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Message posted by clueless via mobile 20/5/2021 at 1:18pm
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First camp in 2 years booked this weekend - currently getting cold (and wet) feet at the thought! So much hassle for 2 chilly days/nights and a wet tent at the end of it! Going soft in my old age 😂

Someone persuade me itís still a good idea!

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NOPE!

I've got a dog, we go out 'walkies' at least twice a day in every kind of weather, and of late it seems to have been mostly wet, cold and windy, she's a young fit Border Collie and impervious to all weathers and more than eager to go out regardless, I'm not, I'm a stiff and achy old grump, I'm sick of the weather, I see far more of it close up and personal than I enjoy!

Now I've got a lovely warm dry cosy caravan with all the comforts of home, rather than the privations of a tent, but TBH I'm not really very motivated ATM to drive through foul weather to site, pitch in foul weather, fill and empty tanks in foul weather, still walk the dog in foul weather, then be sat in a somewhat more confined space than home with a soggy dog, AND pay a couple of hundred quid or so for the privilege! I want to enjoy my holidays, not merely suffer as I do at home but in a different location! I don't care if it's cold, so long as there is at least some blue sky and it's not permanently wet!

Grumpy old git with aches and stiff joints from the cold and damp - Rant over!

PS May used to be one of my favourite months for holidays and more often than not had glorious weather, but this year is really grim so far.

PPS Was down in N Devon a couple of weeks back, and it was freezing cold (only got to 7-8C some days and around freezing overnight!), and so windy that walking in woods or on cliff tops didn't seem wise! And when it rained, it was serious stuff! Not quite the spring break I was hoping for! Damned grateful for being in a caravan and not a tent, even though, the van often rocked enough to wake me up at night! - Maybe that's why I'm waiting for the weather to improve before next trip!

PPPS Clueless, is it a good idea for YOU to go away? Absolutely YES! Some damn fool has to keep the sites in business so us fair weather merchants have somewhere to go in better weather!

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I just came back from a 4-night trip, and stayed inside my van for most of the first 2 days due to bad weather.

When I arrived on the camp site, it was chucking down, and was glad I did not have to pitch a heavy canvas tent and set up in that rain.

5min to plug in the EHU and I was back inside a nice warm van.

5 years ago I would have gone ahead with camping in a tent comes rain or shine, not anymore due to old age!

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I can't go this weekend, but it'll be our third trip of the year next weekend, Covid willing. I love it when the weather's dodgy & always take extra guys and too many pegs. EHU plus a fan heater essential though. You might be able to time it for a dry packup.

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...4 days canoeing and camping with my partner.........from Sunday

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I have not even been out of the house for the last couple of days except for an essential trip to take my wife for her second vaccination. The weather has been awful with high winds and rain showers every 5 minutes. My lawn will be knee deep by the time I can get out there and cut it. I am wondering where the term 'Global Warming' came from...certainly not my neck of the woods!

On a more serious note, and even if the weather was much better, I am not feeling at all motivated to go camping at the moment. Perhaps when the sun starts shining again I may start to think a little more about a trip.

One consolation...if any newbies have been camping for the first time this week in this weather, there will be a glut of 'used once' tents on eBay next week    

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Quote: Originally posted by Caligula on 20/5/2021
...4 days canoeing and camping with my partner.........from Sunday



Is that canoeing to your pitch after the past month of solid downpours?! 🛶

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Message posted by clueless via mobile 20/5/2021 at 7:45pm
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Quote: Originally posted by TimCESmith on 20/5/2021
I can't go this weekend, but it'll be our third trip of the year next weekend, Covid willing. I love it when the weather's dodgy & always take extra guys and too many pegs. EHU plus a fan heater essential though. You might be able to time it for a dry packup.



We have EHU and a heater. We are going with friends (first timers) who are adamant they still want to go...donít want to let them down...however we have compromised and are just going to go for one night on the basis that Saturday currently looks dryer (figuring I can put up with the damp and cold for 24 hours!)

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Message posted by clueless via mobile 20/5/2021 at 7:48pm
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Quote: Originally posted by dk168 on 20/5/2021
I just came back from a 4-night trip, and stayed inside my van for most of the first 2 days due to bad weather.

When I arrived on the camp site, it was chucking down, and was glad I did not have to pitch a heavy canvas tent and set up in that rain.

5min to plug in the EHU and I was back inside a nice warm van.

5 years ago I would have gone ahead with camping in a tent comes rain or shine, not anymore due to old age!

DK



Iíve definitely got softer as Iíve got older (days of having to bail the tent out or sleep in a woolly hat in early May frost are well behind me!). Been trying to persuade DH to a tin tent for years (grew up caravanning) but heís having none of it!

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Message posted by clueless via mobile 20/5/2021 at 7:51pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Monty15 on 20/5/2021
NOPE!

I've got a dog, we go out 'walkies' at least twice a day in every kind of weather, and of late it seems to have been mostly wet, cold and windy, she's a young fit Border Collie and impervious to all weathers and more than eager to go out regardless, I'm not, I'm a stiff and achy old grump, I'm sick of the weather, I see far more of it close up and personal than I enjoy!

Now I've got a lovely warm dry cosy caravan with all the comforts of home, rather than the privations of a tent, but TBH I'm not really very motivated ATM to drive through foul weather to site, pitch in foul weather, fill and empty tanks in foul weather, still walk the dog in foul weather, then be sat in a somewhat more confined space than home with a soggy dog, AND pay a couple of hundred quid or so for the privilege! I want to enjoy my holidays, not merely suffer as I do at home but in a different location! I don't care if it's cold, so long as there is at least some blue sky and it's not permanently wet!

Grumpy old git with aches and stiff joints from the cold and damp - Rant over!

PS May used to be one of my favourite months for holidays and more often than not had glorious weather, but this year is really grim so far.

PPS Was down in N Devon a couple of weeks back, and it was freezing cold (only got to 7-8C some days and around freezing overnight!), and so windy that walking in woods or on cliff tops didn't seem wise! And when it rained, it was serious stuff! Not quite the spring break I was hoping for! Damned grateful for being in a caravan and not a tent, even though, the van often rocked enough to wake me up at night! - Maybe that's why I'm waiting for the weather to improve before next trip!

PPPS Clueless, is it a good idea for YOU to go away? Absolutely YES! Some damn fool has to keep the sites in business so us fair weather merchants have somewhere to go in better weather!



We are going to a brand new site which looks lovely - phoned today to check it isnít waterlogged and the owner could not have been nicer, offering to refund or transfer if we werenít going to brave it. Under the circumstances I wouldnít dream of taking a refund, and so are going to go for one night but still pay for the two as like you say, they have a business to run (and good customer service deserves good customers 😊)

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Yep, I'll be away ( albeit in my campervan rather than "proper camping" in a tent )

Had quite a few trips already this year (13 nights on 8 different sites) - making the most of it after last year's late start!

Refuse to let miserable cold wet weather put me off!

Wrap up, take wellies (and trunks ) and enjoy

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Quote: Originally posted by clueless on 20/5/2021
Quote: Originally posted by Caligula on 20/5/2021
...4 days canoeing and camping with my partner.........from Sunday



Is that canoeing to your pitch after the past month of solid downpours?! 🛶



That's the normal plan............?


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Lovely day in west Cornwall yesterday Sat. Sun all day compared to previous days of rain & gales. Not so good today. More rain & wind getting up again. Forecast changeable & temps low teens. In my caravan though. Gave up with tents some yrs ago.

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We're not away this weekend (we'll be off on Friday) but I was looking back at my photos from last summer when just me and my 8 year old son went away for 2 nights. We knew the weather wasn't going to be good, showers and then spells of torrential rain, but we made some great memories. On the beach between the showers, films and games in the tent during the torrential downpour, well earned hot meal in a nearby restaurant. So glad we went and the weather changed to lovely sunshine as we packed up at least we took a dry tent home!

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So we compromised and went on Saturday morning - whilst itís a faff for one night, we had a lovely day relaxing around the site (sunny but very chilly breeze) whilst the kids played, followed by bbq/fire with friends. Definitely glad we went - now just doing some online shopping to upgrade/add to our kit after 2 years off! Back camping again next weekend for half term - canít wait!

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Going on a family (tents) camp soon for a few days, which seems to be coinciding with a ridge of high pressure, for which I am thanking the Weather Gods! SO glad I'm not out in it this weekend... the weather is all over the place at the moment.

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