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Message posted by melshouse77 on 15/8/2018 at 7:16pm
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OK, I've always camped (tents, trailer tents etc) so feel I am a seasoned camper. But have recently bought my very first caravan, a 2 berth, that I have to hitch, tow and pitch by myself). I'm ok about hitching/unhitching and going along general roads etc but am a bit worried about a couple of things:

1. Accessing a site which is down lots of narrow/winding lanes and getting myself into a situation where I have to reverse back down said narrow lane/tricky track. Really not confident about reversing yet

2. Pulling onto a site where there are impossibly tight pitches. Although I have a mover, I would like to spare myself from the drama/embarrassment of trying to put my remote controlled van into a very tricky pitch.

As I said, I am pretty new to owning a caravan and consider myself to be still `practising'.

So, my question is (if you are still reading ) could anyone recommend a site that is easy to access and pitch up on, in the North West area or not too far away? I've taken it to a local campsite a couple of times but now want to go further afield. Am not too fussy about 5* facilities though a basic shower would be good.

Many thanks from a 52 year old Nanna that wants to take the Grandkids away for weekends stress/embarassment/incident free :)

Any advice/info or recomendations of sites would be gratefully received :)

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Message posted by paul+julie on 15/8/2018 at 8:17pm
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Donít worry. Just go for it and if you get into a sticky situation just turn your van round with your mover. We have only had one such incident in 9 years caravanning and we go out about 16 weeks total a year.

Message posted by melshouse77 on 15/8/2018 at 8:31pm
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Thanks i may be worrying over nothing :)

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You can always go onto sites like Bing maps, Google etc and look at aerial views of campsites, if you want to suss out approaches; I've found that very useful in the past. Was attracted to a site once, then looked at the aerial view to discover it was over the road from an industrial estate. Rural? Not. Maybe use the Camp Site Search facility (box at top of page) for an area you fancy, note the postcodes of anything you like the sound of, then go and have a look at it online. Good luck and have fun with the grandkiddies!

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At first you could stick to club sites.I have always found them to be easy to access.
We love cls but by they are usually on farms which you their nature are on a winding lane in a remote or rural situation.
You can check maps, street view google earth.
Usually if there is an access problem arrival and leaving times wiill ensure minimal conflict.
Finally I have been towing nearly 50 years and have the same concerns you express but real problems are rare.

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Have a look at Threlkeld Hall in between Penrith and Keswick.
There is a single track from the main road towards the farm but there are no trees or walls to block your view so no surprises!
Just look out for the speed bumps, you don't want broken plates!
Easy access to site. The friendly owners do a store and pitch service, so if you get in a pickle, they will be able to give you a hand.
Pre book, it's popular.

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Firstly Melshouse, why do you say you're "a bit late to the party" if you're only 52? Plenty of users of this site will think you're a spring chicken and lots of people in their 80s go away in caravans.

If reversing is what's worrying you, the best thing you can do is take yourself to a supermarket car park or an industrial estate on a Sunday evening and just practice. It's really not that difficult. Use your mirrors. To reverse in a straight line you should be able to see the same amount of caravan in each mirror. If more starts to appear to one side than the other, turn the wheel in the direction of the mirror the caravan is appearing in to correct it.

Reversing round corners is just an extension of that - start by turning the wheel in the opposite direction to that in which you want the caravan to travel, until the right amount has appeared in your mirror. Then turn in the same direction to just follow it round.

As for site suggestions, the "north-west area" to me means anywhere between Manchester and Carlisle, including the Lake District. This is a big area with literally hundreds of sites in it. Have a look, however, at North View caravan site near Garstang - https://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/sites/details.asp?revid=6126 -

or the Camping and Caravanning Club site in Ravenglass - https://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/sites/reviews.asp?revid=2826

- for easy access, hardstanding pitches and play areas for when you have the grandkids with you.

As a last resort, most site owners are friendly (they want your business after all) and either they or a fellow visitor to the site should be able to push a little 2 berth caravan into place! Enjoy.

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Message posted by DaveS1 on 16/8/2018 at 2:59pm
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What you need to remember is that 99% of sites will have deliveries from lorries who are a lot bigger than you.
Always follow directions given by the camp-site and not from your satellite navigation.
Good luck -- Youngster !!
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Hi and thanks for all the replies.

I meant I was a bit late to the party for buying first van at 51 yrs of age, hope no - one was offended by that

There are some great suggestions/advice there. Perhaps I am mithering a bit too much and should just go for it as, as someone mentioned, incidents are rare :p Just wanted to be safe and responsible

The suggestion of the site at Garstang is literally 1/4 mile from where I live and know it is a beautiful area but thank you for that.

Thanks everyone and anymore pointers will be more than welcome :D

Message posted by melshouse77 on 16/8/2018 at 4:52pm
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Good advice thanks

Message posted by kenles on 16/8/2018 at 6:29pm
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Use the mover to get on a pitch it will save you as the clutch could burn out trying to geting on the pitch have fun

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Message posted by SGThomas on 16/8/2018 at 6:57pm
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Remember only a thicko tries to reverse onto a site when they happen to also have a motor mover.

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Please use the motor mover thingy. We are tent campers and it keeps my children busy looking at caravan things as we have a tent (a tent is sooo last year for them!!)

We usually get a running commentery of interesting things like this, often while we put up the tent and the children pretend to help. They often check out the toilets and come back via the shop and the play park.

Message posted by melshouse77 on 23/8/2018 at 8:34am
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Thanks everyone. Have found a couple of sites that I am going to try (hopefully this weekend)

Once again thanks all :)

Message posted by andyd71 on 23/8/2018 at 12:21pm
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if you reverse a trailer tent you can reverse a van

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