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PostSubject: Travels with my campervan - maybe to Provence   Tue Apr 19, 2011 5:16 pm

Missus and I will be going to Provence for one or two weeks mid/end of June - could be by train, definitely not by plane and maybe, just maybe it could be by campervan. Trouble is, neither of us have any recent experience of driving abroad and thus we are feeling a bit wobbly about doing the van thing, especially as it would be a 1400 mile round trip +/- a couple of hundred miles in other directions.

We are currently comparing costs of train against campervan - i.e. train costs, hire car, hotels on top of already booked Gite. Campervan means, well you can all guess what that means, so ANY ADVICE/TIPS WOULD BE WELCOME!

Needless to say, I will be trawling the forum for advice, tips etc.
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PostSubject: Re: Travels with my campervan - maybe to Provence   Tue Apr 19, 2011 6:02 pm

Driving a Kombi in France is absolutely fine and dandy, though a shame you won't be using it to live in too as the whole country seems to be made of camp sites and they're quite often good.

Autoroutes are fast (apart from around Paris and Lyon) but fairly expensive. Country roads are much more interesting, but you'd spend all your time travelling.

We always break the trip somewhere in the middle as it's a flipping long trip at 65mph. Try somewhere in Burgundy maybe?

You'll want to check out the laws on spare bulbs, dayglo jackets, headlight deflectors etc, just to be safe. Cross-channel, Norfolk Line to Dunquerque is nice 'n' cheap but it's a fair way north and east, so the tunnel saves you loads of time.

Hope it helps. Either way, enjoy the trip.
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PostSubject: Re: Travels with my campervan - maybe to Provence   Tue Apr 19, 2011 7:50 pm

Spare fan belt, a litre of oil, some spare fuses ..... off you go!

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PostSubject: Re: Travels with my campervan - maybe to Provence   Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:26 pm

passports, some blankets,charge your leisure battery up fully, sat nav!... lol
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PostSubject: Re: Travels with my campervan - maybe to Provence   Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:20 pm

Driving in France is better than uk less traffic better road manors just do it we have driven in France a few times and will be taking the bay this year through France to Spain
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PostSubject: Re: Travels with my campervan - maybe to Provence   Wed Apr 20, 2011 7:31 am

Cheers all. Your encouragement is very... well, encouraging! Much discussion going on in the stoneyuk household.
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