It Had To Happen!

Discussion in 'Continental Touring' started by Detourer, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. Detourer

    Detourer Trader - Tour Operator

    Jul 30, 2007
    Spain and Morocco
    In the car park of the huge La Canada shopping centre, just east of Marbella, there are 5 Motorhomes parked. One has been there for about 3 weeks and is occupied, another has a “for sale” sign [just visible through the dust covered window] on it, one had the awning out and the other two occupied slots that indicated that they were perhaps staying awhile…….all took more than one packing space. Three of the five had “Brit” reg. This, as well as street and seafront parking of Caravans/Motorhomes, has been and ongoing and regular problem all along the Costa del Sol and is often debated in the local press and at council meetings.

    The overwhelming view has always been a fairly relaxed and welcoming one regarding these vehicles but is accompanied with the “why do it” question and the knowledge that something will eventually have to be done.

    We all know the well rehearsed arguments that they [Motorhomes] bring cash to the area… much and is it worth the hassle is debatable. Non-owners visit the coast, sit outside a seafront restaurant and look at a huge white vehicle. Worst still I have seen Motorhomes, with all the kit spread out, parked on the beach near Estepona. And yes they [the few] do leave litter behind. etc etc….And we know that there are not enough sites, they are expensive, crowded and noisy………So why come here at all........:Sad:

    So it had to happen…………Part of a new regulation that is aimed at the selling of vehicles in the street and car-parks and now requires licences, displayed permits, supplied addresses etc etc, or 90 euro a day fine, tow-away, disposable/crush powers and all that………also included reference to Caravans and Motorhomes.

    More to the point……quote from directive……..”This also prohibits the parking of Caravans and Auto-Caravans apart from area specified by the council. Furthermore, it prohibits such parking for more than 24 hours whilst there are people living in the vehicle”.

    My Son-in-law, who is Capt. in the Guardia tells me that a number of Motorhomes have already been removed from “prohibited parking areas”, while owners were absent. My own experience on vehicle removal is that the Spanish pay little or no regard as far as damage is concerned during the dragging away process…….:cry:

  2. madbluemad

    madbluemad Banned

    Jan 26, 2008
    There isnt a lot to say really is there.

    As you say there are the arguments for and against. I'm not sure myself.

    I can understand the grief that it causes to other people and so I woudn't allow it.

    Its just a pitty that there arent more official places to park, example France.

  3. Road Runner

    Road Runner

    Jul 26, 2007
    Well it's a case of taking the pi$$ and spoiling it for all.

    Apart from anything I would not leave my motor home unattended in public for such a time.

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