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Summary of our trip to Germany Austria Italy & France 2015
Part 1 Holland to Bodensee
Part 2 Wet Bavaria
to sunny Carinthia
Part 3 A few days in Venice
Part 4 Lake Garda to Milan EXPO
Part 5 A slow drive through France
Spain & France 2014
The Córdoba Patio Festival
Through central Spain to France
A Meander through France
France 2013 Belgium, Luxembourg and eastern France to Provence and Cote d'Azur and back through the centre
Northern Germany Netherlands and Denmark 2012
England USA in the Fall 2012
France Spain and Portugal
Francisco, Yosemite and Pacific Coast Highway
Mediterranean coast and back via Brittany
Europe trip 2009
France, Switzerland and the Italian Lakes
Austria Czech Republic and Hungary
France Spain 2007
West coast, Northern Spain, Pyrenees, Dordogne
Slovenia, Dolomites, Savoie, Provence and
& Italy 2005
Venice, Italian Lakes, Jura and Vosges
Our European tour costs
A Beginners guide
UK campsites visited
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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
The final part of our 2015 Europe trip added.
Part 5 A slow drive through France
Part 3 A few days in Venice
Part 4 Lake Garda to Milan EXPO added.
Part 2 Wet Bavaria to sunny Carinthia added.
Our Europe 2015 trip Part 1 Holland to Bodensee added.
Details of our Fiat speedo poor visibilty solution
Some new links added.
Campsites and aires visited during our 2015 trip to Germany, Austria, Italy and France. Summary added
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.
November 2014 to May 2015
Our 2014 Trip to Spain and France added also Campsites and Aires visited
Other trip reports
contributed by Jenny Vowden, to add to her Tour des Grandes
Alpes 2010 - an interesting diary of a six
across the French Alps.
Using our Adria
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
free to use any information on the site (at your own risk
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Thanks for the donations received so far
Steve and Sheila
To find out
what it's all about?
Córdoba Patio Festival
Chaumont sur Loire
Mont St Michel
Millau Viaduct - feature
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. After visiting many dealers we eventually 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 2015 European trip.
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
we've made to it.
|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.
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
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
Hints and Tips
Useful information about
motorhomes and ideas gained
from our own experiences over many years of
camping and touring and other useful websites
NEW Blog Zappysblog
added April 2015
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we contribute to where useful advice and lively comments about
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and About Live hosted by the publishers of
Motorhome Monthly (MMM)
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
required to post after initial trial.
The Caravan Club have a Club
Together discussion forum for members on their
our earlier tours to France in 2001 & 2002
holidays 2000 & 2003