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Advice Needed for Winter Camping

in Where did you go, what did you do, who did you meet? Sat Oct 26, 2013 12:15 pm
by Randa france | 7.180 Posts

As mentioned elsewhere on this forum, this half of the Randa duo has been forced by the management half to take a 6 day Eriba trip up north to sunny Harrogate a few weeks before Xmas. We are booked into the CC site at Knaresborough.
To all you intrepid all year round campers: which awning do you use on your winter trips or do you go awningless?
Our way of thinking is that after dark (> 5pm) it will possibly be too cold to use an awning anyway so its only conceivable use would be to keep the wind/rain off the door. We haven't got a problem with taking one but don't wish to spend the following 3 months trying to dry the thing out.
What are your thoughts please?
R


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RE: Advice Needed for Winter Camping

in Where did you go, what did you do, who did you meet? Sat Oct 26, 2013 1:02 pm
by Crow (deleted)
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We use our AL porch for short trips, wet coats, shoes,
somewhere to throw the banquetting rubbish etc.
With the "funny" weather we get now you could store
a couple of chairs in there as well


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RE: Advice Needed for Winter Camping

in Where did you go, what did you do, who did you meet? Sat Oct 26, 2013 2:41 pm
by Steamdrivenandy (deleted)
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Whilst up in sunny Harrogate you are required to:
1. Visit Bettys tearooms and eat a warmed Fat Rascal
2. Visit the Golden Fryer on the edge of Boroughbridge town centre for fish and chips
3. Visit the Ice Cream Parlour next to the village shop in Ripley
4. Visit our old village of Burton Leonard and have a meal in The Royal Oak where John and Julie will look after you at reasonable prices.
5. Visit Knarsburg Castle where the murderers of Thomas a Becket fled after the dastardly deed.
6. Seek out the Boroughbridge Arrows
7. Visit Studley Royal and walk through the Water Gardens to Fountains Abbey
8. Drive out to Brimham Rocks and have a scamper about
9. Take in the atmosphere in Ripon Market Square and Cathedral
10. Have a wander round Harrogate Stray and the RHS gardens at Harlow Carr.

PS I'd leave the awning behind, too much risk of it blowing away, getting soaked or encased in snow.


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RE: Advice Needed for Winter Camping

in Where did you go, what did you do, who did you meet? Sat Oct 26, 2013 2:46 pm
by Aaron Calder | 3.083 Posts

Your biggest concern will be staying warm so make sure your heating whether gas or electric (or both) is working before you set off.

We found that by leaving the Trumatic on 1KW at thermostat 7 or thereabouts all the time, the van stayed lovely and snug even though the night time temperature dropped way below freezing.

Our AL porch awning (with steel poles) weighed as much as our full Soplair with fibre poles and took as much effort to erect so we sold it. So far we haven't bothered with an awning on a winter trip, not that we've had all that much experience, and we hang wet coats in the washroom where they will dry quickly if you open the warm air vent.


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RE: Advice Needed for Winter Camping

in Where did you go, what did you do, who did you meet? Sat Oct 26, 2013 3:35 pm
by Frantone | 2.092 Posts

As you will be out during the day then the awning may not be necessary. On the other hand for a 6 night stay it could be worth putting it up.
Do you need storage space outside the van?


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RE: Advice Needed for Winter Camping

in Where did you go, what did you do, who did you meet? Sat Oct 26, 2013 8:12 pm
by Pop540 | 1.543 Posts

Knaresborough
that's where mother shiptons cave is???
puss in boots may remember better than me..
is the site next to a river?


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RE: Advice Needed for Winter Camping

in Where did you go, what did you do, who did you meet? Sat Oct 26, 2013 8:16 pm
by Randa france | 7.180 Posts

Yes it's around there somewhere I think. We passed it a few times a couple of years ago when we stayed at Boroughbridge. Can't quite remember which side of Harrogate it is though. The camp site should be about 3 miles north east of the town
R


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RE: Advice Needed for Winter Camping

in Where did you go, what did you do, who did you meet? Sat Oct 26, 2013 8:32 pm
by Pop540 | 1.543 Posts

id say bilton was north east
Knaresborough I think can be accessed by A59 its a long time since been down that way, in fact I could get lost as they built a new motorway and side road
we stayed between killinghall and the other A59 roundabout with pub (if still there) I will have to get me map out
apparently otley garden centre is a good place to visit it was mentioned at the Friday night social


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RE: Advice Needed for Winter Camping

in Where did you go, what did you do, who did you meet? Sun Oct 27, 2013 7:42 am
by ellen | 518 Posts

We plan on visiting that site in spring so look forward to hearing what you think of it. Hope you have a good visit and that the weather is kind to you both. Ellen.


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RE: Advice Needed for Winter Camping

in Where did you go, what did you do, who did you meet? Sun Oct 27, 2013 9:01 am
by Randa france | 7.180 Posts

Thanks Ellen. We'll let you know how we get on with the site. By the way, the Boroughbridge C and CC site just up the road was great when we stayed there two years ago. We had some terrible weather when we were there (so you would have felt at home ) but the camp site remained safe although it is prone to flood warnings.
R


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RE: Advice Needed for Winter Camping

in Where did you go, what did you do, who did you meet? Sun Oct 27, 2013 10:10 am
by ellen | 518 Posts

If I told you that we spent a few days at Meathop Fell recently and our Awning flooded (again). Would you be surprised, our luck will change one day!!!!


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RE: Advice Needed for Winter Camping

in Where did you go, what did you do, who did you meet? Sun Oct 27, 2013 11:59 am
by Steamdrivenandy (deleted)
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Knarsburg CC site is just off the road between Ripley and Knaresborough at a village called Scotton, the ancestral home of Guy Fawkes (topical note). It is one of the relatively few CC sites that has a catering facility although when we stayed there three years ago it was closed. There are videos of the approach from both east and west available on CT. Do not try to approach via Scotton, it's v tight and there are occasional buses through there.

Otley garden centre is a fair trot and IMO not really worth the effort. For a real nursery try Daleside at Killinghall, just down the road, probably one of the best real plant centres in the country, but you won't get all the garden centre frippery of dire gifts and 'orrible coffee.


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RE: Advice Needed for Winter Camping

in Where did you go, what did you do, who did you meet? Wed Oct 30, 2013 11:09 am
by Poptop320 | 1.871 Posts

Same here for me, we use the AL/NR porch awning. It is small and comes with a storm strap in each corner so its not battered the same as a full awning in bad weather. Its all we use all the year round and still manage to eat around the table with two chairs and the dog in the awning as well. We use a small fan heater that does a really good job of keeping the awning nice and warm, of course you will need a skirt on as well, that's around the van not your waist



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RE: Advice Needed for Winter Camping

in Where did you go, what did you do, who did you meet? Wed Oct 30, 2013 1:28 pm
by Frantone | 2.092 Posts

Quite like the idea of a draught proof skirt around the waist!
Mrs P could do with one after the Guiness!


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RE: Advice Needed for Winter Camping

in Where did you go, what did you do, who did you meet? Wed Oct 30, 2013 2:43 pm
by Aaron Calder | 3.083 Posts

By heck! You live dangerously.

I assume the good lady is not a member?



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