

The Club's response to that was the following:-

Our current policy is very much based on all Members being able to choose the pitch most suitable for their preferences from those that are available on arrival, with many members able to pitch near to one another by arriving at similar times. Having said this, we recognise that particularly during busy periods there are many members that would like to see a more flexible pitch booking policy in order to guarantee certain preferences, as even arriving at similar times sometimes doesn't allow adjacent pitching. In addition, we also recognise that this policy encourages Members to arrive as early as possible in order to choose their preferred pitch, which can sometimes cause congestion. We are currently exploring options in relation to this policy, and indeed the opportunity to specify hardstanding vs grass pitches is currently planned as a feature of our new UK sites booking engine, which we are expecting to be available in 2022.

So hopefully only a matter of time? We shall see!!!

David

 

obbernockle replied on 08/09/2021 21:13

Posted on 08/09/2021 21:13

I think it would be a good idea for members to choose what they want when booking. This would mean those of us towing caravans and preferring a hard standing would also be able to book one if there is availability.  The existing practice on some sites of site managers reserving pitches exclusively for campervans would presumably cease, and we would revert to the original "first come, first served" procedure. This would make the booking procedure "inclusive".

redface replied on 08/09/2021 21:18

Posted on 08/09/2021 21:18

Terrific , so can we now look forward to the following categories?

G, G+A, GWE, GWE+A, HS, HS+A, FS  and FSA.

That'll upset the commissars!.

Tinwheeler replied on 08/09/2021 21:22

Posted on 08/09/2021 21:18 by redface

Terrific , so can we now look forward to the following categories?

G, G+A, GWE, GWE+A, HS, HS+A, FS  and FSA.

That'll upset the commissars!.

Posted on 08/09/2021 21:22

Well, it works for C&CC. CAMC are well overdue in making this move.

AandJ replied on 08/09/2021 21:25

Posted on 08/09/2021 18:14 by JVB66

We use many cc sites ,most years in all seasons ,and do not recognise much of your post in respect ,of the "many?" LVs having difficulty with getting on or off  grass pitches? this or any other year apart from Gowerton we have used all the sites that you claim have problems?without noting any one having  problemssurprised

Posted on 08/09/2021 21:25

Last time we were at Hurn Lane in May at least six Motorhomes trying to leave including us were all stuck in soft grass and needed runners to get us off 

Whittakerr replied on 08/09/2021 21:30

Posted on 08/09/2021 21:25 by AandJ

Last time we were at Hurn Lane in May at least six Motorhomes trying to leave including us were all stuck in soft grass and needed runners to get us off 

Posted on 08/09/2021 21:30

If it's such a problem, surely having running mats with you is part of the kit any responsible Motorhome should carry so it shouldn't be a problem.

i wouldn't dream of arriving on site without a bottle of my favourite beer for when I've finished erecting my awning. 🍻

AandJ replied on 08/09/2021 21:35

Posted on 08/09/2021 21:13 by obbernockle

I think it would be a good idea for members to choose what they want when booking. This would mean those of us towing caravans and preferring a hard standing would also be able to book one if there is availability.  The existing practice on some sites of site managers reserving pitches exclusively for campervans would presumably cease, and we would revert to the original "first come, first served" procedure. This would make the booking procedure "inclusive".

Posted on 08/09/2021 21:35

There is no policy of reserving for larger motorhomes in this club, but I know some CCC and commercial sites do

AandJ replied on 08/09/2021 21:51

Posted on 08/09/2021 21:30 by Whittakerr

If it's such a problem, surely having running mats with you is part of the kit any responsible Motorhome should carry so it shouldn't be a problem.

i wouldn't dream of arriving on site without a bottle of my favourite beer for when I've finished erecting my awning. 🍻

Posted on 08/09/2021 21:51

We do carry mud runners but when the ground is very wet even they can sink or break and it churns the pitch up something awful, even newer double axle caravans struggle, so we need to be given an appropriate choice. If you’re happy with grass that’s your choice but we all pay our membership and I’d rather have a drink than be worrying if we going to be bogged down the next morning 

SteveL replied on 08/09/2021 22:37

Posted on 08/09/2021 21:25 by AandJ

Last time we were at Hurn Lane in May at least six Motorhomes trying to leave including us were all stuck in soft grass and needed runners to get us off 

Posted on 08/09/2021 22:37

We have just visited Hurn Lane and I certainly wouldn’t like being on many of those grass pitches in wet weather. We were on a HS and there was a run of grass pitches behind us. A significant distance for a heavy MH to navigate before reaching tarmac. The sooner surface type booking is brought in the better in my opinion. That opinion was the same when we had a caravan, I just wasn’t as concerned about ending up on wet grass then.

Tinwheeler replied on 08/09/2021 23:01

Posted on 08/09/2021 22:37 by SteveL

We have just visited Hurn Lane and I certainly wouldn’t like being on many of those grass pitches in wet weather. We were on a HS and there was a run of grass pitches behind us. A significant distance for a heavy MH to navigate before reaching tarmac. The sooner surface type booking is brought in the better in my opinion. That opinion was the same when we had a caravan, I just wasn’t as concerned about ending up on wet grass then.

Posted on 08/09/2021 23:01

Funnily enough, Hurn Lane was the site some years back where the wardens refused to let us pitch our heavy T/A caravan on a HS as they were keeping them for any MHs that turned up. The HS pitches remained empty while we, I'm afraid, churned up the grass.🤷‍♂️

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