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

Discussion in 'Continental Touring' started by JJ, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. JJ

    JJ Funster

    Joined:
    May 1, 2008
    Messages:
    15,704
    Location:
    Quinta Majay, Pinheiro Bordalo, Portugal
    Ratings:
    +35,545
    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:





     
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2013
    • Like it Like it x 39
  2. Terry

    Terry Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2007
    Messages:
    10,899
    Location:
    South yorks
    Ratings:
    +7,038
    The most we have ever put outside when not on site is the screw in type fastener for the dog :thumb:::bigsmile: :winky:
    terry
     
    • Like it Like it x 3
  3. olley

    olley Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2007
    Messages:
    4,129
    Location:
    Ipswich
    Ratings:
    +4,480
    I usually put the hot tub with built in optics outside, if I offered to let them use it, would they let me stay?

    Ian
     
    • Like it Like it x 10
  4. sedge

    sedge Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2009
    Messages:
    4,772
    Location:
    Nr Jct 3 M6
    Ratings:
    +5,503
    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' ?
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  5. sedge

    sedge Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2009
    Messages:
    4,772
    Location:
    Nr Jct 3 M6
    Ratings:
    +5,503
    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?

    :roflmto:
     
    • Like it Like it x 3
  6. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2008
    Messages:
    28,620
    Location:
    Macclesfield
    Ratings:
    +34,215
    Would you consider 99.99% ?

    If we have 15000 then that makes 3.

    Who are the other two ?
     
    • Like it Like it x 11
  7. teddybard

    teddybard

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2012
    Messages:
    7,610
    Location:
    warwickshire
    Ratings:
    +9,630
    Well pointed out sensible post
    Thanks JJ.::bigsmile:::bigsmile:::bigsmile:
     
    • Like it Like it x 2
  8. teddybard

    teddybard

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2012
    Messages:
    7,610
    Location:
    warwickshire
    Ratings:
    +9,630


    If we have 15000 then that makes 3.

    Who are the other two ?

    We Will Exterminate Eh Brian
    :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
     
  9. Gromett

    Gromett Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2011
    Messages:
    8,929
    Location:
    UK
    Ratings:
    +21,987
    Very good post JJ :thumb:
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  10. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2008
    Messages:
    28,620
    Location:
    Macclesfield
    Ratings:
    +34,215
    Be doing them a favour.

    This is motorhoming........
     

    Attached Files:

    • Like it Like it x 4
  11. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2008
    Messages:
    28,620
    Location:
    Macclesfield
    Ratings:
    +34,215
    Ah, who is the other one ?
     
    • Like it Like it x 4
  12. veevee

    veevee Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2010
    Messages:
    1,095
    Location:
    Essex / central France
    Ratings:
    +1,019
    me
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  13. DesRes

    DesRes Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2012
    Messages:
    260
    Location:
    West Lancs
    Ratings:
    +110
    Like your style JJ, you should consider writing a book..."Mentoring Motorhomers"?::bigsmile:
    I'll be there with you someday, dream on...:RollEyes:
     
    • Like it Like it x 2
  14. Wildman

    Wildman

    Joined:
    May 30, 2008
    Messages:
    15,458
    Location:
    Ilfracombe, Devon
    Ratings:
    +8,647
    did Smudger have his BBQ out I wonder, hee hee
     
  15. Hayleylulu

    Hayleylulu Banned

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2008
    Messages:
    5,391
    Location:
    Full timing in the van
    Ratings:
    +3,882
    The only thing I put out side is Richard the tuard:ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
     
  16. Larrynwin

    Larrynwin Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2008
    Messages:
    9,353
    Location:
    Norfolk
    Ratings:
    +20,470
    JJ , did you secretly kick your heap of empty FB cans out of sight ? :winky:
     
    • Like it Like it x 2
  17. Larrynwin

    Larrynwin Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2008
    Messages:
    9,353
    Location:
    Norfolk
    Ratings:
    +20,470
    That was a very prompt "like" , must be because you are an hour ahead of us :RollEyes::winky:
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  18. mick noe

    mick noe Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2009
    Messages:
    630
    Location:
    near Boston Lincolnshire
    Ratings:
    +603
    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?
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  19. JJ

    JJ Funster

    Joined:
    May 1, 2008
    Messages:
    15,704
    Location:
    Quinta Majay, Pinheiro Bordalo, Portugal
    Ratings:
    +35,545

    Portugal and the UK are always on the same time... always... :winky:

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

    JJ :Cool:
     
    • Like it Like it x 2
  20. WynandJean

    WynandJean Funster

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2010
    Messages:
    3,251
    Location:
    West Midlands
    Ratings:
    +2,276
    They are cruel !!!

    Wyn
     
Loading...

Share This Page