Motorway Aires

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  1. wardj2010

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    Hi All, Does anyone know the 'legal / official' about overnighting in these - in France and to a lesser extent Spain and Germany I see many lorries parked up for the night - so can I too?
    It would save a lot of time during mad dash to get to the warmer climate if it were possible to stay on route rather than leaving to get to a site
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    Be carefull!
     
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    We holiday in france every year and stay on a combination of sites and aires and we have never had any problems even at Calais!but I would be wary of staying on an aire on motorways.There have been reports of Motorhomers who have had been robbed etc on Motorway Aires and a friend who has a caravan lost most of their belongings on a Motorway service area on the their way to Spain so be careful.I would rather drive a few miles off the motorway and find an aire in a village.
     
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    "Gassed".... ????
     
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    We used one once and just wernt comfy with it.. There's always an aire nearby..
     
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    I have always stayed on the motorway aires on our quick journeys to and from Southern Spain. Normally park up with the lorries for around six hours before moving on. Never had a problem.
     
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    Hi.
    Son in law had m/h broken into at Hendaye ? spelling m/way services en-route to Portugal,we stayed at the proper Aire opp.station,no trouble
    Tea Bag
     
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    We have used one particular motorway aire regularly to sleep overnight and would do again, Aire du Baie de Somme just north of Abbeville, it depends really on what time we arrive in France

    Last year was our first try of village / town aires, some of those were in quite isolated and dark locations, I would have felt safer on the motorway aire than some village ones
     
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    In the mid-eighties we used them a lot and invariably woke to find half a dozen German vans parked around us. There were a spate of attacks in the French/Spanish Border area in the late eighties so we stopped using them. None of the attacks was fatal and to the best of my knowledge no gas was ever proved to have been used.........though I'm sure someone will be along shortly to persuade the Royal College of Anaesthetists that it is indeed possible for a totally untrained scrote to administer just the right dosage of the 'unknown' gas to render all occupants of any weight, size and age incapable. Alternatively we can just agree that it's bolleaux as our French chums say.
    Our advice OP is not to use Motorway Aires now unless there is a company of the CRS or Gendarmerie sharing it with you.
     
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    Stayed at sobradiel near Zaragoza on the way across Spain, safe, free and quiet and a restaurant for breakfast
     
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    I have been staying at Sobradiel en route to and from Spain for over 12 years and have always felt safe.

    As I travel when most aires in France are closed I park overnight in the car parking area of the service stations and again have not had a problem, I would not park in with the lorries as you are surrounded by large vehicles and it would be easy for someone to sneak up on a motorhome without being seen by anyone else.

    Mike
     
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    We have been travelling to and from Germany and all over France with and without our caravan for nearly 12 years and regularly 'got our heads down' in the car for a couple of hours when we got too tired for it to be safe to keep driving. Apart from waking up cold and stiff (cue Tootles) we never, ever had a problem nor did we ever hear of any problems. Although we did witness a rather entertaining 'show' late one night whilst in Belgium but that's definitely a tale for another thread! :Eeek:
     
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    In reply to the OP, yes you can sleep overnight in a motorway aire, no legal problem. but as above it probably isn't a good idea to do so.
    I stopped on one once on a toll motorway, and I'm sure I was charged extra for taking so long to travel the short section.
     
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    Why the mad rush to get south? France is great, take your time and enjoy it (y)
     
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    Perfectly legal.

    I have stayed overnight and sometimes longer on motorway service areas for decades and never ever had any trouble...

    However don't do it if you think it is dangerous.

    JJ :cool:

    PS. I think you are limited to 8 hours on Portuguese service areas.
     
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    Stayed at this motorway aire many times with no problems whatsoever. Aire de la Lozere, junction 32 A75, 44°52'12.13" N 3°14'59.37" E

    Fuel, lorry park, Arboretum, restaurant, water, showers, open air museum of stone and granite. This is a cracking overnight place to stay. Look at it on Google Earth street view!
     
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    Having been robbed while asleep on a large aire on the A1 would never sleep on a motorway aire again. Did everything suggested, large, busy, parked under a light and still they got in, even took the watch off my wrist. They tried 7, got into 2, both Swifts. :mad:
     
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    When we are en route we only ever use garages.. Get tucked in between the lorries so you are not away from anyone else making your self a target.
    We have been using garages for the past 6 years or so without a single issue..
    In fact very often in the evening I will get out there and waffle with the drivers.. We have been given fresh fruit, veg, and enjoyed a wee dram with many of them.
    The lorry pilots do it pretty much every day of their lives, and if it was dangerous they would be concerned.. All the drivers tend to watch out for everyone else too..
     
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    Not wise to stay on Portuguese toll motorways, if you stay are on a section for more than 12 hours the toll fee doubles.
     
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    Sensible question, but please lets not turn it into another gassing thread. Just cant take them anymore:rolleyes:
     
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