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Having experienced a fully serviced pitch at Sandy Balls for the first time, I enjoyed the convenience of own water supply, aerial point and grey water outlet.

 

Although what has put me off in the past is the additional fee for fully serviced pitches at sites.

 

However, I might consider the extra cost for the convenience of not having to lug your water container some distance!

 

What does everybody prefer?

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I don't (generally speaking) have to lug the water, it's one of the few jobs the kids do. I do empty the waste water, which can be tiresome but doesn't really bother me as long as it's not too long a trek.

 

The one thing I (and most people, I imagine) don't like doing is emptying the toilet cassette, and that needs doing whatever pitch your on, unless you confine yourself to using the onsite facilities.

 

I've yet to sample the delights of a fully serviced pitch, but I'm quite happy using standard ones.

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I like to vary from basic CLs right up to serviced pitches. SP are must nicer off peak season as they can be much more reasonable and the weather is not so conducive to carting water about.

 

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Doesn't bother me either. Faced with the choice of a standard pitch or a service pitch for more money, I'd go with the standard one. I can see the point in the winter though if you go away then, as messing about with water containers etc in the rain and wind ain't fun. Funnily enough, sorting out the cassette doesn't bother me.

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Given a choice we would go for a hook-up at either end of the season but during the Summer we prefer quieter sites with no facilities. With the Bailiey Provence you take it all with you ;) We have a family of 5 so most of the chores are shared around.

 

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I suppose it depends on your view of what a standard pitch should be. Personally I think that when they design new campsites the minimum requirement should be electrics, water and waste, this is fairly common in Europe. Some years ago we were at the Caravan Club site at Chatsworth where they have fully serviced pitches at an extra cost. If you don't mind lugging water and waste water a few yards the non serviced pitches are as good if not better.

 

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Evening,

 

It's our first time out next weekend and we're on a fully serviced pitch. I think it was because the pitch was extra long for our van ?! Not too sure, too much to think about !

 

Do I need extra lengths of pipe / hoses to connect directly to the water pipe/tap and waste water drain ? Or is it just that I will have these much closer than normal and still use my aquaroll and waste ?

 

Thanks in advance,

Alex.

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We only have a serviced pitch if its included in a rally price, I won't pay extra. That said they are great.

 

I personally think a decent sized pitch is more important.

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if its there i use it, if its not,doesn't bother me either way. yes its a little extra,but worth it

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I prefer the fully serviced pitches mainly because we all shower (three of us) in the van every day.

 

We just dont like using site toilet blocks and our van has seperate shower etc so we will use it.

 

When in France the serviced pitches are usually larger but I agree more expensive.

 

Ithink that it is a pity that when the C/Club upgrade their sites they dont seem to include this facility, Clumber Park for example

 

David

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Personally I think that when they design new campsites the minimum requirement should be electrics, water and waste, this is fairly common in Europe.

 

David

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Agree, quite often abroad we have had a tap to ourselves as standard or sometimes one tap between two pitches - have yet to see this on a UK campsite without a extra charge.

 

So for the sake a decent TV signal and a grey water point, for me a fully serviced pitch does not offer good value for money.

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Do I need extra lengths of pipe / hoses to connect directly to the water pipe/tap and waste water drain ? Or is it just that I will have these much closer than normal and still use my aquaroll and waste ?

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My waste outlets are at the rear of my van and I carry 4 metres of waste pipe which is usually enough to to reach from the van outlets to the waste drain on a service pitch.

 

Re the water connection I have a carver waterlin which connects directly from the water tap to my inlet but they're expensive and I've since discovered you can get things to do a cheap DIY adaptation to your aquaroll to use with a hose and act as a sort of header tank.

 

You don't need to have these things. It's just a luxury to have them when on a sevice pitch. You can still use your aquaroll and wastemaster as usual. It's just much handier having the water and waste close by.

 

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Ithink that it is a pity that when the C/Club upgrade their sites they dont seem to include this facility, Clumber Park for example

 

 

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Whilst people moan about how the CC is run and what they charge for standard pitches etc etc etc, you've got more chance seeing pigs fly than a tap at every pitch and why the hell should they do it anyway???????

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We would much prefer a fully serviced pitch. Who wants to have to lug fresh and waste water around, particularly during the winter months?

 

Yossa

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I have a 25gal clean water tank and 36gal blackwater and 36gal grey waste so if I fill up on the way in I can manage with a watering can full to top up the clean water and use motor home points to empty but I do carry a tank to empty as some places dont have the points to empty

so no dont need a full service pitch and will not pay extra

lizz

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Have just come back from 2 weeks touring, and used a mixture of fully serviced, grass, hardstanding etc. The fully serviced was fine, but as we don't carry around huge lengths of waste water tubing and specialised stop cock gizmos they weren't much use to us really. Plus I find that it took away from the whole camping thing.

 

On one site we found that all those people were on holiday in their caravans all hooked up to water, electricity, waste water, in nice little rows, just like a street of houses. .. :unsure:, and here was me thinking they all wanted to get away from all that!!!

 

Whats all this 'lugging water around' all about?!! Surely you have aqua rolls that you just pull along with ease? :unsure:

 

I'm sorry, but I think some people have lost the run of themselves, and forgotton what caravanning was all about, getting out into the countryside and relaxing, away from all that keeping up with the Jones' nonsense, ;)

 

The best site type was a nice hard standing with a hedged pitch border with a shared tap and electricity point, with enough room for a car and awning plus space to spare.

 

Ah well you can't please everybody B)

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What's a service pitch?I have every thing on board. Why pay through the nose when, for a little effort,I am paying possibly a quarter what you all pay for a holiday. Hook up, haven't you got a battery and gas. On my hols, I use a tap and a hole. We are campers aren't we? :huh:

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What's a service pitch?I have every thing on board. Why pay through the nose when, for a little effort,I am paying possibly a quarter what you all pay for a holiday. Hook up, haven't you got a battery and gas. On my hols, I use a tap and a hole. We are campers aren't we? :huh:

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We have a caravan, but if you go camping I can see it would be a bit difficult with a full service pitch!! Whatever turns you on I guess :rolleyes:

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Ecky. ....if you have an Aquaroll you can buy or make a mains connection kit to connect to the tap on the serviced pitch. Basically this consists of a ball valve arrangement, hose, and various connectors. This keeps the Aquaroll about half full all the time.

OH is in charge of water and waste, so he LOVES serviced pitches. We always try to get one on sites that have them, but they are sadly few in number, and always very popular. I wish the CC had more of them. The downside is the extra cost.

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I prefer a serviced pitch if possible. Can be very useful if the showers are not up to standard and we use our own.

 

Just come back from 3 weeks in France and on one of the sites we had a fully serviced pitch for £60 per week and the pitches were huge compared to some others we have been on.

 

 

Pete

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Hi,

Just come back from a short break in Yorkshire and used a so called fully serviced pitch for the first time.

 

The supply post was some 15ft from the van. Therefore the only additional supply I could use was the water thro' a hose and ball valve in the aquaroll. I drain was too far from the van and would have been uphill from the drain outlet. Not a lot of use!!

 

There was also a TV aerial point on the post but I didn't have an aerial lead to make use of this. Anyway the TV signal was fine using the Status aerial.

 

So I paid an extra £2. 50 per night just to save me filling the aquaroll. A waste of money I think.

 

Bob R

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