RV's and Pitch sizes

Discussion in 'American RV's' started by takeaflight, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. takeaflight


    Sep 4, 2007
    OK we have a 24 foot Hymer and tow a trailer, in France apart from one occasion we have never been turned away due to size. However some sites can be a driving test to negioate around and on occasions pitches can be a squeeze. But we never travel in the high season and I never plan just turn up and hope for the best.

    We are thinking of changing to a 31 foot RV and will be still towing a trailer with car, now what do you guys do ? do you plan ahead and check access and pitch size etc, or just turn up ?

    Also does emptying the loo tank, (getting close enough to the waste dump) present many problems ?
  2. Geo

    Geo Trader - Funster

    Jul 29, 2007
    We did France in a 31 footer in the French high season Aug, towing a Hijet mini 6 seater
    Just phoned ahead on the day no real probs, going to do it again this year with 36 foot and toad:Eeek:
    Macerator an absolute must:thumb: not many French or Spanish RV dump points on sites, nearly all had a small wall surounding them,:Doh: and as we say "it dont flow up hill":ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:and once its in that pipe its only going one way
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2009
  3. moandick


    Jul 28, 2007
    Landrake, Cornwall
    We full-time in a 36ft Cayman towing a Volvo Estate - well over 50ft total length - and yes we do plan ahead a little more than normal but you could also let others take the strain - see <here> or <here>

    We also carry a Tot 'n' Tip, (wheeled sewage waste trolley) in addition to the macerator and a long hose - for those sites that are really inaccessible.
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2009
  4. zaskar

    zaskar Funster

    Sep 25, 2007
    We had 2 RV's ( a 32 ft & a 34ft) over 10 years.
    For the UK, for weekends away in Britain or Wales, we usually booked ahead due to size.
    For a week or 2 up the west coast of Scotland, we NEVER booked ahead and never had a problem. It's a lot quieter up there and to be fair, like you, we usually holiday off peak season cos we dont like crowds- usually last week Aug/first week Sept'.
    For France, again, we NEVER booked ahead and never had a problem.
    Firstly, France is a heck of a lot better geared up than the UK for camping, even with RV's- and I haven't included the Aires in that statement as I've never found the need/want to use them, secondy, I personally find French campsite owners & wardens a heck of a lot more welcoming and accomodating than your average UK owner/warden.
    I have heard on Forums of RV's having problems in France but must admit that I've found it hard to understand because we've simply never experience any problems at all like this.
    I can think of just one experience in 10 years where we couldn't get on site due to our size - which was fun cos I then had to reverse between 1/4 and 1/2 a mile back down the narrow twisty entrance lane as there was no where at all to turn round!:Eeek: Cette la vie, as they say, if you can't take a joke...........:ROFLMAO:
    Personally, I wouldn't worry about France at all. Just brush up on your French (believe me, even BASIC french is VERY much appreciated and WILL help) and just look forward to visiting a wonderfull country.:thumb:
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2009

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