20' rule? not on aires!!

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  1. ojibway

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    We stopped at Marboue on the N10 a couple of weeks ago on the out journey.
    It's a very popular aire for us Brits as its handy as a first or last stop from Calais/to Calais. The book says it has space for 10 motorhomes and the spaces are quite well marked.

    About 7pm we heard a (French) van backing in and watched it go in so tight to an English van we thought it was going to scrape it!:Eeek: The Brits then moved their van over.
    Thing is, the English van was straddling two spaces!:Blush:
    Next morning we counted 18 vans!

    On the return journey we stopped there again. Loads of vans, well into the overflow area. Counted 17 this time and saw a couple of biggies not able to get in.:Sad:

    I think we Brits need to be reminded that in France the 20' rule does not apply and you are expected to park close to other vans even if there is plenty of room to start with!:Smile:
    M&A:Cool::BigGrin:
     
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    There are exceptions... .. recognize it ?
     

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    Marbou is a nice spot and as you say very popular...
    If we dont overnight there we use it as a rest stop and to empty the tanks.
    If you are not aware there are 2 other aires within 30 mins away and on the N10.

    Chateaudun has water, waste and parking at the foot of the old chateau, just be cautious where you park as the local bus does use the car park to turn around in.Nice spot next to the river.

    Vendome, follow signs for the campsite. Outside the gate are 6 dedicated places but there is a huge gravel area next to it where vans also stay when busy.
    Nice town only 10mins walk away, No facilities other than a drain cover you can lift for grey and toilet dumping.. But free and there is a nice park opposite if you have dogs or kids...
     
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    We had the same problem on the aires at Forges le Eaux..but with a Brit motorhome not a frenchman..the aires at Forges is a HUGE one basically it's a big tarmac parking area lots of Electric Bournes with maybe 6/8 EHU's on each bourne..we were parked up..another guy from Ireland pulled in and parked around a good 15 feet away from us we had a natter as you do..I helped him hook up..then about an hour later jolly boy in his Autotrail decided to park next to me (LITERALLY) he all but clipped my mirrors..There was acres of room but he stayed put..I asked him if he was scared to park on his own he said No Why?.. I mentioned his rather close proximity..had I opened my passenger door.well to be honest he was that close I couldn't open it ..he just ignored me...so we made lots of noise as we were staying another day and night..and didn't have to rush off anywhere..we must have had some sort of shame impact on him as he sneaked off early next morning at around 5am nice and quiet..why if there is all that room do they do it..is it the run with the herd syndrome or what???
     
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    have been on airres where the french have actually all moved closer so others can get on .
    they arent bothered by the personal space thing that uk vanners seem to expect .
    they just cram as many as possible on .
    i find the french very hospitable and friendly in france .
    they can change when in morocco . become colonial then .
    but in france squeeze as many on an airre as they can .
     
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    I had the same problem at Carcasonne.
    On the aire outside the city entrance, paid my 10 euros to park and went into the city. Came bach two hours later to find a frenchman returning my mirror to its normal place! Yes he was that close, I was unable to open the habitation door.
    I asked him to move over as it was difficult to get in, he refused, I asked him again more forceful terms, he refused.
    At this point I reverted to Anglo Saxon and he called the police.

    I was told to leave!
     
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    The truck drivers on here will recognise this as well.
    The number of times I have parked up miles from anyone (with my artic fridge) so as not to disturb others, and some numpty parks next to me. Then proceeds to ask if the fridge is going to be running at night !!!!
    Course it is, that's why I parked away from everyone else :Doh:
     
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    Now I know why we always use campsites. This sounds like hell!
     
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    SHEEP is the word you are looking for MONDO...or as you say are they frightened to be on there own or for backup if somebody knocks on there door late at night :Doh: ...
    We always park away from others if we can, always have....not to be anti social ...we have a dog..and not everybody likes dogs......
    so the only time we park close is when we have to....
    But the French vans...will circle the large empty field or large parking area and you know what is going to happen:Doh:....they slide up next to you.....its being friendly :Wink::Wink:
     
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    For me it was an isolated case, and has not happened to the same extent before or since.

    Most reasonable people don't try it in the first place.
     
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    This is very true Alan about the French..I was travelling with Smudger/Derek..& Roger / Wildman...down to Portugal..we stopped at Vivonne in the centre of town..there is about 5 places on the Aire...Now Derek / Smudger has a 40' Winnibago American RV rig + 20' James trailer on the back for his Car....not only did we have trouble getting into the Aire but when got there all the places had been used up by French motorhomes ..what did the French do ...they moved for Derek to get in..they put there motrohomes where the cars parked:thumb: a big thank you to those French Motorhomers....
    The following day we had a bigger problem trying to get Derek back out of Vivonne town:Eeek::Doh: roads to small with sharp left turns and all the houses close at each side with traffic coming towards us:Eeek: :thumb:
     
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    Hi , While in france many years ago , we parked in the middle of an empty car park with our VW devon while we went shopping, only to find when we came back the only other vehicle in the car park (a french person) had parked right alongside quite close, we loaded our shopping and drove off not noticing a scape along the side of VW ( same side as said #*#*#*vehicle) until we reach our aire . Was not happy but as not fluent in da lingo had to put up with it. But still love going to France cant wait for next Sept. Terry:Cool:
     
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    What some of the forriners don't take into account is the fact that on British made vans the hab door is on the 'wrong' side, they do leave you enough room on the other side though usually, so normally once they've had it pointed out to them they are fine about hotching up a bit.

    And on the 4 van aire at somewhere I can't recall the name of last time out, 3 vans moved over to accommodate another van. ISTR there would have been room for another at a pinch. We didn't - because we were on one end just the space of the open door away from a low wall next to the 'borne area'.

    Pete had stuck the hose on the tap earlier to get the road kill off the screen and had attached the brush for this purpose, and the aire being under trees, I asked him to do his bit for the M/H community and clean the sign, which was absolutely green. Looked lovely when he'd finished!

    Mind you we often wonder if it's worth the mfrs putting windows in the hab area for the ones they sell in France because as soon as they get parked, down (or up) go the window blinds!

    Looking at Pilotes and Rapdos at the NEC the other day, I said oh good, look! - they have the interlocking fly screen/window blinds - so we can obliterate the world if we have one of these!

    Is it compulsory though? We think it must be ......
     
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    You are right Sedge..Most Motorhomes do it even the BRITS... as soon as they get parked, down (or up) go the window blinds!..they have there window nets up....then they are out putting up there silver screens covering the front and side windows,.. they have there blind up or down :Eeek: ......they must sit in the dark so nobody can see in and see them:Doh:..... But why...... then they will sit outside and eat:Doh:........we keep ours open all the time, only shut them just before bed
     
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    i think its a habit for many eu vanners to use the foil screens it helps keep the interiour cooler in their hot summers .
    you may have seen the french conversions with proper rolldown blinds built in to the m,home v. like shop front security shutters . cant remember the name of the company .
    but its likt sunroofs you just dont have them over there . certainly not glass ones you would burn your head .
    this all part of going abroad to see how they do things different ,and for what reasons . may look daft at first but be quite sensible when you get to find out why.
     
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    Well I'm all for pulling down the shutter in Spain or whatever, in rooms you aren't using - often leave it down in the bathroom, makes total sense, or if we are leaving the van for a length of time, it's obvious. But you know, they have their awning out (yes of course, on aires LOL) (but on campsites as well) plus have already parked under a huge tree - but the blinds are still down.

    The front screens drive me mad, there's a scramble to beat the Brit to bag the pitch with the best view - and on go the screens! Bugger off and park over there and let ME have the view, please!
     
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    We close the window blinds on the sunny side (assuming its sunny) they are reflective and make a big difference to the heat. If all we can see is the side of another van we will keep the blind open for light and air but if it is opposite one of their windows we will close the blind.
     
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    We were always puzzled when we first came to live in France by the behaviour of motorists in car parks. To explain, I am one of those who always parks in the spot farthest from the shop so that I don't get any dents from other doors ( if you remember the TV add 'the spot the satellite falls on'). However here in France when you come out of the store expecting to see your lone car in the distance there a cars parked all round , even though there are spaces closer to the shop, very strange!!!!:Eek!:
    We have asked why this is and no one can tell us.

    John:thumb:
     
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    That's odd, happens to us in supermarket carparks especially (in the M'H) Park well away from the populated area - half an acre of space round you and when you return with a trolley piled high, you can't open any door more than a foot.

    So Pete has to squeeze in and drive over nearer the store where the empty half acre now is, with me shoving the trolley following sullenly behind .....

    :Doh:
     
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    Its the same here in Blighty. I always park my car as far away as I can from others in supermarket car parks. But when I return there is always some tosser who has parked so close to me I can hardly get in my door. If Im forced to park next to another car I drive around and look for a newish well cared for car as opposed to an old banger !
    For the sake of getting one more car in why dont the designers of car parks reduce the number in a row by one or two and give us another foot !
    Nearly all the damage I have had to cars over the years has happened in car parks !

    barry:Smile:
     
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