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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:33 pm 
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Obviously I have a reason for requesting input from any caravanning members. I personally have no knowledge, experience or intention to tow a box on wheels, I am looking at developing a roadside site.

It strikes me that you caravanners, particularly with smallish children, probably need to stop often and if you're on a motorway with huge service areas, you don't have much of a problem. But what if your journey is not motorway?

For example I cite the route from Essex & London, possibly Kent, from east to west, say to Devon & Cornwall. You would us the M3 to just past Basingstoke, then the A303 trunk road for the next 150+ miles. How often would you need to stop for a break and where - apart from Fleet Services with plenty of parking space (and possibly not that far from home) are there any roadside stops that cater for caravan rigs?

'Normal' roadside filling stations, even those with an eatery attached, don't generally cater for cars towing a trailer..... and/or, children. Any comments appreciated.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:41 pm 
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my thoughts
you will need not only a sutable site you will need to get planning permission that includes all sorts off regulations to comply with from hygene planning sutability facilities
if you supply overnight more hoops and regulations to jump through
in general the more convenient the site is the more expensive the cost to buy
if it hasnt been done already there will generally be a good reason :lol:

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There is Cartgate services which caters for caravans on the A303, has an eatery, nice breakfast.


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Thanks but that is Yeovil I am looking at Andover. ANOther elsewhere has told me that Solstice Park Amesbury has good facilities. The enquiry is complicated but all input gratefully received.

In general, without specific locations, what do you caravanners expect & recieve, off motorway?


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Can't exactly speak for caravan people but on the A11 to Norfolk there is a nice place to pull in. Its actually in a small wooded area and kids can play, there is a toilet block (Think you can empty the caravan toilet there) and its peaceful and there is a bloke in a van who does an almost amazing cheese burger, oh and hot chocolate.

So I would say, your idea needs a toilet block (More than one toilet, and hand washing facilities) some where to buy ready cooked food (Easier than setting up your own, and also means people in cars can stop by) and lots of room to park, and a concrete area for all the above, since you don't want to get stuck in the mud,least of all with a caravan.

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I don't know what kind of money you'd expect to make? £5/hour? Space for how many caravans? Potential income versus expenditure? Can't really see how it's possible to make a decent profit in this kind of venture unless you already owned the land.

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Podimore services is down there somewhere. There are services on the 303, but not always open 24 hours.

You can always stop in pub car parks or council lay-bys. Truck stops are another possibility.
Caravanners always prefer somewhere they can get in and out of without having to reverse.

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Used to be a box dragger years ago and was never bothered about service areas, any lay-by will do as you are pulling a kitchen and loo.



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