|Seasonal pitches - Greener Caravanning
Why does Freedom camping club offer seasonal caravan pitches
at certified sites when other clubs don't.
The advantages of seasonal pitches and short term
unoccupied pitches far outweigh any risks or financial loss,
here's just a few reasons.
- Less disruption to CS locations
- Steady, reliable income for CS owners
- Less disruption to local residents
- Less disruption to roadways in general
- Lower fuel emissions/ reduced environmental pollution
- Reduced road ware
- Better public relations for caravanning
Not convinced? Read more.
Most caravanning club members use their caravans on regular
weekend outings. While other clubs prohibit unoccupied
caravans on CS sites, every Friday afternoon
and Sunday morning there are thousands of caravan travelling
around the country, unnecessarily. This just doesn't make
sense for anyone.
We all know that towing a caravan adds extra cost to a
journey by increasing fuel consumption. Not only does it
increased fuel consumption cost but creates more pollution by
burning more fuel. And it doesn't stop there, the additional
strain on the car reduces the frequency a cars engine
management system can invoke pollution reducing systems like
EGR, Stratified air flow and lean fuel burn.
Caravanning is a great way for people to enjoy the country
and what it has to offer, but there are negative effects on
other people. Caravans take up more road space, travel slower
and take longer to leave junctions. Although an individual car
towing a caravan may not cause significant disruption, when
there are thousands on our roadways, it can lead to
congestion, especially on bank holiday weekends and other peak
times. Congestion cost the British economy millions each year.
On average a car weighs around 1.5 tons and a caravan can
weighs around 1 ton. The difference is that the heavier car
has it weight spread over 4 wheels making a ground weight per
wheel around 375KG. Where as most caravans have 2 wheels
making a ground weight per wheel 500kg. More pressure on
roads, increases faults, especially on small country roads
which may have less substantive substrates.
Encouraging caravenners to leave there caravans on
certified sites and visit more regularly has obvious financial
benefits to CS owners. Reduces the risk of damage to the land
at Certified sites and reduces disruption to local residents.
What do we mean by seasonal pitch or short term unoccupied
pitches. A seasonal pitch can range from March to November and
shot term unoccupied pitches can be for 2 weeks of more,
whenever you intend to return to a site shortly after your
first visit. You have to agree the terms with the site owner
and you can not occupy the caravan for more than 28