10 factors to consider when booking a campsite
So, you’ve booked your motorhome holiday or short break and you are thinking about which campsites to book. Here’s some information that we think you will find helpful, so that you will get the most out of your motorhome experience.
Remember that with our motorhome hire, you get privilege membership of the Camping and Caravanning Club, which will give you access to reduced rates at most of their sites.
Planning ahead is the key to getting your first choice of campsite, so book your campsite(s) as soon as possible, especially in peak times, such as school holidays and bank holidays. It’s worth noting that if there is no availability at your chosen campsite, the company may have a cancellation list service and contact you when availability arises.
Seasonal Opening Times/Prices
If you are looking for a good deal, most campsites will have different prices for different seasons of the year, with special deals for quieter times of the year. As you would expect, at peak times, prices are at their highest and the most popular sites often get booked up well in advance and it may not be as easy to get the campsite of your choice for your motorhome holiday or short break.
Choosing a Pitch
If you have a specific requirement for your campsite or pitch, make sure you find out about your campsite in advance. For example, most campsites have fresh water connections and drainage facilities, but not all have electricity hook ups.
If you have young children, you may want to be near a play area. But bear in mind that as useful as this may be, you may have high levels of noise at inconvenient times.
Flat ground for your pitch is preferable, so that you don’t need to use your levellers (chocks) to keep your motorhome level
Will your Site accept your Motorhome?
Most UK and EU campsites allow all sizes of motorhomes on their pitches, but it is advisable to check, especially if you have a large motorhome,
It also helps if campsites have wide entrances and easy access to pitches. For some, having amenities close by like local shops and transport links is essential while others are happy with the bare necessities.
When you connect to a campsite electric hook-up point you can receive an electricity supply as you would at home. Most of the larger campsites have electric hook-ups as an option to power your motorhomes. It is usually not the case, but bear in mind that there may be restrictions on them.
Many campsites have facilities for taking in fresh drinking water, grey water disposal and a chemical toilet disposal point, but if you think you will have a requirement for any of these facilities, it is advisable to check before booking. The same applies for an on-site shop.
It may sound like an obvious thought, but in the excitement of planning your travel itinerary, remember to factor in the fact that your motorhome does not move as fast as your car. For example, on motorways, we recommend 60mph as your maximum speed for comfort and fuel economy.
If you have special needs or requirements at your chosen campsite, make sure you speak to the campsite, as most campsites are very helpful in accommodating your needs wherever possible.
Travelling to your Campsite
Your chosen campsite may seem to be easily accessible, but think about the minor roads leading to it. If you are not used to manoeuvring a larger vehicle, it may be difficult to negotiate your motorhome on some of the narrow country roads. Always make sure you use the campsite’s directions, rather than a satnav as rural location postcodes can cover large areas and may not direct you to the correct location.
You will need to check in advance if your chosen campsite will accept groups or single sex groups, for example stag or hen parties may be disallowed.
You have done all the paperwork, booked your site and got the directions down to a fine art. Again, it may seem like an obvious detail to know about, but make sure you have the site’s opening times.
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