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11/7/2012 at 8:08pm
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Sorry paulatheexplorer, I know they are..... just teasing!

We actually have a couple of those twisted bungee type, as described above by db195, and very good they are too. We've been putting them up on Spanish balconies for a few years now, so figured they would be just as useful twixt wing mirror and tent pole. Muckerette seems to think they came from Asda, but no idea if they still do them there.

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11/7/2012 at 8:12pm
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I've seen those twisty washing lines in tesco this week.



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11/7/2012 at 8:22pm
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There you go then.....
Seeing as how seemingly every single one of you on here now have a new bale of towels, I suggest you all pile on to the Tesco train so you have somewhere to hang 'em to dry!

One big happy campy family on 'ere, innit?

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11/7/2012 at 9:39pm
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Would the combination of king poles guyed out with 2 each end and the twisted elastic style rope between stand up to towels in the wind? My rotary drier always ends up on its side if the towels catch the wind... 


12/7/2012 at 12:20pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Mucker1884 on 11/7/2012


There you go then.....
Seeing as how seemingly every single one of you on here now have a new bale of towels, I suggest you all pile on to the Tesco train so you have somewhere to hang 'em to dry!

One big happy campy family on 'ere, innit?

Laverly!



Mucker

Yep, have to say, i am one of those who bought the towel bale. Only prob being, cos everyone else did, couldn't get the colour i wanted!!!17




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12/7/2012 at 6:54pm
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what towel bale


12/7/2012 at 8:51pm
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See my post on this bit of the forum or camping under canvas for bargain microtowels


18/9/2014 at 12:26pm
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Hi

As a campsite owner may I add the following.

Last year I nearly lost one eye as I was riding my bike between two trees that a tent camper had tied a washing line between, I was thrown off my bike and I had severe bruising and swelling around the eye for two weeks - I only just escaped permanent visual damage.

I use a bike to get around the campsite quickly so does my wife, I need to ride all over the place in my line of work - we have over 35,000 square metres and sometimes we need to be somewhere fast.

On our campsite children are allowed to ride around, its big and there are plenty of green areas - it should be safe but it is not.

In my experience many tenters simply do not bother to take down clothes lines when they leave and all are quite capable of leaving a bare clothes line with no clothes on it secured between two sturdy anchors like trees. Quite lethal - at least the presence of clothes signals the danger - I am not sure which is preferable a 20km/hr collision with a clothes line in the eye or on the neck - just think about it !!!

We are thinking of banning clothes lines next year completely - in our view if tent folk want to dry clothes then we need to be able to trust them as a group (not just as individuals) to recognise the inherent dangers and to keep lines away from open areas or places people might run/ride or even walk. We have a laundrette and despite the fact that I would prefer people be able to use a green method of drying I have decided not to tolerate the clothes-line situation.

Doubtless someone will moan about "health and safety" but we feel its a completely justified response - sure 50% are responsible but a surprising number are not and we cannot police a policy down at an individual level - when people implement black and white rules it is often because it is simply not feasible to enter the grey area with individual people.

If you are a tenter and see someone with a clothes line stretched between two trees perhaps you might relate my account to them in the hope that they will recognise the hidden danger. If you see them leave the campsite without taking down the line perhaps you can remove it on their behalf?

If you do need to use some kind of line rather than a rotary dryer which I prefer then please make sure that the anchorage is not strong but do remember that in my case the point of contact was actually the line with my eyeball so really even a fragile anchorage would have given me a lot of grief - I think even a half inch branch would not have had sufficient give to spare me the injuries I sustained, in my case the line was also nylon coated steel cable so it didnt give much at all.

This is not an isolated account - I know of similar events on other campsites.

Jonnie



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18/9/2014 at 1:57pm
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I would be quite upset if the owner started pedalling around my pitch! I don't think we were considering stringing lines willy nilly,even to show off our new towels. Of course,being garrotted would be the least of his problems,removing the dogs from his bottom would be the first.

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18/9/2014 at 2:21pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Miserly on 18/9/2014I would be quite upset if the owner started pedalling around my pitch! I don't think we were considering stringing lines willy nilly,even to show off our new towels. Of course,being garrotted would be the least of his problems,removing the dogs from his bottom would be the first.
Thanks for your sympathetic reply.
Actually in this case the camper had paid up and left so I was quite right to be riding on the pitch.

On the subject of dogs - if a dog represents a danger to me when I go on a pitch I would tell the owner to leave immediately. I have valid reasons for going onto pitches, for instance if a campers lead is causing an earth leak and hence other campers to lose electricity then I do reserve the right to go onto his pitch to unplug him so that others may have electricity restored. I cannot and will not wait until he/she returns from a day trip to resolve the electrical issue.

There are many many reasons why I have to go onto peoples pitches when they are not there - sometimes it is for the benefit of the person who is using that pitch.

If a dog is too dangerous to be approached by a campsite owner ( and you do learn to be good with dogs in this line of work ) then I would have questions over the safety of three year olds who might easily stray onto that pitch.

Indeed my own son who has only just passed 5 used to stray onto peoples pitches until about 2 years ago because in winter time he can go anywhere he pleases. Young children do not understand concepts of boundary or temporary territory - also when children become friends they go in and out of each others tents and so on and its plain confusing to be told its ok to go on this pitch but not that pitch when you are 3 - expect the unexpected !

We do allow dogs if they are not dangerous but I do not agree with any philosophy that says that its ok to have dangerous animals on your pitch as long as they stay on your pitch or that if anyone is bitten then its their own fault for being on the pitch - life is just not predictable enough for me to accept that as guarantee of the safety of children on my campsite.

Today the washing line I took down (which prompted me to write the first post) was not on the campers own pitch but in a common area. The camper had reasoned that since it is low season and there are not many people around that its ok to spill out from their pitch.

As before I dont suggest any deliberate carelessness, people just do not realise the danger that a washing line between two trees represents in an open area.

Jonnie






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18/9/2014 at 2:43pm
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I always use a fold flat airer for damp towels swim costumes etc, this stands just under the porch of my tent so no danger to anyone. If i do washing on site then i'll tumble dry it as i can't be bothered with damp washing hanging around for days.

I know a lot of camp sites don't allow washing lines, wether the owners have imposed that rule as they look unsightly or because there have been accidents i don't know.



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19/9/2014 at 12:25pm
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Jonnie, I'm sorry, I was posting in fun. You would be quite safe with my dogs unless you habitually wear a sausage necklace. And honestly, I wouldn 't laugh at you being strangled until AFTER I'd made sure you were ok. The point I was making is that campers on this forum come across as a responsible bunch and only wish harm to site managers when on C&C club sites, which is perfectly reasonable.

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If a site has a laundrette, it should have a whirligig or washing line to dry things on and most sites do - so there's no need for lines strung up elsewhere. Wet towels are the main things that need drying daily: we clamp them outside into the car or MH windows.


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Most campers who have washing lines have bought the washing line especially to take it camping and would want to make sure they took it with them when they went home, otherwise they've just got to go out and buy another one! If I were the site owner who was almost garroted by a stray washing line i'd not be happy either though. Don't know what the answer to his problem is, other than ban washing lines.

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Jonnie - I have been on a few campsites where there was a 'no washing lines' rule, but they all had either a few rotary airers or washing lines for campers to use near to the laundry room, which was perfectly acceptable. Although these campsites had dryers, they had an alternative as well, and therefore a green option remained. There is no need to ban washing lines completely, just put up a few in safe places and make people use those instead of improvising.

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