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Old 19-09-2019, 09:33
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Interesting article from Leisuredays...

https://www.leisuredays.co.uk/news/t...van-park-9162/
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Old 19-09-2019, 09:53
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Hi, very interesting, my daughter is currently looking for land to set up her own static park, she is sick of being ripped off by one of the big companies where our vans are currently sighted. There are at least 12-15 other owners want to go with her. She wants to create an environmently and child friendly site where owners are treat with respect and not contempt. ( her words)
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Interesting article from Leisuredays...

https://www.leisuredays.co.uk/news/t...van-park-9162/
I love these old photos .....Reminds me of my childhood and just how far we've come !
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Interesting piece of social history. Brings back so many memories of a lifetime caravanning and comparing the old to the new. When we had our first caravan you had loads of space and you could play football in the spaces between the vans which was fantastic. Now you can look out of your window right into your neighbours. But look at the facilities we have now compared to then when caravans now are literally every bit as good as being at home. A far cry from the early days when caravans had no running water and water had to be carried in water cans from standpipes around the site, where waste water from the sink went into a bucket under the caravan and had to be carried daily to drain points around the site. No caravans had toilets or showers and if you did not fancy a midnight walk through the site in the dark, the only remedy was a bucket which all the family used & dad had to take to the communal toilet to empty every day! Gas mantle lighting and usually the only heating was from a enclosed coke fire. No lighting on site so you needed a torch to go outside at night. No electricity on site at all for many years and the joy of finding at the start of the season that the toilets were lit with electric lamps not oil lamps and then one year, the thrill of finding that during closed season a site shop for general grocery and even a room with a TV in it! One black & white TV between everyone on site. Now we have all mod cons as good as you have at home. Central heating, double glazing, TV in every room, phone & internet and better insulation so that you could almost live in your van all year if it were allowed. Truly a home from home now!
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Interesting piece of social history. Brings back so many memories of a lifetime caravanning and comparing the old to the new. When we had our first caravan you had loads of space and you could play football in the spaces between the vans which was fantastic. Now you can look out of your window right into your neighbours. But look at the facilities we have now compared to then when caravans now are literally every bit as good as being at home. A far cry from the early days when caravans had no running water and water had to be carried in water cans from standpipes around the site, where waste water from the sink went into a bucket under the caravan and had to be carried daily to drain points around the site. No caravans had toilets or showers and if you did not fancy a midnight walk through the site in the dark, the only remedy was a bucket which all the family used & dad had to take to the communal toilet to empty every day! Gas mantle lighting and usually the only heating was from a enclosed coke fire. No lighting on site so you needed a torch to go outside at night. No electricity on site at all for many years and the joy of finding at the start of the season that the toilets were lit with electric lamps not oil lamps and then one year, the thrill of finding that during closed season a site shop for general grocery and even a room with a TV in it! One black & white TV between everyone on site. Now we have all mod cons as good as you have at home. Central heating, double glazing, TV in every room, phone & internet and better insulation so that you could almost live in your van all year if it were allowed. Truly a home from home now!
Yeah I remember it well how were we not killed ? Fumes off gas mantle lights and sea coal fires plus....Every adult smoked !..
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Interesting piece of social history. Brings back so many memories of a lifetime caravanning and comparing the old to the new. When we had our first caravan you had loads of space and you could play football in the spaces between the vans which was fantastic. Now you can look out of your window right into your neighbours. But look at the facilities we have now compared to then when caravans now are literally every bit as good as being at home. A far cry from the early days when caravans had no running water and water had to be carried in water cans from standpipes around the site, where waste water from the sink went into a bucket under the caravan and had to be carried daily to drain points around the site. No caravans had toilets or showers and if you did not fancy a midnight walk through the site in the dark, the only remedy was a bucket which all the family used & dad had to take to the communal toilet to empty every day! Gas mantle lighting and usually the only heating was from a enclosed coke fire. No lighting on site so you needed a torch to go outside at night. No electricity on site at all for many years and the joy of finding at the start of the season that the toilets were lit with electric lamps not oil lamps and then one year, the thrill of finding that during closed season a site shop for general grocery and even a room with a TV in it! One black & white TV between everyone on site. Now we have all mod cons as good as you have at home. Central heating, double glazing, TV in every room, phone & internet and better insulation so that you could almost live in your van all year if it were allowed. Truly a home from home now!
You mention an interesting point about space between caravans !.....I remember a site from years ago being as you say quite spacious...(site is still popular today with the same number of caravans on it and it's crowded)...Why ?...Same number of pitches BUT caravans are now twice the size they were back then..!
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Has anyone been watching the channel 5 show 9.00pm Friday nights called "caravanning with Shane Richie "..It's a great show worth a watch on catch up if you've got time to kill ..!
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