Aire hoggers

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  1. lindylou

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    At Gruissan port at the moment and we have a space hogger. Seafront pitch. Large boulders in place to allow nobody to park next to him. Awning fully out all day. Some folk think the earth belongs to them. Tried moving the boulders last night but he was straight out there to put them back. Wonder why the management don't stop this. Perhaps he has paid double price. Opinions please?

    Lin:RollEyes:
     
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    Hi
    What Nationality ?. Pete
     
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    aires normally only allow 24-48 stays
     
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    French. Been there 2 nights that I know of

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    And had the washing line strung out.
     
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    We've seem quite a few of them, sitting under their awnings with seats everywhere smiling smugly as you drive around trying to find a space.
    We drove to an aire in Normandy on the coast with 50 spaces. There were no more than 25 vans there and it was full.
    Very annoying
    Then you get to another aire and people move to enable you to park.
    There doesn't seem to be one nationality worse than the others, but they never seems to be German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, British or Belgian!
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    Maybe he IS management? Or management's cousin.

    I remember once at the Dieppe aire seeing an Austrian MH owner who thought his vehicle had a 20 yard force field around it, and anyone violating his boundaries could be ranted at. All this in what was basically a bloody car park. Good job he wasn't at Calais.
     
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    Looks like an obvious case for some bread on his roof at night:Wink:
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    i agree its really annoying when some one sets out a full encampment on a aire [esp if its a free one]. which were never intended to be campsites in the first place. i must say though, that ,having just returned from a month in france i was quite surprised at the price that some aires were charging ,supposedly just for the purpose of allowing you to park up overnight !! in one instance [fort mahon i think] it was 9euros to park on a carpark in front of a sand dune for christs sake !!! for 3 euros more we were staying on municple sites with all amenities . ehu,all the water you needed etc and[ because it was the end of the season] as much space as you wanted!! very handy with me, my other half ,a lively black labrador and 3 guinea pigs !! talk about the CLAMPETS on tour eh !!!! regards garry
     
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    Being booked on the 8.20am crossing, we went to the aire in Ouistreham last week. The charge there is €8 to be paid by card, unfortunately, the machine does not seem to accept British cards. The sign on the side of the machine informs that you can buy a ticket at the Municipal site (Camping Les Pommiers) which is about 1 mile back. This was confirmed by the local friendly policeman who was inspecting tickets on the other parked vehicles.

    At the municipal, they offered us a ticket for the aire at €8 or stay over on site for €10 including electricity etc. We stayed there the night and had no complaints. There is a gate off the site onto the canal and a short walk back to the port.

    We used to use aires a lot, but in recent times, attitudes (and now prices) seem to be changing. We were on the aire at Arromanches a week ago and it had more vans parked on it than the stated capacity, it was all very cosy! I must admit, we moved off onto the municipal site, big pitch in the sun.

     
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    If Aires are for motorhomes only then shouldn't municipals be for tuggers.
     
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    had similar problem the other week at the aires near Sete on south coast of France. The place was crammed-pack-full, only room to open your door to get out, think it took 30 vans, but l guess there were more than that, those on the corners seemed to have been there a while, the awnings, the chairs, the washing etc.

    Would hate to think what would happen if there was a fire? As the aires was full, we didn't stop, seemed to be loads of MH searching for somewhere to park, problem made worse with height barriers on what seemed all of the car parks in the area.
     
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    Just slip a German helmet on when you next see him. If he's French, he will pack up and head for Dunkirk record time...........:thumb:

    We were stuck in a huge jam years ago, trying to get off the ferry in Dunkirk. The French farmers had blocked the road out of the ferry terminal. A very frustrated guy was chatting to me as we waited. "Pity", he said, "that they didnt block the bl**dy roads when the Germans were advancing in 1940"
     
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