Wild Camping on Friend's Drives?

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  1. Richard W

    Richard W Read Only Funster

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    Hi Folks,

    I'm planning a trip from my Sussex base to visit a friend in Aberdeen, hopefully visiting other friends en-route. This is principally a shake down cruise for the MH, before taking a trip to Switzerland to collect some aircraft parts.

    Is there an etiquette to night stopping on friend's drives? Are there any pitfalls that are not obvious to the uninitiated? I've figured that it's not a good idea to share a few bottles of wine in the evening, then weave off up the A1 looking for a lay-by to sleep it off.

    Your thoughts and comments would be most welcome.

    Happy Traveling,
    Richard W.
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    Best not to open your waste tap on their drive.

    Make sure cassette does not leak on their lounge carpet when you go to dump it.
     
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    Well, if you want to remain friends here are some do's and don'ts

    * do not dump grey water on the drive
    * if offered an EHU, do not suck it dry ..
    * do not drive on the lawn
    * no wheel spins on the gravel
    * no awnings, it upsets the neighbours
    * do not put out chairs and table or light a BBQ
    * don't dump the cassette down the loo or the storm water drain
    * don't wake them up at 7am if you trip the house supply.. they will find out soon enough
    * don't fill their bin with your rubbish or leave your empty bottles by the drive

    (tongue firmly in cheek) :Laughing:


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    great minds.. just beat me to it Brian
     
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    All the other things others have said:Eeek::Eeek: but a sleepy spot for you off the A1, sign post for Castle Bytham, mile on the road, Morkery Wood very quiet:thumb:
     
  5. Richard W

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    Dumb question time...

    Many thanks for the replies, tongue in cheek and otherwise. I must check that the gray water dump valve is closed (based on a farm at the moment where it's not an issue).

    I guess being parked for an easy get away, so that the neighbors aren't woken up by the 'van maneuvering, would be a good idea.

    Serious question - do you dump the cassette down the loo at home? Are there problems due to volume of solids etc? This is probably dumb question - spot the Newbie...

    Happy Travels,
    Richard W.
     
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    Better of lifting a manhole cover if you have one, dump down there and flush the loo`s in the house just to make sure you have a load of water to help it on it`s way,, just in case you dont have a lot of flow in the soil pipe/drain.. :thumb:
     
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    I'd go along with that.. :thumb:

    also, nothing worse than blue splashes all over the bathroom, then having the nerve to clean the cassette in the bath ...:Doh:

    I wonder who did that :Blush:
     
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    No problem, we do use Bio-Magic, no nasty blue stains. Suable for septic tanks too.
     
  9. Richard W

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    Thanks for the info. I'll take my life (and my cassette) in my hands and give it a try!

    Cheers,
    Richard W.
     
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    Caution .. best check with Brian whether the Bio Magic is taken orally or anally :Wink:
     
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    :Laughing:

    Well they do say put some in a spray and use it for general disinfecting.

    AND, they claim that in an emergency it's perfectly safe to dump your cassette in a hedgerow. Not a good idea in your mate's drive.
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    I bet that's not endorsed by the CC :Laughing:

    not many hedgerows in Morocco Brian :Wink: (as you know)

    when I asked about dumping a rather full black tank that had been fomenting for about a week the 'guide' pointed to a road gully ... don't ask :RollEyes:
     
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    That sounds like most of the campers I have had on site this year :Doh::Doh:
     
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    I have no doubt :Sad:

    nothing compared to what you see on Aires :Angry:
     
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    We have a downstairs loo and use that for emptying the cassette if/when necessary. Also have an outside tap which we use with a short length of hose for rinsing the cassette. Tap isn't far from loo so easy peasy.

    Graham
     
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    Well thats worth knowing if im ever on teeside:thumb:
     
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    :Blush: every time....but no blue splash's.
    and i use the shower hose with head removed to swill it out....NO! not inside the tank :Doh: :Eeek:
     
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    You're welcome whenever your cassette needs emptying Geo :Laughing:
     
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    if your heading up the A19 north then you can stop off at Dalton Piercy
    i have a plot of land there just let me know

    yours ian
     
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    Trip Report

    Many thanks for all the help and suggestions. I'm pleased to report a very pleasant six day trip as far as the Moray Firth, without upsetting any of the friends I stayed with en-route. Most were impressed with the MH and a few might be thinking about going that way themselves.

    Now to start planning the Swiss trip to exchange the aircraft parts I picked up on this one...

    Thanks again eveyone.

    Richard W.
     

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