Motor homing in France.

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  1. Vlad The Impaler

    Vlad The Impaler Funster

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    Looking ahead to my first trip to France I'm wondering what I'll need over there that's different to what we use here? Or is there anything that you need for Touring abroad that you don't at home?
    For example, do you use the same hook up lead? Or is there a continental one ?
    All thoughts or recommendations welcomed.
    Regards Vlad .
     
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    Can be reverse polarity some 2 pin continental:Wink:
     
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    Much easier not to go there. I've heard its rubbish anyway.:Wink:

    Peter (below) has outlined what additional items you will need.
     
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    Hi
    Yes 2 pin adaptors, polarity tester, breatherlizers 2, high vis jackets for all in the van, warning triangles , first aid kit, plenty of euros for the motorways lol if you use them, watch out for hidden cameras tce, and enjoy. Pete :thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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    No need to use toll motorways. First class national and secondary roads. Best way to enjoy France is to buy ALL THE AIRES IN FRANCE and just take your time.ENJOY. BUSBY.
     
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    Bonjour and merci with a smile are a big help
     
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    France is great,
    roads and way of life like it was here in the 60`s.
    Can`t wait to get back there:thumb:
     
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    And if you want to have a go on an aire ... and want to be left in peace, try to find a parking place right at the end of the line... at least if one of these stupid locals sneaks in between you and the next van, you will be on your own on one side..... these french:RollEyes::RollEyes: ... better avoid them, they could spoil your hols I'm telling you!!:Doh:


    Amicalement

    Frankie:BigGrin:
     
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    Yep, seconded. And I'd add France Passion to that.

    Bon voyage!

    Steve :Smile:
     
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    Seeing as I lasted 2 weeks off hookup in Scotland with my solar pannels a fortnight in France should be a doddle! The reason I want to use a couple of sites is for the facilities as I have 2 children and they love swimming and dancing at night.Does anyone know if you get cheaper pitches without hookup as you do here.All this talk of reverse polarity and additional leads is making me realise I don't really need them.
    Vlad.
     
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    So, in a nutshell then, use the tolls as they are much quieter and faster. Don't use Aires as they are nothing more than a car park for motorhomes. Use proper campsites and put something back into the economy.
    Have a good trip.
     
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    Don't take me wrong , I am not attacking you in anyway , just giving another point of view.

    Aires are decided by the mairie of the Municipality. If you let them empty , then it means taxes have been paid for nothing by the citizens of the concerned town, and the shops around won't get any benefit.
    If there is a campsite and an aire, then check if the campsite is municipal because in this case .... it's the same purse the money will go in.
    If it's a private campsite , then you might consider you're helping ... but not THE economy ... only one person .... the owner! You will help the economy wherever you stay if you go into the shops , in cafés , restaurants, snacks, etc... :thumb:

    Amicalement

    Frankie:Smile:
     
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    Not all Aires are carparks for Motorhomes.
    Some are green fields with lakes.
    And dont forgetin France you will be welcome with yourMotorhome.
    No body trying to charge you to park for more than two hours on a parking.{motorway rest area}.

    Enjoy it and have a good trip.
     
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    If you use Aires it's worth having jerrycans for drinking water and grey water if you don't want to get caught in queues at service points. Also a pair of drain lifting handles can be handy if you need to lift a grid to empty the loo cartridge inoffensively.
     
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    Something I do not think that has been mentioned, is the requirement for a set of spare bulbs..
     
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    Hear hear, very well put.:thumb:
     
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    I stayed on some nice municipal sites last summer. All the people were nice and facilities clean.
     
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    Now you must be totally confused with the bull poo that has been given to you.

    Most of the French aires are superb, not all free, but so many have fresh water and loo emptying facilities, usually free, altough you may have to pay between nought and seven euros per night to stay.


    Toll roads is your choice yes there are very good N routes to avoid them but again it is not all a saving as fuel economy and less wear and tear is the result of using the toll roads to offset the cost.

    It is just about the easiest country to drive in that we have ever encountered due to very quiet roads.

    If you want to be perfect then take :-

    emergency triangle X 2
    Hi vis jackets one per passenger
    set of spare bulbs
    breathaliser kit---not yet essential
    possibly an adapter for a gas bottle ---ask later
    all the aires book
    Oh and original log book ans insurance documents

    It is odds on you will need none of the above but better safe than sorry

    I will take a bet that you will enjoy it just so much you will be as enthusiastic about it as we are -----yes it is that good and easy
     
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    Motor homing in France

    Beautiful country, open roads and totally stress free once you have cleared major towns and cities.
     
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  20. Vlad The Impaler

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    Thanks for the advice thus far,I plan to head down to an area near the Dordogne and am thinking of an overnight stop on an aire. We then plan to spend 4 or 5 days with family before heading for the coast and following it north for a further 16 day or so.We plan to use a mixture of aires and sites and kids would like to find a site with a water park(suggestions please)
    As far as Autoroutes go I'm not a fan,ill use them to try to get there in 2 days.On the long meander home I'd prefer to use the long tree lined roads stopping at the villages as we go,enjoying the fresh bread and cakes from the patisserie.These are fond memories I have from my holidays as a youngster and I hope to re create for my own kids.
    Can't wait!
    Vlad the excited.



    Ps I assume 2gas bottles in summer should last 2 ish weeks.
     
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