Laundry .... Comment vous faire le vôtre ne?

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  1. Jonkil

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    Quite a straightforward question really.
    Just the 2 of us touring France and using the aires, what is the best/handiest way of having laundry done ?
    Is it better to just use a site for 1 or 2 nights and use the facilities there or is it as straightforward as dropping it off and collecting it again, similar to a laundrette as at home?
    Small washes no problem by hand but just wondering about a bigger wash?
    Thanks in advance.
     
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    When we toured a couple of years ago we went to a campsite once a week to use the laundry facilities however we did find a number of supermarkets super-U in fact had public laundry facilities in the car park and some also had waste/fresh water facilities also.

    You can download or pick-up a map of all the Le Clerc & Super-U supermarkets and shows whats available where in france.
     
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    We have not used them, but I too have seen several supermarkets with washing machines and driers in the car park. Some have aires de service too.
     
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    We used a mix.. but to be honest, some site facilities are let's say 'less than desirable'.. I've seen all sorts of filthy things put into site washers, so only ever used them for big stuff and only after careful inspection.. easier just to wash smalls, shirts etc by hand ..

    Another tip.. if you have a shower cubicle , use a pail or waste bin and fill with dirty washing , hot water and detergent then drive with it (securely fastened) .. on arrival at next pitch rinse and hang out.

    With two kids and being fulltime, it did get a bit much and I finally fitted a top loading automatic washing machine.. I appreciate that's only possible in a large van.. but you could also consider a small twin tub .. not used one myself but they get good reviews..

    Some French Supermarkets with aires also have washing facilities.. for example this is a 'drive through' facility at Plougonvelin, Brittany we used..
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    Plougonvelin Intermarche,
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    GPS48.342596,-4.722841
    Free overnight parking, coin operated laundry facility and pay bourne.
    Supermarket, fuel and lpg.


    https://www.google.com/maps?q=48.34...id=hIOzOzAk9mlO5Fzb_5xigw&cbp=12,16.37,,0,7.6
     
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  5. Madwife

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    It's also worth looking around for a laundry or laundrette - found some great ones in France self service and all washing done and dried in just over 90 mins. Here in Portugal there is a laundry in the nearby town that does service washes and charges by the kilo. Washing returned next day, dry, perfectly folded and all socks neatly paired up! It's well worth the charge of €1.65 per kg and if you want stuff ironed for a small extra charge they will do that too.

    Kath
     
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    I use the laverie all the time when touring. They are very common across France. I even found one in the middle of Honfleur, although it wasn't that easy to spot. Use google to locate them.
     
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    Great self service laundromats (Laverie) throughout France...... never had a problem finding one and a great excuse to sit nearby having a glass of something red while waiting.

    Bryan
     
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    Great info, thanks folks.
    Just good to have our heads around it before we arrive there.
    Now added to my "research" list !
     
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    One thing to mention, you can buy washing powder (but I've never seen fabric conditioner for sale) at the laundrette but if you have a preference for a particular product take it with you.
     
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    Great info, thanks
     
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    How do you locate them using Google?

    Alan
     
  13. Jonkil

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    Drop a pin, search for Laverie..... Lots come up.
    Great job this Google maps.
     
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    As above - Do a search for Laverie Honfleur. There should be an entry in the results list for http://www.pagesjaunes.fr/ (Yellow pages). I find this very useful as it generally provides a map and location.
     
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    We never found anywhere big enough to park safely near a laundrette so always use supermarket laveries. Many Super U's have them as well as service points, also we found more and more Leclerc's seem to have them too.
    I don't see the point of checking into a site just to do laundry, I can have the same jeans on, for 4 days.........

    Allan
     
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  16. Jonkil

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    Only 4.. Well I suppose having them on for 4 days also saves changing the boxers !
     
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    Forgot that Carrefour also does them, heres one we used earlier......
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    Any recommendations of how to find such services in Spain?
     
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