Aires warning?

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  1. MichelleRyall

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    we are off to the Chunnel later today. my husbands mates at work have been scaremongering him about staying on aires!!! do we have any cause for concern? probably Gravelines tonight moving onto Belgium tomorrow.
     
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  2. WillH

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    When you arrive at an Aire take a good look, if it looks okay, and you feel okay, fine. Any doubts, go somewhere else. This is the system we use for sites as well.

    Rgds
    Bill
     
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    Worried....??

    Motorway aires - yes you should be

    Small town & village aires - no, but again, if it looks and feels safe, then it probably is.
     
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  4. chaser

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    Gravelines one of my favourite stops,into town over the little bridge to have a drink with the locals in the pmu, then back across the big bridge to Rudys restaurant in the yacht club , superb and not over dear:BigGrin:
     
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    aires just fine

    Aires are fine in general. Where there are other vans no problem. Dont stay on mototway aires overnight, and take a look around. We only ever left 1 aire for safety reasons after arriving.
     
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    Its quite well known that motorway aires are best avoided. We have stayed on about 40 aires and never had the slightest problem, my wife would soon let me know if she didn't feel safe.

    We do usually try to find an aire with a few other motorhomes parked up.

    You will love motorhoming in France and French aires, they are great.

    Have a good trip.

    Paul
     
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    I would say NO..But use your discretion as has been said if you don't feel right move on..Motorway aires have a bad name not the serviced Village/Town Aires..go away and enjoy just be a bit more vigilant...

    Jealous Me..I'll say..ENJOY!!!
     
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    As mentioned, the general advice is not to use motorway aires but other than that, most "aires de service - camping car" are very good places to stay. If the locality looks a bit dodgy, move on to another - there are loads of them. We have had many holidays in France using aires almost exclusively. In Germany the stellplatz are excellent and we have just returned from Holland and Belgium where again, most are first rate.
    In France, you will also find several local "camping caristes" staying in town squares as well as using aires - obviously not in very busy places where parking restrictions apply.
    The only time we felt uneasy on an aire was at the official one just south of Orleans. There were local youths 'burning up' the surrounding area well into the small hours.

    In case you have not found it, here is the link to probably the best source of information on aires in France (and many other countries).
    http://www.campingcar-infos.com/index1.htm

    Good luck and enjoy yourselves.
     
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    I AM ON A AIRE NOW we have done hundreds & hundreds & hundreds of Aires in France ...we live in France...we only stop on Aires in France...motorway Aires are ok during the day...when you are ready to stop the night look for an Aire in a town or village near to where you are...and head there....
    It’s like the gas scare there is always somebody that knows a friend of a friend of a friend’s brother's sister's cousin’s uncle that knows somebody ??????? And the list goes on that they got g*****:Eeek::Doh:,,,,,
    A nice English.. Yarkshire couple that has just gone back to the UK that was parked next to us..1st time in France with a motorhome ...they too had all these stories..???? And wished they had been told about all these Aires… and purchased a book on Aires before they came......it might have saved them a few euros..no sorry a LOT OF EUROS....
    Most of these stories are from people who have never been or stopped on Aires
     
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    Psst psst oi mate.. I've got this gas detecor right.. My mates mates told me they got gassed loads of times and robbed.. I can sell you this detector and you'll be ok innit.







    (I was joking btw)
     
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    I avoid motorway aires because of all the urine on the ground. Just how many people pee on the ground each day???????
    After the first couple of daytime stops when my shoes and the dogs paws stank when we got back in the car ( thank you whoever invented wet wipes) I never stop on them day or night.

    Towns and villages general OK.

    Park so you can exit niftily should you feel you need to.
    Know where your keys are!!!!!
    Don't have anything covering the windscreen that prevents you driving away quickly ( Guess blocks would be a bit of a hazard too)

    As " weapons" are illegal, a can of far reaching wasp nest spray ( available in every Brico in France) is totally legal but oh so nasty.
    Ditto cheap can of body spray ( the really tacky ones teenage girls go for) Does not mix well with eyes.

    I also have a ring pull alarm that would shriek so by the time I've attacked their ears, eyes and the dogs had their legs/ arms, woe betide anyone who tried to mess with my motorhome!!!
     
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    The only aire we've ever been on that was in any way problematic was one on a sea front road where there were some noisy youths on m/cycles making a noise. Didn't feel unsafe just a bit noisy and they cleared off after a while and all was fine.

    Some of the aires we've been on have been in lovely locations.

    Not stayed on all that many campsites in France but can't say I would prefer them to aires.

    I bet when you come home you'll be wondering what all the fuss was about.

    Wyn

     
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    I stop on motorways Aires at least once or twice every visit. Never had a problem. However I do pick them carefully well away from major cities and I prefer to stop on the ones on peage sections.

    Village Aires however are my favourite :thumb:
     
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    We've stayed on Aires in villages and campsites in France. Only problem we've come across was on a campsite where a British neighbour 3 pitches away had his quarter light removed and glovebox rifled. We had no problems because we had external screens on or they thought we were French as we had a Chausson!!! Always look at situation and move on if you do not feel happy. The campsite was in Chalons en Champagne and not cheap just wanted to stay there.
     
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    The majority of these posts seem to have a warning attached. So, why not stayed on a proper campsite with nice showers and toilets and safe!
     
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    We have stopped at Chalons many times before but stayed there recently and decided not to go back, it's gone downhill. Seemed to be a lot of itinerant workers staying in the chalets.

    Rgds
    Bill
     
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    My point was we were staying on a campsite with showers and toilets and 22€ per night and that's the only place we have come across problems. 3 tents were slashed and bags taken. The British Motorhome quarter light and an awning slashed and believe it or not the cruet taken!!

    So be careful and put things out of sight wherever you are staying and if it doesn't feel right move on.
     
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    What is it that doesn't seem right, never come across it, not being flippant just never experienced it, we stayed on the last motorway aire before Calais one night, supposed to be the worst one in France but parked between two lorries and didn't wake up all night. Mind you didn't know its reputation when we did it:Doh: haven't tried campsites , couldn't afford to go if we did, its aires or France passion every time. Stayed on sites in Italy and Spain but the cost took all the enjoyment out of it for us:Sad:
     
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    Only one Aire where we didn't feel comfortable, middle of the town but behind buildings which looked rundown. No other Motorhomes and large bins with contents overflowing. Didn't like the look of it so moved on.
    We would agree Aires and France Passion most of the time but occasionally we use a campsite for clothes washing mainly.
     
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    repeat of whats been said weve stayed on motorway aires all over france germany and luxembourg never a problem
    busy motorways can be noisy with lorries coming and going so no good if your a light sleeper \but some of the village aires are beautiful lake and riversides ,under mountains
    its so easy in france youll wonder why you didnt go sooner
     
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