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Message posted by Sullivan200704/8/2011 at 2:16pm
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DH was looking up directions to our next site (Monday) and saw a note that there's a height barrier at the entrance.  We're not going to make it under!

Don't know what to do... have emailed the site to ask if there's an alternative entrance, but if not...

do we accept that we have to lug everything quite a distance to set up and take down, and leave the car parked outside the barrier

cancel the booking and find another site

leave as much stuff as possible at home and try to pack without using the roofbox - might mean leaving our brand new utility tent :(



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Message posted by Davy / Jean04/8/2011 at 2:23pm
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i would contact the site direct ( Phone) this may be a barrier that can be moved i know some site have these in place to prevent Vans (work Vans) going onto there site

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Message posted by Whatamess04/8/2011 at 4:07pm
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If the site accepts caravans (and/or motorhomes), the height barrier will be movable.

Nora

Message posted by raf4804/8/2011 at 5:00pm
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We found it frustrating how many beauty spots we could not visit with our small camper van. Hope you get it sorted

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Message posted by Peggybabcot04/8/2011 at 5:24pm
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I would assume for fire regulations it must be moveable otherwise how would a fire engine get on site in an emergency?
Jules x

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Message posted by dragon555104/8/2011 at 5:53pm
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I like a lot of other builders use my transit van for camping trips its easy to pack and comes in handy if its raining when pitching or packing away. i hope i never come across a height barrier or i may be tempted to see just how strong my full length roof rack really is.

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Message posted by Sullivan200704/8/2011 at 6:54pm
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Site just said that they don't have any security problems and the car will be safe outside the barrier!

Never mind, we've decided to go for paring our stuff down.  Will be interesting to see what we miss the most (or at all?!), but the new tent IS going

Convenience of having our airbeds blown up right next to the tent, and being able to chuck things in quickly if it's raining is one thing, keeping the littlest one contained is priceless!  Roofbox coming off. Now to decide what we can do without.

Kitchen boxes down from 2 to 1.  We're borrowing a low table, so the kids will have cushions not chairs.  Maybe only take 1 tall table for cooking on, and not have a second in the main tent... or move it at night time... the only thing we really need it for is the lamp and a cup of juice for the morning. 

I'm not cutting down on blankets, this summer feels like autumn!

Anything that folk used to think they REALLY needed but can now live without?



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Message posted by brickiemum04/8/2011 at 7:28pm
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I would be more tempted to turn up with a fully laden vehicle and roof box and ask them to shift the barrier tbh. You shouldn't have to compromise your camping experience when the barrier must be able to be opened (all the ones I've seen at campsites can be (do they take caravans? It must open for them) It's not about whether it is *safe* to leave your vehicle outside, it's about whether that suits you. And tbph with a small child it doesn't as most of us use that as the safe zone when pitching/striking.

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Message posted by cbreddie04/8/2011 at 7:37pm
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Quote: Originally posted by brickiemum on 04/8/2011
I would be more tempted to turn up with a fully laden vehicle and roof box and ask them to shift the barrier tbh. You shouldn't have to compromise your camping experience when the barrier must be able to be opened (all the ones I've seen at campsites can be (do they take caravans? It must open for them) It's not about whether it is *safe* to leave your vehicle outside, it's about whether that suits you. And tbph with a small child it doesn't as most of us use that as the safe zone when pitching/striking.


I agree completely. I understand from the sites point of view about vans etc, but some people (as has been metioned above) use their vans for busines AND pleasure.

Can you take a wheelbarrow with you? or does the site have one you can borrow.

is it just the roofbox causing the problem? if so can it be removed once you have unloaded?

Tell the site owner you will put breadcrumbs on his roof if he doesnt move the barrier!! lol (this was a joke by the way)


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Message posted by nigelizz04/8/2011 at 7:37pm
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I couldn't agree more, we use an exPO six seater pilot van for our camping trips. we have not had any problems as yet with height barriers etc but if we did then I am of the same mind as "brickiemum" its your money they are after, and as also said emergency vehicles need access so its got to be removeable. Turn up, make a fuss, whats to lose? Regards Nige.

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Message posted by franbee05/8/2011 at 1:36pm
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I'd make a fuss too. Unless they mostly cater for backpackers and cyclists, loads of people use top boxes, do they turn away all those?

Message posted by dawnella05/8/2011 at 7:55pm
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Never heard of a campsite with height restriction before, what a stupid idea.  Can you not change your site and get a refund? say its not good enough you have to lug everything to the pitch, say you have a bad back as you will have after lugging that.   We have a similar problem when our roof box is on we cant get into loads of car parks its really annoying as we only have a normal size car.

Message posted by Sullivan200706/8/2011 at 8:45am
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They emailed an apology and said that the height barrier was put up against their objections by the local council

Bizarre, but there we go. 



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Message posted by LittleRuby06/8/2011 at 12:56pm
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Thats a shame its out of their control, i certainly would rebook elsewhere i just couldn't envisage dragging all our stuff out of the car then doing it all again when we leave, it would put me off!

Message posted by Ronni5406/8/2011 at 11:03pm
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Could you pack lightweight items in the roofbox and remove them when you arrive?  If your passengers got out and carried the empty roofbox (or stayed with it till you got back) you could then put the contents in the vehicle and drive in.

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Message posted by Sullivan200707/8/2011 at 11:39am
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Thanks for the suggestion but it's not really worth it for a three-nighter.  Tempted to cancel because this was supposed to be our 'beach holiday' and the weather forecast is wet wet wet, but that wouldn't be fair to the campsite (or to the kids - they just want to go NOW!)

Making a pile of 'must have' and 'would like' in the hall, will see how much will fit when (if?) the rain here stops



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