Is it worth taking...

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  1. old-mo

    old-mo Funster Extra Special Life Member

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    2nd Sept we set sail Dover to Calais for a month or so... we have booked M.H. & Car on an "A" frame... we intend to do the North West coast then head down to Parc Verger for a few days and hope fully meet up with a few "Funsters"..

    We intend too use "Aires"... with a couple of Camp sites in between..

    Reading the thread`s on Aires, I have decided not to take the car, and just do the site seeing around the Aires... a day here a day there etc..

    My question is..... is it worth taking the car or will it be more hastle than it`s worth... ???..... bearing in mind we will have to use a wheelchair for Paul, our son..

    Are places of interest near to and within walking distance of most Aires or should we take a car... ?

    We have toured Europe with a M.H. and car on a trailer for over 10 years, but this will be our first trip to France staying mainly on Aires...

    Ferry booked and paid for for M.H. & car but not worried about refund, but will inform them we wont be taking car.... if we decide not to..

    Any hints tips, gratefully received. (y)

    Thanks..
     
  2. JJ

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    Why not take the car anyway but pretend you don't have it with you?

    Try doing stuff without using it at all.

    Then you will learn what you need to know but will still have it in case of emergencies.


    JJ :cool:
     
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  3. mikeman

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    Parc Verger is in a lovely part of France but you will need a car to go anywhere.
     
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    We spent a winter at PV 4 months with a 7 metre motorhome! Went everywhere with it and never had a problem.
    If no where else to park i.e. an aire use supermarket car parks the French don't bother as long as you are causing no problem!
     
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    old-mo Funster Extra Special Life Member

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    We have stayed at P.V. a few times and as that is one place we will be staying for a few days... as you say a car there is nessesary.. but it`s all the other places I was thinking of... could always hire at P.Verger.. (y)
     
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    I guess it depends on the size of your motorhome as well as where you are going. We went to Parc Verger this summer with our car on tow and had a great time. Like Ken said you can probably get by without and use the MH but if you have a son in a wheel chair you may need the car. I think we would have been fine at Parc Verger with just the bikes.

    We are now seriously thinking of down sizing so we don't have the bother of towing the car around as we miss all the little places we used to go and the freedom. I guess it's just down to the kind of camping you prefer!
     
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    To give you an idea we took the 7 metre van from PV to....Brantome, Perigriex, St Junien,Oradour Sur Glane, Bussiere Gallant and many other places. Got parked no problem anywhere!
     
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    Missing it all already....sigh!!
     
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    Thanks..
    9mtrs... Doing the north west coast for most of the trip. Calais round to Brest and further down.. but dont want to lose out on some of the nice "Aires" we have lined up, because we cannot get the car on pitch.. hence asking are they do`able and within walking distance of towns and places of interest..

    We have always dragged a car around because of our son.. but fancied not having the bother of a tow car this time.
     
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    Seeing that you have already booked it, don't really see any reason to leave it behind apart from the fact it might even be an inconvenience , you are going to be stuck with it whether you need it or not much the same as tugging, you have always got to go back for one or the other, which is a major thing with motorhomeing, you can come and go as you please, and don't know how big your van is, but we have never had any problem going anywhere that we could have gone with a car.
    Sorry we cross posted there, see you are 9 mts which is nearly half as long again as us, so can't really say
     
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    At 9 metres you may have trouble with quite a few aires, so it's very debate able , I think maybe the car would be best, we are not a great deal longer than some large cars
     
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    Thanks for all your input`s... much appreciated... wont make a decision till nearer the time.

    Have any dragged a toad, and only stayed on aires and wished they had not bothered with the car.. ?
     
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    As you know Mo, I usually take my car on a trailer, but only when long terming in one place. If am touring I never take the car as I move every couple of days. A toad or trailer can be a problem when trying to squeeze onto some Aires. Thats why I run a motorhome instead of a caravan, it gives me the choice to take the car if I think am going to use it.
     
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    Bought my previous van a Burstner t615 because my wife needed a wheelchair - and the toilet facilities.

    Used it almost as everyday transport - taking a car would have left us with the problem of finding toilets for the disabled.

    We did mostly use sites but stopped on a few aires in France. We traveled out of season most of the time, never thought about a car, plenty of places to park even in this country.

    (y)

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    Useful post thanks Mo, this is one for us to watch, when we swapped from tugging to MH we initially used the MH like a caravan and were then stuck in our 8m caravan parked and not easily taken out to some smaller locations, we are just now starting to get the best out of the MH by selecting sites where we can do something / get to places w/o using MH, then we tour when moving getting to the places without nearby camping options

    From our very limited use of aires I think you might struggle with getting on solo to some let alone with a trailer, but then maybe September October will be somewhat quieter, we hope to be doing similar ourselves

    Getting to some 'tourist' spots from aires might be hard IMO, but if what you want is a look round the town you are stopped in, if I were you I would leave the car

    As a relative newbie to this MHing game I tend to think you 'old hands' know all these sort of things, thanks for the reminder that we are all still learning really

    Enjoy your trip, we will definitely be around France at the same time and hope to get to PV ourselves (y)
     
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    Hi David, thanks for that...(y) I think we will leave the car and take a chance... We are only going to stay on any one"Aire" for a day, max 2.....

    If it does not work out.... she would have been right again... :(;)

    We have provisionally booked P. Verger for a week about 22nd Sept... few Funsters have shown interest at having a Mini Meet there... hopefully we will see you there for the "Cheese & Wine" get together.. (y)
     
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    Mo I have been thinking this through and I reckon that you would be better off with the car especially with the mobility difficulty with Paul and you would be able to see much more.
    In September , the end of the season , I think , with a bit of careful planning and googling you will always find somewhere to park the car if not on the Aire, close by.
    I know how well you and Judy used to plan your RV trips with the trailer on the back, so I am sure this would be a piece of cake especially when if you need to unhitch Judy can always drive.

    PS and when you get to PV and perhaps you want to stay a but longer , you have the transport.

    PS this recommendation self destructs after 30 seconds :wink:
     
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    Yeah been thinking same myself, if you are going to PV about half way through you could see if you need it or not , if not you can leave it there, go off for a day or two see how that goes and you could pick it up on your way back , try both see which is best , then you'll know for sure next time, but as you've paid for it you ,would be mad if you wanted it and paid for it but hadn't got it.
    Or you could go to PV sooner than intended and leave it there and have longer without it and have a good trial
     
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    How much extra fuel and tolls will you pay with the towed car? It may be easier and cheaper to use taxis as and when required.
     
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    Hi Mo !

    When do you think you'll be at PV !? It'd be lovely to meet you there with other funsters! Only thing is I have to ask my monthly free week end at leeast a month ahead.... so about time I ask! lol

    If i'm answered NO , then any chance I could see you at my place?

    Don't want to put any pressure of course, but I would be delighted to see you again .
    I'm booked for the day for Yannick's birthday on the 6th though , but not booked for any other week end (my week end start at about 3.oopm now as I have English Language lessons to give every saturday)

    Let me know please!

    Affectueusement

    Frankie:):):)

    PS Oh and BTW the way I have a special offer card for renting cars , and so I can rent it for you if you need one
     
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