The Portuguese National Police (GNR) Pay A Visit...

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  1. JJ

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    We all use our motorhomes in many different ways depending on our needs and desires.

    We all, over time, develop our preferences and rules.

    I have motorhomed for a long time and I enjoy the independence and freedom to move. I do not enjoy being parked in one place for any length of time. I enjoy being in my van. I eat in my van and sit in my van... not outside it. I do not like awnings, levelling blocks, wind breaks and the like. I rarely stay on campsites. I don't camp in my van... I live in it.

    Others are different and have the full Monty... BBQ's, table and chairs etc. Fair play to them all, we all enjoy different things.

    But I am feeling a bit smug today. I realise "smugness" is a sin but I can't help myself.

    This morning we were visited by the GNR. They went around the "off-site" unofficial parking location and looked at the vans one by one. They took pictures. I got out and asked what was happening and were we a problem.

    The response was delivered calmly and very gently by a young policeman.

    "In Portugal it is illegal to camp outside official campsites."

    I smiled inwardly as I thought of the hundreds and hundreds of motorhomes not using sites.

    "Parking here is ok but camping, with tables and chairs and, pointing to a van with levelling blocks, this is not.

    He then pointed to my Hymer...

    "This is parking... this is fine..."

    As they went from van to van some didn't wait but rushed around packing away their tables and chairs and making a run for it. These people, without waiting to learn what was being said, will now, as I write this, no doubt being spreading the word that motorhomes have been "banned" by the GNR from Pedras. Simply not true.

    As a massively keen "off-site" motorhomer I have always preferred to park away from the hoards of vans that gather in various locations and start to look like housing estates. I never "tie" my van down to the ground with awnings and the like. It is just as I prefer it.

    But I feel 90% of Funsters use their vans differently to me and they prefer campsites where they can spread out and use all the things they bought from the shows... Cadacs and loungers and... and...

    I think each to their own and there is no problem with either life style at all except, here in Portugal, I suggest if you want to "camp" you stay on campsites but if you enjoy "motorhoming" the way I do you will be fine if you are sensible.

    JJ :Cool:





     
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  2. Terry

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    The most we have ever put outside when not on site is the screw in type fastener for the dog :thumb::BigGrin: :Wink:
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    I usually put the hot tub with built in optics outside, if I offered to let them use it, would they let me stay?

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    Well we do sit outside and sometimes read a book or have a drink (cuppa or alcohol) or a meal - usually eg lunchtime sandwich, rarely have we had a full meal with cutlery and a table etc outside at all, on aires or sites even. And whilst we would leave the awning out on a proper site, given no wind - even if it's out a bit on an aire (when there's space and it doesn't impede our neighbours) it and the chairs and anything else - always comes in at night anyway.

    I do like to be level though if we're stopped overnight anywhere, but normally 'wilding' for us is one odd night on Auchan's carpark when we get to Calais at eg 02.00 ish. And it tends to be pretty flat and anyway we won't be there long!

    I wonder though, if they came back 3 days hence and you were still in situ, they'd decide you WERE 'camping' ?
     
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    We've never bothered to take ours on holiday, we think a holiday should be different to what we do at home, otherwise, why go?

    :Laughing:
     
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    Would you consider 99.99% ?

    If we have 15000 then that makes 3.

    Who are the other two ?
     
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    Well pointed out sensible post
    Thanks JJ.:BigGrin::BigGrin::BigGrin:
     
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    If we have 15000 then that makes 3.

    Who are the other two ?

    We Will Exterminate Eh Brian
    :Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Very good post JJ :thumb:
     
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    Be doing them a favour.

    This is motorhoming........
     

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    Ah, who is the other one ?
     
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    Like your style JJ, you should consider writing a book..."Mentoring Motorhomers"?:BigGrin:
    I'll be there with you someday, dream on...:RollEyes:
     
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    did Smudger have his BBQ out I wonder, hee hee
     
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    The only thing I put out side is Richard the tuard:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    JJ , did you secretly kick your heap of empty FB cans out of sight ? :Wink:
     
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    That was a very prompt "like" , must be because you are an hour ahead of us :RollEyes::Wink:
     
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    thanks for an interesting insight to wild camping out of interest jj surely you sit outside on the odd occasion to enjoy the sunshine:thumb: and would the local police consider sleeping overnight in the van camping or parking I wonder?
     
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    Portugal and the UK are always on the same time... always... :Wink:

    It was a fast "like" 'cos I am like lightning at times... :Rofl1: :Rofl1:

    JJ :Cool:
     
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    They are cruel !!!

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