Are 5vers allowed on French Aires?

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  1. PaulJaq

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    Are 5vers allowed on French Airies and if so much you you remain with the 5ver?
    Has any 5ver owners used any aires in the past and if so how was it?
    We are looking to tour to Paris and then onto gorges du tarn massif central - anyone got any recomendations?
     
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    Yep we used Aires on the way here,(parc verger) we have had no problems, was told to stay hitched up then you are a artic RV
    regards
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    I have seen 5vrs turned away as they are effectively caravans and not allowed.
     
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    Thanks for the info. I'm going to start making a plan!
     
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    Parc Verger is a caravan site not an aire
     
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    maybe wrong, but i suspect pepper386 meant that en-route to parc verger they used aires..

    to the OP - i think it may depend on the aire as ive seen a few over the last few years at aires in various places
     
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    was going to put up a thread are fiver's tugers or moterhomer's Q answered thanks roger:thumb:
     
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    I have always classed them as posh caravans:Rofl1:
     
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    Many thoughts on this point - some insurance companies classify them as motorhomes and want to insure both the trailer and traction unit as one . Others classify them as caravans - ours is classified as a living van. If you go on the ferry some operators classify them as Motorhomes as the trailer length is irrelevant to the length of the unit as the trailer overhangs the vehicle. In USA they are generally classified as trailer RV's

    So you pays your money and takes your choice.

    By the way I have never taken the 5'er over the channel but have been told by others that have - that there is seldom a problem on Aires if the unit is left coupled up.
     
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    a 5er is what you want it to be-----ours is an RV----not a caravan:BigGrin:
    I think you will be OK on aires if there is space---but during holiday season in touristy areas, better use municipal camp sites:BigGrin:
    I think the biggest problem with aires is space as many are laid out for sub. 30 ft m/homes:Sad:
    Nigel & Pamala
     
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    Thanks again for all the replies.

    5vers are not caravans, they are not motorhomes either. But as they look very much like a large american motorhome, so I suppose they are closer to them than small lightweight caravan made somehwere near Hull!!

    The way we see it is you get the benifits of a caravan - much cheaper to buy and you can pitch and drive off locally with your tow truck; A MH towing a car trailer seems to defeat the object of having a MH, maybe a ped on the back rack makes sense! But we also get the benifits of a large MH, all the space, facilities, slide outs etc. Best of both worlds!?:BigGrin:

    Will be careful on availible space and try to pick out and list a few aires which look like they have more space than others.

    Will keep hitched up also, unless we need a quick trip into town!:thumb:
     
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    As far as UK insurance is concerned over here most class a 5ver and truck as a motorhome, being vehicle specific hitch wise and being an american recreational vehicle van wise.
    I have used an aire in the past as an overnight stop and the only person to complain was a british bloke, a french person was more interested in it from layout/slideout and how it attached to the truck. As long as you dont unhitch or put anything on the ground, but i wouldnt try to use an aire in summer they get too packed so maneuvering would be a problem
     
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    I said I was on way to parc verger never said it was an Aires
     
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    Tony, did not say Parc Verger was an Aire in his statement.
    Parc Verger is in fact a campsite that caters for tents to Rvs of 40ft.
    It has a fantastic reputation, the owners and wardens are very helpful and friendly and will go out of their way to help you. We personally find it a home from home and always stay here on our way to Spain and find it hard to leave.
     
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    It's only a question of space, many aires will fit you a treat many will not like St Valery en caux
    Many will be near empty others crammed

    Edit more and more have card access systems with clearly marked bays that simply would not be big enough so it's down to common sense and preferably prior knowledge so if you're contemplating any particular aires its best to ask
     
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    whilst I delight in telling 5ver owners they are tuggers, they really fit in both camps. So whatever one says is correct, hee hee
     
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    Articulated Motorhome :thumb:
     
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    I have on occasion seen even caravans allowed to stay as long as they don't unhitch.:Eeek:
     
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    fivers

    Provided they only take one space and don't cause an obstruction I cannot see anyone objecting. However, if two spaces were taken, Don't think you would be popular. I have seen French people do their nut when a fiver took two spaces and I cant say I blame them.
     

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