Not making judgements here, just trying to raise awareness - bottom line is that perception is king. I know that we know
we are absolutely no threat - but that's not the gut-reaction of a lot of people.
The suspicion, mistrust and resentment many 'locals' feel when seeing a motorhome parked up for the night is - justifiably or otherwise - palpable.
Even though my own golden rule is to get reasonably well hidden we've been subject to the old middle-of-the-night horn blast from time to time. Worst places for this have been Austria and Switzerland but we've also encountered it in other countries too.Here's a rough summary
As before, huge but ultimately pointless arguments rage about the point at which a 'motorhomer' becomes a 'traveller' and about the harm (or lack of it) motorhomers visit upon local communities and the wider environment.
Whatever individual motorhomer's views on the legality / morality might be doesn't really matter diddly-squat, it's simply a fact that there are people out there that resent seeing motorhomes dominating landscapes by overnighting off formal sites.
Having worked in countryside recreation management I know the strength of feeling that exists and have been that land-owner's agent that's had to politely request / cajole / enforce a bit of the old 'move along'...
Of course it doesn't stop me overnighting off formal sites, it's just about all we ever do. I just do it knowing that - if they can see us - some
people may be really ticked off and it doesn't matter one bit whether I
think they have a justifiable reason or not.
Don't shoot the messenger but we are disliked enough as it is so would do well to avoid further feeding prejudice. The height barriers that are seen almost everywhere across the UK are there to stop the likes of us
. Maybe justifiably too when you read some of the abuse of some areas. :roll:
Out of sight is out of mind. Failing that - hide in plain sight: aka the Hi-Viz Jacket trick.
Re earlier post - this code of conduct is pretty representative but in the case of motorhomes (which are generally way more in people's faces than tents) I personally have reservations about staying for more than one night.http://www.campsites.co.uk/guides/wild-camping/wild-camping-code-of-conduct