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Thinking about siting the caravan on a permanent pitch. This year and for the foreseeable future.

 

So, I seek you thoughts, and suggestions. ...

 

I am based in Manchester. So I guess, I dont want to do more than 2 hours travelling. Which gives the me the Lakes, Peaks District, Yorkshire Moors and Dales and Wales and surrounding areas.

 

I like you hear you recommendations and kind of price range. Thoughts and experiences. I thinking of starting looking in next couple of weeks for I guess starting in MarCH when the campsites open.

 

So if you a permie, I like to hear your recommendations on where I should consider and maybe some of the pitfalls which I may have not considered?

 

Thanks in advance

 

Dave and Sylvia

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We have been on a seasonal pitch in York for 2 seasons an love it! I hated towing following an accident which really knocked our confidence yet we loved our van so it was the best option for us. Our site is only 1 hour away from home so very convenient even for a 1 night stay. Last year we did 60 nights, our kids also love it an have made some great friends, it has also taken away a lot of the stress for us of getting the van out of storage, packing up, towing, setting up etc. we now just throw a few things in the car an within an hour we are there, 10 mins doing water etc an we fall in to relaxation mode. We do smile on a Sunday when everyone is packing up an we're sat relaxing still.

Our site is open 10 months, it has an indoor pool, bistro/bar & shop. The site fee is £1850 with electric on a meter. We have a set of everything at the van so have minimal things to take, the awning is up March to end of October then we just use a small porch in winter.

To us there are no pit falls as such but I do appreciate its not everyone's ideal an some miss the freedom of been able to go different places however I don't think I will ever tow again yet I will caravan for as many years on the seasonal pitch as my finances will allow.

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We've always been seasonal, the last 10 years or so. I don't drive for medical reasons and OH hasn't been behind the wheel in god knows how long.

 

Always managed to get someone to tow from one site to another when we feel the need to move. There are pro's and cons with everything but i'll try and list some of ours.

 

PRO's;

-No towing which saves money, packing and fretting about traffic, weather etc.

 

-Awning if using one, can normally be left up all season but you really do need to secure it for when your away

 

-No bus fares for me as I have a free bus pass (medical reasons) and we can get one almost direct to the site we've been on nearly 5 years now, there in less than an hour and as someone said above can even do a sneaky one night stay over when not working.

 

-You arrive and everything's already set up, no unpacking, we just have to plug in and get water.

 

-I thin you tend to use the caravan more as you want to get your "money's worth" plus all of the above make going away less stressful.

 

-No rush to be off your pitch by 10-12 or whatever time for the next arrival, likewise no time too late to go up to the caravan.

 

-All site's we've been on provide storage, some in with fees, some at an extra cost but wither way the owner shifts the caravan or it can sometimes stay on the same pitch.

 

-Lastly (I think) That smug look when the sign at the site has to sit at the gate saying the site's full in the summer and your relaxing with a glass or two :ph34r::D

 

CON'S;

 

-Paying the site fees in one lump sum after Christmas! but not grudgingly!

 

-You may get "bored" of the same site. We personally haven't. Moved from the first one as travel was hard with the kids getting out of school etc, next site charged extra for an awning even though we were taking up no extra space, didn't have a car, yet it was ok for motorhomes to sneak up late at night, park about 6 inches (seriously) from the side of the caravan! so we moved to somewhere cheaper and more convenient.

 

-Getting "that" call to say the awning's been or almost blown down and the site can't touch it bla bla (We don't need an awning now but was essential when the kids were young with toys, buggies etc) However if the caravan's in easy reach it's not such an issue getting up to fix it.

 

That's about all I can think of. All we do is pack clean clothes, get off the bus for the bread, milk etc and off we go to the caravan as we leave bedding, towels, toiletries, some shopping in the caravan.

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I have to confess that I've never quite understood the logic of placing a "touring caravan" on a seasonal pitch. If you're going to stay in one place, why not use a static caravan, holiday lodge, or cottage instead? There's a clue about what it's designed for is in the word "touring" and the towhitch designed to fit on the back of a car.

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I have to confess that I've never quite understood the logic of placing a "touring caravan" on a seasonal pitch. If you're going to stay in one place, why not use a static caravan, holiday lodge, or cottage instead? There's a clue about what it's designed for is in the word "touring" and the towhitch designed to fit on the back of a car.

Hi Gordon

Reason I have a touring caravan on a seasonal pitch is so if I need to move it I can, you hear of so many stories when statics get to a certain age or a fall out with neighbours/ site owners they are not that easy to move.

Terry.

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Hi Gordon

Reason I have a touring caravan on a seasonal pitch is so if I need to move it I can, you hear of so many stories when statics get to a certain age or a fall out with neighbours/ site owners they are not that easy to move.

Terry.

That makes sense Terry. I hadn't thought of it that way.

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You can still have seasonal pitch and use the caravan as a tourer for holidays.

 

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I have to confess that I've never quite understood the logic of placing a "touring caravan" on a seasonal pitch. If you're going to stay in one place, why not use a static caravan, holiday lodge, or cottage instead? There's a clue about what it's designed for is in the word "touring" and the towhitch designed to fit on the back of a car.

Perhaps the fact that holiday lodges, statics and cottages are all considerably more expensive than a tourer might have a tiny bit to do with it.
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Perhaps the fact that holiday lodges, statics and cottages are all considerably more expensive than a tourer might have a tiny bit to do with it.

Yes that as well

Terry.

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That makes sense Terry. I hadn't thought of it that way.

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Same here, we really looked into getting a static many moons ago for the reason of leaving a tourer on a pitch but far too many rules, regulations and hidden costs to mention. A tourer is simple, if you want it shifted it's easy, you just get it towed away, pay your fees and that's it! No hidden fees!

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Bailey thought that was a big enough market to produce the Retreat for: don't know what level of success they've had with it. I guess you could, if you can find them, have a different seasonal pitch each year and, as Dave says, you can still go off touring for your main holiday breaks.

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Same here, we really looked into getting a static many moons ago for the reason of leaving a tourer on a pitch but far too many rules, regulations and hidden costs to mention. A tourer is simple, if you want it shifted it's easy, you just get it towed away, pay your fees and that's it! No hidden fees!

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Mech's-- you still havent got a coat on !

david

Oh I was wrapped up today, hat, gloves, coat, brolly! Only time I wear a coat is outside! :D

 

Just so i'm back on topic (a bit) I went up to my caravan today on my way to the hospital, ended up fighting with the wonky lock and broke it! It's secure but will be getting a new lock ASAP!

Compass Shadow 1988

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Cayton Village in Scarborough is a nice site. Fully serviced pitches with TV point and wifi are around £2,000 (March to October).

Wow that's dear. I pay £1050 for 11 months then £3 per night that we use it

Fully serviced perfect tv and all you can eat data on my phone contract.

Terry.

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Following, looking for a 'non chavvy' seasonal in the north east of the UK, Northumberland/Borders/Tyne Valley ourselves. Have paid a deposit at one site but the reviews are very mixed.

 

We've done North Yorkshire, Brompton on Swale was nice, time to go further north

 

Totally agree with the reasons of using a tourer as a seasonal, for work reasons we need a bolt hole and got limited towing time so it allows us to use it more. As long as you're not 'pinned in' as we were in Nyorkshire you can use it as a tourer too . Also with a static you don't get the outside space of an awning

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We've got a seasonal pitch on Anglesey for the first time this year and we can't wait.

The idea of "smash and grab" weekends after finishing work on a friday is really appealing, with the option of taking a friday and monday off for extended weekends too. Not to mention over bank holidays and the summer!!

My wife and I have been planning things over the winter and discussing how we're going to set up in the awning etc, we've bought a halogen oven (that appears to be a caravanners favourite) and soon to invest in a George Foreman grill to turn part of it into a kitchen area.

We can't wait for the contrast of cold spring days to tropical summer ones and anything else nature has to offer. Our site is right on the beach which has made it more expensive but we feel it's worth it. I can see us doing the seasonal pitch for at least 2 years and see how economically viable it is as opposed to towing to a site.

I'm looking forward to getting to the caravan with everything set up, a real home from home.

I don't mind towing but I find myself breathing a sigh of relief when I've arrived on site in the past. That, for this year, will be a thing of the past. We too live near Manchester and at just over an hour drive we'll be taking the top off something cold and raising a glass to our new home!!

My advice is get looking sooner rather than later. We got the option of the pitch in October last year as there were only a few places available.

Best of luck with it and have a great season!!

Jon

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  • 3 weeks later...

Done all the touring in past years, enjoyed it immensly, but in the last few years have went seasonal, use the caravan lots more, awning up from april till oct, tend to have more home comforts in the awning, can arrive late in the evening, fill the kettle and if the bed has been left down on the monday you can squeeze an extra night, main benifit is i come and go to please me, when i toured i resented paying friday eve when i arrived late yet had to be up early and ready to tow Sunday morning, would have prefered to pay a weekend deal, Re comparing to a static, i agree site owners tie you up,and have you at there mercy, hear more stories about eviction due to there changing to lodges, fact is if its towable you have the choice to move.

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A small family owned and run site that I love going for weekends has seasonal pitches (dont know the cost sorry). The site is in Talybont, just outside Barmouth (towards Harlech), quick train ride to Barmouth, or 10 minute walk to the beach, 5 minutes walk from a pub / supermaket / chip shop etc.

 

If I was looking for a seasonal, this is where I would choose.

 

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Plenty folk on our site I forgot to add also take their tourer away the odd weekend and come back to their seasonal pitch. You really can come and go as you please if this is allowed.

Compass Shadow 1988

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We toured for a few years then last year we went onto Plasseys in Wrexham. It is expensive at £2200 per year bit facilities are fantastic and in my opinion it it a true 5star site. It is open from Feb 15 till about Nov 10.

 

As for size wise we put up an awning and this gives us the room of a static. But if we want to tour we still have the option if we wanted to. We have the best of both worlds.

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This is a tall order but. ... does anyone know of a scenic, close-to-a village/pub, coastal, not too commercialised site in North Wales, Lancashire or Cumbria? And. .. it also needs to offer seasonal pitches!!

 

Would love some ideas. We really like the area around Silverdale and Grange over Sands but they seem to be monopolised by the very expensive Holgates chain.

 

Any ideas would be really welcomed.

 

Thanks

 

Sharon

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Lots of good positive posts 're this subject. If there is one downside it might be hauling the van back for a service.

 

I am beyond Abersoch in the wilds of Wales and paying $800 for 50 nights. Extra night's are at $16 and I have to pay for 50 even if I don't go. Winter storage is $100.

 

Our site has a waiting list. Owner generally picks his permanent tenants after they have had a few touring visits.

 

It's nearly 3 hours trip for me but well worth while. I tour from there and have done a month in Europe most years.

 

There are other sites past Abersoch catering for the growing static tourer fraternity that are less expensive than the more touristy areas. Worth a look if you can cope with the driving.

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Where my caravan is rested next to the storage area there's mobile engineers will go to your caravan to service it.

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