Booking in the UK is so complex

Discussion in 'UK Touring' started by ShiftZZ, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. ShiftZZ

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    Ok, Mrs ShiftZZ and I am mean and when we look at the fees proposed by campsites, no wonder, we are confused.

    Pitch charge charge per person, extra person charge, awning charge, EHU 6A change, EHU 6.27666 A charge, facing south charge, child charge, child wearing pink charge, extra charge of pink is Barbie Pink.
    If van not make on a Wednesday charge...

    Why cant they have a simple charge, say £6.00, EHU extra,. thats it


    Why so complex?

    Are they just greedy?

    No wonder I prefer going to France...
     
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    I get annoyed at all the extra charges it certainly puts the fee per night up and I hate dogs being charged for, what services do they use? the worst I have encountered is Haven at £3 a night for dogs, with Susie being only 3.5 kilo she rarely goes out and extra people being charged for and visitors being charged for i could go on....
     
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    Just a way of trying to hide the real cost;

    Extra for an awning, extra for a car. These site owners must model themselves on the innkeeper in Les Miserables 'extra for the mice, extra for the lice etc.:Sad:

    I don't like to stay on sites in the UK at all if I can avoid it.
     
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    like Marjal .. :Laughing:


    Not used many French sites per se, but those I have, had a price menu .. even the municipals.

    Also, is it fair a family of four or more should be the same price as a couple .. ?

    Some charges do seem a bit OTT, but at the end of the day, a site is a business run to make a profit. They will set the price as high as the market will stand ..
     
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    Hi Scotjimland, I agree with you about the family/couple thing because they will use the showers toilets extra electric etc but I too do not agree with the dogs. Whilst I have been looking for this weekend for 2 nights I found a site charging 3 pound a dog, for me thats an extra 18 pound over the two nights :Eek!:, thats ridiculous, what services do they use? Maybe a little water :Angry:
     
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    Most French sites do charge for the unit and the people as separate items, which is good with just two of us, though I grumbled a bit when there were 5 of us. Mind you one of my boys used to have a shower six times a day if it was hot so got our moneys worth for him.

    I like EHU charges to be separate, then I don't have it, but usually use ACSI where it is included so use it, even if its only for the fridge.
     
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    With you all on that one! It is one of my bugbears, and I do try to avoid campsites with that style of booking policy and pricing - it looks greeding, and as if it is designed to deceive...When you are away from it all, you don't want to have to read small print, or think that the owner thinks you are dim enough to rip off just becase you on on holiday. You just want a price and a pitch.

    It seems to be the cubs are all going that way to suggest you can save with them. Yes pitches from £4 does look enticing, until you join, get the book and discover that it is for one person, the van they are sleeping in, the person they married, the kids, dog and grandma are all extra, so you end up paying £40 a night.....greed like this will kill camping in this financial climate.
     
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    Yes indeed,

    charging for dogs has always been contentious .. we have two, and personally wouldn't patronise a site that was charging that amount ..

    I think a small charge is in order, dogs don't use showers etc, but the site usually has a dog bin to service, and while most owners are careful and clean up.. I'm afraid , some don't . Bad dog owners like bad parents get all a bad name..
     
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    I think quiet dogs should be discounted...and the noisy ones should be charged double !
    And owners who dont pick up thier dogs doos........should be made to eat it !


    barry
     
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    The last site we stayed on charged 2 pound per dog per night, which we paid for one night. We tethered our three outside the van for breakfast and cleaned up after them. On the same site was a family who allowed their dog to run free even though sheep grazed in the field and their kids were running free as well causing havoc. They kept encouraging their dog to come to ours which made ours bark. I know their on holiday but you should still keep an eye on them. And I had dog doo on my pitch as well!!! Its just as you say it gives responsible owners/parents a bad name.
     
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    Or a single. I'm getting a bit fed up of checking out people's recommendations for sites only to find that they expect me to pay the same as a family.

    If it's the middle of the summer holidays and I might be taking up a pitch that they would be certain to fill otherwise then fine....I tend to avoid such sites at that time of year anyway. But some of the off-peak rates I've been looking at this year are ridiculous...and then they expect extra for EHU. The CLs/independent sites seem to be the worst.

    I vote for charge per person and let me pick EHU or not....hang on, didn't we do a poll on this last year?

    And sometimes they push it too far. There was one site (a pub) I contacted a couple of years ago after reading an old review in a magazine, which had doubled its price in the meantime :Angry: I've just spotted that it's in the Brit Stops booklet, so technically you can stay for free :RollEyes: Perhaps I wasn't the only one who looked elsewhere?
     
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    Around a year ago while checking online , we came across a UK site who charged customers for having day visitors ( from outwith the site ) to their pitch.Something like £1 per visitor. Greed in that case , pure and simple.

    Dogs ,,,,, we"re not dog owners , but certainly not anti dog . If a site has a designated dog walk area and waste bins etc then its surely only fair that there should be a small charge for area usage ,to cover area maintenance ..... But definitely not the £3 per dog per day figures shown on this thread. That does come across as greedy .

    Charges for awnings ,,,, Never understood that one , as the awning is all contained within the designated and paid for pitch , what extra resources are being utilised by the paying customer , especially if no EHU ? .... Greed on this one .

    Charge per person ,, I think thats fair. It seems ridiculous that a group of say 4 or 5 should pay the same as a single person . Especially if the charge includes EHU and use of showeres , toilets etc .

    Best simple charging model ... I opt for per person and choice of EHU or not ...... Also EHU metered ? might stop the outrageuos electric use sometimes seen.Every appliance on the planet going full tilt night and day .
     
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    Dogs ,,,,, we"re not dog owners , but certainly not anti dog . If a site has a designated dog walk area and waste bins etc then its surely only fair that there should be a small charge for area usage ,to cover area maintenance ..... But definitely not the £3 per dog per day figures shown on this thread. That does come across as greedy .

    Charges for awnings ,,,, Never understood that one , as the awning is all contained within the designated and paid for pitch , what extra resources are being utilised by the paying customer , especially if no EHU ? .... Greed on this one .

    Charge per person ,,,,, I think thats fair. It seems ridiculous that a group of say 4 or 5 should pay the same as a single person . Especially if the charge includes EHU and use of showeres , toilets etc .

    Best simple charging model ... I opt for ,,,, per person and choice of EHU or not ...... Also EHU metered ? might stop the outrageuos electric use sometimes seen.Every appliance on the planet going full tilt night and day .
     
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    Any site that charges for a dog, we don't go too. Simple.
    Jim
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    I thought it was just us, all we want is a small (children free i.e. adult only) site, no EHU, just a 'dump le poo poo', water and thats it.

    Happy to pay say £10, but the rest of it is sheer nonsense.
     
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    Yes, the UK is a rip off with nearly everything. I was always assured the Caravan Club and the C&CC were for the members but there balance sheets keep on rising with no benefits coming back to the members. They also cater for caravans in more ways than motorhomes. I know they put a motorhome point in place but these are mostly useless and to small. Even when they build new sites little thought goes into our needs as motorhomers. My main gripe with most sites is the lack of clarity as to bus services in there promotions. They always push environmental issues but we all see towcars running on and off site continuously, do motorhomes?
    Cant' wait to go over the water and away from all this officialism.
     
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    I don't think so..

    don't have figures to hand but I think you'll find that camping, in all it's forms, is on the increase.. mainly due to the credit squeeze and families looking for cheaper holiday alternatives.. so, demand will rise pushing prices even higher..

    despite an increase in fees, our friends with the CL had one of there busiest seasons last year and when I called about booking a week in Easter they were fully booked all through and beyond the school holidays ..

    even at £40 per night it's a lot cheaper than a hotel or B&B for a family.

    their prices have increased since 2008 from £8 per night inc. of 16A EHU .. to £10 + Metered EHU .. they put meters in due to abuse of leccy resulting in them having a bill that would have made your eyes water..

    The days of a cheap CL with leccy are all but gone..the days of camping in a farmers field for 1/- per night are long gone.. .. it is now big business.

    even at £40 per night, it's still cheaper than a Hotel, B&B or rented flat for a family of four.
     
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    Most sites i visit now seem to have multi million pound building work going on ,pools,bungalows,ect.
    I must be in the wrong line of work!
    I find, don`t tell them who`s in my m/h--they don`t seem to come looking!!!!:Eeek:
     
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