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Message posted by Ulti-Mates on 31/3/2007 at 7:46am
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Hi,

We are going away on this year's first "big" break next week. I plan to stagger  the journey with an overnight  stop at Corley Services on the M6. (Chosen for convenience only)

This will be roughly half way between Bristol and Sandringham. Apart from the 20 and risk of been awoken by a Thermo King generator at some unearthly hour are there any other pitfalls?

We  expect to arrive at about 10 pm and leave after breakfast. I don't really want the hassle of finding and booking a local CL, so being able to arrive late in the dark is an attraction.

 

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Message posted by solar-hippies on 31/3/2007 at 1:36pm
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what day are you planning to do this

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Quote: Originally posted by Ulti-Mates on 31/3/2007

Hi,

We are going away on this year's first "big" break next week. I plan to break the journey with an overnight  stop at Corley Services on the M6. (Chosen for convenience only)

This will be roughly half way between Bristol and Sandringham. Apart from the 20 and risk of been awoken by a Thermo King generator at some unearthly hour are there any other pitfalls?

20 surly its not that price, I did see one the other day on M62 and could'nt believe it was 12.

We stayed on a srevices on M5 and slept like a log we did'nt wake until 7-30 and never heard a thing.

Jen

 

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It's a shame that ASDA don't follow the lead of their american counterpart WALMART. In the States you can park for free for one night in your caravan or campervan in any Walmart carpark. I guess it makes good commercial sense as they then get the business for the food and drink for that night! My brother and his family plan their holiday trek from New Jersey down to Florida by locating all the Walmarts en route!

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Hi,

20 is the quoted figure but this includes a 7 breakfast credit.

We plan to leave Bristol at about 8pm on Wednesday evening and get to Corley at about 10 ish.

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i think you will struggle to find some where safe to park the van at that time of night , i cal in to n/b side and theres no where to park . i think you want to get up early and stop for a nice fry up en route , there will be no traffic ,

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Remember you can use your gas at the sevices.

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Hi, we stopped on the M6 at Charnock Richard and it cost us 8 that included coffee and discount for brekkie, We did park in the caravan section but their aren't many spaces and some had single cars in them , I dropped the steadies just in case passing cars 'wobbled' the van and woke us but to be honest I hardly slept as you are in the main carpark and there is a constant in-out of cars,

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Just noticed a mistake on previous post should have read can not use gas on services, glad to see that it worked out ok.

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Quote: Originally posted by B Chrystie on 31/3/2007
It's a shame that ASDA don't follow the lead of their american counterpart WALMART. In the States you can park for free for one night in your caravan or campervan in any Walmart carpark. I guess it makes good commercial sense as they then get the business for the food and drink for that night! My brother and his family plan their holiday trek from New Jersey down to Florida by locating all the Walmarts en route!

That is such a great idea

You should take your suggestion to the main outlets. You might get some vouchers or something!

Brilliant

 


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Quote: Originally posted by JenAll on 31/3/2007

We stayed on a srevices on M5 and slept like a log we did'nt wake until 7-30 and never heard a thing.

Jen

 


Jen,

which services on M5 please. Going down that way later in the year.

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We have often stayed at service areas in the UK.  Never had any problem sleeping although we usually stop when we are feeling tired so that helps.  If you have to stay in an area used by lorries, the case at some services, avoid parking next to refrigerated trailers as the cycle on and off all night - noisily.  In the UK you do have to pay the designated charge, often from a machine or the services shop. 

Staying at the services does mean that you can drive until tired and then just park-p, pay, drop the steadies and go to sleep.  No unhitching, etc when tired.  We travel with the bed made up ready to fall into.  We have a cheap, Lidl, alarm on the inside of the door but never been troubled by anyone.

We, also, stop at Aires in France and other continental countries.  Even better there as it is free!!

I'm sure you''ll be fine

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Quote: Originally posted by Tim and Cary on 11/4/2007

We have often stayed at service areas in the UK.  Never had any problem sleeping although we usually stop when we are feeling tired so that helps.  If you have to stay in an area used by lorries, the case at some services, avoid parking next to refrigerated trailers as the cycle on and off all night - noisily.  In the UK you do have to pay the designated charge, often from a machine or the services shop. 

Staying at the services does mean that you can drive until tired and then just park-p, pay, drop the steadies and go to sleep.  No unhitching, etc when tired.  We travel with the bed made up ready to fall into.  We have a cheap, Lidl, alarm on the inside of the door but never been troubled by anyone.

We, also, stop at Aires in France and other continental countries.  Even better there as it is free!!

I'm sure you''ll be fine

Best Wishes

Tim


Absolutely no comparison between the aires in france and the motorway services in the UK, is there! Britain is just not geared up for campers and caravanners, unlike the French (unfortuneately!).

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