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Message posted by samzac29/8/2011 at 8:05pm
Outfit:  Vaude Badawi Long     Location:  London Town
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How do you keep dry when this happens ?

Buy a boat I guess !

A sown in ground sheet may have helped.

We did stay dry...just... but beware of Campsites that are on clay...they dont drain to fast...



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Message posted by 9iron29/8/2011 at 8:18pm
Outfit:  Cabanon Guadeloupe: Andre Jamet Ridge     Location:  Hull
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Hope you didn't have that weather for your whole holiday.

Message posted by samzac29/8/2011 at 8:28pm
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Almost everyday for 4 days/nights woke up to that Sunday morning enough was enough !

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Message posted by scalpmountain29/8/2011 at 11:59pm
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Go to Pub...

 

 

John


Message posted by moonstone30/8/2011 at 7:49am
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we experienced a very similar holiday a few years ago in Dorset...it poured every day and night for nearly our entire two week holiday and by the end of week one the campsite had started to resemble a swamp...by day eight we'd pretty much commandeered all of the bricks scattered around the site (provided to raise BBQs up off the grass) and we proceeded to build a large brick doormat directly outside the main door of our tent with two sets of brick stepping stones leading away from it, one that led to our car and the other to the facilities block...!!...my OH also used a pole from one of our windbreaks to hammer drainage holes around our tent (on a daily basis) in an attempt to shift the large pools of standing water that threatened to engulf us...

like you we didn't have a SIG at the time, but we managed to keep most of the rain and mud out...there were permanent pools of water in the dips and hollows of our groundsheet, but thankfully these were just inside the flysheet and didn't spread any further in so our living area stayed predominantly dry...

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Message posted by Valk_scot30/8/2011 at 8:16am
Outfit:  Conway Camargue Lots of Vangos. .      Location:  Scotland.
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If it's that wet it's actually best just to take up the groundsheet tbh and wear crocs or wellies inside. As long as the sleeping pods are dry it's not crucial to have a dry living area after all. And in Ye Olde Days we'd have dug a storm trench uphill of the tent, to divert any running water from coming through the tent. Of course that was in the days when all campers took a spade with them. And sometimes the wardens used to object, but as long as you're careful you can turn sods back into place when you leave. The drainage holes seem to be a good compromise.

Just count yourself lucky you weren't pitched in a dip. Or, as we found ourself one year, on the part of the field that served as the overflow drain for the whole area. We  actually had to rope the TT to a tree on that pitch as we were afraid the wheels would get undercut and the TT start to move. We were digging storm ditches that day I can tell you!

And on a very wet evening in Arnhem last year the entire campsite flooded to a depth of about four inches when the rains finally arrived after several weeks of dought. The ground just couldn't soak it up fast enough. Most of the tenters (even these with SIG) ended up sleeping in the games hall. We were in the TT and had to clear the awning and undertents out into the car in about twenty minutes flat, then we all piled into the upper cabin and slept there. We were paddling just to get to the toilet block, lol.


Message posted by fiona6630/8/2011 at 7:15pm
Outfit:  Vango Monte Verde 900 & Orchy 600      Location:  Fife
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We had some very wet weather near Valence in July but were luckier than most in that our pitch was flat and seemed to be a bit more 'drained' than others - some had dug 'trenches' round theirs to divert the water - one had a river right through the middle - if it wasn't so upsetting it would have been funny.  They really had no choice - one woman was out digging her trench with her wooden spoon!! the ground was so soft.  If its needed then I'd do it this country or abroad.  Let the owners/warden complain - they should have better drainage in most sites - from what we've seen its almost like youre on your own some places.  In the aformentioned site, the pitch we got was the 2nd offered and the last one available - the first one was a puddle!!!

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Message posted by Camping nutcase31/8/2011 at 9:11pm
Outfit:  various tents & A steam train     Location:  Bootle
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Been there witht eh lake inside teh tent.   One year we had to move pitch a couple of yards, adn then if when people came to pitch next to us, we had to say don't pitch there and say that we weren't being anit socila, but ended up with a lake inside the tent when we were there.

One year after so much rain we woke up one morning and although it was dry insdie our tent, the site was flooded - some fo the caravans obviously had flooded awnigns, and everyone was packing up to go.

Never put me off camping though - we just make the most of the dry days when it has been bad.

 


Message posted by Camping nutcase31/8/2011 at 9:11pm
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Been there witht eh lake inside teh tent.   One year we had to move pitch a couple of yards, adn then if when people came to pitch next to us, we had to say don't pitch there and say that we weren't being anit socila, but ended up with a lake inside the tent when we were there.

One year after so much rain we woke up one morning and although it was dry insdie our tent, the site was flooded - some fo the caravans obviously had flooded awnigns, and everyone was packing up to go.

Never put me off camping though - we just make the most of the dry days when it has been bad.

 


Message posted by Bob6131/8/2011 at 11:09pm
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That is something I have always dreaded but seem to have got away with it so far. I thought my time had come a couple of weekends ago when there was torrential rain most of the night and into the morning. I even got up during the night to lift things off the floor just in case. Thankfully the site was free draining and there was hardly a puddle in the morning.

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Message posted by ashwellgirl01/9/2011 at 10:54pm
Outfit:  Conway Classic Trio 2004     Location:  Herts
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Our 1st ever camping trip was just like that lol. We had a permanent puddle in our awning and most mornings woke up to more water coming in :(
We were not put off just learnt from that and now go on hardstanding :) Though even those can have puddles as we saw on our last holiday though we were lucky in only having a little water get in our tent which dried out the next day :)

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Message posted by moog5601/9/2011 at 11:31pm
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Ugh! soggy wet stuff, we've had it so often that when it rains my kids sniff the air, jump for joy and say ' yay! it's camping weather '

 I think we've caused them some long term emotional damage personally.


Message posted by coll2602/9/2011 at 2:50pm
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British weather......dont we just love it! (not)!!!


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