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Campers/Caravaner's Curse

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05 May 2018 @ 08:06:01 am
Shaun Tosen
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I have had my caravan since 2015, and enjoy getting out.

From time to time, my eye catches something at the camp site. Below are my "Caravaner's Curse", in no particulate order:

  1. Cable Ties: These are very handy, but litter the environment when removed, and not thrown in a refuse bin;
  2. Bottle Tops;
  3. Refreshement Can Clips -  I am seeing less of these now as a result of the design change, keeping the clip attached to the can;
  4. Nails in trees;
  5. Bread Bag Clips; and
  6. Abandoned tent pegs.

What's on your list?

How can we reduce this scurge?

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05 May 2018 @ 09:13:39 am
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To make awareness at campers, some are new campers and some old campers and some dont have the thing in the mind to clear the campside when leaving the site, my 2ic,

How great is our GOD
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05 May 2018 @ 10:12:58 am
Shaun Tosen
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Point taken WJ, hence the post. Thanks.

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05 May 2018 @ 12:34:26 pm
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I always check the site before I leave.

One thing I don't like... Nails in trees!

I understand that a rusted nail in a fruit tree can help it grow again,.......but never tried it.

Sigarette Budds,....,I'm a smoker but hate it like hell!!!

At last !!!!
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05 May 2018 @ 19:58:02 pm
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What gets my hackles up is people that mess on paved sites ie I sometimes wonder if they service their vehicles or maybe empty their skottels oil/fat out on the pavers.I dont use a ground sheet on paved sites.The other irritation is when people use their internal plumbing in the vans and let the grey water run out on the site even on the paving.That is not very hygenic for the next camper unless it rains before and washes it off.
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06 May 2018 @ 07:13:47 am
Shaun Tosen
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Antony, grey water has a low risk in terms of bacteria, compared to other forms. I just do not believe that it is respectful to leave a camp site in a dirty state.

You raise an interesting point. How many resorts have a drain close by where you can throw your dish water, or the water from the shower and basin, where these are built into the caravan. I recall two resorts who had drains at the taps.

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06 May 2018 @ 07:25:15 am
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Ek haat dit om kamp op te slaan bo-op die vorige ou se nat stort water kol
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06 May 2018 @ 11:07:10 am
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Voor ek opslaan doen ek chicken parade en as ek afgeslaan het.
As jy wil he jou drome moet waar word, moet jy eers wakker word.

Die jonge Fransmannetjie. (Parys - Frankryk)
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06 May 2018 @ 14:11:04 pm
Shaun Tosen
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Keep going Chuck!

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07 May 2018 @ 09:15:12 am
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Antony, grey water has a low risk in terms of bacteria, compared to other forms. I just do not believe that it is respectful to leave a camp site in a dirty state.

You raise an interesting point. How many resorts have a drain close by where you can throw your dish water, or the water from the shower and basin, where these are built into the caravan. I recall two resorts who had drains at the taps.


Have a neighbour who during our annual seaside camp seems to think its OK to just let his grey water run off between my stand and his (he digs a bit of a trench and let it run down to the road). Latest is it now also includes used dish washing water (with bits of fat and food as well). His van has a shower and the grey water from that (including I guess "toe jam") also runs down this ditch. All I can say is YUK!!! Problem is when the same people camp next to you year after year its difficult to complain as it then causes a strained relationship going forward. Anybody who knwos how to diplomatically explain to people that grey water is simply a big no-no? Thankfully people who do this are in the minority, most others I've seen do go to the trouble to catch it in a container and get rid of it the proper way...

We, on the other hand ALWAYS leave the stand cleaner than the way I found it, anybody still remember those old Army "chicken parades"?
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07 May 2018 @ 10:27:31 am
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Big thing for me is ropes between trees to hang washing. This is dangerous for kids running and playing specially during late evening and night.

"Sigarrete buds" ek kry sommer 'n pyn as ek die goed sien rond lê

Sonder Jesus is ek niks! ! ! !
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07 May 2018 @ 11:13:51 am
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Wait till you have a fighting couple next to you and they are having passages sex with the f word, holiday completely ruined
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07 May 2018 @ 11:22:16 am
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mmm... so, abusive/strong language and precariously placed washing lines can be added to the list.

How about fellow campers taking a short cut across your stand?

 

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07 May 2018 @ 11:23:40 am
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People who play music so loud they are asked twice to turn it down. Saw the men from the same camp site urinating in the bushes across their stand.
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07 May 2018 @ 12:16:26 pm
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Most resorts I have been to, have terms and conditions in respect of loud music. Yes, it can be irritating.

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07 May 2018 @ 12:52:49 pm
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The kids plastic scooters on tarmac or paving , it becomes a nightmare when there is more than one kids riding the scooters. Can Resort do something with scooters? I wish the manufacturers can fit rubber tyres.
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07 May 2018 @ 13:17:05 pm
Shaun Tosen
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Rarebreed, I assume you are referring to the noise.

 

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07 May 2018 @ 13:49:44 pm
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Rarebreed, I assume you are referring to the noise.

 



Of course
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07 May 2018 @ 20:03:35 pm
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Shaun when people cut through my stand I want want to do a rain dance (on their heads).That to me is pure laziness on their part for not enjoying the walk and view of all the other campers , they obviously have no respect for others and if somebody had to jump their walls at home I am sure they would have a lot to say.
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07 May 2018 @ 21:07:29 pm
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Shaun when people cut through my stand I want want to do a rain dance (on their heads).That to me is pure laziness on their part for not enjoying the walk and view of all the other campers , they obviously have no respect for others and if somebody had to jump their walls at home I am sure they would have a lot to say.


How does one address these bad manners? I am not the confrontational type of a person.
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08 May 2018 @ 08:03:32 am
Shaun Tosen
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mmm... Rare Breed, a bit of a challenge if you do not wish to confront them.

Perhaps a Wind Breaker, or a fence. I am not sure I like this, as it flies in the face of that mentioned above.

Often we going camping to get the feeling of wide open spaces and now we have to fence ourselves in as a result of inconsiderate campers.

How about a sign: "No Throughway - Geen Toegan".

I believe the reality is that if one does not confront such behaviour, it will not change. If the offenders have an IQ larger than their shoe size, they should not do it again, having confronted them.

 

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08 May 2018 @ 10:00:01 am
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How does one address these bad manners? I am not the confrontational type of a person.

I, very very very sarcastically, "inform" them (still civilized of course!) that there is a small charge payable for taking shortcut over my stand. Usually works, but of course there are those really thick-skinned people with whom nothing works...
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08 May 2018 @ 10:58:10 am
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Inconsiderate people upset me probably because I go to great lengths to be the opposite. I suppose it depends how you were brought up.

I while back we spent a holiday at Merry Pebbles. We went out for the day returning early as the weather turned foul, to find neigbour with his braai fire positioned on our border with fire sparks flying everywhere over our camp. He promptly moved it, while I checked for a possible fire everywhere. The tent canvas was full of black charcoal marks. He left the next day and only when we broke down camp did I find the nylon flysheet up at the top, full of small holes burnt from his fire! 

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08 May 2018 @ 11:26:49 am
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The "crossing over your campsite" is a problem, however, if you have been to Manyane (Pilanesberg) and have had the good fortune to be on an outer campsite (one overlooking the bush/veld as opposed to the inner circle sites) it is a real problem to go to the ablutionblock without passing over one of the inner circle campsites - this is particularly valid for campers on the outside of circle "C". Fortunately ,so far, the campers on the particular circle have been very accommodating as they seem to realise that there is realy no alternative.
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08 May 2018 @ 12:01:49 pm
Shaun Tosen
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Perhaps just like parking design at shopping centres, there should provision for pedestrian movement between the blocks of cars. Irene Village Mall in Pretoria does this very well. Woodlands Boulevard does not.

Resort owners should take note of this design requirement.

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