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25/8/2022 at 11:09am
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Quote: Originally posted by kpnuts81 on 25/8/2022
While people think that price per night without electric is acceptable, campsites will keep their prices artificially high as they have for the last year or so, they raised their prices to sometimes extortionate levels because of people not being able to travel abroad that easily and now they keep them at that level or even raise them, those of us who have been camping etc for many years are refusing to pay that price and when a lot of the newer campers decide it’s not for them, maybe the site owners, letting agents for cottages etc will realise they cannot get away with screwing the diehards although I have my doubts, from my own point of view I will take a serious look as to whether I will carry on caravaning as to my mind with the cost of fuel, campsites, food it will no longer be a cost effective way of holidaying, like everything in this country as soon as it becomes popular ie gardening and camping comes to mind we get ripped off,apologies for the rant



I couldn't agree more!! This country isn't often called rip-off Britain for nothing, in my opinion.


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26/8/2022 at 7:59pm
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maybe abit expensive that i agree . but i dont believe in electric hook up as daft as it seems. to me camping is camping rough style. not going away with all mod cons. get a caravan or a chalet for that. each to there own i guess. i like to camp basic cheers john


26/8/2022 at 10:05pm
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Johno5 not knocking the way you camp, I just criticise the price sites are charging in your case without electric I think £37 is extortionate, we had tents a few years ago and like you didn’t have electric, petrol stoves & battery lanterns, thoroughly enjoyed it until the tent tore in 40mph winds, when we looked to buy another one they were huge things that you needed half a day to put up, so we bought a folding camper, tent top caravan base which we also loved


via mobile 26/8/2022 at 10:54pm
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Quote: Originally posted by johno5 on 26/8/2022
maybe abit expensive that i agree . but i dont believe in electric hook up as daft as it seems. to me camping is camping rough style. not going away with all mod cons. get a caravan or a chalet for that. each to there own i guess. i like to camp basic cheers john


As you say, each to their own, it wouldn't be good if everyone wanted the same. Nothing wrong with not wanting EHU either. But for a site to charge £37 a night for just a pitch without EHU is nothing short of a rip-off. Basic camping at those prices? Unfortunately during the last 2 years, some sites have hiked their prices to a ridiculous amount per night.. As has already been said on this thread, as long as people are willing to pay those prices, those sites will carry on charging those prices. They may live to regret that, if they don't lower prices soon; I suspect the bubble is about to burst, travel abroad is no longer restricted, and although this year has seen horrendous scenes of airport chaos, I'm sure next year will not be the same and more people will go abroad again.


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via mobile 27/8/2022 at 7:55am
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I think the price is acceptable, if people want to pay it. That many don't is fine but for sure these aren't the only pitches available so no one is being forced to use expensive sites.

Of the 4 sites we have stayed at recently all had pitches available, all were between 17.00 and 22.00 with ehu and all had loos and showers except one. So yes we go for cheaper sites so we can away more often.

I am not sure campsites are just about getting the cheapest price or all the lowest price sites would be full. As OP said he was happy with price and it was sort of site he likes so the site concerned is catering to a willing market.



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via mobile 27/8/2022 at 8:58am
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Sometimes I pay really high rates, sometimes low. (Tent camper)

Various obligations have restricted my camping freedom over the last few years and when I can go I want it to be exactly what I want. Sometimes that is ‘camping for camping’s sake’. A secluded glade, can barely hear or see other campers, no road noise, cook over the fire, sky, trees, birds, peace. These sorts of sites can be really expensive, but you get loads of space.

Other times I am on sites where I pay £12 a night.


27/8/2022 at 10:18am
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I think it was the comment "ONLY cost £37 a night" that prompted my reply, and I suspect many others. The implication being that £37 a night was in some way cheap, whereas I thought that it was horrendously expensive especially with no EHU.

What kind of site others prefer, and what they are prepared to pay is entirely up to them, each to their own, and the same goes for with or without EHU. When I first started camping, in a tent then later with a caravan, the vast majority of sites didn't have EHU and even those which did only had maybe 4 or 5 pitches out of 50 or more, and they were just for the "posh" caravans. Now we always go for EHU as without it we would have no fridge or hot water. Our 1970s caravans had neither anyway.

Things have changed an enormous amount since our early camping days in all respects. Back then I would never have dreamed that sites would charge per person. You always paid for a pitch, what you put on it and how many of you there were was up to you. The only stipulation was that you must not exceed the number of people the unit was designed for. So if you were one person in a tiny tent, and on the next pitch there were 6 people in a 6 berth caravan, if the pitches were the same size, both pitches cost the same price.


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27/8/2022 at 12:17pm
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Dot P first sentence bears out my comment, that while people feel the price is acceptable and are willing to pay it campsite prices will continue to rise which will mean a lot of people will not be thinking of camping in this country and will go abroad where they will be pretty much guaranteed the weather, which means the money spent fills the coffers of foreign country’s instead of our own, and campsites May start to struggle to fill their pitches.

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27/8/2022 at 1:20pm
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agreed but i think i got my wires crossed the £37 i paid was with and without electric hook up . hope this sorts some of the confusion out


27/8/2022 at 2:00pm
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I have a memory back in the good old days of a very posh campsite in Cosham Hants. Posh because a fence separated us lowly tenters from the elite caravanners, it also had a roofed toilet and shower block. I remember it being a penny to unlock the loo door, I think the hot water shower was activated by a sixpence.
Our tent, a WD surplus bell/ridge had an EHU system...namely a braided wire connected to a switched 6v bulb powered from our 1940's BSA M20 sidecar outfit. All cooking was on a paraffin primus.
Cost...10/- (50p to the uneducated) a night paid to the rent man who knocked on the tentpole each morning.
Just think,£37 would give 74 nights back then.

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11/4/2023 at 9:55am
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I don't grudge £30 per night. Last site I paid £29 and for that I got EHU, Water as much as I wanted, refuse bins for my rubbish and a free wifi connection. I used the heated toilets shower block which was very clean so maybe not just a piece of ground... and I got local knowledge tourist info as well with a small shop onsite


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11/4/2023 at 10:22am
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Quote: Originally posted by ST CLAIR on 11/4/2023
I don't grudge £30 per night. Last site I paid £29 and for that I got EHU, Water as much as I wanted, refuse bins for my rubbish and a free wifi connection. I used the heated toilets shower block which was very clean so maybe not just a piece of ground... and I got local knowledge tourist info as well with a small shop onsite



For £30 a night I'd want a butler to bring me my breakfast in the morning.

My absolute maximum, and I have to really want to go there specifically, is £25. I usually look for £20 or under, including EHU and toilets/showers. I tend not to go to the most touristy areas though and always out of school holiday times.


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