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Old 14-06-2013, 08:36   #1 (permalink)
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Now then as some of you may know we have been MH owners for about a month now and have had a couple of trips away. My question is this.

What are the practicalities of parking a 6M long MH in a normal car park like those at the supermarket. So far we have found public car parking which has had long bays for coach use and bays that have large grass area's behind to take the over hang. This will not always be practical as some car parks are just that, designed for cars. Do you just find the nearest road and park up and walk to the supermarket, not use the supermarket and find some local high street to fore-fill your shopping needs and park in the high street. Likewise while touring where do you park when you just want to admire the view?

Are there any restrictions on where you can park your van?
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Old 14-06-2013, 08:43   #2 (permalink)
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It varies from place to place. See http://www.motorhomeparking.co.uk/
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We have just returned from two weeks travelling around France, and I always look for a space in a supermarket with another space in front of it that also allows me to drive straight out.
We never found this a problem, on busy car parks I always parked as far away a possible but always stayed to keep an eye on the motor home, this way I got out of walking round the super market
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Mine is 7.5mtr and I take up 4 SPACES !!!

I always park a way back which never seems a problem as most of the other shoppers are lazy buggers and dont like to walk a 100m .

You can guarantee if you take up 2 spaces to get the length, someone will park alongside you and then you may have a problem pulling and turning out. We have a long overhang on the back so need the swing area.

Never had any issues to date. If it was a pay for car park then I would not bother going on.
Usually there are other stores nearby like DIY, Electrical and these can be easier to use and then walk..
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Mine is 7.5mtr and I take up 4 SPACES !!!

I always park a way back which never seems a problem as most of the other shoppers are lazy buggers and dont like to walk a 100m .

You can guarantee if you take up 2 spaces to get the length, someone will park alongside you and then you may have a problem pulling and turning out. We have a long overhang on the back so need the swing area.

Never had any issues to date. If it was a pay for car park then I would not bother going on.
Usually there are other stores nearby like DIY, Electrical and these can be easier to use and then walk..
Unfortunately that has led, in some cases, to the installation of height barriers and/or ANPR cameras to restrict the parking time allowed. Some stores have found that long term parking by non-customers has caused problems for genuine customers.
See This Thread and This Thread from earlier this year.
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Ours us 7.4m.. And we take up 2 spaces.. Incidentally recently on two occasions I have returned to it in larger supermarket car parks to find out had attracted the attention of some do as you likeys in their transits.. On one ooccasion I reckon we were seconds away from them attempting a break in.... even in a busy car park
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Ah the old where can I park syndrome, we have a tag axle 8.7mtr Autotrail Arapaho and sometimes you just can`t even get into garages and supermarkets, never mind park up.
Why they have to have those little go-cart type road systems is a mystery to me.
As a general rule we always check we can get out before going in, you can usually find somewhere to stop for a short period even if it means one of you nipping out to get what you need.
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Ah the old where can I park syndrome, we have a tag axle 8.7mtr Autotrail Arapaho and sometimes you just can`t even get into garages and supermarkets, never mind park up.
Why they have to have those little go-cart type road systems is a mystery to me.
As a general rule we always check we can get out before going in, you can usually find somewhere to stop for a short period even if it means one of you nipping out to get what you need.
To keep commercial vehicles (and, unfortunately, us) off their Tarmac.
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