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How will your post-COVID touring caravan trips be different?

How will your post-COVID touring caravan trips be different?

If you regularly enjoy adventures in your touring caravan, you'll naturally be waiting with bated breath to hear when lockdown restrictions will be lifted and you can head out on to the road once more. Even when lockdown restrictions are lifted, life may not instantly return back to normal and caravan trips may be different as the world transitions back to normality. Below we look at how your post-COVID-19 touring caravan trips may be different… 

1. Planning

If you like to head out on to the open road in your caravan with only a vague plan of where you may stop, you may need to rethink this approach. A touring trip will require proper planning to ensure your regular camping grounds have managed to re-open during the pandemic. Sadly many businesses have not survived the pandemic, and you should call ahead to check there are open camping grounds on your desired route. 

If a caravan site is open but running with limited capacity, it is also advisable to plan and book a space ahead to ensure you will be able to secure a spot at the park. 

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2. Protection 

You will need to ensure you have the right protection to keep you safe whilst on a touring caravan trip. For example, you should wear gloves when filling your vehicle or motorhome with fuel and ensure your touring caravan is regularly stocked with soap and hand sanitiser so you can keep your hands clean whilst on the road.

3. Checking in at touring caravan site

One of the biggest changes you can expect in a post-COVID world will be checking in at a caravan park. Campsite offices are usually very small and some may continue to enforce the 2-metres apart rule. You should, therefore, expect to queue outside when waiting to check-in. You may also have to speak to a member of staff behind a plexiglass shield or have non-contact exchanges of money. 

4. Camping 

Thankfully, you can expect the actual camping experience to change very little. Some campsites, however, may reduce the number of caravans they welcome to their site to ensure each caravan has enough personal space. As long as you keep washing your hands and do not venture outside if you are feeling unwell, you should still be able to walk past other campers and say hello without breaking any social distancing measures. 

It is unknown when UK residents will be able to travel to other European countries, though it will most likely be some time before this happens. For this reason, caravan owners who usually enjoy European touring adventures will have to remain in the UK 

5. Parties and events

It may be some time before you can meet up with your fellow caravan touring friends and host a group meal or party. In fact, campsites may have rules about how many people are allowed to be in public areas at once, or ban people from different caravans spending time together.

6. Amenities 

As soon as campsites are able to open to the public, campsites will welcome caravans through their doors. It may be some time, however, till campsite amenities such as clubhouses, swimming pools and local shops are open. It will depend on the size of public facilities and how easily they can be sanitised before campsites will consider re-opening them.

7. Meals

You should expect to cook and prepare more meals yourself whilst on a caravanning adventure, as many local restaurants and cafes may remain closed, or only operate with limited service. For this reason, you should try to stock up on produce where possible and try to support local shops as you travel in your caravan. 

8. A longer season

Many caravan enthusiasts spend their summer in their caravan then retire their caravan for the winter. This may change in a post-COVID world as caravan owners will want to make the most of their caravan once restrictions have been lifted. For this reason, many caravan owners will be looking to improve their heating and caravan insulation to ensure they can travel in the winter months. 

At this unprecedented time, nothing is certain. The most important thing is that you follow government guidelines and regulations to ensure you stay safe whilst in your caravan or motorhome.

16 Comments
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julie
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5/9/2020 5:26:06 PM
21 days ago
Will everyone please get a grip on reality, this is not going to go away and as a cure for flu, pneumonia, or malaria which kills more people a year, has never been found, we need to get on with things. This country's economy will NEVER recover unless we go to work and continue with our lives. Shut the shower blocks if you want, caravans have toilets and showers, use them!
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D Johnson
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5/4/2020 6:18:03 PM
26 days ago
Wouldn’t worry me if toilet and showers were closed toilet shower in van not huge place but you could still get a good scrub up
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Les Aston
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5/3/2020 11:02:09 PM
26 days ago
Hi, A touring Caravaner for some 40 or so Yrs, I see a Big problem with Showers, and Toilets, also in our case over Sixty group being a risk so they Say. I will probable move our Booking one Year on
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James Harrowsmith
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5/3/2020 10:49:47 AM
27 days ago
Good point about a booking system for showers, but difficult to monitor toilet usage and social distancing. Love to stay sites are probably the most up to date in terms of facilities but even here the shower and toilet facilities are in one room. Sites will probably need to run at 50% to meet distancing measures in the facilities. One things is for sure MoHo and caravan popularity will increase as folks will be reluctant to get on a plane or a cruise ship. Crossing Channel via the tunnel is virtually a self isolating exercise. Just wonder what the Eu sites will be like next year. This year is a write off. :( Roll on a vaccine.
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haydn
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5/2/2020 7:17:31 PM
28 days ago
hi everyone, my view is its a very grey area at the moment and we should protect ourselves and family before even thinking of going away, I am keen to go out myself we recently bought a motorhome just before all this happend but we cant even drive it to keep it running,there are plenty of holidays ahead of us all in future if we keep safe and look out for each other.
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Julie holmes
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5/2/2020 6:38:33 PM
28 days ago
It might be possible to have a booking system in place for the showers ,book your slot pick up the key to access the showers and return it after ,but to be fair as long as we have access to water and an Elsan point We could manage with our own facilities for a few days ,when I was young a good wash down would suffice , we didn’t have a bath or shower , just a tin bath by the fire
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Paul Taylor
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5/2/2020 12:28:37 PM
28 days ago
The vast majority of people who caravan at Love to Stay would accept the social distancing rules as a small price to pay if it meant we could all get the enjoyment out of our much loved investments. Most caravans are equipped with toilets and showers so if people did not want to risk using on site facilities they can stay safe in their own enviroment. I am also sure that children who are old enough to play unsupervised will be able to obey the simple rules that will allow us all to stay safe!. Just hope that the Goverment do not make us wear surgical masks!. Looking forward to the day life returns back to some form of normality! love to Stay Safe!
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Graeme Evans
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5/2/2020 12:01:09 PM
28 days ago
Having stayed at love 2 stay. It is one of those sites that is very spacious and the toilet blocks are ernormous. I think with some sensible adaptations social distancing can be employed. I therefore disagree with the last gentleman. I think caravanning is ideal as a getaway that can employ social distancing. I for one will try to get away as soon as lock down is lifted and sites reopen. Just not planning on going to pub for tea.
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Steve Caddick
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5/2/2020 11:54:13 AM
28 days ago
I doubt very much if touring sites with shared toilet and shower facilities will open this season at all. I have my caravan booked on a seasonal pitch which I haven’t had chance to take yet with the lockdown. I can see it parked up on the drive all year.
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Ray Cadman
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5/2/2020 11:31:43 AM
28 days ago
A good and thought-provoking article. But the bottom line is that social distancing is incompatible with caravanning, motorhoming, flying, cruising and the vast majority of other leisure-related and sporting activities. We have no choice but to put up with it at supermarkets and so forth but, I for one, would not want to take any kind of leisure break with social distancing in place: it would not be my idea of a relaxing break. And the queues for the toilets would be unbelievable long! Fortunately, there are a few straws in the wind that the Govt may be considering relaxing or even scrapping the 2 metre rule as we start to come out of full lockdown and the "R" rate is coming down. Fingers crossed.
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John Nixon
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5/2/2020 11:13:42 AM
28 days ago
I agree with Lorraine Hancox's comment. As a VW van camper, the loo block is important, well pretty crucial I think! What measures can be taken to help social distancing within the block, if they are indeed to be opened, please?
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Laura Bratt
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5/2/2020 10:39:11 AM
28 days ago
With reduced facilities in place for obvious reasons, will you be offering pitches at a reduced rate, or removing the leisure Pass costs associated with booking at love 2 stay?
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Lorraine Hancox
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5/2/2020 9:14:02 AM
28 days ago
Hi, thank you for the intetesting read. Is there any thoughts on shower blocks? Would these be open?
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Alan Foster
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5/2/2020 8:57:58 AM
28 days ago
Great sound advice guys. Only thing I would add is to ensure both tow vehicle and caravan are road worthy to reduce the possible need of support or recovery from emergency services. Stay safe one and all.
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Graeme Roberts
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5/2/2020 8:17:26 AM
28 days ago
Excellent article. Sound thoughts on the future. We are keen to venture out though safely! Hope to see you soon.
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Joyce Gallilee
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5/2/2020 8:09:04 AM
28 days ago
Thought CLs and CSs could open without opening all the facilities. As long as there is Elsa point, water and rubbish containers people can keep distance. Also can pay by bank transfer over the phone so no contact with owners.