I am against having reviews at all. It will mean the places with the best reviews get used more and will disappear quicker.
We use the POI but then wonder what the place we’ve chosen is like. Is there anywhere on the forum where you can leave a review, so it’s possible to check somewhere out before you get there?
Only way would be a functional app such as park for night - i find that good as it allows 1st hand and latest info to be shared, good abroad and more places in the UK are added to it now, along with POI off this group for UK spots. As far less spots are now in the UK I go abroad 100 nights a year so the POI off this group has become a bit redundant.
Last edited by MidAgeTraveller; 11-10-2018 at 08:08.
Sue & Martin
We used Rankers in NZ, a camping app with reviews. It worked incredibly well for us as we could discount certain locations that didn't sound suitable, those that were suitable ticked all the boxes and were true to the majority of reviews. As an added bonus, local shops, laundrettes, pubs, cinemas, parks, whatever were added to the review where applicable.
I was hoping WC would evolve into something similar, sadly it hasn't, wether that is a good or bad thing is debatable.
On GE, I gauge the size of a POI by first of all looking at the road, my vans length is just over the width of a normal road, if the POI is bigger than the road width then it may be suitable. I then use Streetview if I think it could work out. I will not use a big enough POI if cars are parked there (dog walkers for instance) as they will not be happy. As a dog owner myself I know that dog walkers have regular hours for it and will be put out if they cannot park up due to a big white box taking all the spaces.
Our tag is only 7m, and I always try to go to a street view on the computer before travelling to determine if the van would fit in there, even if I can use it with the overhang onto the grass.
We also plan another, nearby, in case we get there and the location is full of other vehicles or the POI is too noisy, on a slope etc.
We do not have a dog, but dog owners have just as much right to park there as me, and if the dog owners don't like my "big white shed" that's their problem.
I do love dogs though.
Maybe not reviews then, for the reasons posted above which seem really sensible, but a few comments might be good? Just the ability to leave a note regarding size of van suitability, or facilities, or where to find the tap, or just the date it was last visited. Am I right in thinking a few POIs already have small notes on them, eg. parking charges? To be honest though, I think Chris probably has enough to do already
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