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  1. ips

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    We would like to know what people consider to be neccasary on a 5 van site and what people dont like.
    For instance .....
    Is hardstanding neccasary or do some peeps like lawned.
    Are you bothered about not having hook up
    Do you like pitch markers or would you rather be able to go were you like.
    Do you consider that flowers planted around is nice
    Any sensible / serious ideas or suggestions are very very welcome.
    Many thanks.
    ips
     
  2. Carol

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    Hello Mr Ips, well for Mrs Ips site I am sure there will be many different preferences but mine are.

    1. I like grass just feels better for me.

    2. Love to see flowers around, looks as if someone cares.

    3. Prefer electric but can take it or leave it.

    4. A nice friendly face who is prepared to give information about the area maybe a couple of printed off walk or cycle rides or bus time table, all relatively cheap but can be a great help.

    5. Personally Hubby really likes to park himself one of his pet hates are wardens who direct him as if he has never parked before, with his usual comment of I was parking caravans when they were still in nappy's.

    Good Luck the more sites the better. :Smile:
     
  3. Terry

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    Hi Ips a loo and shower are always nice along with leccy.:thumb:You have a good mix of both H/S and lawned :thumb: Obviously H/S is better in early / late /winter season. :thumb::Rofl1:It will take a long time at £5 a night to get your investment in a loo and shower back :Doh:If you are within an hour or two of us at that price book me in :Rofl1:
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    Carol
    Thanks thats exactly the type of input we want.
    ips :thumb:
     
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    Thanks Terry and thanks for the pm I have implemented your suggestion allready. See signature. :thumb:
     
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    :thumb::thumb::thumb: now I KNOW WHERE YOU ARE getting my little purple book out :thumb:
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  7. Ralph-n-Bev

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    Ive always thought it a good idea to charge £5/7 a night .
    Then on top of that charge each MH caravan for the electricity they use. Can this be done?
    Also a coin operated shower , that way if we use your power we pay extra.
    I think its a lot farer that way .

    We have diesel heating , a fridge that can run on gas/ electric , Gas oven and hob and those energy efficient bulbs in everything. Solar panel and 2 very good Trojan batteries.
    We don't use , well very rarely use , the public facilities.
    Were also out most of the day .So we rarely use any power on a weekend site stop over , prefering not to get hook up. But sometimes its only about a £1 cheaper not to have power
    Bev
     
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    Hi

    If you want all year round business then hard standing is essential and an ehu desirable ..
    I would also suggest you if you put ehu in to have leccy meters .. this will ensure you don't make a loss and will please those who don't use leccy

    For rallies, a facility for get-togethers is more important than a toilet / shower block.

    Our friends have a CL in Colchester and installed meters last year.. the meters are on each post and use a pre paid card which is purchased on arrival, if there is any credit when leaving it is refunded ..

    It works well and last season was the first they actually made a small profit .. previous years they made a loss due to the high use/waste and cost of electricity.

    They charge £8 + metered leccy at the going rate .. currently 14p/kwh

    They also have a free Wifi .. nothing fancy, just the house router which gets to most of the site, this is a big attraction for many

    I would also suggest a web site .. this is one I did for them
    http://www.thelodgecl.co.uk/

    good luck . look forward to visiting some day :Smile:
     
  9. Munchie

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    Great, we are always looking for this type og site since fitting our solar panels and LED's. Too many CL/CS sites are putting in leccie and the price goes up as you don't have the option of not having it. :thumb:
     
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    I very much like the leccy meter idea myself, then you have the option if say the weather happens to be dire or you wish you could do whatever (like stay for longer cos it's really nice, for instance!! or your lappy battery has run out and you have withdrawal symptoms from being unable to access FUN, that can be quite serious you know) :Rofl1:

    A semblance of pitch markers or a suggestion of 'where people usually park' is handy when you have just a 'space' esp on grass because if they are well used, they do tend to become harder, don't they? which can be good when it does rain.

    Flowers - yes please! Me likes pretty. And if it looks like the site-owner has made a bit of an effort then I think it encourages everyone to reciprocate and makes the stay however brief, a lot more pleasant.

    Informative notices can be good, eg at one CL we stayed at info re local services, pubs, chippies etc, 'If you should wish to book the indoor swimming pool enquire at blah blah' - we enquired and did so, £8 for an hour all to ourselves, paid in advance, how will we get in? - Oh the door's always open, instructions are on the noticeboard inside - they were. A smallish (but perfectly formed) lap pool with an integral optional jacuzzi, so we had a private naturist swim and jacuzzi, followed by a shower where it was lovely and warm and private! Then fetched a take-away from the Chinese in the village. Another had no sign whatsoever of people, and no apparent letterbox at the house to stick the money in when we left next day. (Yes, we had phoned and booked!) We just left it in the porch eventually. We had no idea before, during or after whether there was a shop, a pub or any other anything, anywhere close. Weird, we thought. I don't expect CL owners to want to be my new best friend, but ..... :Eek!:
     
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    I stayed at the site Jim is referring to in February and I thought the lecy meters was a great idea, there was already credit on the meter and we was asked just to note the credit when we leave and pay what was used.

    We was off site during the day but used the EHU at night and over two nights used £3 something. Its good to know the owners are not losing out yet the users are not being ripped off.

    Greg
     
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    Dear Mr. and Mrs. IPS

    Just had a look at the entry on C&CC Sitefinder. Looks like a good location and very reasonably priced. I have made a note as a possible stopping point on the way up, or back, from Scotland.

    For winter use, hardstanding is very useful unless grass is well drained and on firm sandy / gritty soil. Also, presuming the H/S pitches are level, there is no need for ramps if one is just stopping for a night or two. Similarly, for short stays in very wet weather, the H/S means there is no need to get out the 'waffle boards' to prevent sinking just for one night.

    It is vital in wet / muddy winter conditions to have hard-surfaced access if there is any slope. The risk of getting bogged down going to / from the pitch would stop me from going on (and we have rear wheel drive).

    I prefer a CS not to be too regimented in terms of pitch positions, but this does not apply of course in the case of hard standings.

    Personally, I am not bothered about an electricity supply, but I guess most tuggers are. I prefer the option not to have to pay for it, or would support the metered option. Often we find we might just want to hook up for a morning after a few days to top up the batteries. This doesn't always sit well with site owners who prefer to have a consistent daily rate, but some are happy. The alternative is to allow reasonable (suitcase) generator use for top-up during the day, NOT to run the TV all night! Of course, if one is just a 'passage migrant' the EHU is not required anyway.

    Shower / toilet facilities are not important to us - you have to provide a CDP and potable water in any case as a CS.

    One thing that a lot of CS sites don't have is rubbish disposal. I realise this may not be easy without a trade waste contract, but if we are stopping-off during a long trip, it is useful to be able to dump a small bag of rubbish.

    A well-tended site is a joy to be on. That doesn't mean it has to be a horticultural tour de force just cared for. In fact, we like a slightly wilder look as this tends to attract wild-life, but some flowers / shrubs is a nice idea.

    That's all I can think of at the moment.

    Philip
     
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    I must admit that my preference is for the “original CL/CS” idea. That is a level field with drinking water and a chemical toilet disposal point.
    A friendly face and “pitch where you like” is also good.
    To my mind electric hook ups, toilets and showers etc. turn the place into a pucker campsite and this was not the idea.
    Sostas:Smile:
     
  14. ips

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    Many many thanks tn everyone so far this is all very usefull stuff. Dont think we will put ehu in yet if at all as would be very expensive. I like the fact that some of you like the idea of propper cl rather than pucker caravan site thats what we are trying to acheive. Got 12 vans on at the moment.
     
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    A cl is restricted to 5 vans so how come 12vans?????
     
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    You are a SPAMMER - Your research is a blatant advertisement! :BigGrin:As is your signature. If you would like to support the site please contact me to arrange some advertising.

    Thanks
     
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    Sounds great and really good value.

    As regards electric, why cant CL's just say its £5 for a pitch and if you want to use the electric its say £8. Why bother with meters and cards etc? Just have 5 electric points and if you wanna use one its an extra £3. Dont need showers or toilets, I have my own, not fussed about flowers in fact the more rustic and less twee the better (for me). Grass is nice and if I get bogged down then its always a laugh trying to get towed off. It was so cold this winter snow was the only issue not wet grass!

    Long live the good old CL!! (sorry CS)
     
  18. ips

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    Wildman. Its a c&cc rally so its allowed
     
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    Jim. I dont know why you have done that as you know full well that i asked if it was ok to put it on my sig a few wks ago and you were more than happy. And for the record this post was sincerely meant as a research exercise.
     
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    Yeah come on it’s a CS for goodness sake! It’s not like its some major MH Dealer or Haven pulling a fast one. Flipping great that they have posted on here to get advice and start a dialogue as to what people want.

    Running a CL must be almost like running a charity for some anyway.

    Ive found some brilliant ones where the owners were so helpful I felt guilty handing over just £6.

    Not sure when I will be over your way but will definately come and stay if we are.

    Cheers
    Barry
     
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