The dreded Parking issue!!!

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  1. OddSocks

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    So, where do you park?

    We went to a car park but we were too big for all the spaces and the rules about overhanging the white lies made us too scared to risk getting a ticket.

    We found another park and the sign said that motor homes were welcome. :BigGrin:
    But the section at the end said they were not! So we had no choice but to park in one of the coach bays - coaches only - that is what was painted on them!!!
    But it said motor homes welcome, and it also said no motor homes specifically on the small car sized bays so what were we to do? Luckily we got back to the van in time, and the man who was just about to write us a ticket explained that as we were in the coach bay we were supposed to pay the coach tariff. Well, that was entirely unclear on the signs, so we went and purchased a second ticket for an additional £1.50 and he let us off the fine. Which was quite decent of him.

    So today we went to out. We couldn't even get in the car park, but found a coach park close by. It had signs saying no cars, no caravans, no trucks no camping etc.... but not no motor homes. Se we risked it, and actually it was fine. Although I am sure we would have got a ticket had an inspector arrived.

    But this started an interesting conversation. Where DO you park? You can't use a car park as you overhang and get a ticket. You can't use coach bays and you can't use parking meters at the side of the road you are too big! So, what is the answer?
     
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    Get a bus. :Rofl1:
     
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    I've been known to phone the traffic / parking section at the local authority and ask. They are often very helpful.
     
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    What is the lengt of your van Matt.
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  5. Vlad The Impaler

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    You have to move!
    Such problems are par for the norm in cornwall apparently ,I've never been there in the van but then again I've never had a problem parking anywhere else!
    Therefore location is the key and quite clearly as a motor-homer, in that location your about as welcome as a fart in a perfumery! :Doh:
    Joking aside I always find a space either on the roadside,car park,supermarket or wherever,I've never been out and not been able to park!




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  6. Bailey58

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    I don't know how you do your motorhoming (for want of a better phrase) but in the UK we tend to do our research and book club sites within walking distance of nearby villages or close to bus stops that will take us into town. We also use GJH's motorhome friendly parking website for info on parking facilities where we're heading. Other than that we are looking across the channel more and more where we are welcome with open arms almost.


     
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    i only have one leg,,so dissabled,,,,find double yellow lines,,throw badge up and park,,,,,just have to hop a bit further,,,,,:thumb:
     
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    Always a problem we got done in York in the coach bay but got let off after a grovelling letter sent. If we out an about we look for car parks with a bit of grass behind ,reverse till the wheels touch the kerb and usually that does it. Failing that park over two bays an get two tickets:thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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    We are 6 meters long. That's 19 feet 8 7⁄32 inches in old speak!

    That is an excellent resource, thanks for the link! :BigGrin:

    We like to take the motorhome out for a run over the weekend. Today we went to Newquay to watch the surf and eat pizza and drink tea. Not in that order, or even all at the same time. It is nice to sit on a cliff top with a cuppa with the sea and the birds, and parking in those places is easy. It is in town that we have problems.
     
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    If in doubt that is the thing to do. The majority of local authorities provide parking for motorhomes or are happy to provide advice when asked.

    Thanks for the plug Rob :Smile: Research is always a good idea,

    York is a nightmare (and expensive) for parking in the city centre in any vehicle but is actually one of the easiest places in the country to park a motorhome. Four out of the five P&R sites allow motorhomes - all easy to get to, stress free and cheap travel into and out of the city on frequent buses, what more do we want? :Smile:

    EDIT: Don't park over two bays (even with two tickets) unless you know it is allowed - it isn't everywhere.
     
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    Normal car parks can be a problem. We normally research in advance if going to a town/city. There is often a car park or park and ride that is suitable. The vast majority of non town-centre supermarkets are fine, although a very few will have height barriers. However, we have an ethical objection to using supermarket car parks and then just going somewhere completely different.

    If we don't research a town in advance, we find the best bet is to drive about one mile from the centre, where there is usually ample on-road parking. Best to choose a posh area next to a park, as there is usually loads of space and you aren't parking directly in front of people's front rooms.

    Countryside is rarely an issue. You can normally find free car parks without even marked spaces. National Trust/English Heritage usually welcome them.

    We're 7.5m, but too wide for car spaces (2.44m excluding mirrors).
     
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    Hardy surprising really. Car parks are designed, in the main, for cars run by commuters and shoppers. Many of them are designed for regular use only by vehicles weighing no more that 2 tonnes and use by heavier vehicles can damage the structure.

    We have chosen to use larger and heavier vehicles so the onus is on us to find somewhere to park rather than expect it on a plate. That, of course, does not preclude contacting local authorities or private car park owners to negotiate extra provision when we can show that it would be advantageous to all :Smile:
     
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    The clue is in the name..ie

    * Car park
    * Coach park
    * Lorry/truck Park
    * Bus Park
    * Caravan park
    * Motor Cycle park


    Look in your V5 ..:Wink:

    if it says.. Motor Caravan.. that means it falls under the same regulations as a Caravan ..

    The UK does not cater well for parking Caravans or Motor Caravans in towns or on the street.. Caravan owners know this and use CLs and Sites.. then drive with the car to town etc.. one of the restrictions you have to accept when you own a Motor Caravan...

    Van conversions that can fit in a bay are generally ok.. except car parks with height barriers..

    I did it for years with a 36FT USRV. .. and yes, it said in the V5 ..Motor Caravan

    the rule of thumb.. the longer you are, the more planning required.. for example.. some sites do not accept USRVs.. mainly due to the weight .. and many have a 28ft rule, due to limitations on pitch size, weight and or access.

    If you try to use a Motor Caravan the way you do a car you will have all sorts of issues.. plan ahead.. do the research and you will have a great time..
     
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  14. Tootles

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    We usually park in a supermarket, as far away from the store itself so as not to p**s off other customers, then pop in and have a word with the manager. Not had a refusal so far, but have been re-directed to another spot in the unloading area twice....fair do's. :BigGrin:
     
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  15. Wildbill

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    24ft long we use our van every day my have to look a bit harder to find parking place but apart from that no problems only place I did have a problem was ilfrecomb but just had to pay the same as a coach but still
    not rely a big issue :BigGrin:
     
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    The plan goes thus: We need to shop, or park wherever. Find supermarket/retail outlet locations in the local, Google Earth them, go to street level to check for height barriers etc, if a retail outlet, is there a free bus service for shoppers into the nearest town?? Some have. Also at retail outlets, choose a company you have dealt with, and tell the manager that. Also, if a supermarket, let them see your a customer, flash a store card, or (Nectar, points card), that always helps. Let them know you will gladly make a small donation to their favourite charity, (Air Ambulance box, Lifeboats), if required. :Smile:
     
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    As a confirmed anarchist you can park anywhere and then tell them to stuff their parking ticket where the sun doesn’t shine. Ticket tootling Fascists. Power to the People Bro… I aint going to fund the unaccountable and barely elected trumped up little ‘hitler’s’ in the Council office, I am a citizen of the world, I have no boundaries, I abide by no man made laws…
    Let’s occupy the car park that will show them…

    We shall not, we shall not be moved
    We shall not, we shall not be moved
    Just like a tree that's standing by the water
    We shall not be moved
    We shall not, we shall not be moved
    We shall not, we shall not be moved
    The union is behind us,
    We shall not be moved
    We shall not, we shall not be moved
    We shall not, we shall not be moved
    We're fighting for our freedom,
    We shall not be moved
    We shall not, we shall not be moved
    We shall not, we shall not be moved
    We're fighting for our children,
    We shall not be moved
    We shall not, we shall not be moved
    We shall not, we shall not be moved
    We'll building a mighty union,
    We shall not be moved
    We shall not, we shall not be moved
    We shall not, we shall not be moved
    Black and white together,
    We shall not be moved
    We shall not, we shall not be moved
    We shall not, we shall not be moved
    Young and old together,
    We shall not be moved

    Well besides any German Motorhomer, Burtstner’s are the worst.

    Welcome to the Hell of Britain and the less than friendly attitude shown towards legit Motor homers, all caused by a minority who have abused the system.
     
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  18. Wildbill

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    and if all else false sell the van :Rofl1:
     
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  19. ShiftZZ

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    If that fails... Try this...

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    I wish I could issue a ticket for every car and 4x4 tractor I see overhanging the parking bays at my local supermarket - I'd be very rich very soon.

    If a car park doesn't have an outright ban on MHs and I take up two bays I'll usually buy two tickets. I'll never normally park sideways across multiple bays.

    If the bays are only standard size but there's level grass behind I'll reverse in and overhang at the back - that's a surprisingly easy option.

    If the bays aren't marked in a parking area I'll do my best to tuck the MH away in a corner that I know I can get out of, rather than just plonking it at a jaunty angle across the middle like it's some sort of national monument to the size of my wedge (ie "I am Ozy-A-Class, King of Motorhomes, gaze on my works ye mighty and despair").

    That said it'll still be a bugger if we ever end up with limited mobility.
     
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