First Trip Thru France On "aires"

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  1. The rehctub

    The rehctub Funster

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    Hi
    my wife and I are taking our motorhome across to Calais in September. our intentions are to head over to Germany and that side of France (we are very easy where we go)
    we are looking to use as many Aires as we can (we haven't stayed on any before )
    so any kind folk who have info on that area it would be much appreciated

    Regards
    Gordon & Greta
     
  2. froghopper43

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    Good morning. Lotson here. But look up vicarus. Think that's right. In Folkstone All the aAires. Wouldn't travel without it. Good luck. Enjoy. Froghopper
     
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    I knew some one with brains would help with advice...Ionly have looks. Well iI was born in brum
     
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    For locating aires, sites and motorhome parking, Best by far is Campercontact.. browse the site for the area you are interested in, download a pdf sheet, and the POIs for your sat nav.. all free .. if you have a smartphone, then buy the app.. it's about £4.50 per year.. for android.. All Motorhome Parkings.

    To back it up.. buy the "Le guide officiel des aires de services camping-car" in France from any big supermarket, newsagent.. or from Amazon
     
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    Hi @froghopper43

    Not only do those books from Vicarious (All the Aires in France/Germany Spielplatz etc) give locations and info, there is a detailed section in the front of the books about Aires etiquette, how to get services, how and where to empty waste on an Aire (if that service is available) and info on the various service points. There are also pictures of the service 'bollards' and how to work them.

    Those of us that have stayed on Aires make it sound so easy and we gloss over a lot. It is easy-ish BUT, in order to enjoy your trip, there's a lot more to using them. For example; some are free, some are dumps! You need € coins to operate some of the services, or tokens from a shop or the Marie to operate others (called Jetons in French). Some places have barriers that need a credit/debit card to open them. THEN, if you want to uplift fresh water, you may need differing hose connectors. Soooo, it ain't just a question of pulling in on some of them, handbrake on and start a brew!!!

    Get on the ol' computer, Google any Aire, then go to Streetview and have a swan around it to look at the layout.

    Don't want to frighten you off using them, but you need to be aware.

    James
     
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