Anyone got an alternate winter destination ?

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  1. Jaws

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    It looks like it might be the end of the good times at Zahora ( for us ) as boss man talking about charging for electric on top of the price of parking up ( which went up € 30 a month this year )
    Sooo, it is either finding an alternate destination or maybe even dumping the motorhome and fly somewhere for winter instead..

    Anyone got any suggestions for a destination that is not too cold, a maximum of 1700 miles from the UK, have WiFi and works out at less monthly costs

    It could be somewhere that charges electric as an extra providing :

    Gas is easily obtained and not miles off site ( so we could use gas heating )

    The monthly rental charges were CONSIDERABLY less than Zahora..

    Dont get me wrong, love the place here, love the people, but like most folk, there is a budget to consider
     
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    What are they charging at Zahora? Is the leccy optional?
     
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    If the weather good solars fine for me but not keen on way prices are going up........:Sad:

    Maybe the sheer number of Brits a Zahora makes putting the price up easier?
     
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    We may well head for Algarve next Feb/ March but are also planning for a fly drive for 3 weeks in Florida Sept this year. :thumb::Smile:
     
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    How about a rally at JJs place :Smile:
     
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    God it's hard being you Larry:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Well some bits of Morocco aren't more than 1700m because it's 1532 from Thetford to Melilla (Ceuta, car ferry from Almeria) and Maroc camping is sposed to be cheap.

    What do you actually want to pay? Euros 11.75 a night any good? - without taking the ferry! http://www.campingcabodegata.com/ofertas-de-invierno.html

    I know C de G isn't exactly in the heart of the Almerian metropolis but I haven't looked at eg Roquetas etc. There have got to be other places around that price.
     
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    €250 a month for 3months, €300 a month for 1 month, €8 or €10 a night including electricity.It's been cold for the last few weeks, lots of electric heaters no wonder he is thinking of meters.
    I doubt if you will find any where as nice much cheaper even if they do start metering the electricity. From what I have read there has been considerable investment on that site( open to correction ) even the Spanish are in business to make a profit.
     
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    Exactly what we were discussing earlier, we are on hookup right now and mentioned thatif we had a space heater would save on the gas:Smile: Most of those vans down there for winter will have those fan space heaters and when they are all on for 3 hours in the morning and maybe 4 hours in the evening even a small 1200w thing must burn a few Euros everyday.
     
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    Bloody hell! what type of aircraft are you putting your motorhome on ??

    barry:Smile:
     
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    Sorry but that info is out of date.. It is now € 330 per month and ( I think ) € 270 for 3 months plus

    While it is true everyone has to make a profit that does not concern me in any way.. My concern is what I pay.. I have already been told of two possible options, one just 70 miles or so from here, towards Malaga which is currently € 200 a month for up to three months but has not got the community we all enjoy so much here ...........

    During the summer ( apparently ) the place is absolutely full to heaving here, and a huge amount are reported to have electric bbq's going, plus all the usual paraphernalia.. so why a 1/3rd site should cause constant trip outs ( large sections of the camp blacked out ) and moans about too much electric being used ( even on a day like today when the weather was warm and I should think hardly anyone had any heating on )

    Morocco is a no no mate.. Might as well stay here and pay the extra for leccy as pay a couple of hundred beer tokens for a ferry ! :Sad:

    As a by the by, IF we do return here our daughter and family will not come down to visit because the advertised price on the web site for a chalet was €33.00 a night.. They tried to book but it kept failing.... When they checked out they were charged € 45.00 a night.. All in all, while I appreciate every one is feeling the pinch, there is only so much pinching from me and my family I am willing to accept !! :Wink:
     
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    It quite possibly is Jim, but ............

    Without hookup we would be cooking and heating with gas.. I have an Alugas system so it would mean downing the awning and safari room, and all the garbage within at least once a week ( our blown air heating is REALLY greedy on gas ) to drive several miles to refill.. not really an option to be honest
    I would be interested to hear from any one at Marjal who is cooking with electric and maybe using a small fan heater, who can give me a rough idea of how much they are spending on electric per week or month ?
     
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    So, spill the beans John, who actually said this. The rise this year was €1 per nite, not a lot in my opinion - 83p at today's rate. €300 amonth for 2 months stay is €10 a nite (£8.30) a fantastic rate if it includes 16A electric.
     
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    Maybe its time to pool our buying power and have a big winter rally somewhere. The C&CC have run them for years, they get a 3 or 4 month rate and their members can turn up for any time within the dates. I think Carefree run it for them at a profit. So I'm sure with our collective buying power we could get a good deal somewhere in the sun, get the right place at a good price and I'm sure we could get quite a few numbers. I have a few ideas, I'll look into it and see what I can turn up. :thumb:

    Ideally we want somewhere with the best chance of good weather
    Leccy, but the option not to have it
    A silly long term rate :Smile:
     
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    Sounds good Jim, we would be up for it. Depends where.
     
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    A campsite will give keener prices if they think they will gain or lose a whole rally over winter. has to be better than all those individual conversations/negotiations where they risk losing the odd booking
     
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    dont you have a Spanish regulator fitting so that you can use Spanish bottled gas, its cheap usually around €13 for a 15kg bottle. The Gas lorries are round usually at least twice a week or the local petrol station usually sells the same in a silver barrel container (looks like a beer barrel).
    fraid i think the rate is very good still compared to some sites over there
     
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    Trip of yer life

    Any one up for it....

    Dover to Ancona, Italy, 900 miles.
    Superfast ferry from above to Patra, Greece.
    Patra to Kalamata, Pelopenese. Greece.. 200 miles.

    Done it 10 years ago.
    Costs are not too back with the Euro as it is.

    Kalamata is as far south as Golden mile in Spain.

    If you take of early October you will beat the winter. Must admit the sun is more hit & miss than Spain, bonus is lovely peeps. new scenery.:thumb:
     
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    But look at the difference in temp. That is why why we DO Espana. If there was an alternative (without crossing to Africa) we would do it.
     
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    africa rules for winter sun.but even then you really are restricted to the west coast only.
    you must have been following dave and johns travels .its the way for winter sun.
     
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