Following our “interesting” long weekend away at Walnut Lakes in Lincolnshire and all the issues we experienced with the water and waste I thought it a good idea to contact the owner of the campsite we have booked for our two week trip at the end of September.
If you have not read about the “fun and games” my wife had on our first proper trip out with our new Elddis Accordo 120 feel free to take a look at this blog post. Being totally new to motor homing/moto rcaravanning I knew there was going to be a learning curve involved, but I didn’t think it was going to be this steep, or this brutal! Yep, the first weekend away was a baptism of fire, but it was great fun nonetheless, and we don’t have any regrets in selling our (old and trusty) Conway Countryman folding camper and investing in the Accordo 120.
Back to the matter at hand……………. The biggest issues we had during our first trip at Walnut Lakes was regarding plumbing and the water system, an experience my wife now affectionately calls the “motor home water woes”. During the trip we discovered we were missing some vital pieces of equipment/kit, and had I not gone begging around the campsite (which was most embarrassing) things could have been extremely awkward indeed. We did write up a “shopping list” of accessories we need to buy, as we thought of them over the weekend, to make sure we are covered for every eventuality. The problem is, we are going to have to find space to store this extra stuff since we have the Accordo 120 with the rear lounge layout and no garage. Hmmmm………….. It’s at time like this I feel we made a mistake in getting the layout we did, but there are also times (like when it is peeing down with rain outside and all there is to do is sit inside and wait for the storm clouds to pass) when I am happy we made the right choice.
The “motorhome water woes” has stressed my wife out so much she wants to know exactly what the campsite we have booked for the end of September does and doesn’t have, which meant contacting the site owner and asking a few questions about the site’s water/waste supply. I have to say that I was not overly impressed having to do this, as I feel there was no need as we would “deal” with it when we got there. I thought my better half was being a bit over the top, but there is a saying “happy wife easy life” so I put together an email to the campsite owner for her to cast her eye over.
The email was over a little over the top, and I didn’t really want to send it under my name, but since it was me who had contacted the site owner in the first place, booked the site etc. and was the only one out of the two of us he had dealings with, it had to come from me. Needless to say……. I sent the email.
The campsite owner responded within 15 minutes of sending it, which considering it was a Sunday night, was very quick. Long story short, the response offered a solution to all of the issues we had experienced during our first trip away. From what I could tell there is no motor home service point or drive-over drain but the campsite owner offered us use of his 25m hose for the duration of our stay (with a proper screw fitting to ensure full water pressure) to fill the tank as and when needed, and to source a bucket on wheels so we could easily transport the waste from the pitch to the drain. The campsite owner even permitted an online grocery shop to the site (something that many campsites don’t allow) so we didn’t have to go to a main stream supermarket in the motorhome between the first and second week of our trip out! The owner couldn’t be more helpful and accommodating and the final sentence of the response simply said “Any other issues we’ll deal with when you’re here”.
Many of the reviews I have read about the campsite mention how nice the owner is and how nothing is too much trouble, and based on my email exchange with him I think these reviews are kosher, and I am looking forward to meeting him, and staying on his site.
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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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