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  2. As I wrote in my previous post, I do agree with Brians comments, as I do with yours Gordon. We were in fact more or less as far away from the noise source (ie the autobahn) as was practical. Therefore, the problem would have been the same anywhere a motorhome could park. Of course, some people may not be troubled by traffic noise. A lot depends on the individual. Someone used to city life may find the noise levels acceptable. I suppose though it is far more usual for people to concentrate on negative aspects rather than positive ones. One positive of the site I am referring to is that it is close to the autobahn, and provides a convenient stop for a single night before continuing the journey. What made things worse was the fact that the next site we stayed on was exactly the opposite in every way thinkable!
  3. I don't know your particular circumstances Scania but I had a similar experience many years back with a tent in France where it depended upon which pitch had been allocated. One side of the site was next to a busy junction and people close to the perimeter hedge on that side suffered from traffic noise, while those the other side of the site were pitched down a slope next to a small lake where tranquillity reigned supreme. As Brian says, it also depends upon the reviewer's point of view too, so generally you can get a better idea of the site if there are several reviews to compare. Always look at the date of the review (as sites can change with time) and take reviews as a guide but never treat them as gospel. Gordon.
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  5. bikerbri, I fully agree with your comments. There was one site we were on a while ago, just outside of Hannover, Germany. Every review we had seen said how peaceful and quiet it was. However we were kept awake all night. Not by other campers, but by the fact that it was so close to the autobahn. The traffic noise kept us awake all night! Nowhere had I seen this mentioned. There were other things about this same site that were never mentioned either. As mentioned, what is acceptable to one may not be acceptable to another.
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  7. I think all reviews by there very nature do contain a measure of bias based on the personal viewpoint of the reviewer, I have been to campsites having read reviews and wondered if I had gone to the wrong place or one with a similar name I assume you have read my reviews relating to my recent Spanish Trip, I definately prefer peace & quiet so if I find it in a campsite then a good review is the result but someone who prefers the 'Full Monty' with every activity going (even at midnight) at the same campsite then the outcome is somewhat different. I do try to balance reviews based on pitches, location, facilities etc rather than did it suit me personally because to find the perfect 100% campsite is more than a challenge. Reviews are a good guideline but never the gospel. Brian
  8. Good idea about a campsite review on here. It could be very helpful. Perhaps a separate members only section could be added? I could certainly add some. Having said that, I would prefer to see more personal comments on these campsites. With absolutely no disrespect meant to anyone, comments do seem like something that could be read in a catalogue. I'd like to see pluses and minuses, things to do in the area, stuff like that. Comments anyone?
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  10. Gwynedd Mafia

    The implication is that if I kip in the back of an estate car overnight, it would be acceptable (but I'm sure that's not what is intended) however if I sleep in a comfy bed in a MH I could be moved on or (maybe) fined. The problem is that the average punter would not know which was backed by law and which not, and therefore presumably would assume the worst. As you know, I'm not a strong advocate of wild camping, but I would defend everyone's right to do it, with the proviso that they do not overstay their welcome, nobody is inconvenienced, and the site is left as clean (or cleaner) than when they arrived. Sadly there are those that do leave a mess behind them and consequently we all get tarred with the same brush.
  11. Gwynedd Mafia

    Too true Gordon, if a Freedom of Information request was put to every council in the UK regarding their policy towards Motorhomes especially coastal counties I doubt many would be too suprised at the results. Back in the late 1960's and early 1970's many pubs had signs outside stating 'Motorcyclists by Appointment Only' because of bias but the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) set a legal challenge and won hands down on discrimination laws. Is 'No Overnight Parking' with MH Motif not the same thing. Parking restrictions across the board is one thing, targeted restrictions towards a specific type of vehicle is totally different and I'm told that unless it is written into a 'bye law' it is also legally unenforceable.
  12. Gwynedd Mafia

    I tend to agree with much that is said about driving tourists to other destinations. On parts of mainland Europe motorhomes are actively encouraged by the provision not only of parking but sometimes fresh water and waste disposal is provided FOC and these may be right in the centre of some towns. Food for thought? This is the sort of thing I mean (http://en.airecampingcar.com)
  13. Gwynedd Mafia

    It is all becoming very interesting, since offering my post on here (but not because of) the Welsh Assembly has commissioned a wide ranging review of ALL Car Parking Charges throughout the whole of Wales and I have downloaded the report. The upshot is fear that tourists are being discouraged and local businesses are unhappy about losing potential trade. To be fair there are valid arguments put forward both for and against charging but the full assembly will consider the report 'in due course' All regional councils who put forward responses for consideration 90% said loss of revenue was their overriding concern (so tough on visitors and businesses) As I often spend £100 on each trip to Tywyn (all in) and very often twice per month that's up to £2400 annually turned away and that's just me. I have not been back to what I regard as my second home since early August and no plans to do so until Tywyn Town Council win their legal challenge or Gwynedd are forced to withdraw their threat by the Assembly. I have made my thoughts clear to the Clerk of Tywyn Council and with great sadness. A few lessons from France & Spain regarding Motorhomes might benefit.
  14. Air Suspension

    Well well well. Every day's a school day! Thanks for the information Valkrider. I'll have to think up another reason for the out of level stance now, won't I? Campervan.
  15. Air Suspension

    You are mistaken about the Alko suspension / chassis extensions. A large number motorhomes are now built on Fiat Ducato chassis, these re suplied with strut front suspension and leaf spring rear as standard. The Alko chassis extensions are exactly that chassis extensions and nothing to do with the suspension. Fiat also supply chassis extensions, Fiat are aluminium and Alko are steel. The reason for the chassis extensions is that motorhomes have more bodywork behind the rear axle than the parcel van that was originally intended by Fiat. Alko do make suspesnion systems for motorhomes but this is usually in the form of air suspension bladders that are added as assistance to the rear suspension leaf springs.
  16. Gwynedd Mafia

    I don't think I'll be visiting Gwynedd again any time soon as I prefer to go places where I feel welcome. Campervan
  17. Air Suspension

    I suspect it's just "wishful thinking" Valkrider As far as I can see it is the conversions that have the bolt on Al-Ko chassis that look nose down. The van conversions all look to me that they ride level when loaded. I have to admit that my old Bedford CA conversion had a definite front down stance - until I replaced the worn out front suspension springs (and what a job that was). I'm not suggesting that the front springs are faulty with modern motorhomes but rather that the rubber-in-compression suspension used by Al-Ko for their trailer/caravan chassis is probably not ideal for the back end of a motorhome. Campervan
  18. Left hand drive.

    I cannot see what difference it would make for a motorhome to be left or right hand drive. To me the only time it would be important is if travelling alone and wishing to overtake as the driver may be on the passenger side - if you see what I mean. Given that I would rarely be travelling alone and overtaking is something not undertaken lightly, I would tend to avoid the problem anyway. I would say that if the motorhome is in good condition and at the right price then go for it. The insurance may be loaded slightly but what price a good holiday? Campervan
  19. Left hand drive.

    We have owned a number of LHD vehicles over the years from the tiny Renault Twingo city car to a couple of American RVs and cannot say that we have had a problem with any of them. After all driving a LHD vehicle in the UK is no different from driving a RHD vehicle on holiday abroad, and plenty of people do that. You just have to pay particular attention to what is happening on the non-driver side of the vehicle, particularly when joining traffic, or overtaking - but you should be doing that anyway. THe only time that we experienced some inconvenience with the small LHD car was when exiting car parks where there was a barrier as inevitably the pay/ticket machine was on the opposite side of the vehicle to the driver. It was an advantage however when parking on the street as the driver could alight directly onto the pavement and not into possible traffic! As already mentioned some insurance companies may add a small loading on the policy because it is a LHD vehicle, so if this is the case, look around for another company offering the same cover without an additional charge. There are plenty of them out there. If you're not familiar with sitting the other side of the vehicle, initially you may need to concentrate more to maintain correct road positioning, and you could find you instinctively reach to the wrong side for the gear leaver but believe me when I say that this "abnormal" feeling doesn't last long. As far as campsites are concerned, you may occasionally find that some UK site owners insist that you to park "nose in" on a pitch in order to keep the entrance door on the same side as other outfits but in our experience this is the exception rather than the rule. My advice, if you really like the vehicle, is to go for it, as I am sure you will not regret the decision. Good luck, Gordon.
  20. Left hand drive.

    The only disadvantage with LHD when it is being used in the UK that I can think of is that a lot of care has to be taken entering a motorway. Otherwise, there are a few advantages. First, I find it a lot easier to judge distance to the kerb, and therefore the vehicle becomes less of a hindrance to other road users. As was stated above, if a desire to explore Europe comes, it will be ideal. Remember also that sooner or later, it will be sold. Many people deliberately look for LHD simply because they want to drive over to Europe. So it might just be easier to sell.
  21. Left hand drive.

    Having just driven some 2000km's in a LHD motorhome on a recent visit to the UK I found no issue with it. It is not like a car where you will be looking to overtake slow moving vehicles on single carriageway roads. Also, should you eventually want to explore Europe it will be ideal. Check your insurance premium though I have heard of some companies loading LHD vehicles in the UK. My thoughts are if it is the van you want at a price you can afford then go for it.
  22. Left hand drive.

    I have been looking at used motorhomes and was quite taken by one in particular but it is left hand drive. I would be interested to hear from anyone who has a left hand drive vehicle. I would not be taking it abroad so no advantage in that respect. All opinions welcome.
  23. Quite a mix of campsites there!!! The only one I have been to id Briarfields at Cheltenham which is a nice enough little site and from a motorhome point of view handy for public transport. Not sure I would rate as high as you do but it is a nice enough site. Pictures here http://www.davidklyne.co.uk/briarfields_touring_park.html David
  24. Gwynedd Mafia

    Disgraceful as long as everybody was respectful of the area, and MH owners were bringing their cash into the area; something I suspect they will stop doing soon. Kermit
  25. Gwynedd Mafia

    In 1900 a West Midland industrialist named John Corbett paid for the re-development of the promenade at Tywyn, West Wales. A legal covenant was drawn up that the land would be the sole property of the Tywyn Town Council and the residents who would be granted free access forever. I have been going to Tywyn for 50 years now on long weekends and at least once a month since buying the MH but all year round, Winter & Summer. I would invite anyone reading this to Google TYWYN BEACH WEBCAM to see what a fantastic location it is. There has never been any Double Yellow Lines anywhere in the town which actively encourages visitors to the location but that's about to change. Tywyn is the only seaside town in the whole of West Wales that does not charge for parking because of the Covenant but back in 2016 Gwynedd County Council ordered the town council to instigate Parking Charges which generated a legal challenge by Tywyn Council on the fact that Gwynedd did not own the land so therefore had no legal basis. As the local council is only small it relies on financial support from Gwynedd towards the cost of maintaining the promenade and other costs but on my last visit there 3 weeks ago signs have been put up by Gwynedd 'No Overnight Parking' with the motorhome displayed and others regarding parking restrictions yet to be enforced subject to legal outcome. The whole of Tywyn is in uproar over this as it will drive away visitors and the fact that Gwynedd County Council have threatened to withhold any funds for maintenance unless the locals agree to the Parking Rules. Gwynedd itself will not monitor the restrictions or provide a warden but insist the Police enforce the rules, the nearest Police Station is 20 miles away????? Financial muscle will probably win the day and Gwynedd will get its own way. Gwynedd has a dislike of motorhomes which is evident as every layby in the whole county has signage stating No Overnight Parking even in the remotest of locations miles from anywhere. What it cant get from the Government it will get from the motorist. Brian.
  26. We had a 4600km trip from Spain to the UK and back. We travelled through France to the Portsmouth > Caen ferry. This is a brief review of the campsites that we visited: Municipal Camping, Zaragoza, Spain A municipal site with gravel pitches of reasonable size. Water and electric on pitch. Wifi access free. OK toilet block. Poor on-site restaurant. Score 6/10 Camping Beau Rivage, Navarrenz, France A nice site with grass pitches and partial shade, close to town. Water and electric on pitch. Only pizzas available in on site restaurant. Score 7.5/10 Camping Du Plan d'Eau, Angouleme, France We stayed in the Aire parking for the night, gravel pitch with electricity. Unisex toilet block. Central water and waste disposal site. Score 7/10 Ferme Auberge La Maison Nueve, France A grass field with electric on a farm. Poor unisex toilet block. Water available outside wash block no waste disposal. Score 4/10 Bridge Villa Campsite, Wallingford UK Large grass pitch with electricity. Water from central point. Free wifi. Good clean wash block. Score 7.5/10 Briarfields Campsite, Cheltenham, UK A well planned site with concrete hard standing for the motorhome with separate grass and gravel area. Good free wifi and toilet block. Bus stop outside the gate. Score 9/10 Capesthorne Hall, Nr Macclesfield, UK Very efficient booking system, pre-allocated grass pitch with water and electric. Modern luxury toilet block. Stately home setting. Score 9/10 Dalston Hall Campsite, Dalston Cumbria, UK Large grass pitch with electric, water and waste. Poor wifi. Adequate toilet block. Score 6.5/10 Manor Farm Campsite,York, UK A grass pitch on a working farm with electric. Water from a central point and central waste disposal. Toilet block was average. No wifi. Bus stop outside gate. Score 6/10 Delph Bank, Holbeach, UK A modern luxury site with gravel pitch and all services. Best toilet facilities of all the sites we stayed in, close to village. £3 single night additional fee. Wifi expensive paid for. Score 9/10 (would have been 10/10 but for the 1 night excess charge and wifi paid for) Scotts Farm, East Wittering, UK A very expensive grass pitch with only electric. Wifi unusable. Ideal for children or tents. Close to village and shops. Toilet block OK. Grey waste disposal a problem. Score 4/10 Portsmouth Truck Stop, Portsmouth, UK Gravel car park with electric. Poor toilet block. No wifi. Noisy with trucks arriving and leaving at all hours. Convenient for ferry. Score 4/10 Le Vieux Moulin, Nr Le Mans, France Large grass pitch with water and electric. Very expensive for the facilities. Very quiet close to village. Poor free wifi. Unisex toilet block. Score 6/10 Camping Park du Val de L’Eyre, Salles, France Large grass pitch with electric and water. Quiet site, great water park on site for children. Unisex toilet block. Supermarket opposite gate, close to A23 motorway. Score 7.5/10 Camping San Jorge, Huesca, Spain Looks to be a municipal site, in need of maintenance particularly the toilet block. Shaded grass pitches with electric. Central water point and waste disposal. Free wifi needed booster then good. Close to large town and supermarkets. Quiet. Score 5/10
  27. Low Emission Zones

    There was an accident on the motorway around Bordeaux when we passed in early August and as a result the motorway signs showed a reduced speed limit due to pollution. In one service area where we stopped for lunch probably 40% of the French registered vehicles had Crit Air stickers as did several of the non French motorhomes. When in the UK in Maidenhead I was parked next to a UK registered Nissan QuasQai and that had a Crit Air sticker in the windscreen! So it looks as though they are becoming more popular whether required or not.
  28. Air Suspension

    @Kermit My Adria has the Fiat chassis extensions and has a very nose down attitude, I think it is part of the modern design to help airflow and economy, or maybe that is wishful thinking.
  29. No Overnight Parking

    Very interesting read David and quite timely as I am about to post on this site regarding this very subject. My post will be titled Gwynedd Mafia.and appear in the next few days. Brian
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