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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Camping with a Camper Longflap
« Reply #50 on: 06 August, 2021, 01:47:16 pm »
ISTR the Barge Inn changed hands a couple of years ago? Anyway, it's still going and judging by the testimonial on their website, it probably hasn't changed much – except that they now have glamping!
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“I have no idea how I’ve not come across this pub and campsite before but man… I’m so glad I did 🙂 It’s set on a canal, has amazing walks and countryside a great campsite and brilliant pub. It has an amazing feel to it all, really great people and so down to earth. Campsite staff were friendly and really welcoming, the food was so good and well priced at the pub, the whole place just has this vibe to it, best night I’ve spent in a long time and one I can recommend to anyone. I’m going back Saturday lol, literally didn’t want to leave. Thank you to all the friendly staff that made my stay what I needed. Fun, relaxed and with plenty of laughs. You lot are stars.” Nathan Wiblin, April 2021.
https://thebargeinnhoneystreet.uk
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Re: Camping with a Camper Longflap
« Reply #51 on: 06 August, 2021, 01:51:28 pm »
I have once done a w-e (one night) camping excursion with only a Camper Longflap. It was at school. A mate and I were monitoring a group of DoE bronze trial expeditions at Cowley manor. I took the tent for the two of us and my sleeping bag and probably one or two other items (underwear, eating irons etc), my mate took the stove (Primus, 1960's style) and his sleeping bag. My bag was one of those cheap fibre-filled supermarket jobs which filled the saddlebag and the tent, which went on the bag loops, was a Vango Force 10 4 person size complete with steel poles. This was in the Cheltenham area. AIR I went out via the Kilkenny, getting out of the saddle to climb was an alarming experience and I spent a lot of time sitting on the nose of the saddle to stop the bag rubbing on the tyre (the saddle clamp was one of those steel collars with well worn serrated washers in it, no rack,no mudguards of course, typical junk school bike, 5speed 14-24 with a 48 ring). The things one does in one's youth!

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Re: Camping with a Camper Longflap
« Reply #52 on: 06 August, 2021, 01:53:35 pm »
@Kim and @mzjo - We have experienced the sort of French campsites you're both referring to (very noisy late at night and shocking loos) but mercifully we manage to avoid them most of the time and we have done a lot of camping and caravanning in France.

The shameful incident I recounted occurred HERE which is a smashing site, we have stayed a number of times. 

Kim

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Re: Camping with a Camper Longflap
« Reply #53 on: 06 August, 2021, 01:56:06 pm »
To be fair, I'm mostly in the not-bothered-by-noise camp.  I don't mind people sitting around chatting, excited children or the occasional vehicle door opening and closing or whatever.  It seems unreasonable to expect silence on a big campsite.  But playing music and shouting all night is a bit much.

Still, it's good for people to have the option, if that's what they want.  It would be helpful if they spelled it out a bit more clearly - the main indicator of rowdiness is whether a site allows campfires, and that's hardly reliable.

Large commercial French campsites aren't always ideal, but at least they're pretty much a known factor.  As with C&CC club sites, they're often in useful places, and the facilities can be handy partway through a tour.

My main objection to my night at the Barge Inn was having to breathe paraffin fumes all night, and the ongoing worry that some uncontrolled dog (or drunk human for that matter) would decide to tear holes in and/or empty itself on my tent...   :hand:

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Camping with a Camper Longflap
« Reply #54 on: 06 August, 2021, 02:08:28 pm »
I don't think allowing campfires is at all a reliable indicator. I recall somebody saying they would judge by the type of accommodation in use: if it's mostly tents or caravans, it's fine. If there's a high number of campervans, it's likely to get a bit noisy, and if it's converted Transits, ambulances and similar, then it's full on rave. But that probably involves high degrees of prejudice.
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Re: Camping with a Camper Longflap
« Reply #55 on: 06 August, 2021, 03:33:47 pm »
The site I was on allowed camp fires, but only with expensive supplied wood.  I rolled my eyes and didn't take my own homemade burner.

Site owners kept trying to sell me wood, which was clearly a good income for them.

But as I said to Mrs Nutty, the site was smoke-free and everybody was happy sitting around their hired washing machine drum.

Manotea

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Re: Camping with a Camper Longflap
« Reply #56 on: 06 November, 2021, 06:30:18 pm »
Thread resurrection... Cos I've got a camper and I'm bored.... 😄

Basically, inflatable mat, clothes and stuff go in the bag, lightweight one man tent goes under the flap or attached to the top side d rings depending on how much stuff you have, and the sleeping bag assuming you're taking one goes on the bars in a frame mounted drybag.

Plan on making a hotel stop periodically and wash your kit in the shower and you will need far fewer clothes than you might think...

PS adds a bit of weight but I use a post mounted SQL uplift which makes it easier to accommodate a fully loaded camper on the bike and means the bag can be removed at stops.

PPS stuff you need ready access to goes in side pockets which are actually quite big...

Disclaimer... never been far enough away from civilisation to make it worth carrying cooking gear. Solo cycle touring is rather a lonely pursuit so better to make use of eateries along the way and sample the local colour, methinks?

(My last such meal was at a village chippy somewhere on the Boarders of Belgium route where I was greeted like royalty 😁)


Wowbagger

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Re: Camping with a Camper Longflap
« Reply #57 on: 10 November, 2021, 11:32:42 pm »
Some years ago, Jane and I spent a weekend at a campsite near Great Malvern. She had intended to take her Roberts Roughstuff, as it's a purpose-built tourer with racks & stuff, but due to some sort of mishap in her bike storage area at home, it was hors concours (buckled wheel, I think). She took her Sabbath titanium bike with no racks at all.

I was in awe of the way she succeeded in fitting everything she needed onto, into and around a single Carradice saddlebag. Tent, mat, sleeping bag, spare clothes, tools, trangia, meths, and a bit of food. Probably something else that I have forgotten. It was a joy to watch a real expert in action.
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