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 .

SteveL replied on 09/09/2021 08:40

Posted on 09/09/2021 08:27 by pathfinder

Not all members want to go on holiday and have to pitch up on a ‘Car park’

Posted on 09/09/2021 08:40

I would prefer at this time of year, even if dry, not to end up on a grass pitch alongside a dead muddy area, where as a result of pitching to the peg multiple awnings have been erected all summer. I would much rather put my table and chairs on gravel.

EasyT replied on 09/09/2021 08:41

Posted on 08/09/2021 20:37 by Tinwheeler

It'll be the 'system'😁.

When the warden at Bladon Chains did exactly as you suggest in order to prevent pitches being churned up, there was an outcry from some caravanners because they perceived MHs to be given preferential treatment. Sometimes wardens and the club can’t win.

Posted on 09/09/2021 08:41

I have absolutely no desire to help out anybody by taking an unsuitable grass pitch. I was asked to use a grass pitch at Shawsmead near Aberaeron. I inspected the area and reversed onto an adjacent hard standing instead. I accidently put a front wheel onto the grass whilst turning and left a 4'' deep rut. There had been heavy rain for days and I would have been happier to be cancelled the previous day rather than use such a grass area.

EmilysDad replied on 09/09/2021 08:42

Posted on 09/09/2021 08:33 by SteveL

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.

Posted on 09/09/2021 08:42

I was on a booked grass pitch last week ..... it was booked about a  month ago. As it was, the weather could not have been better but I've chosen to be on a few all grass CLs when the going turned out to be a little wet .... 

EmilysDad replied on 09/09/2021 08:43

Posted on 09/09/2021 08:40 by SteveL

I would prefer at this time of year, even if dry, not to end up on a grass pitch alongside a dead muddy area, where as a result of pitching to the peg multiple awnings have been erected all summer. I would much rather put my table and chairs on gravel.

Posted on 09/09/2021 08:43

The peg can always be adjusted if needed .... can't be said of hardstandings

EasyT replied on 09/09/2021 08:43

Posted on 09/09/2021 08:40 by SteveL

I would prefer at this time of year, even if dry, not to end up on a grass pitch alongside a dead muddy area, where as a result of pitching to the peg multiple awnings have been erected all summer. I would much rather put my table and chairs on gravel.

Posted on 09/09/2021 08:43

I'm with you on that Steve. Around the caravan I prefer to wear slippers outside. 

Tinwheeler replied on 09/09/2021 08:46

Posted on 09/09/2021 08:38 by EmilysDad

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. 

Posted on 09/09/2021 08:46

I know why you were asking. The pitch we used isn't in Steve's pic and has since been made HS. Remember too, Somerset Levels, drainage and flooding.

One word? When I make a one word post it usually involves use of the report button.

EmilysDad replied on 09/09/2021 08:47

Posted on 09/09/2021 08:41 by EasyT

I have absolutely no desire to help out anybody by taking an unsuitable grass pitch. I was asked to use a grass pitch at Shawsmead near Aberaeron. I inspected the area and reversed onto an adjacent hard standing instead. I accidently put a front wheel onto the grass whilst turning and left a 4'' deep rut. There had been heavy rain for days and I would have been happier to be cancelled the previous day rather than use such a grass area.

Posted on 09/09/2021 08:47

Are X Trails not all wheel drive? Genuine question .... 

It amused me the amount of 'keep off the grass' signs that sprouted up over night around/near my pitch when I put a wheel on the grass finger at a club site ..... I think the warden was hinting!!! 

cyberyacht replied on 09/09/2021 08:47

Posted on 09/09/2021 08:47

I spend a fair bit of time on CLs, most of which are grass. I deploy 'track mats' as a matter of course as I find that after a few days the wheels sink in to some degree whatever the weather. I haven't had to call out the cavalry 'yet'. Like the majority of motorhomes, ramps are often required under the front wheels and these give you a 'rolling start' to get off any pitch.

EmilysDad replied on 09/09/2021 08:48

Posted on 09/09/2021 08:46 by Tinwheeler

I know why you were asking. The pitch we used isn't in Steve's pic and has since been made HS. Remember too, Somerset Levels, drainage and flooding.

Posted on 09/09/2021 08:48

so why the tape measure comment?

EasyT replied on 09/09/2021 08:54

Posted on 08/09/2021 23:20 by EmilysDad

 ... 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.

Posted on 09/09/2021 08:54

On a mainly grass site, in Cornwall I think, Only 4 wheel drive vehicles were permitted to pitch the others had to be positioned by tractor. The main part of the site reminded me of a tank training area with churned up ruts in multitude of places. I chose an area which most did not want as it was advised that there was no TV reception. I did not damage the turf but as soon as you trod on the ground the muddy water oozed up covering your shoes.

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