A-Z Challenge 2012
S is for Sites
We tend to do quite a bit of research on the sites that we stay on.
We look them up on the internet, see if they have a website and read any reviews, but nothing quite beats actually paying the site a visit.
As we stay within a defined geographical area this is simple to do. We just drive to the site and take a look at it.
We have a set criteria when we are looking for a place to stay.
No commercial or large sites, in fact we only stay on sites which have no more than 5 pitches on them.
This way we have peace and quite, well hopefully!
We require electric hook up points.
We don't need showers or loo's we are fully self contained so why pay extra for these?
The other thing we look for is ease of access. When all hooked up we are almost 40ft long, and a tight and narrow entrance into the site is not good. As the caravan is our home it really is not worth the risk of damaging it on a gate post.
We also make sure that there are not too many gates to have to open and close, as I leave early in the mornings, and having that hassle is one thing I can do without, plus there is also the noise with leaving the car running whilst gates are opened and shut!
Our site fee's vary between £10 to £14 per night for which includes the two of us, China dog, the awning, two cars and electric.
Our current site charges just £10 per night including electric. Bargain! Our last site cost us just £12 per night and that included showers and loo's!
So a cheap way to live if you can put up with filling up your aqua-rolls on a daily basis and emptying out your loo every 3 to 4 days!
We are the only one's on site at the moment, so we have no neighbors at all, bliss!
This weekend we will be joined by J.E. so a few beers will be sunk no doubt! That is the great thing about living the way we do, friends can turn up and camp and have a cracking time.
I still think we are lucky, as they are doing this as a holiday, or for a short break, but we do this on a full time basis!
Since starting out we have only stayed on one site, which turned out to be a nightmare. The rest have all been great with no problems at all.
Sites vary in layout and facilities, but even the most basic of sites, have to have fresh water, and dedicated CDP ((chemical disposal point) loo emptying place) and rubbish bins. Most sites recycle, and all are kept in tip top condition.
Living the way we do would not be for everyone, but personally I love it!