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Post by Andrea65 on Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:04 am

We are looking at probably finding a Worcester but worried about the length as currently have a Mazda Bongo which can be parked anywhere.  So my question is how easy is it to park in towns?  What problems do you have with the length?  This will be our first motor home and want to get it right.  The other possibility is the Bourton but my husband is 6ft 6in and not sure if the 'bathroom' would be big enough. Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated.
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Post by Quilter on Sun Jul 10, 2016 9:07 am

This excellent website, by Graham Hadfield, might be of help.  It's kept up to date.

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Post by Paulmold on Sun Jul 10, 2016 9:35 am

We tend to find supermarkets on edge of town. You can usually find a space where the rear can overhang a verge.

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Post by Gromit on Sun Jul 10, 2016 9:44 am

On street parking is likely to be problematic in most places, unless you are very lucky and find a wide street with plenty of room to manoeuvre. Obviously the longer and wider vehicle will seriously limit the possibilities.

It's not much of a problem however if you can find a car park (without a height barrier - or a supermarket with plenty of room, but do ask permission to leave it there for a while!!) where you can park with the tail end overhanging a verge. I think the overhang on a Worcester has about the same ground clearance as ours, and with the passenger guiding me from the rear it's not often that I'm in danger of grounding. We can get into a single parking slot quite easily then, and I think it would also be possible with a Worcester.

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P.S. Must type faster - just saw Paul's post.  rolleyes
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Post by Paramedic on Sun Jul 10, 2016 10:57 am

Like the Worcester, our Broadway exceeds 7 metres in length so don't tend to purposely seek parking in town centre car parks or on the high street. Paul mode and Gromit comments make practical sense. Need to be aware that local authority car parks have bylaws that enforce conditions such as keeping within the marked bays. It may depend on how roaming attendants feel the need to exercise the conditions as displayed on the noticeboard. If you occupy another space it may be wise to purchase two tickets, that way you don't breech the conditions. Perhaps better to part with a bit more cash and have peace of mind than return to find a fixed notice attached to your windscreen to spoil your day. Some car parks welcome motorhomes in designated parking bays but at a premium much like coaches or lorries. But don't let this put you off purchasing the Worcester. The parking issue would be the utmost last negative (if it was considering to be) point against the Worcester and the alternative may be a disappointment in the future.

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Post by dbroada on Sun Jul 10, 2016 11:05 am

We have had our Nuevo for almost a month now and I haven't (intentionally) explored its limits and will only park in large supermarkets at the moment. We started with a VW T25 so a little bit shorter than your Bongo. I was petrified of that at first until I realised it was shorter than the Granada I had before.

From there I moved to a long wheelbase Transit and would overhand parking spots a bit so like the others here would try to park around the edge and bury the rear in the bushes or grab a double line astern space.

Now with the Nuevo I have to worry about width too (its shorter than the Transit) so still look for supermarkets. It is possible to park in towns but clearly not as easy as it would be with a Bongo but if you take your time it shouldn't cause you problems (says he who has trouble parking his Smart).

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Post by Gromit on Sun Jul 10, 2016 11:19 am

Hi Paramedic

(Just for interest.) I thought you had made a mistake with the length of your Broadway. Just looked on the website and it's stated as Overall Length - 6280mm/ 20' 7" . . . but I was looking at the wrong model!!!! shrugg Whistle1 blushes

We would really have liked a Broadway EK TB LP so I had looked at them very carefully. The Broadway is only 568mm longer than the Nuevo, but that would have made it very awkward to keep at home. (Sob!)

The Worcester is 7280mm long, which is why I was a bit uncertain that it would fit (lengthwise) into a car park slot, even with the tail hung over a verge. Thinking further, I wonder if it would fit into one slot - have to wait for a Worcester owner to comment. scratch head

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Post by Andrea65 on Sun Jul 10, 2016 2:08 pm

Thank you Quilter will have a look at that website.
Thanks Paulmold and Gromit, I did noticed when we went to Ashbourne the supermarket had a couple of motorhome spaces and it's not far to walk to the centre. Hopefully will have a few owners come in to see if they will fit in spaces and overhang verge.
Paramedic, that is a good point about parking not being the most important factor think the living part of the Worcester would suit us better.
Dbroada lol I use to have a Granada.....they were huge weren't they! Though I think sometimes it's easier to park a bigger car than a small one like the Smart, my sister has one....not saying anything in case she sees this hugegrins
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Post by Paramedic on Sun Jul 10, 2016 3:13 pm

Hi Dave, naturally we regularly see motorhomes parked in our local Northgate car park in Chichester taking up more than one space because of their length. Some will use ingenuity and park near the tennis courts where the rear overhang is accommodated by a grass verge so mostly keeping within the  limitations of the marked bays. Don't know if any have suffered a penalty so perhaps I will enquire at our council offices as to how this is viewed and possibly managed? Undoubtedly local authorities will operate their respective bylaws as they see fit possibility at the detriment of most motorhomers. On our travels have seen a large motorhome with a fixed penalty notice probably due to it not parked in the appropriate longer spaces provided. Regards

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Post by groundhog on Tue Jul 12, 2016 7:34 pm

Andrea65 - I have sent you a pm!
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Post by groundhog on Tue Jul 12, 2016 7:39 pm

No our Worcester will not fit in to a normal parking spot without somewhere to hang the tail over but we have never really had a problem and just take two tandem spaces and buy two tickets if required! Most supermarkets it simply isn't an issue and for town centres so many have park and ride these days. I wouldn't let that put you off buying what has to arguably be one of the most comfortable vans available. up!
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Post by Andrea65 on Tue Jul 12, 2016 8:44 pm

Thank you so much Groundhog, have replied.
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Post by Paramedic on Wed Jul 13, 2016 5:38 pm

Today, spotted A/S Gloucester in Cattle Market Chichester occupying two spaces and displaying two parking tickets. Obviously to ensure a trouble free experience whilst visiting the city.

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Post by Andrea65 on Fri Jul 15, 2016 6:14 am

Thank you Paramedic for that info.
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