really now its all about apps for your phone camper contact park for a night etc but if its your first time the books may be better for planning most books and apps use lat and long for locating site so a sat nav is handy
Sorry, is that saying that apps are more accurate? Certainly not in my experience.
All the Aires as a start and the occasional app (if you want) for back up but All the Aires will last for years and physical book
Campercontact.. the only app I use..covers all of Europe.. it doesn't need a phone signal to work.. it achieves this by having the maps and data stored on your phone.. Before you set off , download the map(s) for the countries you're visiting.
With the Campercontact-app (All Motorhome Parkings) you have the information about more than 25.000 motorhome parkings in 50+ countries always available at your fingertips. The app works perfectly offline so you don’t have to incur roaming charges abroad. The app is compatible with smartphones and tablets that have an iOS or Android operating system.https://www.campercontact.com/en/content/app
From the website you can also download the Aires POIs and add to your sat nav.. (free, no membership required) these are very useful when you are looking for a stop, the sat nav will advise where the closest ones are and navigate to whichever you choose.. ..
It also has camp sites, municipal sites and motorhome service points..
I used to carry a stack of books, not anymore.. they are bulky, heavy , expensive and out of date before you buy them.
Campercontact is run by the NKC (Dutch Camper Club) and employs 15 volunteers to keep the information on the site up-to-dat, unnlike many other apps, the data has not been harvested ie stolen, from other sites or apps.. it is added to and updated by members..
I've been using it for about three years now, It's all I use now.. highly recommend it.
What is Campercontact?
Campercontact is the best website for and by motorhome users. There are already over 20.000 motorhome stops in the database. Users can write reviews, send in modifications and leave photos. In this way, the site will remain up-to-date.
The database of Campercontact contains three categories of motorhome stops:
Motorhome parkings: places especially for motorhomes. Overnight stay is allowed. There are several subcategories.
Service area’s: places where motorhomes can discharge their waste water and chemical toilet and have the possibility to tank fresh water. Overnight stay is not allowed here.
Motorhome friendly campsites: places on campsites which comply with three conditions: motorhomes must have the possibility to discharge waste water and chemical toilet, and the possibility to tank fresh water.
The motorhome parkings are divided in the following subcategories:
Especially for motorhomes: places especially and only for motorhomes, this could also be a spot in front of the gate of a campsite.
Mixed parking: reserved spots at a general parking lot, where you often park between cars.
Near restaurant: places on the parking lot of a restaurant, hotel or café.
Private parking: places at a private person or company, mostly for free.
As we are relatively new to European touring, we use the "All the Aires" books to look for areas / places we would like to visit, then see which Aires are in the area and only then Cross refer to Camper Contact App for the most up to date reviews and photos etc and most importantly whether they are still available. The books we have are only for France, but when we ventured into Germany, Belgium and Switzerland we only used the App.
As for being out of date, we haven't found an Aire yet that is not still available, but we have found Aires from the App that the book didn't have. Conversely, we have updated the App when it didn't have an Aire that the book did.
strongly advise 'all the aires' books AND use of mobile phone apps. the books make the planning a lot easier - we use the park4night app, which has never let us down and I reckon eventually it will probably be the only one we use, but when we started we found the books were a great source of info, it even explains different types of 'hook ups' etc The park4night app also gives picnic areas off the beaten track, we use those when travelling to break the journey up, stopping for a meal break etc.
I would also suggest scrolling through the pages on here for 'personal' recommendations. there are some great 'blogs' with photos etc from lots of contributors on here and personal recommendations can only help.