MaxHeadroom replied on 15/06/2017 20:32

Posted on 15/06/2017 20:32

Hi all,

        We recently enjoyed another stay at the lovely Coniston Park Coppice club site. The weather, on the whole, was lovely and the grounds and facilities up to there usual high standard. Unfortunately, as happens in the lakes, it rained some of the time. One such occasion was early evening after cooking on the cadac outside so, as we had a nice secluded corner location with our friends (and their caravan), we thought we'd make the best of it and put up a small gazebo so we could still enjoy the great outdoors while it rained.

         The next day whilst the warden was on his rounds he asked us to remove the gazebo as they weren't allowed under the rules. He was polite and courteous about it and we duly obliged albeit somewhat confused as all we wanted to do was to enjoy outdoor living - which caravanning is all about!

       I agree that wild parties and noise should not be encouraged/allowed but a gazebo (after all it's just an umbrella with four legs) I would have thought should be permitted in order to keep dry and enjoy the great outdoors.

Was this an over zealous decision by the warden or is it really a big no no?



justjn replied on 01/11/2017 14:47

Posted on 01/11/2017 14:47

we had our motorhome damaged by a gazebo/shelter on a  rally.  It was the marshallers equipment. It remains to be seen how this goes with regards to insurance which by the way happens to be with the caravan club.

DSB replied on 01/11/2017 15:21

Posted on 01/11/2017 15:21

I'm not a fan of gazebos, mainly for the reasons stated.  With a strong gust of wind it is possible for it to take flight and could subsequently cause damage.  I think windbrakes are also prone to collapse under strong gusts, but probably less prone to 'travel' - gazebos have a roof which can have more of a balloon effect.

We've stopped using parasols too (the sort that go in the middle of a table or into sand on a beach).  We once experienced a mass flight of parasols some years ago on a beach in France which could very well have caused personal injury - I certainly wouldn't leave one up unattended.  I'm neurotic enough about the awning, and that usually has the sides in and is attached to the caravan, so is less subject to a balloon effect and less likely to travel.

Personally, If I was using a gazebo, I'd take I'd down immediately after use.