advice needed for winter in france

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  1. craig.drake

    craig.drake Read Only Funster

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    hi all
    we are going to france in early january would you say we need a generator or is the hook up reliable on aires in winter. in a word do i need to buy a genny to tour france ??
     
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    From what i hear - a lot of aires close the facilities during the winter months
     
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    Are you planning on staying solely on aires or will it be sites sometimes? I'm not keen on the genny route but others may disagree. :BigGrin::BigGrin:

    Ivy
     
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    Personally I would not be without a Genny in France in Winter but only because we only use ski Aires.

    It will depend on what you want to do but the aires that we visit, you will be the odd one out without a Genny.
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    If you are lucky enough to find an aire, open, with Electric then you won't need one. So it will all depend on where you are going and what you intend on doing?
    Try some campsites too, TBH if you find some that are open, you will be amazed at how cheap they will be that time of year compared to Summer, some will be as cheap as an aire with Electric. :Smile:
     
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    still planning really but thinking of using them till we get south and then use sites
     
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    Well if your simply overnighting then travelling on, I would go the extra battery route and not bother with a genny. So you stop a night or maybe two, then off you go again then no need for a genny. :thumb:
     
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    thanks for that i think it would be a wise investment.from the research ive done open sites are few and far between ,but its new to me ive never been abroad with my motorhome before, btw good luck with the run ,from a fellow running addict,
     
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    We can't answer that. I know that on the move we need no generator or solar, the engine does the charging. We can manage 4 days on a charge.

    But how frugal are you with electricity ? We have no idea.
     
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    How far "south" do you intend to go?



    Amicalement

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    Hey - is that you being cheeky again Frankie? :Rofl1:

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    Have you researched the charging process ?

    Although a modest genny will output 1000W your charger cannot use it, more like only 200W, this gives around 5 hours to charge a battery, you'd better buy a very quiet genny to live with that. Hint - Honda.
     
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    How far south do you want him to go ??????
     
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    well of course :Laughing:
     
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    OK OK Obviously i have been using ...words... i should not have :RollEyes::RollEyes:

    Will someone explain me ? double meaning i guess ??? ah well still learning :BigGrin::BigGrin:


    Frankie:Cool:
     
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    Ok then , PM me when you are getting near Toulouse , if i am at home you will be welcome to stop and have a free night ... water + electricity no problem !! Ok ?


    Amicalement

    Frankie:Wink:
     
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    Hi, we go down to Spain in winter, December / January and only use aires, most village aires have the water shut off and sometimes you find the electric on. :thumb: If you need water stop in one of the aires on the bigger roads that have toilets and the water will be on, but don't overnight on those, use the village aires.:BigGrin:

    We don't do rush, so it might take us up to 10 days to get to Spain, we have a 2.0 Honda generator and a set of snow chains and enjoy the trip the same as we do in summer, being prepared is what it's all about.:Wink:

    The weather in France is very cold, but better if you travel down the west coast.:thumb: Bob.
     
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    Frankie - ignore these wicked men. Your question was innocent - it is their minds that are not!
    :Blush:
     
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