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Message posted by Mrs E via mobile 14/6/2020 at 4:50pm
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Would love to get away sometime in July or August in our campervan for 2 or 3 nights. We have a porta loo but no shower (no room in a T5!) so looking for sites that will be opening their toilets/shower block when campsites re-open. I do like a shower, especially if the weather's warm!

* Needs to be dog friendly
* In the following areas: Dorset, Somerset & New Forest area ideally
* EHU preferred but might consider non EHU
* Ideally less than £28 p.n. inc extras such as EHU and dog

I have seen posts on Facebook regarding club sites but we're not in any of the clubs.

Hopefully someone will know of a site or two to recommend?

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Message posted by jsparkes20114814/6/2020 at 5:38pm
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I think Some of the club sites are open to non members, might be worth a look.

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Quote: Originally posted by jsparkes201148 on 14/6/2020
I think Some of the club sites are open to non members, might be worth a look.




Thanks, I might take a look then. Hopefully there won't be too much of a supplement for non members!

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Message posted by Ray Clayton14/6/2020 at 5:57pm
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I think all sites will have a different view, and will depend on what facilities they have to other.
Am going to Bridlington in Aug,if luck holds out, they will be fully open, with restrictions on numbers, and social distancing.

Am going local in Derbyshire at the beginning of July and i do not know what to expect yet.

So it's quite an open book at the moment, depending on type of sites, and the facilities that they have on other.

Best way is to play it by ear am afraid.





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Message posted by Bob6114/6/2020 at 9:59pm
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When I first started camping there was no such thing as campsite showers...in fact I don't think many people had a shower at home either as bathtubs were the thing...once a week whether you needed one or not.

Camping is camping...it can occasionally get messy. Are you not able to boil a kettle and fill a bowl with hot water then stand naked and give yourself a good all over wash with a soapy flannel? In my opinion, water from a shower just runs off a greasy skin. Rubbing yourself all over with soapy hands may help but won't get rid of ingrained dirt. Giving yourself a good scrub with a coarse flannel will not only get rid of all the dirt but make your skin feel cleansed and refreshed.

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Message posted by Fiona W via mobile 14/6/2020 at 10:22pm
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A good wet wipe can do the job of keeping the main bits of the body clean & smelling fresh, if you donít have hot water for a weekend. Part of the fun of camping can be being just a wee bit grubby. Or maybe thatís my happy memory of being a Girl Guide, 50 years ago.

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Message posted by Bernie4714/6/2020 at 10:25pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Bob61 on 14/6/2020
When I first started camping there was no such thing as campsite showers...in fact I don't think many people had a shower at home either as bathtubs were the thing...once a week whether you needed one or not.



When I started camping there was only a chemical toilet and an outside tap.
Camping in those days was an experience, not a cheap alternative to hotels.

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Message posted by Capt Lightning15/6/2020 at 7:59am
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Some people seem to expect everything on a campsite that they would have at home or in a hotel. I started off over 50 years ago taking a small tent and some basic kit on my motorbike. I admit that now, as a pensioner, I like a bit more comfort, but I am more than happy to do without all the 'bells & whistles'. As long as I can have good basic hygiene, I can live without a shower till I get back home.

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Message posted by Mrs. Bonce15/6/2020 at 8:14am
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I started off as a teenager with my parents, big ridge tent and toilet tent, we washed in bowls of water in the tent. Tap in a field, no ehu of course. Mum cooked on primus stoves.

Message posted by Fiona W via mobile 15/6/2020 at 9:54am
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Mrs E - try using the Site Search tab & ticking what facilities you want . No one knows whether a particular site will open its showers or not: youíd be better phoning and then booking if they say yes because demand may be higher than last year. As for using Club sites if youíre not a member, CAMC charges an extra £10pn so we only use them in an emergency (eg during one of the severe storms last year when debris was flying over the roads & it wasnít safe to keep going). There are plenty of really good independent sites- the star rating on UKCS is pretty accurate.

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Message posted by Bob6115/6/2020 at 10:26am
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I honestly don't understand how any campsite can get round the hygiene issues of shared toilet and wash facilities. They can impose a 'one in one out' sort of system but bearing in mind the virus can stay active on plastic and other surfaces for up to 72 hours and most toilet seats are plastic, and sink surrounds are shiny surfaces, how are they going to solve that issue.

Even if campsites open their toilet facilities I can't bring myself to wanting to share them at the present time unless they have a permanent toilet cleaner inside, armed with effective sanitiser to clean all surfaces in between each visit.

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Message posted by Colin2115/6/2020 at 11:55am
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Quote: Originally posted by Bob61 on 15/6/2020
I honestly don't understand how any campsite can get round the hygiene issues of shared toilet and wash facilities. They can impose a 'one in one out' sort of system but bearing in mind the virus can stay active on plastic and other surfaces for up to 72 hours and most toilet seats are plastic, and sink surrounds are shiny surfaces, how are they going to solve that issue.

Even if campsites open their toilet facilities I can't bring myself to wanting to share them at the present time unless they have a permanent toilet cleaner inside, armed with effective sanitiser to clean all surfaces in between each visit.



This is why I am using site toilets as my safety guide. When the opening of site toilets everywhere is considered normal again, I will consider it safe to go caravanning. The risk will be back to what it was before the virus struck, so only normal precautions will be necessary.



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Quote: Originally posted by Capt Lightning on 15/6/2020
Some people seem to expect everything on a campsite that they would have at home or in a hotel.



I'm quite happy to use our porta loo but if it's hot I like a shower. Quite happy with basic showers and a push button. If it's not hot I can make do with wet wipes to freshen up if only away for a couple of nights. We've done VW festivals and even some of those bring in portable showers which are sometimes better than the one's at full facility campsites!

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Message posted by Mrs E via mobile 15/6/2020 at 3:32pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Bob61 on 14/6/202

Who needs campsite showers when you have a caravan or campervan?



We have a SWB T5 campervan. I wouldn't be bothered if we were in a caravan as we'd be able to use our own facilities and it wouldn't be an issue.

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Message posted by Mrs E via mobile 15/6/2020 at 3:37pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Fiona W on 15/6/2020
Mrs E - try using the Site Search tab & ticking what facilities you want . No one knows whether a particular site will open its showers or not: youíd be better phoning and then booking if they say yes because demand may be higher than last year. As for using Club sites if youíre not a member, CAMC charges an extra £10pn so we only use them in an emergency (eg during one of the severe storms last year when debris was flying over the roads & it wasnít safe to keep going). There are plenty of really good independent sites- the star rating on UKCS is pretty accurate.



I have been searching but it's probably too early at the moment. We prefer independent sites anyway as club sites tend to be dearer. I am going to have a look at club sites but would imagine most will be booked up already by members.


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Iím wondering whether a bottle of Domestos spray, for use in the shared facility, might not be an essential item for the foreseeable future.

Just seen a photo of a Dutch mate washing up on a site in Holland. The next bowl was taped off to ensure social distancing.


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