Highest Motorhome-accessible sites in French Alps

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  1. Graham Nash

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    Rather foolishly came up with the idea of trying to stay at the three highest campsites in France - in altitude terms, that is, not substance-induced! We have a Roller-Team 600 measuring 7.5 metres including bike rack. Wondered if anyone could point us in the right direction with suggested sites to which we could get in July/August. Thanks all.
     
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    Hello and welcome Graham

    Interesting first post, I have no answers, but will add a word of caution

    A couple of years back I read a post on here from someone who had gone really high up in the alps, then broke down, found out the recovery insurance cover he had would not turn out above certain heights

    Can't recall the details now but a useful word of caution hopefully

    Have fun if you try, watch out on the way down (y) going up might be a slog, your brakes may not cope with the return :)
     
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    Take a look at Campercontact - each site/Aire has reviews from 'real' users who have visited.
    Ease of access, if s problem is likely to be mentioned
     
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    Not sure but I think Val Thoren is one of the three. We've stayed there in the motorhome in the winter when skiing many times can get bloody cold saw minus 26C one year.
     
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    Welcome aboard;)
     
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    What a brilliant idea.

    Whilst on this quest get to Chamonix and go up The Aiguile du Midi, 12,000 feet and seriously spectacular.
     
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    Can't help but this is the highest in Spain :

    Camping Las Corralizas, 1730m but I am sure France has higher ones!

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    We did some high Alp passes in Sept 2013. This included the highest paved mountain pass in the Alps the Col de I'lseran. One of the best holidays we have had with fantastic scenery and some tricky hairpin bends.
    We did Aires as aposed to campsites and as already mentioned be careful of burning your brakes out coming down the mountains, you will soon learn all about engine braking and using low gears!!!
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  9. Graham Nash

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    Thanks to everyone - both for the welcome and the advice/suggestions. I have always thought that the 'downs' would be scarier than the 'ups' and this seems to confirm it. I don't suppose dragging an anchor is permissible on French roads!? I'll do some more research and report back. Cheers. Graham & Val
     
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    there is a camper stop on the wee St Bernard right at the top, a roman temple and WW2 stuff as well. the col de l'iseran is very, very high but worth the trek.
     
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