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I came across this recently on show at the NEC caravan and Motorhome Show and wondered if anybody else sees this inflatable-frame windbreak as antisocial. It is probably intended to keep pet dogs from wandering but the combination of the dark colour and high profile design, particularly when coupled with a dark inflatable awning, send the message that the owners do not want to Talk to their fellow caravanners.

Unfortunately I am becoming increasingly aware that caravanning is not the same friendly occupation that it used to be when people sat outside on campsites and chatted to their neighbours, whereas now often it's curtains drawn and TV on, and a friendly greeting when meeting a fellow camper is often met with a 'teenage style grunt' if there  is a response at all :( 

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there is nothing wrong with being antisocial, i am, i like my own company and no need to make conversation or hear your life story, i will say hello or a nod of the head with a smile but that's it

Just an observation from reading this thread. I note that there was a time when a few caravanners had a dog and mostly these were kept under control with a lead, these days caravanners often ref

Live and let live I say. Huge windbreaks are not my choice of accessory but then my choice of caravan isn’t everybody else’s choice either.   Probably my pet hate on campsites are people w

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7 minutes ago, Ldsundance said:

there is nothing wrong with being antisocial, i am, i like my own company and no need to make conversation or hear your life story, i will say hello or a nod of the head with a smile but that's it

 

Same here, I go away to spend precious time with my family, I’ll always say hello to folks but socialising on site isn’t my prime reason for going away, I imagine rallying is a good route for that? I really don’t see the problem with folks wanting to be private? Note I say private, not ignorant, that’s NOT on my agenda!

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We have a windbreak that reaches from front to back of the caravan body which we had made so that our dogs could have somewhere to play but we always tell people either side of us that we are not being unsociable, then it is up to them if they Talk or not we are not going to lose any sleep over it.

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6 hours ago, SamD said:

First thought is it's downright ugly with a capital ug

That’s ok, it matches their awnings

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Why do people always look for the negative in stuff? 

Why does a windbreak make you anti social? surely it stops wind and keeps your dogs safe.

 

We have 14 mts of windbreak round our pitch so we can sit out and not have the dogs tied up, But still knowing they cant go wondering off and upset people.

 

This is instead of a awning which surely can be seen as just as anti social if you want to twist things the same way as people sit inside them so you cant speak to them.

 

Some people have a strange view on life and how other live theirs

 

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The wall of windbreaks always look a bit strange to us but we tend not to even have an awning.

 

But, if they keep dogs out of harm's way then I'm all in favour.

 

I tend to be as social as people are to me. A hello or quick chat is great.  

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IMO the OP has jumped to the wrong conclusion, always a danger with assumptions about other peoples thinking.

 

Not that I like the aesthetics of this windbreak any more than the undue bulk of air awning tubing in my eyes.

 

Here the awning features two way "windows" and adequate height for sitting behind so it appears it will indeed break the cold wind though retain any required social interfacing the user might welcome.

 

Great as the other picture of the front and side open canopy looks, it could even be ours, it only works in the right weather conditions, not great with a  front on cold wind.

 

 

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Oh dear, having one of their unfriendly air awnings already has me marked on site it seems!

 

People come away for different reasons, some energise by being sociable others want to re-energise in their own company.

 

Rather than pointing at people it’s probably worthwhile being aware of the MBTI personality test, if taken through it afterwards in a group it’s really clever at showing you how differences work - I am an ‘E’ which means I feel positive by being around people, it’s an Extrovert personality type which doesn’t mean wearing clown shoes and bright suits, but how you become energised.  

 

My boss is an ‘I’, Introversion, which means he reenergises by being in his own space doing his own thing - some may see him as being antisocial and I’d imagine on a caravan site he wouldn’t pass the time of day even but he is a great bloke.

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We have a see through windbreak to contain the dogs but firstly definitely would not consider one in the colours offered by Kampa and secondly because it is a Kampa inflatable item.   :D

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Each to their own as they say.   There are more windbreaks on site these days and IMO folk do tend to keep more to themselves now .   I often wonder if they overload their caravans with all this extra kit they carry.

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Looking at the picture, just wondering if it would all fit on your own pitch or this additional windbreak will end up butting onto the neighbours pitch, sometimes there is barely enough room for the caravan, awning and car on some sites.

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11 hours ago, Swagman said:

Unfortunately I am becoming increasingly aware that caravanning is not the same friendly occupation that it used to be when people sat outside on campsites and chatted to their neighbours, whereas now often it's curtains drawn and TV on, and a friendly greeting when meeting a fellow camper is often met with a 'teenage style grunt' if there  is a response at all :( 

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From some of the replies above it seems though your are correct Swagman.  :(

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I can understand the desire to take pets away with you, what I do not get is the desire to barricade the pitch to keep them in when thoughtful training and a simple lead of appropriate length would suffice. In my opinion the use of charcoal colour for an awning is bad enough without extending that eyesore up close to the neighbour's pitch. I rarely (if ever) put up an awning, other than maybe a small porch awning in inclement weather but then I could probably be seen by others as antisocial as I'm normally in the caravan rather than sitting outside. While not wanting to hear their life history, I will however always say hello to my fellow caravanners as I walk around the site. If you do have an awning, (OK it's not an air awning) the picture below gives a much better view of the countryside than being boxed in would.

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The more people bring various enclosures onto a site, the more people become protective of "their" pitch and the greater probability there is of conflict between neighbours. As I said at the outset; it is my opinion that  caravanning is no longer the friendly occupation it used to be.  

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Surely it wouldn't be allowed on a club site as it is occupying more than the allotted space?

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We don't use an awning as such, just a canopy and the windbreak.   I don't want to have to tie my dogs up outside the caravan, I like them to be able to choose where they sit or lay.

Strange how just because someone likes something you don't its them that are anti social, I'm not fussed for a view of what everyone else is doing on site, I am not on holiday with them, I just want to relax in peace and quite.  

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Just an observation from reading this thread.

I note that there was a time when a few caravanners had a dog and mostly these were kept under control with a lead, these days caravanners often refer to their "dogs" (plural) and unless I am mistaken there are a greater proportion of visitors on caravan sites for whom their dogs can do no wrong. It is the other caravanners without pets that are in the minority and who apparently have to adjust their attitude.

Well for the record, I have never owned a pet. I dislike dogs particularly and while I respect animals in the wild, I am not an animal lover and do not want them near me or my caravan.

I really do not like the look of the Kampa range of awnings or their windbreak but as long as it keeps the dogs away from the rest of us I am all in favour of them. All we need now is a sound proof version (to keep the barking in) and I could start enjoying the camp sites again as I used to.

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Hear, Hear :goodpost::Thankyou:

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I have to say I probably need to wear the anti-social tag, if I was on a site for any length of time I too would put up an awning and a windbreak. Not to be anti-social but to persuade people not to walk through my pitch, kids to ride bikes through it etc. I really dont see the problem personally

 

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If the Kampa windbreak keeps out wind as well as my Kampa awning keeps out the rain you may as well use a length of netting.

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