First trip to Spain

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  1. labourbloke

    labourbloke Read Only Funster

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    Hi all, first post for a new convert to motorhoming.
    I am planning an Easter trip to northern Spain at Easter. Ferry is booked.
    I am driving a Hymer S700 and do not want anything to do with Paris, also whilst happy to pay class 3 tolls, do not want to do it all the way through France. Happy to take 2 days to cross France, any tips/advice would be gratefully received.:Smile:
     
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    Best tip I can offer is use a satnag and set it to NO tolls
    Believe me, we do the trip pretty regular and have done both with and without tolls

    You might go through a lot of little towns but believe it or not, every time we have been daft enough to go toll routes it has taken us longer AND we have used more fuel and the mileages covered are considerably more ( cos the French tend to build toll roads that take a HUGE bypass route around places !! )

    The bonus part of no tolls is the scenery on the trip :thumb: ( This message is brought to you from our present location in southern Spain LOL !!! )

    Oh !! And welcome to the forum :thumb:
     
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    Whatever just take your time and have a good trip.
     
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    Would anyone know whether a Hymer S700 is deemed as a class 2 or 3 fro French toll road purposes, thanks
     
  5. Ed Excel

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    Hi labourbloke and welcome to the fun. We usually head for Abbeville, after we've hit land, and you'll find the m'ways are free at the top end of France. Next is Rouen (you'll need a sat nav for this one) and the end of your travel worries, after you're through it. After Rouen we head for Le Mans and on to the Loire. We stay here the first night in France: http://loire-gites.com/ . It's near Saumur about 350mls from the docks, a good days drive. On the second day we make for Poitiers enroute to Bordeaux and ultimately Bayonne for an overnighter here: http://www.camping-du-lac.net/en/ which is something like the same miles as day one. From there you can smell Spain.

    Enjoy the trip which ever way you go.

    Regards
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    Take Jaws advice and go 'no tolls", France is empty (except for Rouen). I worked the toll cost out the first trip and it was close to two hundred top to bottom; not sure what it is now because that was a few years back.
     
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    From Rouen you can always head south past Chartres, picking up the A20 towards Limoges; for that stretch the A20 is a free autoroute). If you want a site stopover you can come to us at Parc Verger (as a Funster you'll pay just 14.40€ p/n incl 16A ehu) :thumb:and then head on south - there are several lovely routes you can take without going onto toll autoroutes.
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    If you use toll roads you will see nothing of proper France and lets face it the journey is an important part of your holiday. Just imagine driving from Birmingham to Exeter, very tedious.Two easy days from Calais to Bayonne. Enjoy. BUSBY.
     
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    We used this route when we did our "Run For The Sun" a couple of years ago...
    Calais...Abbeyville..( we then used the aire at Buchy as we got a late boat from Dover)..Next day..
    Buchy..Rouen..Evreaux..Nonacourt..Dreaux...Chartres...Orleans..Salbris...(Second night was at the Aire at Mery-sur-Cher)..This may seem a long way but it is do-able steadily in a day....Next day..
    on to the A20 and follow past Vierzon...Chateroux..Limoges..Donzenac...(third night we used the Aire at Allessac opposite the train station)..Next day..
    Back on the A20 past Brive la Gaillarde..Cahors..Montauban..round Toulouse..A61 down past Castlenaudry..towards Carcassonne..then we went to Alet les Bains to the campsite http://www.valdaleth.com for a couple of nights..run by an English couple..then it was..
    Back to Limoux for some groceries and fuel from the supermarket back to the A61 on past Carcassonne...Narbonne then south on the A9 towards Perpignan and over the border at La Jonquera..
    It was a steady trot across France no real rush for us we used mainly N Routes a couple of times we used the peage..this way using N Routes you see lots of France..
     
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