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 .

EmilysDad replied on 08/09/2021 23:20

Posted on 08/09/2021 21:51 by AandJ

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 

Posted on 08/09/2021 23:20

 ... even newer double axle caravans struggle ...

Do they? I have a twin axle & have never struggled to get on or off my preferred grass pitch. I steer clear of gravel. but it's getting harder to do so.

EmilysDad replied on 08/09/2021 23:23

Posted on 08/09/2021 23:01 by Tinwheeler

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.🤷‍♂️

Posted on 08/09/2021 23:23

how far from the road was the pitch? My tow car rarely gets anywhere near the pitch while still hitched to the caravan

Tinwheeler replied on 08/09/2021 23:38

Posted on 08/09/2021 23:23 by EmilysDad

how far from the road was the pitch? My tow car rarely gets anywhere near the pitch while still hitched to the caravan

Posted on 08/09/2021 23:38

Sorry, I didn't get the tape measure out and you'll have to take my word that it was far enough for car and cvan to be completely on grass. 

Whittakerr replied on 09/09/2021 08:15

Posted on 08/09/2021 23:01 by Tinwheeler

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.🤷‍♂️

Posted on 09/09/2021 08:15

I was recently on the Ramslade site, On the part of the site i chose, the grass pitches are accessed  by driving across the grass field. I was there for 21 nights which included some wet weather. Nobody, be it motorhome or caravan, had any problems except for one motorhome driver who drove down the field looking for a pitch. After reversing on to a likely pitch he must of decided it it wasn't what he wanted and thought the best way to move was to select first gear, deploy maximum engine revs and let the clutch out fast. After a couple of minutes of merry mud making he got the warden to tow him out. The pitch was then coned off for about a week.

SteveL replied on 09/09/2021 08:21

Posted on 08/09/2021 23:23 by EmilysDad

how far from the road was the pitch? My tow car rarely gets anywhere near the pitch while still hitched to the caravan

Posted on 09/09/2021 08:21

The ones I was referring to were between the hardstandings and the trees in the picture. Access was to the right of the service point. Unless a HS in front was unoccupied a significant distance to tow or drive on grass, if it’s wet and slippery.

EmilysDad replied on 09/09/2021 08:21

Posted on 09/09/2021 08:15 by Whittakerr

I was recently on the Ramslade site, On the part of the site i chose the grass pitches are accessed  by driving across the grass field. I was there for 21 nights which included some wet weather. Nobody, be it motorhome or caravan, had any problems except for one motorhome driver who drove down the field looking for a pitch. After reversing on to a likely pitch he must of decided it it wasn't what he wanted and thought the best way to move was to select first gear, deploy maximum engine revs and let the clutch out fast. After a couple of minutes of merry mud making he got the warden to tow him out. The pitch was then coned off for about a week.

Posted on 09/09/2021 08:21

operator error then ..... 🙄 

EmilysDad replied on 09/09/2021 08:22

Posted on 08/09/2021 23:38 by Tinwheeler

Sorry, I didn't get the tape measure out and you'll have to take my word that it was far enough for car and cvan to be completely on grass. 

Posted on 09/09/2021 08:22

am I allowed a 1 word answer .... 🤐

SteveL replied on 09/09/2021 08:33

Posted on 09/09/2021 08:15 by Whittakerr

I was recently on the Ramslade site, On the part of the site i chose, the grass pitches are accessed  by driving across the grass field. I was there for 21 nights which included some wet weather. Nobody, be it motorhome or caravan, had any problems except for one motorhome driver who drove down the field looking for a pitch. After reversing on to a likely pitch he must of decided it it wasn't what he wanted and thought the best way to move was to select first gear, deploy maximum engine revs and let the clutch out fast. After a couple of minutes of merry mud making he got the warden to tow him out. The pitch was then coned off for about a week.

Posted on 09/09/2021 08:33

You only have to watch / listen to some putting MH’s up on ramps to realise that their clutch control isn’t everything it should be.😂 However, if surface type booking was available, churning up a grass pitch would not be an issue. I have no problem with folk wanting / booking grass. However, I suspect that unless the booking was only a week away, many would still book a hardstanding and hope to swap on arrival if conditions were suitable.

EmilysDad replied on 09/09/2021 08:38

Posted on 09/09/2021 08:21 by SteveL

The ones I was referring to were between the hardstandings and the trees in the picture. Access was to the right of the service point. Unless a HS in front was unoccupied a significant distance to tow or drive on grass, if it’s wet and slippery.

Posted on 09/09/2021 08:38

Thanks Steve .... I was only asking as most pitches on most sites are accessed directly from the road and there's not usually the need to drive over any grass. 

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