Winter campsites

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  1. nigglynelly

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    I would like to use my new motorhome throughout the winter on the smaller sites that continue to stay open but from my extremely limited experience these are usually grass. This may be a daft question but is it easy to get bogged down and sink on grass pitches and what is the procedure if you do?
     
  2. madbluemad

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    The simple anwer is yes it is.

    Depends upon the state of the ground obviousley.

    The procedure for getting unbogged is to get a local farmer with a tractor to drag you out.

    Make sure that you check out the ground before you park.

    Check the forcast, it may be ok when you park but be soddden the next day when you wake up with mud up to your wheel arches.

    Dont park in such a position that you have to drive uphill to get out.

    Carry slip mats, something that you can put under your wheels to get a grip on when pulling out.

    Its all common sense stuff.

    Jim
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    Plenty of CL/CS's (5 van sites) with hardstanding and leccie for around £8 in winter, these are what we use.:thumb:
     
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    Do not know if it will be of any use to you but came across a web site yesterday Campfires.Co.CC sorry I can't put a link but it had all sorts of sites where you can light a camp fire good for winter camping and also had lots of links and telephone numbers so you could check before you go if the ground is OK. Carol.
     
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    Thanks Carol.. took a bit of finding.. useful site :thumb:

    Campfires Allowed - Welcome to Campfires Allowed

    jim
     
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    I would add that its worth carrying a tow rope, you can usually find someone to give you a tug, but never anything to tug with.

    ROY
     
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    BREAD TRAYS:Smile:
     
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    bread trays

    we have always used them and had no problems:Smile:
     
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    =Tony Hi Nigglynelly there is no way I would go on grass in the winter,
    for one the weight of the m/h most are front wheel drive ,I have found from past experience ,the m/h will sink very lightly in the grass ,when you put it in first,second gear you will almost certainly get wheel spin even at low revolutions.
    If this happens the breakdown company will not drive off the road to tow you out.
    why do you want small sites?,there are plenty of sites open all year round with hard standings £8- £9 per night for 2 inclusive EHU,toilet blocks with central heating free hot showers, club house with bar,tv,food,why sit in your m/h when you can relax in comfort ? Tony
     
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    I've got some sets of plastic garden temporary paths.

    They lay down similar to caterpillar tracks. I always make sure I park on these when on suspect ground no matter what the weather. On grass they easily take the van's weight (3.5) as the ground yields a bit.

    £25 buys enough to make up 2 x 6 feet lengths to park your driven wheels on. I have now got a second set, so if the need arises I can drive over any distance by laying the tracks in sequence.

    They are lightweight and fold small enough to carry on the bike rack even when I am already carrying a bike as well.

    The ones I use are made by Garland.....www.garlandproducts.com
     
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    I always park with the rear end as close to the road as possible, if I have no alternative place to park, and suspect that it may get a bit slippy. Reverse gear is much lower than first and second, and consequently, it is less easy to spin the wheels when reversing on slippery ground.

    I also ALWAYS carry a set of Fiamma anti skid mats. They take up very little rooms:Smile:
     
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    I think you might be wrong in your logic. :Smile:

    Reverse gear being very low will also have a lot of torque and increase the chance of wheelspin.

    Many years ago when towing a caravan with a Renault 30, (almost unlimited torque!) I was having trouble getting off a sodden field. A fellow camper gave me the advice to try pulling away in second gear as this had the effect of reducing the torque.

    Lo, and behold a miracle occurred and I was able get away reasonably easily.

    So you actually need a lower torque to prevent wheelspin.
     
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    Thanks for all your replies

    Thanks everyone for all the useful advice. Sorry I have been a bit slow to respond but I have just changed my ISP and despite them promising a seemless transfer I lost the internet from the middle of last week.
     
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    Hi Tony,
    The reason I thought smaller sites would be better is that they may be quieter but I only have very limited experience at the moment to base that on.
     
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    Hi Tony.
    Re sites with leccie, centrally heated toilet blocks, free hot showers, clubhouse with bar,TV and food for £8 to£9 a night.
    I would LOVE for you to name a couple in Scotland, or even the top half of England for that matter.
     
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    Yes please to naming these sites. Are they non Caravan Club sites, as I am having difficulty finding a site around the Kent area for just after Xmas and New Year.
     
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    Hi nigglynelly we all had to start from the bottom of the ladder? the only way I learn't was to ask other people you will always find someome on site who will give you advice freely.
    go out there and just enjoy yourself you will get used to it good luck to you in thr future.
    Tony
     
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    ANY info forthcoming on the sites you mentioned yet Tony?
     
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    Hi New Rover have found 2009 touring campsites (in association with the the caravan club,)there are C L's in Dumfrieshire open all year from £6 pn,I will keep looking for you, the sites up north cost a lot more than down here in the south, just found Bardsea Leisure Park Ulverston Cumbria LA12 9QE from £11 all inclusive 2 adults Tony
     
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    Hi gwnking try looking on the net caravan and camping parks in the Kent area, you should find something, If I can find a site I will post Tony
     
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