A Tale Of Freeloading Off-Site Motorhomers.

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  1. JJ

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    The following report has been related to me by a Belgium Hymer 700S owner whom I met the other week in Silves

    The Algarve town of Silves is very popular with off-siters because, although it is not near the sea, it has a super castle to visit and the area where the vans park is near a supermarket and has access to water and a cassette emptying manhole. But the main reason for its popularity is that the mayor is very supportive of them.

    Silves recently hit the national news when a freak tornado swept through the town causing a lot of damage.

    Apparently (I wasn't there) it was back on telly and in the newspapers because a group of these freeloaders arranged a collection amongst themselves and raised €1800 which they took to the Council. The reporter told me the Mayor refused the money on behalf of the town but suggested a way it could be used to help the community.

    I am told that the money bought nine new wheelchairs for the locals.

    Having previously stated that 90% of what you hear on the motorhoming grapevine is rubbish l do hope this report is true...

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    If its from a Belgium it must be true.:Doh:

    If you dont agree i will let my wife fead it.:Rofl1:

    But I also hope it is true.

    Wild camping is not always about price its sometimes about location

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    It would be really nice if this is true.

    Silves is a lovely town with great architecture and a great market.
     
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    Typical freeloaders.:Wink:
     
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    I am pretty sure it is true.

    There would be no reason for this man to fib...

    He was there and also reported with a twinkle in his eye that the people in the big, posh motorhomes made the smaller donations...:Rofl1::Rofl1:

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    Whether true or not - it is a nice story

    JJ


    Whether it’s true or not - it is a nice story. :thumb::thumb:



    I have for many years thought that you should put something back into the society in which you live and have always tried to do so.



    Whether it is purchasing goods and services from local tradesmen or businesses or giving your time freely to local good causes.


    I have volunteered for or supported something or other for the last thirty years.



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    I also hope this is true but if the local council charged even €2.50 a night for the 2-300 units parked there they would make around €500 to €700 a night

    Incidentally does anyone know where the said manhole leads, these car parks are next to the river and not all manholes lead to foul sewers.

    "Wild camping is not always about price its sometimes about location"

    If you have ever seen this location I think that you would agree that in no way could the people that stay there be described as wild campers. I have more space on my campsite, which some have likened to a 'car park', than most of the units packed in on the actual car parks at Silves.

    Frankly it is one of the most appalling sights that I have seen.
     
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    Just found this on the internet

    Silves motorhomers raise funds to help city’s needy

    by Carrie-Marie Bratley, in General · 24-01-2013 09:44:00 · 0 Comments
    A group of motorhome owners, who are among the hundreds who flock to Silves every year to enjoy the Algarve’s winter sunshine, have raised over €1,000 to help the city’s needy as a means of giving thanks “for putting up with us.”


    http://www.theportugalnews.com/news/silves-motorhomers-raise-funds-to-help-citys-needy/27592


    :thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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    Portuguese manholes are clearly marked... something along the lines of Escotas (sewage) and Pluvias (rainwater).

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    Wonder if this guy has seen that article:
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDDHMP2OuaA"]Wild Campers / Camping in Alvor Portugal 02/2012 - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    I'm sure that's this guy I discovered that he rents houses in Alvor. :Smile:
     
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    i heard he was there sellling flags for mhf :Laughing::Laughing::Laughing:
     
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    I don't think Alvor is Silves is it?

    Different places...

    Some holiday home owners might there in Alvor in Feb but I suspect not many.

    Of course neither "site" appeals to me much... too many vans there for me...:Rofl1:

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    Evening Smudger, how are you mate? It's gone 9pm and your not asleep, you must be drunk:thumb::BigGrin:
     
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    I am with Smudger Jim and I promise you he is as sober as you were on Saturday after the Egg Chasing...

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    Hey, forget the politics of off site camping... WHERE can I get nine wheelchairs for 1800 Euro's?? I need to pass on the details to NHS procurement NOW!!

    Lorraine x
     
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    Lightweight wheel chair £199.99 :thumb:
     
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    Lots of things are more affordable in Portugal than Blighty...

    Maybe wheelchairs are too.

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