How safe do you feel?

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  1. onthebeach

    onthebeach Formerly 'Leggo'

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    Hi

    We are due to travel to Lake Garda for the meet, we are thinking of spending one or two nights wild camping on the way.

    This would be the first time that we would wild camp on our own.

    We were wondering how safe we would be and for those people that do wild camp how safe do you feel.

    Do you think we should give this a go? Or do you have any hot tips?

    onthebeach:thumb:
     
  2. gogocrosby

    gogocrosby Read Only Funster

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    Since we were introduced to camping in aires five years ago we seldom use campsites. When away in France this February we found that there were few vans about and for safety's sake we like to have company. As an alternative we used well lit car parks next to cafés and housing and had no trouble sleeping.
    Don't believe the silly stories of gassing, it is an urban myth that has been thoroughly disproved.
     
  3. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    Have you got Jim's book ?

    Obviously heed what has been said here time and time again about motorways and eastern Spain.

    But going through France, why bother with all the aires costing little.

    I'm in the same boat, never have wild camped and I would feel very uneasy at first. I'd be awake every time a leaf rustled.

    We did break Golden Rule One due to missing the parking in Calais and stopped on the first motorway aire. We only just got on it, it was heaving so semi safe and the ladies of the night were patrolling for us. But I just got a couple of hours essential rest then set off.

    I'll try and be brave on the way back from Garda and find a magnificent place to wild camp.

    I did Wild Camp in the Rockies once, one man tent, trees all around clawed by bears and I know mountain lions were nearby because one ate a child, now that was scary because I could hear things moving all night.
     
  4. TDH

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    Go for it!

    In France there is a very tolerant attitude to MHs and we've hardly ever used sites. We've also only ever used a couple of aires, preferring to find wild spots. We've never had a problem and (maybe through naivety) always felt safe.
     
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    I have wild camped for years in tents, VW campers a 1967 Comma Caravenette (lovely) and in recent years our Swift Konitiki without ever having a problem. To me my relaxation is everything. I will not wild camp somewhere rubbish or that feels unsafe. The slightest chance of being disturbed either noise wise or traffic wise and I move on. If somewhere doesnt feel right then I move on.

    Having spend most of last summer in Europe mainly in France I can honestly say as far as feeling safe is concerned I felt fine and so did Mrs D. We feel much safer wilding abroad in say France than in the UK. We actively seek out places on our own usually off the beaten track. Our order of preference is Wild spot by a beach, lake or river with a great view. Aire or CL with similar, campsite if we are really desparate.

    MH are so common in France parked all over the place nobody ever gives you a second glance. We have no alarms or added security and Im not worried.

    If an axe murderer is coming to get you he will get you on a campsite just as easily as he would by a lake or on a mountain top.
     
  7. JJ

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    Been "wild camping" (or "off campsite camping") more than 330 nights a year for the last twenty years all over Europe and so far have had very little trouble. I sometimes join other motorhomers but in general try to avoid the large clusters of the things.

    I do still follow simple rules... always park so you can drive away without three point turns etc. I never leave anything outside the van (including outside sliver screen thingies.) I always know where the keys and my trousers are so can get away from any possible trouble swiftly (but have only thought I needed to do so on half a dozen occasions in all those years.)

    I am, however, single and do not have to take any other person's worries or feelings into account.

    JJ
     
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    You just have to use a little common sense, and listen to your instincts.

    If it feels dodgy, then it probably is - you can always move on! Talk to other motorhomers when you are over there - you would be amazed how friendly people are, and humbled by their grasp of english. They will advise of good places they know about.

    You will be fine, just make sure you batten down the hatches, and strap the front doors if it makes you feel safer:thumb:
     
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    This was also my policy when I was single JJ. Ah. Happy days!:Rofl1:
     
  10. onthebeach

    onthebeach Formerly 'Leggo'

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    Are we still talking about wild camping or your younger days:Rofl1::Rofl1:

    Thank you everyone for all the advise.

    onthebeach:thumb:
     
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    Both!
     

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