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Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by Figaro, Jan 28, 2014.

  1. Figaro

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    I introduced myself on here a while back and the storey is that I`d love a MH to tour UK & Europe as I`m tired of the two week package holiday & airport routine, the trouble is I`m having trouble convincing my wife !
    She agreed to try it, so I need to impress. I booked 10 days MH hire for June. I had thought of heading for Lake Garda but my feeling is that may be stretching it a bit with the time available and maybe somewhere nearer would be preferable.
    I also liked the look of Lake Anncey and would probable do the Metz, Lausanne stopovers as recommended on here, unless anyone has any alternative suggestions ?
    Are there any recommendations for sites in Anncey area ?
    Are there any recommendations for alternative routes for the return journey to Calais ?
    Is the West coast a good alternative, coast road down to La Rochelle / Bordeaux area ?
    We like a bit of scenery / culture / gardens / houses to visit.
    What would Funsters recommend to impress the lady……………:thumb:
     
  2. Red Dragon

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    Hi Chris
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    if it was me,I would head up to the Highlands:thumb:
    You will lose 2 days of your 10 getting/and returning the Moho,some absolute beautiful scenery and places of interest:thumb:
    You would spend too long driving for a decent trip the Continent IMO:BigGrin:
     
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  3. TheBig1

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    dont make it look like youre trying too hard or the wife will probably pull the other way. travelling with a motorhome and the journey itself should hopefully open her eyes to the possibilities. most people worried about a vanning lifestyle seem to fear the sleeping arrangements, the toilet and the commonly held misconception of sitting in a muddy field in the rain. obviously cant do anything to help the weather but everything else is easy to get right

    take your wife to visit a big dealership and get her to imagine being on a holiday adventure in vans of your choice. let her air her concerns then show how they can be overcome
     
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  4. Larby

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    Don't try to cram in too much. Driving most of the day to get somewhere will NOT impress.
    Getting somewhere early evening and trying to park-up is no fun, (done that !!).
    Set off early, drive some, lunch, wander, drive some then park -up.
    Wander, eat then retire to bed at leisure because you have a MH so you can :thumb:
     
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    Our first trip outside the UK in the motorhome was Disneyland Paris, stayed in the car park for two nights just because we could as we had changed caravan to motorhome.

    I second the comments about dont try to go too far, France and Germany lots to see and do Mosel valley is nice for a few stopovers, loire valley in France lovely, keep moving little bits at a time and decide when you want to stop that the advantage of the motorhome.

    Martin
     
  6. grumps147

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    If you are going to go overseas then I agree with the above, France and Loire Valley given the time you have and what your interests are.
     
  7. Minxy Girl

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    I would recommend staying in the UK for your first foray as you will have enough on your plate getting used to a MH without the complication of another country!

    Also, as you've hire in June you won't be hit with the extortionate fees for campsites in the UK as it's out of the main school holiday season, so you won't really need to pre-book anything. This has the advantage that you can decide which way to go depending on what the weather is likely to be. :thumb:

    Between now and June you can make plans for the different areas, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall etc, so that when the time comes you aren't frantically trying to research which will just make you 'panic' and spoil your trip before it starts. I'm sure your wife would enjoy doing some of this planning - you've got your choice of a MH holiday ... let her choose the areas to go to.

    I wouldn't push her too much about actually 'owning' a MH though, as all it could do is put her under pressure whilst you are on holiday if she feels she has to make a 'decision' when you get back home. Just concentrate on relaxing and enjoying it. :BigGrin:
     
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  8. Reallyretired

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    For a short trip how about the Loire valley. Weather should hopefully be reasonable in June, and if it isn't you can always head south down the West coast. This will show your wife the big advantage of a motorhome, that if you don't like the weather/neighbours you just move until you do.:Smile:
     
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  9. Mousy

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    As a reluctant wife myself, I'd say it's not so much where you go but how you go about it...

    Help her pack for the trip, you are trying to convince her it's not hard work.

    Driving..make it all seem easy, don't get stressed about parking etc which roads you can/cannot go down. Use a sat nav!

    Toilet.. Basically it's her job to fill it..yours to empty it. :thumb:

    Not sure what layout or van you've hired but most should be comfortable. There is loads on info on this site re layouts when you are ready to purchase.

    Food, again it's about making it seem easy and special, we have 4 kids plus extras so I'm usually cooking for 6/8, so a couple of marks and Spenser meals with some lovely wine and good bread salads etc seemed like a treat to me and was minimal work, your jobs the washing up right?

    And lastly make her laugh, our first week away went so well because I could see the effort Mr M was making for me and we had such a giggle.

    And lastly if it does go horrible wrong there's always solo motor homing!:Rofl1:
     
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  10. Bellini

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    This time last year, my wife really didn't want a motorhome.

    As usual, we argued about it. And we agreed that combining motorhome hire into the structure of an established holiday would a a good way to evaluate it fairly.

    So we took an extra week in Scotland to tour the places we'd talked about doing maybe by hotel or even camping.

    And it worked. We all, as a family, had a great time!

    We saw a place we knew through different eyes. But we went to some places we'd never been before and so combined the familiar (and hence more controllable and contrastable) with the unfamiliar.

    We then spent another weekend away in another hired motorhome at a place we'd camped at before with the same set of friends we'd camped with previously. We had a perfect contrast and, again, really enjoyed it. That weekend was when Clare admitted she could see the advantages of owning a motorhome.

    Two months later we owned one.

    I'm not suggesting you do the same, but I am suggesting you think carefully about how you get your message across.

    I let Clare research and choose most of the campsites. That helped a little.:Wink:
     
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  11. Figaro

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    Wow, some great replies, thanks to you all, I`ll do some head scratching on destination/s
     
  12. mikebeaches

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    Some good tips on here so far. I'd certainly agree with not trying to be too ambitious to begin with in terms of how far to travel, but somewhere like the Loire would be easy. And you could always carry on further south if you'd got the time and inclination - perhaps to the Dordogne.

    But a point I'd make is that one of the pleasures for us is the stopping for breaks along the way - for coffee, or lunch, or tea, or whatever. If possible we like to try to find somewhere reasonably scenic to park up - somewhere with a bit of a view. Not always possible of course - but not too hard most of the time either; especially in France. It just makes the whole motorhome experience more pleasant. And again, if your in France and it's warm and sunny, it's often not too difficult to find somewhere with picnic benches for eating outside.

    Oh, and we boil up water to put in a flask in the morning before leaving camp, and then it's quick and easy to make hot drinks along the way without having to turn on the gas.

    In the UK we find some areas more motorhome-friendly than others. Scotland has been mentioned, which we certainly like. But so has Cornwall - and whilst I've nothing in general against the county - some of the country roads are not the easiest to negotiate with a MH. And parking can be a challenge too. Same goes for much of Devon as well, though it is one of my favourite counties in the country.

    Whatever you decide, good luck. :thumb:

    Mike
     
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  13. mitzimad

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    motorhoming in france is so easy compared to uk it seems a shame not to go
     
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  14. The Dude

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    I totally understand your wife's reservations but there are some very good suggestions mentioned here. 12 months ago I was persuaded, against my better judgement, by hubby to buy a motorhome. I was dreading it as my only previous experience of motorhoming was hiring one for 5 days a few years previously and it was not a pleasant experience - mainly due to the weather and one of our dogs misbehaving. Anyway, to cut a long story short I am now 12 months into motorhoming - we are on our 2nd motorhome, did 6,000 miles in it last year travelling to Crete and back with our 2 dogs and are currently planning our next trip to Crete leaving in a few weeks and going via Croatia, Montenegro and Albania. We have even been out in it several times over the past few weeks in the rotten weather and we've been really comfortable and cosy.

    What can I say .................... I BLOOMIN' LOVE IT!!!

    Good luck - just try to ensure that if you are stressed with anything you don't show it. Let us know what happens.
     
  15. Allanm

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    If you're thinking of going in June, start planning now. Planning a trip is half the fun, but don't be too ambitious. You don't have to go far to have a great holiday, and remember, its a motorhome, made for travelling, visiting and travelling. You won't get a real feel for the life if you stay in just one or two campsites for the fortnight. We have rarely stayed more than one night anywhere, theres so much to see.
    If you do decide to go to France, (and La Rochelle or the Vendee in general) is a great start. There are good roads down to there and they are generally quite empty.
    Get yourself "All The Aires" ( Vicarious Book) "French Passion" and "Brit Stops". They all have great sites to stay either free or at very reasonable prices.

    Most of all, have a great time.

    Allan
     
  16. tonka

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    Show her this pic of our ladies having fun in the sun (Morocco)... They love it..:thumb: All good advise as above, dont want to add and complicate it more..
     

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    I would stay in the uk for your first trip.

    The Kent motorhome show I think is the 1st weekend in June why not join us funsters or check the calendar for meets when you have the van xxxx

    good luck with your plans hope it goes well
     
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    Another vote for France, perhaps LE PUY DU FOU (Pays de la Loire) as your ultimate destination.

    An alternative could be Champagne region (Epernay/Reims) then onto Mosel Valley and back again(choice of routes)

    That would certainly be my limit for the first 10 days away.

    Will finally recommend getting the tunnel to France, so easy compared to the ferry.

    Good luck with it, sure you'll have a great holiday no matter what the decision !
     
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    I would say stay in uk for your first trip with such a short time. We have had our motorhome 4 years come July. Spent the first year in uk and visiting various motorhome shows. Since then been on the continent spring and autumn each year. Could suggest isle of Arran if you really want a boat trip.

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    Some good advice already given already, we'd say stay in the UK for the first trip given that you only have 10 days.
    Scotland wouldn't be too far if you're in Staffs. but what about in and around the Yorkshire Dales:thumb:

    As Lindylou has suggested, Arran is a beautiful island, June should be ok weatherwise and the East Neuk of Fife is a little gem too, with all the beautiful little harbour towns in and around there.

    Good luck with your decision and happy touring! Let us all know what you decide on in the end.

    Margaret
     
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