What do you look for in a campsite

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Re: What do you look for in a campsite

Postby les tocknell » 28 Mar 2016, 1:36pm

Toilet rolls!

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Re: What do you look for in a campsite

Postby bretonbikes » 28 Mar 2016, 2:47pm

les tocknell wrote:Toilet rolls!


Yea I know -- I also know what cyclists are like as they nick half a roll to see them through the next 5 sites (because that's what I do...). It's in the plan...

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Re: What do you look for in a campsite

Postby Gattonero » 28 Mar 2016, 6:45pm

There's a solution for this: put dispensers of those single-sheet toilet paper :wink:

I've always found annoying when people nicks the toilet roll, potentially leaving some unlucky fella in big trouble! :evil:
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Re: What do you look for in a campsite

Postby andymiller » 28 Mar 2016, 7:20pm

Or that stuff they used to have in schools that was like greaseproof paper.

I don't know. What next? Seats on the toilets?

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Re: What do you look for in a campsite

Postby bretonbikes » 28 Mar 2016, 8:36pm

How about a simple compromise - sell rolls of loo paper individually? Then they can use 'em for the next few sites that won't have paper?

Just thinking aloud here...;-)

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Re: What do you look for in a campsite

Postby tatanab » 28 Mar 2016, 9:15pm

bretonbikes wrote:How about a simple compromise - sell rolls of loo paper individually? Then they can use 'em for the next few sites that won't have paper?

Just thinking aloud here...;-)
A complete roll is very bulky and would last me (a solo tourist) a complete month. I am a low bulk camper so would not think about carrying something that big. What might make sense is the flat packs of toilet tissue, like a bigger version of tissues for blowing your nose. Lower quantity and lower bulk.

I admit to stocking up when my supply runs low, but that means taking perhaps 20 sheets or so which I suspect is less than some people use in a single "visit".

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Re: What do you look for in a campsite

Postby nmnm » 28 Mar 2016, 9:25pm

My recent fave was Saint-Étienne-de-Tinée, 50-100 miles up from Nice.

It's all about the traffic - they had car parks, with a short walk to the camping zone. Nothing worse than reverse lights on canvas. Some sites manage to have white painted boulders to stop fear-of-squashing moments. That's a good idea too.

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Re: What do you look for in a campsite

Postby bretonbikes » 28 Mar 2016, 9:53pm

nmnm wrote:My recent fave was Saint-Étienne-de-Tinée, 50-100 miles up from Nice.

It's all about the traffic - they had car parks, with a short walk to the camping zone. Nothing worse than reverse lights on canvas. Some sites manage to have white painted boulders to stop fear-of-squashing moments. That's a good idea too.


The cyclists area will be 100% vehicle free

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Re: What do you look for in a campsite

Postby pwa » 28 Mar 2016, 10:01pm

nmnm wrote:My recent fave was Saint-Étienne-de-Tinée, 50-100 miles up from Nice.

It's all about the traffic - they had car parks, with a short walk to the camping zone. Nothing worse than reverse lights on canvas. Some sites manage to have white painted boulders to stop fear-of-squashing moments. That's a good idea too.


That camp site also lays on a nearby significant hill for your enjoyment.

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Re: What do you look for in a campsite

Postby les tocknell » 28 Mar 2016, 11:01pm

bretonbikes wrote:
les tocknell wrote:Toilet rolls!


Yea I know -- I also know what cyclists are like as they nick half a roll to see them through the next 5 sites (because that's what I do...). It's in the plan...

I've been (!) on loads of municipaux where rolls are provided. It is a nuisance to only be able to buy a pack of twelve in the supermarche. Cyclists are blamed for everything :roll:

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Re: What do you look for in a campsite

Postby bretonbikes » 29 Mar 2016, 7:29am

les tocknell wrote:
bretonbikes wrote:
les tocknell wrote:Toilet rolls!


Yea I know -- I also know what cyclists are like as they nick half a roll to see them through the next 5 sites (because that's what I do...). It's in the plan...

I've been (!) on loads of municipaux where rolls are provided. It is a nuisance to only be able to buy a pack of twelve in the supermarche. Cyclists are blamed for everything :roll:


They are like locusts;-)

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Re: What do you look for in a campsite

Postby psmiffy » 29 Mar 2016, 10:34am

bretonbikes wrote:How about a simple compromise - sell rolls of loo paper individually? Then they can use 'em for the next few sites that won't have paper?

Just thinking aloud here...;-)


Think louder - a lot of French campsites do do just that - as to replenishing - small shops still sell packets of four - not a huge capital outlay - I tend to distribute the three surplus ones to any Germans sharing my campsite with the admonishment - "do not use all at once"

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Re: What do you look for in a campsite

Postby andymiller » 29 Mar 2016, 1:47pm

Commercial toilet roll holders aren't that expensive .[an example] (although I realise it might not seem that way, if you have to buy 20 or them).

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IME the are less of a pain than the single sheet dispensers which can to get jammed up (although it's still possible to lose the end of the roll inside the case).

OK it's still possible for someone to help themselves to a wodge, but it's less easily nickable than a toilet roll, and a wodge is less of a loss than a whole roll.

And you could also sell single rolls as well.

PS I hope that you will still have notices about not cleaning your fish in the sinks and how civilised people always clean the lavabos. :wink:

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Re: What do you look for in a campsite

Postby Des49 » 30 Mar 2016, 8:40am

The campsite and location sounds great.

Mention has been made that it is between a canal and river, is there any flooding risk?
Also what's it like for mossies?

I like a quiet site, bit of shade, a little playground for those with young children (mine are a bit big now) can work wonders for helping to keep them entertained. Plus nice clean washrooms, bright and white, tiled. If they are clean when you walk in that's how people tend to leave them.

No barking dogs!

Any recommended routes to cycle from arriving by ferry at St. Malo? Cycling out of St. Malo does't seem like fun (have only left by car previously in St. Malo).

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Re: What do you look for in a campsite

Postby Vorpal » 30 Mar 2016, 9:14am

A children's play area is a good suggestion. It's one of my main crieteria in choosing campsites these days. But it might be enough (especially if the village has a playground within walking distance) just to reserve a bit of open space, and have a few toys available, like footballs, frisbees, and/or lawn games. A sand pit and stuff to dig with is always popular, too.

If you need a way to draw customers, having a 'family friendly' campsite could be a strategy. Having a 'quiet zone' separate from family camping could help those who don't want the noise & disturbance that children naturally take with them, everywhere. :shock: :lol:
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