Motorhome and Away

The guide to Motorcaravanning, UK and European touring 

       

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Spain & France 2014 Summary

France 2013 Summary

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

Netherlands at Tulip time

Across Northwest Germany

A few days in Denmark

Along the Ostsee coast

Rügen then southbound

Potsdam to Poland

Down to Dresden

Westward bound

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 Meditteranean 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
Auvergne

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

Our European tour costs

Campsites
an Introduction


Touring Europe
 

 A Beginners guide

UK campsites visited
2012

2011
2010

Previous years

Features:

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


WW2 Martyrs village 
Oradour-sur-Glane

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


Read about our earlier tours to France
2001 
2002 

Our Scottish holidays
2000 
2003 

Our motorhomes:

Adria Twin

Autosleepers Symbol


our economy
  "Awnings"

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 eleven 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 November 2014

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

July 2014
Links pages updated with new links added

March 2014
The final part of our 2013 France trip completed - now to plan for this year!
Part 6 The Last Leg North

February 2014
More of our France 2013 tour added 
Part 4 - Hérault to Cantal

Part 5 Around the Auvergne

January 2014
Now sorted after our house move so here are the next parts of our 2013 travel journal
Part 2 - Down to the Côte d'Azur

Part 3 - A week in Provence

Other recent additions 
A trip report of a Tour of Scotland contributed by Jenny Vowden, to add to her 

Tour des Grandes Alpes 2010
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an interesting diary of a six week adventure across the French Alps 

Using our Adria Twin and improvements we have made so far. 

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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Freudenberg Germany

Freudenberg Germany

New England foliage
New England

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


sign in Cassis May 2010



Our Motorhoming History
We decided to get a new motorhome in August 2009 and still keen to have a van conversion bought a new Adria Twin (actually an '08 model on a Fiat Ducato Multijet 100) with a fixed bed across the back and four belted seats. This layout is very popular in Europe and it has suited us for the many trips we have done in it despite the rather 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.
Our previous 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 
Our first motorhome was a Holdsworth Romance HTL Super hi-top conversion again 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 most of the campsites 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 links added March 2013

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 recently added Club Together a discussion forum for members to their website. 

updated 7 Nov 2014


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