Be careful if you wild camp in France

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  1. Parcverger

    Parcverger Funster - Campsite Owner

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    I know that most Funsters use aires or campsites when travelling in France, so this is unlikely to affect members, but it is worth mentioning. We had a French guest here at Parc Verger for the last couple of nights who warned us that the Gendarmes are clamping down on wild campers who dump liquid waste (black or grey) where they stop. This also applies to those who leave their grey waste tap open as they travel - according to our guest they are looking to see of any camping car is leaving a trail!

    France is incredibly motorhome friendly, but clearly there are some who abuse the free and easy attitude here. Enjoy your travelling, but dump properly is the message.

    Bob
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  2. funflair

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    Seems fair to me.

    Dirty B's.

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  3. laurieash

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    Spoil it for others that follow.

    Would they do it in a street outside their own drive.
    l dont think so. FINE THEM AND PUT IN THE PAPERS, FORUMS WILL HELP STOP OTHERS THINKING ABOUT DOING IT.:Angry:
     
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    Wild camping

    As I understand it wild camping is prohibited throughout the whole of France. The handbook that came with our Rapido is very clear about that. It is not necessary to wild camp, given the number or aires available.
     
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    Although there are some who wild camp in France, there is no excuse for dumping waste. This can be done for free at most village aires (may have to pay for water) and some service stations on motorways.
     
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    I must say I can't see why it could not be considered the norm in France and here at home. I am sure that a drive-over drain up one corner of the forecourt/parking area would be beneficial in reducing the problem. And, dare I say it, maybe a cassette emptying facility adjoining the toilet block?

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  7. Snowbird

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    Grey water dumping...........Surely not, no Funster would do that, would they ?.
     
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    Great Idea Wyn:thumb:

    Ill install one on my Garage Forcourt:BigGrin:

    Your address please for the invoice:Blush:
     
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  9. WynandJean

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    I appreciate the point you are making but I'm not suggesting each local garage should do so (as nice as it may be) but certainly places the size of motorway services and larger filling stations who would always benefit from the large capacity deisel tanks on motorhomes being filled up while there. I am sure that the cost spread between the number of customers drawn to that station would not be so great.
    I also think that it would be a reasonable facility to be made available at motorhome traders' premises, as I have seen in France.

    Wyn
     
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    I have seen many French motorhomers dumping their waste at the side of the road or as they drive along. Some even do it on an Aire even though there are facilities to do so :Sad:
     
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    As posted On This Thread a couple of weeks ago, retro-fitting to existing stations is probably the biggest barrier. There may not be a sewage pipe close enough to enable a drive-over drain up one corner of the forecourt/parking area. At most MSAs I've stopped at recently access to the toilet block is by going inside, past the shops/cafes so how easy would it be to create access to an external cassette emptying facility?

    Having said that, if anyone thinks there is a real demand why not approach the major MSA operators (Extra, Moto, Road Chef & Welcome Break) and show them that they are missing a commercial opportunity. They all have contact details on their web sites.
     
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    We've never had a problem wild camping over here.
    But I suppose it depends on what you call wild camping
    It appears from your post that any overnight parking that is not on an aire or campsite is classed as wild camping.

    We often use supermarket car-parks and market or village squares without any problems.
    :thumb:
     
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    Wilding

     
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    Ah wonderful France ....

    The country where you can piss on the street, take a dump by the door of your car in broad daylight, allow a dog to poo where it wants, throw fag buts where you want,

    But wear long shorts in the swimming or leave your waste open and your nicked thrown in jail and beaten to an inch of your life by the Gendarms :Blush:

    Best cancel my ferry crossing on Thursday:thumb:
     
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    Oh dear ..... Well don't feel that sad ...;-) JJ and I had a good laugh last year when leaving Malvern fields!!!Nearly all the vans we could see were leaving a mark behind them ..... grey waters dripping ... and guess what... they were all English ....tut tut tut! :RollEyes::Doh:

    See the bright side , at least if French do dump thier waste at the side of the roads, these roads are french, you're not obliged to come and see by yourselves:BigGrin:

    Frankie:Cool:
     
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    Glad to see there were no Jocks or Taffs :thumb: :BigGrin: :Wink:
     
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    Are you not allowed to dump your grey water any were you want??
    After all it is only water with some washing up liquid in it, what harm can it do.
     
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    Correct.....
    Also in some supermarkets in France there are bournes with free drop off for balck and grey.. so there is no need dump in the countrside..
     
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