France in October

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  1. The Cruisers

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    Hi, Paid our dues now and we are fully fledged members.
    We recently bought a MH (July) and would like to go to France using Aires during the last week of October (half term week). Just wondered what is your experience of Aires at this time of year. We are going for a week so won't be going too far down. Any recommendations?
    We have been to France with the caravan many times for holidays over the years but now we have our new pride and joy, we fancy trying the Aires.
    Thanks
     
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    You won't have any problems anywhere , that time of year, just go where you like and look for an aire when you get to where you want to be , get the alltheaires book and you won't go far wrong, there's also loads of apps for all platforms, no doubt there will be plenty of suggestions as to which is the best, but we use the free one, park4night, and never had any problems :) (y)
    Btw, we like the north but the weather could be a bit dicey at time of year.
     
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    Depends on what you like but a trip down the north coast sounds like a nice thing to do - plenty of nice aires to stop along the way. In a week you don't want to spend too much time driving as you'll have to spend the same time driving back! Make sure your heating is working OK and you've got plenty of gas as it can get a bit chilly at night that time of year!
     
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    As usual all good advice above, I would just add that sometimes the water to the bornes is switched off after September.

    Not a massive issue, but I would take every opportunity to keep your tank topped up.

    We're coming up through France in the middle of Oct taking our friends around the Normandy beaches and will be using Aires or wilding.
     
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    We've often been in December and will be again this year and have only ever been on one aire where we couldn't get any water and that wasn't because it was turned off it was because it was frozen.

    Denise
     
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    Yeah we do the Xmas markets in northern France and Belgium in December , I will unashamedly post my photo of grave lines yet again , this was a week before Xmas , last year and they had the best market of all we went to(y), I know this is not what you are asking but you can see there is plenty room on aires after August image.jpg
     
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    Blooming eck you've been lucky (or we've been really unlucky!!)
     
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    Maybe! and we only really go to Normandy and occasionally Brittany in winter.

    Denise
     
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    You'll be fine. We're going somewhere over half term as well.

    We've been in February and over New Year on aires with no issues whatsoever. Never not been able to get water. Can also recommend Normandy as great for a short trip.
     
  10. The Cruisers

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    Thanks for your replies. Mickyc when you said "blooming eck you've been lucky!!!!" did you mean that its usually full at that time of year or what?
    We will order the Aires book it sounds good.
     
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    far cheaper to get a french aires book over there . cheaper and makes you learn or refresh your french.
     
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    I assumed he getting water! Certainly not likely to be full.

    Denise
     
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    We have stayed at the La Mailleraye Sur Seine (Normandie) aire several times, fun to watch the ships on the river plus there are shops and restaurants within easy walking distance.

    If you want to travel down the east side of France, I can recommend the aire at Charleville Mezieres. There are loads of great aires in France you are spoilt for choice.

    Best get the 'All the Aires' book from Vicarious Books - well worth it.

    Have fun.

    Paul
     
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    I meant that Denise was really lucky never to have discovered a water tap isolated October onwards (or I have been really unlucky!!) there are many examples though of others making similar comments regarding isolated taps out of season.

    As I said in my post though it's not a major issue as most will still be on, but I stand by my advice that some are isolated and you should travel full.

    I would advise this any time of the year to be honest, but am aware that others disagree.

    You will certainly find room though. :)

    Enjoy (y)
     
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    thanks for your replies. we have just ordered the aires books
     
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    weve not found one that was turned of in october which is as late as we go
     
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    We travel down in December and I have to say most are turned off due to hard frosts.
     
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