Allow Motorhomes and Touring Caravans Within a Limited Distance From Home

Once restrictions start to be lifted I think there would be little harm in allowing Motorhomes and Touring Caravans to travel to official sites, booked in advance, within a fixed distance from home, say 100 miles which could be checked by the site on accepting the booking. This should reduce the likelihood of remote areas being swamped by visitors and would reduce "wild camping" which could remain restricted for an additional period. Toilet blocks and shared facilities could remain closed since modern motorhomes and caravans have their own perfectly usable facilities. If necessary, having these on-board facilities could be a condition of using the site.

Why the contribution is important

I think this idea is important as a feasible first step to get back to some form of normality, and allow some freedom, without massively increasing the risk level.

by Robert866 on May 09, 2020 at 01:33PM

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  • Posted by JLMBD May 09, 2020 at 14:30

    No. It puts remote communities that are currently virus free at risk. Local shops don't want to provide food or fuel for non residents. Breakdowns will inevitably happen and that puts recovery staff at risk. The distance would need to be much reduced to prevent any potential carriers from travelling from one region to another. Anyone can carry it unknowingly and could leave it on a gate that a farmer uses or a fuel pump that a doctor uses. By definition you would want to travel to somewhere that is beautiful and currently not too affected. It's far more risky than your suggestion implies.
  • Posted by seileasdar May 09, 2020 at 14:42

    I agree with JLMBD, as painful as it might be to see our tourism industry crumble at the moment, and as painful as it might be to see rights of travel infringed, allowing people to travel and impact on vulnerable communities with very limited NHS cover and limited resources in food and fuel to take the brunt of entertainment-happy privileged people that have a motorhome is very risky.
  • Posted by Annescotlass May 09, 2020 at 15:58

    If motorhomes and caravans/campers are on the move, then the whole set of restrictions would need lifted. Poor beauty spots and remote areas - they will be swamped by people from all over the country. There is no difference to opening hotels/ all holiday accommodation and that is a scary thought at present.
  • Posted by TracyMcLachlan May 09, 2020 at 16:00

    NO NO NO we do not want you and your motorhomes in our fragile communities! What happens if you feel ill, are you going to go home or expect our already stretched local medical services to jump to your needs? Where are you going to buy your food? If it's locally, you will be risking our local shop workers, if you are going to bring it with you then you are making no contribution to local economies. For goodness sake, motorhomes are not a necessity. You can live without a holiday for a few months.
  • Posted by tech65 May 09, 2020 at 16:04

    No just so the rich few can get a holiday NO NO NO
  • Posted by Lanaiya May 09, 2020 at 16:15

    Absolutely not. The last week or so I have seen several camper vans coming to the highlands. They use the local shops and fuel stations, putting the local community at risk should they be carriers of the virus. The NHS in rural areas such as highland cannot cope with extra visitors to the area. Campervans and caravans should be banned, with road checks on the A9 to check if they have a valid reason to enter the highlands
  • Posted by Merzie May 09, 2020 at 17:13

    I own a 10 year old motorhome, I would certainly not consider myself rich or born with any great advantages in life and that is an unnecessarily accusative and cruel remark. It has been parked outside my house since I took it out of storage on 1 March. Much as I would dearly love to be on the road I do not think it is yet time to relax the ban on travel. If those in opposition to having travellers in their area are conscientious in following the rules in their lives and are not breaking the guidance of the government in any way the I think I should stay at home for a while longer.
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