Are you allowed to park a car on aires overnight..?

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  1. Smith and Sharp

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    If you are traveling in France with a mpv, can you park in the aires overnight sleeping in the car.?
     
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    Strictly speaking NO they are for "camping cars" as the French say.
    If the place is barely occupied it is unlikely that you will be challenged but if busy you might get some justified aggression.
     
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    Well.... If it is ONLY an aire the answer is No. But if it says espace pique nique , jeux pour enfants or anything else which doesn't make it restrictive, then it means you can use it. The one we left this morning was one of those. You can use it to picnic, and so use the tables. You can use it to park if you want to do the one km walk in the woods, or as an overnight stop. It is in Saint Dizant-de-Gua department number 17 ..for Charentes-Maritimes.

    Amicalement

    Frankie:cool:
     
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    edit - I misread the question (doh)
     
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    The French love their rules and regulations, but rarely take any notice of them. However, on small busy Aires, not even the French would park a car.
     
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    Hmmm... Well Andy, I'll try it on here...lol " when is a camping car not a camping car" if I have water, a toilet, and seats for a bed is it not a camping car..? After all there are lots of old comercial vans out there with basic facilities in them that get away with it..!
     
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    Perhaps it is a size issue? If car parks were overrun with camping cars there would be bedlam.
    Hence Aire de service du campingcar.
    I imagine if the man who collects the money comes across your MPV he might object
     
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    It also has to have fixed cooking facilities to be a camping car, I think.

    Denise
     
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    It's your fault Andy... Lol. I've been to many of the places in you aires pictures, but only visiting when in caravan and gites.. Just so love it around that area... I did have a motor home but not at the moment so while I'm waiting for funds for the next one I'm going around France wild camping in a small tent but it would be good and convenient to park in these aires to refresh...
     
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    There's lots of aires with a barrier entry/exit where there is oodles of space and no one would question.
    St valery sur Somme for one. Le treport funicular rarely full and payment by ticket machine etc etc
     
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    I can always screw my cooker to the floor of the boot..lol

    I'm saying all this with a lot of jest, but as said I just love it over there and will probably wild camp and stay on some sites now and again. I intent to go for 3-4 weeks and as I'm in a wheelchair it would be good to know that I could dash into an aire if I get caught without somewhere else to stay for the night...
     
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    Enjoy whatever you do and the season is heading for out of season so you could often be alone and unhindered (y)
     
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    you can park anywhere in such a stealthy vehicle..why attract the wrath of motor homers :). but I sympathise and agree out of season cant see a problem

    maybe make it look more like a camper with some stickers if you insist:D
     
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    Haha.. It is a Peugeot .... So will fit in nicely .. I could try and construct a fake pop top.... Haha

    Joking aside I would only use one if it's quiet and needs must... And of course I would buy a ticket....

    After all.... I wouldn't want just anybody parking in my disabled bay....haha or is that another thread...:whistle:
     
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    Having said what I did in my previous post, I really think you'd be OK in a lot of aires, after all some of them are actually a few MH spaces in a car park.

    Enjoy France when you go.

    Denise
     
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    Think I've found a solution... :ROFLMAO:
     

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    I've seen folk sleeping in aires in MPVs. If your sleeping in it. it's a camping car. :) If tackled about it just shrug and then ignore them. The French phrase "Camping car tres petite" or something like that might work.
     
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    I had demountable campers for many years..better then that though!lol
     
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    Most of the aires we stop in , don't think anyone would notice you are there unless it's full, if it's free no one is going to come round for the money , and if you do use the water or emptying you would be paying like any one else, and there are plenty of them so wouldn't be hard to find another one close by.
    Btw this is a regular occurrence here at gravelines, fishermen.
     

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    There are lots of aires out there that you don't have to pay anything some with free electric,I would think in the low season you would have no problems go and enjoy it ASAP.
     
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