A while back I joined a motor home/camper van Facebook group with recommendations for one/two night stop over places, since I thought it would be a good way of finding some good sites for those weekend breaks (my wife and I both work so we can’t do random and off the cuff mid-week stop overs), however I have to say that this group has fallen so far below my expectations it’s not even funny.
Even though the page owners/admin (or whatever you want to call them) state it is a group full of useful stopovers for campervan and motorhome owners, I have to say it isn’t It is a group full of people looking for free places to park up for the night and don’t care who they upset and p**s off in the process.
It seems that most of these members are too tight to pay for a night’s stay and want a freebie. You don’t get nothing for nothing in this world, so why should these members expect a plot of land for the night and not have to pay?!? Regardless of where the plot of land is it needs maintaining and someone has to keep it looking nice, and this costs money. I am all for wild camping, but I am also all for paying for it.
One of the biggest problems with campervan and motorhome owners is the amount of rubbish they leave behind when they disappear off the next morning. Whenever “littering” is mentioned everyone instantly says “it’s not me” and blames someone else. During a recent trip away (where I actually stayed on a campsite and paid for the privilege) I went to the local heath for a walk. On entering the car park to the heath there were two nearly new VW campervans, which had obviously been there for the night (unless it is common practice to set up drive away awnings when you take the VW campervan to go for a walk) and I saw one of the owners remove a black sack from inside the van and throw it to the ground.
"Litter/Rubbish/Trash - whatever you call it, this is a big problem with wild camping"
I guess I should have “grown a pair” and confronted the owners, but due to pointing the dirty and disgusting (not to mention illegal) habits of a camper in the past I have learned (the hard way) not to say anything at all – there are some evil, nasty, scummy people in the world who think they have the right to do what they want and if they are told otherwise the fists quickly come out.
I have seen many other instances of dumping from motor home owners and camper van owners, as well as the emptying of fresh water tanks (which isn’t so bad – in the right place), grey waste tanks (which isn’t acceptable at all) and also chemical camping toilets (which is downright disgusting) in lay-bys, car parks, quiet roads and other places where these people illegally stop and park overnight.
I have seen many posts where members have intentionally parked next to a “No motor home/camper van parking” sign or a “Overnight stops are prohibited” sign and had a photo taken of them with stupid grins on their faces and a “thumbs up” or, worse still, them giving the sign the ‘V’. What is wrong with these people? They have little disregard for anyone but themselves and this attitude of “I’ll park where I want and do what I want” is one of the biggest reasons many car parks now stop overnight stops. It is this kind of attitude and behavior that has made many car parks install height barriers/width restrictions and also gates that are locked at night. It is this kind of behavior that has ruined it for all.
I soon discovered the Facebook group was not a group I want to be associated with. I used to think it was a bit harsh that wild camping is illegal in the UK, however over the last few years (as a folding camper owner and now a motor home owner) I am all for the wild camping ban. People are disgusting creatures – give them an inch and they take a mile.
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A total motor home newbie with a six year camping background in a folding camper. A keen blogger sharing my experience of researching, choosing, buying and owning a motor home. and every thing that goes with it.
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