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    Mountain biking, walking, skiing fishing, travel
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    Mazda CX5
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    Bailey Pegasus GT65 Genoa

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  1. Ok so here goes. My own view is that sites will start opening towards the end of June. My reasoning is as follows. There is a limit as to how long the gov. can continue to pay people and keep businesses afloat so there has to be an ease to the lockdown after this current 3 week period. I, like everyone else knows this will be gradual and will require social distancing measures to remain in place, though tbh the 2 metre rule seems arbitrary to me as many countries only use 1.5 metres and as far as I can see no research has been done on the distances required to reduce the possibility of transmission. Indeed I'm sure it will depend on wether you are upwind or down wind but I digress. Additionally as things ease it will be obvious that foreign travel will, pretty much, be out of the question so the gov. will realise that folks will be looking towards a holiday in this country. It seems to me that it would be relatively easy for campsites to maintain social distancing without too much change in pitch configuration. This will allow thousands of families to holiday but keeping the spending in this country. I realise the problem is going to be going out for food, walking etc but we are used to that at home so there should be no problems. I also realise that the huge areas countryside are currently no go zones with signs erected warning folks off but when the gov. stops paying wages etc we will be welcomed back with open arms as it will pretty much be the only source of income. Also there is increasing concern about our empty hospitals, the impact Covid is having on treatment for long standing illness and the general reluctance for people to go hospital or GP with ailments that require treatment, indeed we are already hearing the 'experts' telling us that hospitals are open. So that is my view and I'm sure many will disagree however I have already booked 2 sites for July so we will see.
  2. While I agree that the CMC prices are quite high for some sites e.g. Barnard Castle, a lovely site in a great location with a fab dog walking field, we have stopped going due to the cost. However there are loads of CMC sites that are more sensibly priced so we use them. Also many of the commercial sites are mega bucks now check out Skelwith Fold near Ambleside again a site we have used often but now refuse to pay upwards of £40 per night. So I guess what I'm saying is if you don't like the prices go elsewhere. But you won't get the flexibility of the CMC.
  3. Whilst I agree totally with most comments on this thread I strongly feel that noseweight is extremely important. During the last 10 years I have towed with the following cars, VW Passat estate, VW Tiguan, Hyundai Santa Fe, Mazda CX-5, Briefly a SsanYong pickup and now a Kia Sportage. All except the Passat were 4 or All wheel drive and at least 2 litre. I pulled 2 caravans a Compass Omega 1550 kegs MTPLM and a Bailey Pegasus. Almost without exception I have found that the caravans towed much better with the noseweight close to the max permitted. Of course this is not the only factor I'm fastidious about tyre pressures and keeping heavier items that are in the caravan low and near the axle. Fortunately the gas bottles in the Bailey are close to the axle also. I also feel that the caravans towed better I.e. were more stable with a reasonable amount of weight. Just my opinion of course.
  4. Been to Oz a few times (daughter and her family live just outside Adelaide) so have checked out the Auzzie take on caravans. There are some that we would recognise and then there are the real Off road jobbies - blimey! These things are unbelievable, as mentioned above double awnings, wading depth of over 1 metre massive chassis and suspensions most are twin axle and some are triple axle! Even come with 'proper' washing machines and 500kgs payload. But thepoint I would like to make is that they have some very original ideas myy favourite being fold outs that increase space. Not slide outs although they have some with them but if you could imagine a single solid front window that lifts up and forms a double bed I guess similar to trailer tents. Often these are at both ends of the van. Makes a reasonably short van able to have massive beds.
  5. As always Alan - brilliant! I think this has been mentioned before, but you should write for a living.
  6. Thanks for that, unfortunately we cannot go any earlier as its our daughters 40th birthday in Juky and she has her mind set on spending it in Italy. So last week in June and first in July it what we have. They are excited about the prospect of travelling and are used to the miles (everywhere is a long distance in Australia) however I think they underestimate the volue of traffic in Europe.
  7. Looks fabulous mate. Will give it serious consideration. Loving the closeness to the lake and also the pools.
  8. Seems like sensible advice mate, thanks for that.
  9. Thanks Andy, my oh and I feel its a bit optimistic but if I said what they wanted to do you would be shocked. My gut feeling at the mo is that if the want to go to Italy then we head for there directly i.e. via the South of France tben across to the East. At least that serms doable in 14 nights. Cheers and thanks for the advice.
  10. Thanks Doosan, very interesting and helpful. You suggest that 4 weeks would be necessary to enjoy the trip more and I tend to agree however I think our family have different ideas. Quick question if I may. Did you head directly to Italy by that I mean merely have overnight stops or did you stop for longer en route? Cheers Richard
  11. Thanks Dave sounds good to me - just need to convince my daughter.......
  12. Thanks guys, its what we thought. But our daughter and her family are coming over from Oz and they are spending 4 weeks in Europe. 1 week seeing relatives in this country, then pickingnup the Motorhome and wanting to travel as I mentioned finishing up with a short week with us before going home. TBH they wanted to go further into Italy than I mentioned but we are not keen. I have sent them an itinary which includes 3 nights in the Black Forest and 3 nights in Lake Garda but its still 8 days travelling out of 15 and some of the distances are quite long. They cant seen to understand the difference between driving in Oz and driving in Europe! Thanks for your advice. Richard
  13. Hi a bit off topic I'm afraid but anyway. After we retired early my wife and I always fancied being site wardens so for the first two seasons into our retirement that is what we did. Firstly on a Forest holidays site in Ardgartan near Arrochar in Scotland and the following year on the wonderful Herding Hill campsite at Haltwhistle on Hadrian Wall. We thoroughly enjoyed our life on the campsite but it was very hard work. I guess the best thing about it was the campers. The overwhelming majority were lovely I guess being on holiday would do that. The comments posted tend to be a bit negative etc but to be fair we found that if you were pleasant with the guests they would be pleasant to you. As for the notion that they should be called anything that suggests they only show folks to their pitch clearly people haven't been watching what they do, honestly I could write a book but how about tending the grounds, cleaning the toilets, looking after the shop or cafe or takeaway, being tour advisers for walks pubs dog friendly anything, bus timetables etc. This is not a winge as I said we thoroughly enjoyed it but it is far more than booking folks onto a pitch. Oh at Ardgartan we also had fifteen log cabins to maintain all with hot tubs. Anyway I have the greatest respect for wardens wherever they are.
  14. We are member of both major clubs and have never experienced any problems with any wardens or sites. On CCC sites we have been directed to pitches that we didn't care for and have never had problems changing. Also we use commercial sites and mostly they are happy if you wish it change. I know some sites CCC and commercial are errr....very reluctant to allow you to change but in my experience they are very much the minority. As for the comment about Devizes it is a lovely site and the wardens are extremely helpful and friendly. Frequently stay they en route to Devon and Cornwall.
  15. Hi all, thinking of going to Italy next year from the North East of England. We have been to France numerous times but thinking of venturing further. Looking at stopping in Southern Germany, then across to Lake Garda and down to La Spezia on the Ligurian sea back via Southern France. I have a couple of questions. 1. Thinking about the crossing we were considering Newcastle to Amsterdam but it seems very expensive so possibly Harwich or more likely our usual route through the tunnel. Has anyone any veiws or experience of the Northern ferry crossings? 2. We are going to travel late June into July how busy is Italy likely to be? We have never been to Italy before except to ski so travelling in the summer will be all new any advice would be greatly appreciated. 3. We will be travelling in convoy with a large Motorhome 8.5 metres so we will need to use decent roads any suggestions? 4. Lastly probably the killer we are likely to only have 14 -16 nights so is this road trip/ holiday sensible. We will have 2 eight year olds in th MoHo. Many thanks for your comments. Richard
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