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  1. Cannons

    Cannons Read Only Funster

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    Hi All
    Hubby & I are moving shortly and our new home is on a large plot, ideal for a CL.

    I am thinking of running 4/5 Boarding Kennels near too, but not on top of the CL for guest who may wish to get out for the day/evening without the doggies in tow.

    Does this sound like something that might work?

    Am also thinking about using our own Motorhome for 'taster weekends' for people maybe who dream of the freedom of owning a Motorhome, but have never stayed in one. So a real first time hands on experience.

    Your thoughts on that idea please.

    I would add that I would not board dogs whilst people were using the CL, this is just for guest use.

    I would realy appreciate your Feedback and look forward to hearing your views and comments.

    Suzanne
     
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  2. simsy56

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    Sounds like a good idea to me.
    l am sure many people would love to try motorhome living before buying or even renting. And with experience on hand even better.
    l don't own a dog, but l think a kennel service would be an attraction for some owners too.
    l wish you well in your venture, l think it would work.

    Craig
     
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    sounds good

    Sounds a really good idea.........the success will depend on the execution
    and detail and impletmentation of course. But its a good combination.

    Just put the kennels far enough away from the cl so any barking doesnt drive people nuts :)

    good luck .....

    barry
     
  4. Cannons

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    Thanks guys, I've been thinking this through for some time.

    We have a particularly highly strung 13 year old Vizsla who howls the place down if she is left for more than a minute in our Motorhome, (she's fine at home!! ) so it makes it very difficult for us to get out and about because:-

    a, she's just too old to walk all day
    b, if we drive to a pub for a meal we can expect the howling.

    We have resorted to sedatives, but this is not ideal. I know she settles well in kennels as its all a new experience for her !!

    So my thoughts are along the lines that sometimes, it's a bonus to get out for the day without the dog/s and be safe in the knowledge that they are being cared for.

    Suzanne
     
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  5. John & Joan

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    Remember your choices!

    There are 14 clubs listed with the ability to exempt sites, including MHFun.

    You are not tied to just the big two or MCC.

    CC & C&CC require membership, so your taster idea would not work very well with them.
     
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    Hi we have a dog and think the kennel idea is great, that is the only reason we dont take Toby abroad as we dont want to leave him in the mh to long but if they had kennels he would be with us for every holiday.

    The idea about the mh is good but if its just to try it out on site it would just be as well to stick a caravan on site as mh is about freedom and moving around, but still a great idea.

    So now you need to tell us where you are so we can book a night and leave Toby with you:Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
  7. DESCO

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    Must agree kennels would be a great idea, as there are times when it would be handy to leave dogs.
    Friends of ours where going to set up a B&B with kennels attached for the same reason, but unfortunately when nearly complete due to family problems they had to abandon the idea.
     
  8. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

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    Can only comment on the taster weekend for the van, don t bother, your pride and joy being slept in, showered in.................................

    Not a problem for us our hire vans are hire vans, no personal interest and there to do a specific job.

    Apart from that you need insurance, not worth the expense and bother

    Peter
     
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    Kennels are a great idea especially when you want o go out,maybe for a posh meal. We have been tied to doing posh cooking in the van and eating out,really out at pubs with beer gardens.
    As for the try out,I agree about using your own van. Why not strike a deal with a local hire company or dealer.
    Good luck you are living my dream!!
     
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    Sounds like a great idea, our dog is a total pain as we can't leave him alone in the house or the van kennels is fine, and I'm sure a lot of others have the same problem.
    I say go for it as it sounds a winner :thumb:
     
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    Best of luck sounds like the dog kennel idea would work well for guests
     
  12. Cannons

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    Hey All

    A big thankyou for all the positive comments.

    It certainly seems like there is a demand for good quality kennels in partnership with a good quality CL/CC.

    Next question:-

    What would you be prepared to pay...............?

    CL/CC would offer pretty quiet setting, walking distance to three local pubs situated in a very pretty village, Tea Rooms etc., Duck Pond.

    Toilet and seperate shower on site.

    Office with information/library/local produce/honesty box.

    Am thinking about doing walking weekends too, as the surrounding coutryside is too pretty to miss.

    Am loving your Feedback, keep it coming..........................

    Suzanne
     
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    Some of the all singing all dancing CL sites that are within walking distance of pubs or attractions charge a premium, perhaps £15 a night but I don't stay on them. I tend to look for a CL out of the way without hookup for perhaps a fiver.

    Now before everyone starts calling me tight the main reason is they tend to be in quieter rural areas away from it all which is what we prefer. We have a scooter so it suits us fine.

    If I'm looking for a hookup CL I expect to pay between £8 and £12. Some are cheaper some are more.

    I hope you get it off the ground. I would love to do something like that.

    Good luck
     
  14. John & Joan

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    We usually pay £10 per night. One site we use had to install pay meters for electricity as users were wasting power. This cost £25 for a new meter or £15 for a recon. The meter fits in the box in the same way as a trip. He sells cards at £3, £5, or £10. @ 14p Kwh.

    One van used £5 of electric in one night.
     
  15. DESCO

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    Hi

    With good facilities £12 to £15 per night but as previous poster stated some people can use electric at an alarming rate. I have seen large fan or radiant heaters being used to heat awnings all evening, or even dry them prior to packing, so this has to be watched, or it will soon eat a hole in profits.
     
  16. Elvis

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    A new CL is always a good thing for us, you can never have too many.

    I imagine it will be tough work though as when you would like to be away in your MH, you will have to stay home as your CL will be prob be full at the same time :Doh:

    I would think long and hard before I let strangers stay in my MH though...:Eeek:

     
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    The site owner I quoted, noted radiant heaters being left on in awnings 24/7 during their visit. They had them on during the day even with the awning doors open.

    The attitude was we have paid for the electricity, its in with the fee.

    When he put the meter in another van user even disconnected from the post when he was not in the van.

    Another guy turned up without even a gas bottle expecting to run everything on electricity. After 1 night he went out and got a bottle.
     
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    Hi Suzanne ...

    I agree with most of the comments .... especially about hiring out your pride and joy .. :thumbdown:

    First question... why do you want a CL ... if it is to make money .. forget it, at best may just break even or make a small profit , many make a loss .. Five vans is just not enough to make a decent profit.

    Have you established the cost of setting it up and the pay back time.. , water , sewage and electrical supplies, access road and if you want all year use, hard standings ..

    We also have friends with a CL, they recently installing card meters for leccy as they had huge electric bills which left them in the red, so meters are the best way to go..
    Have you considered who will caretake for you when you go away ..

    Sorry if this all sounds negative.. if you are doing it for a hobby, can afford the set up costs, love dealing with Joe Pedantic Public, and not expecting a profit ... go for it ..

    Better with a flock of free range chickens... they don't complain so much and don't use leccy :Laughing:
     
  19. Cannons

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    Thanks again all for your comments and feedback, very much appreciated !!

    Having pondered on some of the replies, I must admit I hadn't thought of the abuse of electric (as we never abuse it ourselves), however I take the point that some do and it seems that Key card electric is probably the way to go or could vary the tariff for electric and non electric which seems fairer to non electric users.

    We have recently retired at a fairly young age after owning and running our business for 17 years (yes it involved dealing with Joe Public). We stilll own the business but now have a GM running it for us.

    So the idea of a CL with kennels attached is very much from a hobby point of view. The new property is pretty much ready to go save for electric and the refurbishment of toilet and shower. Access is also very good. Kennels are also insitu although in need of a refurb.

    Initial outlay therefore is minimal, although wholly dependant on the views of the CC or C & C Club representatives when they visit the site. We have an open mind as to which club to tie ourselves to.

    As for profit, well, it would be nice to see a commercial reward for our efforts but realy its about us interacting with like minded people.

    Regarding the taster weekends, I can't see how much damage can be done on a two night stay, especially as we woulld be on site and of course we would apply a large excess.

    Keep your views coming.

    I think that as we progress, I'll do a sort of blog on here to update you all, then reveal where we are and look forward to being fully booked for a while:Rofl1: Suzanne
     
  20. Gran & Rog

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    Kennels a great idea but I agree I would not like other people using my rig
     
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