Nearly Time For the First Trip (France)

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  1. Dubiousp

    Dubiousp Read Only Funster

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    Well its only two weeks away for our first trip to France in the van. Thanks to all that gave some advice on where to go which essentially get to Dunkirk and turn right.

    Ive bought the triangles, hi viz, GB sticker, all the bits so hope Im covered.

    My next question is in the way of documents

    Driving license both parts
    Passports
    Insurance documents

    Is there anything else anybody can think of ?

    Oh one other thing with my MIFI for WIFI is it best just to buy a sim there ?

    Also paying for Aires are they cash card or a bit of both ?
     
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  2. smiffy502000

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    dont forget your breath test kits,just in case you get hammered the night before,..just enjoy :BigGrin::BigGrin:
     
  3. Barclaybasher

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    Vehicle Registration Document
     
  4. Roryboys Dad

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    Many Aires are entry by Card only and there seem to be less and less Aires where someone comes round in the morning collecting cash - Equihem Plage near Boulogne is one.

    There are two reasons why cash collection is falling.

    One reason is because so many Motorhomes arrive late at night, use as many facilities as possible and then b*gger off at the crack of dawn (Honfleur is famous for this type of attitude) while the honest ones have to pay for the Aire provided by the local town or village.

    The second is having to employ someone to collect the money and, possibly, some may not be as honest as others.

    Headlight deflectors are supposed to be fitted, breakdown documents required, MOT Certificate, First Aid kit - and a decent bottle opener is essential.

    Pdf Check list below …....

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  5. Heyupluv

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    We were told by our neighbours to carry our Carte Gris while driving in France... with the rest of our documents......
    The Carte Gris is the same as a logbook in the UK…….As this official form has a lot of information about your vehicle...
    I am not sure if it is compulsory…Frankie may know for sure
    You could take a copy of your logbook …if they will accept that
     
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    Take along photocopies of all the vehicle documents & passports etc.
    Contact tel numbers for bank credit/debit cards in case of loss.
     
  7. lindylou

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    Three weeks tomorrow we are coming across to France. Will look out for you.
    Look out for our Bessacarr

    Lin:thumb:
     
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  8. Dubiousp

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    you wont miss the kerb crawler lol,,, we sail the 18th
     
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    We always scan all of our documents & cards and email to ourselves (yes, this could be risky for internet theft, but so is carrying everything in bag/vehicle) then if there is a problem we can access & print from anywhere. Kids know where we keep passwords for internet, so if we had an accident they would know everything they might need.
    Also a useful tip if you loose your camera is to take a picture of your business card asking whoever finds returns SD card and pictures if not the camera and leave as first picture in camera. You might be lucky and they return the camera :Smile:
     
  10. Larby

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    Thanks for this useful check list. Had one years ago when I tugged. I never left home unless all ticked, but also things like GAS! key at neighbours, note for milkman, wetsuit etc.
    We had small van once and 2 boys so wife packed our clothes in suitcase. Drove the 328 miles to Cornwall, pitched up and fancied a shower. Towel in suitcase I'm told, oh dear, no need to look as know I know it wasn't put in caravan or boot of car! So Friday night and no clothes. Ring friend Saturday morning, he gets key from neighbour and he puts suitcase on Red-Star to arrive 8pm Monday at Truro Railway Station.
    We got bigger 'van and of course it was all stowed as now with MH.
    A friend left home on a hot summers evening to drive down with us.
    He had nothing but shirts and being quite "rotund" I had nothing that would fit him when those cool evening breezes arrived.

    Your list is good but not complete, add wife and dog, although dog watches us loading and sat in car or caravan, now sits in motorhome and won't come out, he ensures he doesn't get left behind.
    Good luck DUBIOUSP and enjoy France. We had our 1st trip last year and itching to get there again.
    ps Want some cheap unused breathalysers??
     
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    One other thing that you should have done long before you take the MH anywhere on holiday is get it weighed and see how much spare payload you have.

    If you are over the weight 'limit' and get stopped by Mr / Monsieur Plod you may have to pay a fine or leave the wife and/or dog behind to reduce the weight.

    Or perhaps she/they might leave you behind!

    If you do take a dog abroad please let me know which Vet you use for the Pet Passport scheme on the way back to the UK.

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    As already suggested we always photo copy all documents and hide them somewhere in the mh, also put numbers in phone just incase mh is stolen :Rofl1:
     
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    If you drive a French registered vehicle you must carry your Carte Gris. Current insurance is shown by your green card fixed to the windscreen.
     
  14. Larby

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    An extract from my post 5/11/12 of my 1st experience of taking a dog to France.

    The vet is in Calais, I was told by a French lady walking her dog where to go to. Being France you can park outside!! even though it is just 1 km from Calaid sea-front aire which overlooks harbour and beach.
    I just walked in, sat and waited and was attended to without an appointment or even the need to speak, she knew why!
    Naturally I recommend them and the details are as follows:

    Clinique Veterinaire Le Goeland, 1148 Boulevard du General de Gaulle, 62100 Calais TEL: 03 21 34 77 39

    The address will come up on Google earth using the address omitting 62100. It is a bungalow with practise on ground floor.

    They are open 0830 to 1900 Monday to Friday with lunch from 1200 to 1400. Saturdays open 0900 to 1200.

    Best to arrive an hour or more before closing in case they are busy else simple. Charge was 30 euros.

    At port, check-in passed me chip reader to scan the dog and checked details on passport. She issued me with certificate to travel and job done.

    All very simple, saw vet Friday, travelled to UK Monday.

    Assuming your dog is chipped already, it really is simple.

    I was surprised when someone spoke to me in English one day, I asked "how did you know I was English?" I saw you clear up your dog's poo she said, the French don't bother she told me!
     
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    First Trip to France

    Wishing you all the very best 'bon voyage' won't be far behind you with our first trip we set sail Newhaven/Dieppe 9th April and like you have a list of all the items required did you get your ACSI CampingCard for low season discounts.We have booked into two sites using the website even if you haven't its still well worth viewing the website to checkout some of the 'campsites' which appear well reviewed and scored accordingly and very informative route planners.

    Don't forget the old reverse polarity plug-in tester and adaptor :Smile::Smile:

    My secret weapon is the better half is French so I will deploy her where necessary lol
     
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    Not all card-operated ticket machines/barriers at aires accept foreign cards, so build up a stash of Euro coins as soon as you can.

    Probably stating the obvious, but make sure you tell your bank to authorise your cards for foreign use. We also found out too late that our shiny new Santander Zero cards (no exchange fees) wouldn't work abroad until they'd been activated in the UK. Should have read the small print.

    A Camping Card International (£5 from the CCC) will get you discount on some campsites.

    Bon Voyage.
     
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    One very important thing that has not yet been mentioned is your 'European Health Insurance Card (the old E111). Even if you are using a private health insurance to seek medical assistance many of these are now including small print stating that you must produce and use this to the doctor who treats you. They then pick up any extras that the EHIC does not cover. They are free to get and each person travelling needs their own. You can apply online at http://www.nhs-e111-ehic.org.uk/?gclid=CP-Bj6He37UCFYfJtAodtjQA6Q
    If you already have them check the expiry date because many of the ones who got them when they first came out have expired and they do not send out reminders
    We are also heading South in a couple of weeks, but we will be routing via Germany, should be down in Spain for April and the Spring blossom
     
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    Try http://www.lefrenchmobile.com/ for your internet connection and calls, we use them, cheap and very good coverage as well as being English speaking.
     
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    Larby – thanks for the updated French Vet information.

    The Calais Vet is already on my French Vet List but updated information is very welcome.

    The Vet charged €25 for a dog earlier in the year and they appear to have increased their prices.

    I'm don't think Calais Vets are as popular as they were now the Defra 5 day Pet Passport rule is in use and you can be almost anywhere in Europe and still make it back to the Ferry ports with time to spare.

    I would post a Pdf document of the Calais Vet with photos, map and much more info (and about 100 more Vets throughout France and Europe) but the document size is too large (224kb) for these forums.

    Here is a Google Map link to the recommended Vets in Europe - http://goo.gl/maps/chPO9

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    THANKS FOR THIS POST WE ARE GOING ON THE 25TH MARCH AND HAD FORGOTTEN THE BEAM BENDERS, oops sorry for shouting.
    We are going for 3 months and have all the stuff required except these and we are not getting the breathalizers as they are now not required so it seems.
    Insurance is a pain getting but we are getting there for that as well.
    This is only our second time to France and we cant wait either....so much planning phew!!!
    And we are ordering this after researching this for internet abroad, we have an android smartphone and they do special plans for that with 1gb use data and reasonable calls.

    http://www.0044.co.uk/france/sim-card-pay-monthly.htm
     
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