French Aires website

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  1. keithnallen

    keithnallen Read Only Funster

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    Don't know if the details of this site have been posted before...

    There's a good website showing photos and details of 8500 aires in France and 11500+ in other countries. It's in French, but pretty easy to use. There's even an Android app, or a USB stick available with all the data on it, both of which can be used without an Internet connection.

    The main site is at http://www.campingcar-infos.com/index1.htm

    Click on "cliquez pour entrer" in the middle of the page, then at left click on "chercher/ajouter une aire". Scroll down and click on France, then on the department, then click on a particular aire. Some have photos, all have price indications, and all show the services available, dates of opening, GPS and address, number of places, etc. It's maintained by users.
     
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    yes.. a well known resource .. been using it for many years.. (y)

    another equally good, and the one I now prefer is Campercontact https://www.campercontact.com/en/User

    This is a Dutch site, the on-line reviews are in English , you can add sites and also give reviews..

    you can download the pois for your sat nav

    the phone app is excellent.. and good value at £4.50 per annum
     
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    One here that's got the lot,
    http://www.searchforsites.co.uk/
    Although you do have to be online, but it's got all the Aires and France passion sites as well as loads more, U.K. As well and it's free, what have you got to lose(y):)
     
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    CCI has free POIs for various European countries and a free Mobile app. Best to download the POIs about a week before setting off as they're constantly being updated.

    Some TomTom SatNavs that previously didn't take others' POIs will do so now if you perform a full update.

    If you're planning a tour around France/Europe using CCI POIs on a TomTom, make a note of each aire's CCI index number and use that to search for them. Simples.
     
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    yes it has.. but it needs a data connection to use the maps..

    Campercontact has downloadable maps for use off-line... it can also route using the installed sat nav app
     
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    The CCI app can now be used offline as well, according to their website.
     
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    But why would anyone want to use a website in French, when Campercontact covers the whole of Europe and Scandanavia, includes Aires, Service Points and Campsites
    And is in English ?
     
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    Because, for France: CCI contains locations that Campercontact does not; CCI is structured by Departements whilst Campercontact is structured by Regions which can make finding an aire harder; because I like reading the comments on CCI by the local camping caristes (often giving good advice about the aire) and finally, because I like CCI and will continue to use it. Bruno, the originator and webmaster, has put in a huge amount of work building and maintaining CC-Infos and I think it deserves patronage.

    CCI also covers most European countries and contains information on Camperstops (aires), Service Points, 'Tolerated' and Official Overnight Parking locations, and Campsites. I regard the fact that it is in French as an opportunity to stimulate the 'grey cells' and try to keep my very limited French at least usable.

    I also think Campercontact is an excellent website, app and system. Why limit oneself to only one source though when there are options? (y)
     
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    Even with my basic French I find the user reviews handy when planning trips - there's likely to be more French speaking feedback than English speaking. For some reason I imagine a French site is more likely to be up to date.
     
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    You'd think so, but Campercontact has thousands of reviews on French Aires from users across Europe, all of which are translated into English (on their website)
    Call me a internet snob, but Campingcar Infos looks like just another 'dead' website which hasn't been updated in years.
     
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    Hi @JeanLuc
    I don't limit myself to one source, its just that I can always find what I'm looking for on Campercontact, both quickly and easily.
    Campercontact is grouped only by country - when browsing by map, which is by far the easiest way to find a site.
    You can filter the list of sites to ensure that the sites shown have the facilities, price or review score that you set.
    As the owner of an online business I'm all too aware that keeping a website current and intuitive is paramount, so again I must sadly say that in my opinion Campingcar Infos is a dinosaur - sorry!
     
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    Yet it has substantially more French aires. 8530 in CCI and 4617 Camper Contact, hardly a Dinosaur.
     
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    If we are counting over 25000 on
    http://www.searchforsites.co.uk/
     
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    Hi Keith
    Thanks for confirming the exact number, but I've always been able to find great Aires, with the exact facilities I need using Campetcontact.
    For me having an easy to use site in English means more to me than having a few more sites on annother outdated, difficult to use website, in a foreign language.
    Each to their own I guess
     
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    I agree Robert and I use all the information that I can get from wherever, I just think your description of CCI being a dinosaur is a bit harsh, and having Google automatically translate is a real bonus.
     
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    It's not outdated; over 30 updates today alone. There is a list of amendments for each day if you care to look. I do not find it difficult to use and neither do many others, judging by previous threads on here.
    One might ask why would anyone want to use 'Fun' when it is only in English? Yet Frankie is a regular contributor from Toulouse!

    All of these sites, including Fun, depend on contributions from users; CC-Infos, Campercontact are alike in this respect.
     
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    Hi Keith
    My description of Dinosaur is with regards to the look, feel and usability of the site, not necessarily its content.
    Sorry @JeanLuc but its terribly outdated in this respect - and the owners of the site ignore this fact at their peril.
    I have tried to use the site myself in the past, but found its usability typical of 'old' websites.
    Our own company website looked similar - but that was 10 years ago
    The gaudy colours and flashing symbols are not only distracting but make the whole user experience tedious.
    Maybe the owners should invest a little money by giving it a 'lick of paint' and a fresh new look.
    A new user interface would make finding the sites, quicker and easier.
    Maybe then its improved usability would be reflected in increased user numbers, and better advertising revenue for the owners, which would be a win-win situation for everyone.

    Finally, because Campercontact is translated into many European languages it is 'INCLUSIVE' because its content and reviews are available to all. This encourages users to take part, and to submit even more reviews and add suggest new sites, remove 'dead' ones and update the information on others, which has changed.
    It therefore appeals to users from across Europe, rather than simply to French speakers.

    Like I said before, it takes all sorts, and I've met plenty of Funsters and other motorhomers who still rely on their trusty collection of Aires Books, Campsite Guides and Road Atlas's.

    However online resources need to keep 'current' if they are not going to get left behind, and outdated.

    Yes Campingcar Info may have more sites, but for many people, its not the thickness of a book that counts, but the ease of finding the information that you need.

    Regards
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    Agreed, the Campingcar-infos site is clunky and old-fashioned (as is Eurocampingcar), but it still works. Now that people have mentioned these other sites, they've all been bookmarked -- CC-Infos was the first one I found when searching!

    Next challenge: find one of these sites that produces an app for Windows Phone... or buy a cheap Android device!
     
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