Paying for an aire

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  1. DavidG58

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    Where there is a charge to stop over how do you generally have to pay?

    Are they mainly collected by person or automated?

    I am determined to use more but still unsure of how it works
     
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    Mixture of both be sure to keep a collection of coins and tokens as you travel around.

    Also remember there is never a bad time to fill up or empty.
     
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    Can be either. We experienced both on our recent trip. Automated were either barriers and tickets (pay on departure) or machines (pay and display).
     
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    We have had both but it's the ticket machines that are most difficult if ypou don't speak or read the local language. Some require you to pay to enter then give out a ticket that has a number on that has to be tapped in to open the barrier when you want to leave.

    It may be possible to use your C C to pay but the last time we used this method no charge was made on our card, so maybe they don't like foreign cards.
     
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    Tokens?? now I am even more confused but glad I asked :doh:
     
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    Hi David

    Some places you buy tokens in the town to get water from the Bourne or whatever the service point is called.

    In our experience nearly every system is different which is what makes it so exciting.
     
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    :rofl::rofl:
    Sorry didn't mean to confuse you the Flot Blue, Bourne call it what you will often only accept tokens if you need water but you can empty for free. A lot are outside campsites or near a tourist office . Then we will get a token or 2 even if we filled up on site before leaving so we have a small collection for emergencies. (y)
    Hope that makes sense.
     
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    You need to buy the All the Aires book from Vicarious Books. It has descriptions and advice on how to use the various machines. Tokens you will probably have to buy from a local shop.
     
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    And some don't charge at all , I found several free ones and some where the only charge was for fresh water 10 mins for 2€
     
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    Had one this year two tokens for water but as soon as you released the trigger the bloody thing finished. Was filling into barrels so got caught on swapping the first barrel. Needed 4 barrels of water :eek: Learnt the hard way on that one didn't get caught with the next two tokens ;)
     
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    Ha ha I never took any chances I kept the trigger running :) filled the 200 litre tank and then 4 20 litre drinking water bottles then I ran out of receptacles :p
     
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    Thanks DBK, we do already have the book

    As you say it has advice, but what about these bloody token thingies

    Are they the same all over the country? that would help

    If you arrive after hours with no token, what do you do?

    Are there some that you need a token just to gain access?

    :D
     
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    It helps a little thanks, when you say 'small collection' are there different tokens

    I feel a need to get some tokens (just in case) (y)
     
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    I am too old to go looking for excitement, getting up in the morning is enough of a thrill :LOL:
     
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    usually you get them from the marie,s office . possibly a newsagent . they arent all the same .
    but its not worth worrying about .
     
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    To be honest in the 13 days I was in france I never used my aires book once I just looked for the motorhome signs and followed them and never had to buy tokens either so wouldn't worry about it there's hundreds of them so if you go in to one and it doesn't suit just drive to another
     
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    Hi David,

    The tokens are all different and don't always fit from one aire to another. There's a page in the All the Aires books that shows what they might look like.

    We needed water on one on a bank holiday weekend when the shops were shut, but we bought one from a French motorhomer on the aire, so we could fill up.

    We'd recommend just going for it! As vwalan says, it's really not worth worrying about!

    Steve :Smile:
     
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    The tokens are called Jetons and are usually bought from local Tabacs, Tourist Office, Mairie or perhaps Boulangerie.
    It will tell you where and when to get them somewhere on the Borne or close by.
     
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    I am really grateful for the replies and reassurances

    Will give it a go and report back

    These tokens are concerning me though, I don't like uncertainty
     
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    There is usually a notice board at the aire and that will tell you where to buy the Jeton (Token). Its easy to work out even when its written in French. Failing that ask someone. Just say Jeton and they will know what it is you want.

    I always fill up with water before leaving so I arrive with a full tank, just in case we have any difficulty getting water. (which we never have!) Its also worth making sure you have a hose pipe and some different sized fittings, but again 99.9% of them time I found the standard UK hozelock style fitting worked.

    Now you can stop worrying about the tokens and start thinking about the wine..the food, the cheap fuel, the roads, the countryside, the peace.........
     
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