France is a very easy Country to be in in a Motorhome, it is extremely Motorhome friendly, many Aires available, many of them are free, just use local shops as a thankyou, ferries are best booked online in my experience and depending on when you want to travel they can be very cheap, we mostly go Dover Calais on all our trips , only an hour and a quarter crossing , www.a ferryto is a good web site to book and the one I use, generally we get a one way ticket as we are unsure of our return times , I phone the CCC club a day before we want to return to the UK ,usually when parked up in Calais, and get a return ferry ticket from them, always the best price we think, you need to be a member of the CCC to do this I think.Aires are many as is the availability of wild camping a good book to get for French Aires is from Vicarious books [all the aires france] it is written in English with details of the Aires, photos, GPS positions etc, other publications available but Vic books are my favourite.As for must takes , you need warning triangles, hi vis jackets, spare bulbs breathalyser kit [ 2] must have snow chains if going to the snow lines,first aid kit, all your vehicle documents and passports ,EHIC card for medical treatment, the speed limits for Motorhomes has recently changed to 80 KPH so watch out for that, speed cameras are frequent and they do not paint them Yellow so you can see them beware. France is a very diverse Country and so much to see, so I would just say follow your nose and you will see many wonders. plenty of fuel stations but be aware that they have a long lunch break [2 hours] in many places so automated pumps are everywhere but never a problem, just put your card [debit or credit ] in the machines and follow the instructions ,usually in English too.Cash machines everywhere too, LPG pumps for fill ups are frequent if you have refillables ,bottled gas available freely too but you will need French regulators ,available easily too.French shops and supermarkets are many and you shop just as you would here in England, cards accepted everywhere so not much need of cash, many Supermarkets allow overnight stop overs and often have facilities for water and toilet dumping. Internet connection I know little about as I do not bother going on line when travelling, but I do know that WIFI is available at places like Mc Donalds ,Libraries etc , my bog standard mobile phone works well abroad and call charges are free from my phone from my bundle as in England as are texts,so no problems there . I never use Toll roads as I have plenty of time, French tolls are expensive I have heard but it would depend on your time scale as to whether it would be economic for you to use them, the main N roads are great and make for easy fast travel so why pay tolls ? the small country roads are well worth using,get off the beaten track and really see the Country, I have been travelling France ,Spain ,Portugal, Germany ,Greece, Norway , Italy ,Sweden, etc for many years in my Motorhomes and have never had a problem, a few breakdowns, [ie clutch needed replacement in Portugal one trip, new rad needed one trip ]but all fixable and no problem, so go for it, you will love it.
kernowjon: Hi we nearly always freecamp - old age pension gives loads of leisure time but too little money to pay camp site fees. The van has solar panel, large water tank So we are pretty self sufficient. Jon
Nov 18, 2016 20:22:15 GMT
daven: HAPPY BIRTHDAY VERN !
Dec 11, 2016 11:49:04 GMT
molly2: Doom and gloom ordered a new conservatory roof ,the 30 odd year old company folded 4 days before delivery, it's ok to laugh .
Jan 14, 2017 13:53:49 GMT
casba: Thank you for adding me - we have just bought a new Renault Traffic Campervan and are looking forward to using it for Day Trips and other adventures this summer. This is our first van and we are pensioners so intend taking it slowly and enjoyable
Jan 17, 2017 14:58:57 GMT
molly2: Good news hope you have fun bazz
Jan 17, 2017 20:16:52 GMT
dougdeville: Very quiet here these days?
Jan 22, 2017 13:18:48 GMT
molly2: S A D is getting me down is their a cure etc
Jan 22, 2017 22:52:21 GMT
dougdeville: SAD lights apparently, I have one but beer is best.
Jan 23, 2017 0:12:49 GMT
Is it spring yet, dormouse?: BOO! Hope everyone's keeping warm wherever you are. Belated Happy New Year peeps x
Jan 29, 2017 12:30:47 GMT
molly2: A weekend at buxworth with a couple of beers helped
Jan 30, 2017 22:31:25 GMT
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