David from Dover - Newbie

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  1. Wolfie69

    Wolfie69 Read Only Funster

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    Just joined this club, been camping for years as a youngster but now retired have decided to enjoy the comforts of a M/H. Hope to explore France next year, first trip camping abroad in our M/H so any advice would be greatly received. Thank you.
     
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    Hello and welcome. If you have specific queries about going to France we can answer them, otherwise are you looking for general information?

    Wyn
     
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    Hi Wolfie, welcome to the Fun.
     
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    Any information of how to plan our trip, where to stay etc etc would be most helpful Wyn. Thanks
     
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    Hi from Eastbourne and :welc:
     
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    Book crossing ( just to lower price ) then GO. Make the rest up as you go along. That's what motorhoming is all about.

    Take "All The Aires France" and ACSI discount book.
     
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    Good information thank you Hilldweller
     
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    It's a lot simpler than you might expect once out of the UK. We always book our ferry one way. We do not book any campsites but use aires almost entirely. Aires are a facility that the UK does not really provide. They are for motohomes only (do not confuse with motorway aires) Here you can fill, empty and usually stay for a night or a couple of nights. We do not really have a schedule but rather a vague route to persue (which we tend not to stick to) This means we can decide where we go at will.
    When we feel like it we can make our way northwards and book our return trip for the next day or day after. Again no rush to get to ferry port or worry about how far to go before turning back.

    You may want to consider the fact that Calor Gas is not available outside UK and each countries suppliers are different. More info about that if you need it.

    Water connections and electricity connections are USUALLY the same as here.

    More to follow....

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    Hello Welcome to Fun, be aware that you only have 5 free posts or you can join £15 a year , and have all the information you want at your finger tips, you are so lucky living so near the Ferry's Europe in your Motorhome is your oyster . Enjoy :welc:
     
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    Excellent information Wyn thank you. We thought of going mid May would you agree on that time of year? Assuming the weather across the channel will be better than here!! I hope lol.
     
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    Hi and welcome to FUN.(y)
     
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    Hmmm... I think one thing that really is difficult to predict is going to be the weather! We were driving from Boulogne to somewhere during the summer and the gusty wind blew our skylight off! (No, it wasn't open) Then a few days later it was sweltering. You would expect it to better than here but can't guarantee it. Obviously the further south you go the better you can expect it to be.

    If you are looking for recomendations of attractions to visit over there try 'Puy Du Fou' near Cholet. It has it's own aire (huge) and I would recommend one day not being long enough so allow 2 and try to take in 'cinescine' as well. Book online for discounts even while on the aire.

    'Les Machines' at Nantes.

    You can Google both of those.

    Enjoy visiting the local markets whenever they are on and try the produce.

    Do be aware of low bridges at places like Rouen, they can catch you out if you don't have a satnav that allows you to enter your size (ie your vehicles size!) - check out threads on here about Chinese Satnavs.

    In France the shops in most places close on a Sunday and sometimes only re-open Monday afternoon!

    Fuel is best bought from supermarkets, so is your gas but you'll need to arrange either French gas bottles or adaptors.

    Driving on the right is no problem but have your passenger prepared to look left at awkward junctions as there will be a blind spot to the left.

    These are all just random ideas that come to mind, keep asking about any specifics.

    Wyn

     
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    Hello & welcome to Fun

    Mel & Lieve
     
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    Thank you to every one for there help and recommendations, all taken on board
     
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    Bonjour Wolfie,

    Bienvenue au MHF :france::france:.

    If you have specific questions about specific areas of France, just pop them on here and they will be answered either by one, or more, of the Funsters resident in France or by someone who has travelled in / around that area.

    J
     
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    Hi Wolfie
    Well I am off tomorrow,I live in Deal, just treat life like a big learning curve,just enjoy image.jpg
     
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    Hello.... hope you become a full member before you run out of posts so you can tell us how you are enjoying the mh..... You will have fun and friendships on here galore. :)
     
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