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The guide to Motorcaravanning, UK and European touring 


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Spain & France 2014

Part 1 Across the Plains of Spain

Part 2  Along the Costa de la Luz

Part 3 Inland to Córdoba

Part 4 The Córdoba Patio Festival

Part 5  Villafranca Romeria

Part 6 Lakes Mountains and Coast

Part 7 Through central Spain to France

Part 8 A Meander through France

France 2013 

Part1 Belgium Luxembourg and Eastern France 

Part 2 Down to the Côte d'Azur

Part 3 A week in Provence

Part 4 - Hérault to  Cantal

Part 5 Around the Auvergne

Part 6 The Last Leg North

Northern Germany Netherlands and Denmark 2012

New England USA in the Fall 2012

France Spain and Portugal 2011

California 2010 
San Francisco, Yosemite and Pacific Coast Highway

France 2010 
To the Mediterranean coast and back via Brittany

Europe trip 2009
around France, Switzerland and the Italian Lakes

Europe 2008
Germany, Austria Czech Republic and Hungary

France  Spain 2007

West coast, Northern Spain, Pyrenees, Dordogne and Loire
Millau Viaduct

Europe 2006
Germany, Austria,
Slovenia, Dolomites,  Savoie, Provence and

France & Italy 2005
Auvergne, Tuscany Venice, Italian Lakes, Jura and Vosges

Our European tour costs

an Introduction

Touring Europe

 A Beginners guide

UK campsites visited


Previous years


A friend's Tour des Grandes Alpes 
Tour of Sotland in 2011

WW2 Martyrs village 

An amazing place to visit in France . . .
The Palais Ideal at Hauterives, Drôme 

Our motorhomes:

Adria Twin

Autosleepers Symbol

Fitting deadlocks to a Peugeot Boxer

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Welcome to our website for motorhome enthusiasts.
Follow our travels through Europe, the UK and the USA, places we've stayed at and practical DIY tips and advice.

We use our motorhome frequently throughout the year combining a trip to Europe for a couple of months with shorter stays touring Great Britain.

To share our enthusiasm we started this website about twelve years ago as a wintertime hobby to provide useful information about our travels, places we've discovered and sites we have visited with plenty of our photos. We have also added write ups of our tours around California using motels in 2010 and New England in 2012.

We use a mix of campsites, preferably more basic ones, and overnight stops at official "aires" (but definitely not on motorways!) and occasionally free or wild camping places when we have felt it was secure. All the sites we have visited are listed, with GPS co-ordinates for recent years.

We've also added pages giving practical hints about touring Europe and tips gained from our experiences of using our various motorhomes.

We welcome feedback from our visitors and will try to answer any questions you may have about motorcaravanning and touring. In the past we have answered queries from Motorhomers in the UK, Australia and Canada who are planning to visit Europe. We have also published trip reports submitted by other motorhomers.

We hope you enjoy our site and find some useful information for your future travels!

Latest Update

September 2015
We've had a busy couple of months as we have changed our motorhome and now have a new Weinsberg Caracompact MEG600 built by Knaus in Germany. We have had a few short trips in it and are pleased with it so far.

May 2015   - Our 2014 trip
Part 7 Through central Spain to France
Part 8 A Meander through France

March 2015  - Our 2014 trip
Part 5 Villafranca Romeria
Part 6 Lakes Mountains and Coast

January 2015   - Our 2014 trip
Part 3 Inland to Córdoba and
Part 4 The Córdoba Patio Festival added

December 2014   - Our 2014 trip
Part 1 Across the Plains of Spain and
Part 2 Along the Costa de la Luz

November 2014
Summary of our 2014 trip to Spain and France added also Campsites and Aires visited

Other trip reports
Tour of Scotland contributed by Jenny Vowden, to add to her 
Tour des Grandes Alpes 2010 - an interesting diary of a six week adventure across the French Alps. 

Using our Adria Twin and improvements we have made. updated May 2015

This website is our own personal site with no commercial backing or advertising as we just like to share our travel experiences and provide useful information. Whilst you are free to use any information on the site (at your own risk and with due acknowledgement) we would welcome a small contribution via Paypal to help towards our web hosting costs.

Thanks for the donations received so far
Steve and Sheila

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Cordoba Patio Festival

Córdoba Patio Festival

Freudenberg Germany

Freudenberg Germany

Costa Nova Portugal
Costa Nova Portugal

San Francisco cable car
San Francisco cable car

chaumont garden festival gnome
Chaumont sur Loire
 Garden Festival

Mont St Michel France
Mont St Michel

Millau Viaduct France
Millau Viaduct - feature

Our Motorhomes
In Spring 2015 as we toured around Southern England and decided to change our six year old Twin for a newer motorhome - one with more space and two single beds. We called in to many dealers and found some showed little interest as we weren't local. Eventually we found a motorhome that met our requirements at a dealer's just 25 miles from our home. We now have a Weinsberg Caracompact MEG600, an entry level (but well specified) version of the Knaus Van Ti which is a compact coachbuilt just a bit wider and longer than our panel van conversion but with plenty of storage. We collected it in July after our 2014 European trip.
Our Weinsberg CaraCompact
We decided to get a new motorhome in August 2009 and still keen to have a van conversion bought a new Adria Twin on a Fiat Ducato Multijet 100 with a fixed bed across the back, half dinette with four belted seats and lots of storage space under the bed. This layout is very popular in Europe and it has suited us for the many trips we have enjoyed even in wet weather.
See here for improvements we've made to it.
Adria Twin
In 2003 we changed our motorhome to an Autosleepers Symbol Hi-top van conversion on a Peugeot Boxer 1.9 turbo diesel. A typical Autosleepers panel van layout with all facilities. Ideal for two people and small enough to use as our only vehicle but needed a backbox for all our stuff.
Our second motorhome was an Elddis Eclipse coachbuilt on a Renault Trafic 2.2L petrol chassis. A basic compact motorhome that we found ideal for two people, with lots of storage space but underpowered. 
Our first motorhome was a Holdsworth Romance HTL Super hi-top conversion on a Renault Trafic (2L petrol). An unusual layout with a good sized kitchen area but no rear door access.
(Photo taken at Neufenen Pass Switzerland!)

Places to visit and where to stay in the UK and Europe 
Our personal opinions about some of the places we have visited in recent years including all of the campsites and aires we have stayed at in Europe. 

Hints and Tips
Useful information about motorhomes and ideas gained from our own experiences over many years of motorcaravanning. 

Links page 
For motorhomes, camping and touring and other useful websites
NEW Blog Zappysblog added April 2015

Get Involved! . . .

For lively discussions on motorhome and related topics and contacts with other motorcaravanners why not subscribe to the UK based mailing list at www.motorhome-list.org.uk 

There are various Forums that we contribute to where useful advice and lively comments about motorhoming and other topics are available . . . 

Out and About Live hosted by the publishers of Motorcaravan Motorhome Monthly (MMM) magazine

motorhomefacts.com A very lively forum which has a useful database of campsites and aires, many articles and also organise members rallies across the UK and abroad - annual subscription required to post after initial trial.

The Caravan Club have a Club Together discussion forum for members on their website.

Read about our earlier tours to France in  2001 & 2002 

Our Scottish holidays   2000  &   2003 

updated 17 Sep 2015

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