RV'ing Abroad

Discussion in 'Continental Touring' started by gertiepurple, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. gertiepurple

    gertiepurple Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2008
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Burton on Trent
    Hi,

    We are thinking of going abroad next year with our RV - 33ft Fleetwood Coronado and would like to do southern france/northern spain. Can anyone advise as to how much it would cost on the ferry - any crossings but preferably portsmouth-bilbao and any campsite that takes RV.

    Thanks
     
  2. Wildman

    Wildman Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    May 30, 2008
    Messages:
    15,458
    Likes Received:
    8,598
    Location:
    Ilfracombe, Devon
    best part of a tidy bit plus 20% Wish I was going with you, you can check prices online for specific dates.:Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
  3. superk

    superk Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2007
    Messages:
    503
    Likes Received:
    57
    Location:
    Devon
    Availability of campsites will depend on the time of year you will be going - many close mid September or end of September.

    With an RV that size you will be limited as to which sites will accomodate you - although we managed France and Spain four years on the run spending around two months (Sept-mid Nov) in France and a further four in Spain overwintering. Doing it when we did mean't that many sites were near to empty and we could find a suitable pitch if they had been busy it would have been more difficult.

    Northern coastal Spain is even more tricky (although I think Jim is there at the moment). We did find one site at Comillas that we got on. The weather can be much wetter in Northern Spain and when I saw a 4x4 struggling on the grass/mud pitch I decided 9-tonnes might be a sinking proposition but got off OK.

    Going to inland Spain there are many attractive places.

    If I may raise an indelicate subject - think about how you will empty your waste - French and Spanish campsites for the most part will not provide dump stations for black waste - more likely they have 'WC Chimiques' or large toilets. Often these are at the back of the toilet block and inaccessible for your RV. Hence, you will need some means of emptying the black tank - either a roll-a-long waste container (don't get one that's too big as they can be difficult to control when emptying) or a macerator and plenty of hose (we had 120-feet).

    My book will give you an idea what to expect.

    :Smile:
    Keith
     
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2008
  4. billym

    billym Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2007
    Messages:
    219
    Likes Received:
    24
    You should have very few problems in the south of France but as Superk says,

    the north coast of Spain is not good for RVs. He managed to find one more

    site than we did. Elsewhere in Spain you shouldn't have too many problems

    ( although you will find some ! )

    We always use the Caravan Club Europe book which has very rarely let us down

    As for ferry prices.......ask a ferry company
     
  5. Parcverger

    Parcverger Funster - Campsite Owner

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2007
    Messages:
    482
    Likes Received:
    441
    Location:
    Parc Verger - Limousin
    We see your comment about a ferry to Spain, but if you are travelling to or from France we can give you a discount code for Brittany Ferries - PM us for this if you want it. And just a quick plug - we are open all year, with RV-size pitches, and all services on your pitch:BigGrin::BigGrin:! See Welcome to Parcverger Limousin for details.

    Wherever you go - enjoy your travelling - France is a beautiful country:thumb:.

    Bob and Di
     
  6. moandick

    moandick Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2007
    Messages:
    1,318
    Likes Received:
    112
    Location:
    Landrake, Cornwall
    You might not like the idea but if you go <here> you culd be pointed toward at least 80 French Sites and 20 or more Spanish Sites - all proven RV friendly!
     
  7. Gonewiththewind

    Gonewiththewind Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2007
    Messages:
    854
    Likes Received:
    35
    Location:
    Lancashire
    P & O quoted me £584 to Bilbao but with my trailer, i am only 28 ft. or £540 without the trailer.

    Go forth and enjoy.

    Don:thumb:
     
  8. billym

    billym Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2007
    Messages:
    219
    Likes Received:
    24
    Mo and Dick

    Do you know that the site shown on your example page in the European Guide

    shut down permanently 18 months ago !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  9. moandick

    moandick Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2007
    Messages:
    1,318
    Likes Received:
    112
    Location:
    Landrake, Cornwall
    That's why we use it as an example page. :thumb:

    However, if you read the ARV magazine you would have seen that we published Jacinto's new site many months ago.
     
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2008
  10. billym

    billym Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2007
    Messages:
    219
    Likes Received:
    24
    Sorry Mo and Dick........ I was wrong.

    I just get a bit miffed reading on here with ALL the links to

    Buy my book

    Join our club

    Come to our campsite

    Buy this

    Buy that

    Buy the other..................................................................

    There are 3 posts above my second post on here with such links.

    OK I know you all pay to advertise on here but it gets a bit much at times
     
  11. moandick

    moandick Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2007
    Messages:
    1,318
    Likes Received:
    112
    Location:
    Landrake, Cornwall
    I hear what you say, Billy which is why I wrote it thus....

    You might not like the idea but if you go <here>

    We all have to make a living, one way or another, and as you say we all pay, in one way or another, to be on this forum.

    But what the heck - just watched a boring episode of Emmerdale and have run out of red wine - now who else can we sort out............. :boxing:
     
  12. Parcverger

    Parcverger Funster - Campsite Owner

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2007
    Messages:
    482
    Likes Received:
    441
    Location:
    Parc Verger - Limousin
    Yes, sorry if it upset you, Billy, but all we sought to do was to answer the question that started the thread.:Doh: And we didn't even mentiontion the discount.....:Rofl1::Rofl1:
    Bob and Di
     
  13. billym

    billym Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2007
    Messages:
    219
    Likes Received:
    24
    Sorry to have hijacked the thread Gertie !

    Here are a few sites we have visited in Northern Spain in a 35 foot rv with

    no problems. Note that they are not on the coast.

    Camping Navarette near Logrono La Rioja

    Camping de Haro at Haro La Rioja

    Camp Municipal Fuentes Blancas at Burgos



    As for France................. you should really ask..............................

    " WHICH CAMPSITES ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR A 33 FOOT RV............ "

    as there are far more suitable ones than not. France is EASY in

    an RV.

    The only downside is that very many sites shut down for spring/autumn/winter

    The sites above are in the Caravan Club book 1

    Hope this helps
     
Loading...

Share This Page