France in 3 weeks!! TIPS PLEASE :D

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France in 3 weeks!! TIPS PLEASE :D

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Hi all,

Alice and I are off to France on the 24th but haven't booked or planned anything yet.

We are looking for:

HOT weather,
Amazing Views,
Things to do and see,
To see a few places not just one.

We are looking for any suggestions / do's and don't's / Things to take / any experiences or lessons learned you would like to share. Any of these would be greatly appreciated as untill about an hour ago I wasn't even aware you had to take certain things (such as high viz vests etc) :S

I have taken this very helpful list off another post i've viewed and am wondering if this is everything I need or if theres more?:

Van

General check over – including =
Wheel bearings
Drive shaft bolts (inner and outer)
Spare set of keys
All fluids
Exhaust condition (Expensive to fix if it fails in France !)
Fan belt
Bulb kit purchased Required by French law
Tyre condition and pressures
Gas bottle full
Insurance for France – Docs in the van Required by French law
Taxed for duration
MOT'd for duration
GB plate fitted http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/180923277536" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;? ... 1439.l2649
Headlight deflectors Required by French law
Breakdown cover checked – Docs in the van.
Hi Viz vest(s) Required by French law
Warning Triangle(s) Required by French law
Registration docs (V5) in the van Required by French law
Driving licence(s) in van (including the PAPER bit !) Required by French law
Spare van keys
Alarm system or other security measures
Fire Extinguisher Required by French law

Van spares (Note, I reckon Brickwerks can get parts to France in a day or two, so I ain't going to be carting around water pumps and alternators etc !)

Tool kit (as usually carried)
Tyre inflating aerosol
Distributor cap
Rotor Arm
Engine oil Even if you motor does not bun oil
Bulb kit Ebay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/280553603200" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;? ... 1439.l2649
Fan belt
Wheel nut socket & bar Needs to be very strong, test it !
Any hoses that look less than perfect
Some wire & insulation tape

Brickwerks phone number ! +44 (0) 1484 664 017


Humans

Passport(s)
Health cover → https://www.ehic.org.uk/Internet/startApplication.do" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Spare glasses (if required) Required by French law
2 x Breathalysers Required by French law
Any medications required
Sunblock (hopefully required !)



Other

Contact number for 80-90 member “sarran1955” in France for info and translations etc - taken from the “80-90 Members help” list (suggest use for emergencies only) John (sarran1955) and Steve (82JEW75) FRANCE 0033 xxxxxxx Advance warning preferred (number removed as this is a public area of this forum)


Campsite directory (“passions”) https://www.vicarious-shop.com/France-Passion-2012.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

French map for Satnav
French map paper type ! http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;? ... 0788900482

12 Volt phone charger.
Check with phone supplier re using in France (costs) or buy a payg sim when you get there.

Cancel milk / papers


Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!! :ok

Cheers guys!!
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Buy wine cheese and bread.

You'll be fine, enjoy it.
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The Bishop wrote:Buy wine cheese and bread.

You'll be fine, enjoy it.

lol cheers!! Any particular areas that are nicest / routes we should go? :ok
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Take a look at this thread:-

http://forum.club8090.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=105374" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Lots of info about a camping holiday in France & many questions answered. :)
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Drive on the right ;)

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It's now compulsory to carry breathalysers in France

http://www.roadsafetygb.org.uk/news/2015.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Plenty on ebay or you can pay more on the ferries.
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thechubbsdub wrote:It's now compulsory to carry breathalysers in France

http://www.roadsafetygb.org.uk/news/2015.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Plenty on ebay or you can pay more on the ferries.


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Personally I was alarmed not to see gaffer tape and WD40 on the list, surely the two most important tools in anyones toolkit :wink:

Seriously though french campsites are generally great - we did 5 weeks touring france in 2010, tents + (1998 "new") beetle rather than a camper and the thing we missed the most was some kind of fridge/ powered coolbox. We tried using bowls of water which gave us about 2 hours of unmelted margarine time between refills in summer heat, some campsites would let us freeze ice blocks for our coolbag, but others wouldn't. If you haven't got a fridge in the van, take a 12/240 volt coolbox plus mains hookup lead, and european adapter. Mains hookup costs a few euros more per pitch. If you are rolling up without booking, there's often more choice available if you don't need hookup though.

I can't remember exactly which sites we went to off the top of my head, but headed unplanned down through loire, dordogne, bordeaux to the gers region where we stayed a while, popped over the pyrenees to santander in spain too for a night!

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Most camp sites will have closed down around the time you are going over there, so if you are staying on sites I recommend you buy a Michelin camping book now. It will at least show you which sites are still open as a guide. Some sites are open all year round but you need to plan your journeys accordingly. Breakdown cover is of course a must. And yes gaffer tape and wd40 really are essential.

As far as journeys go just head South of Paris and potter. There is so much to see and much of it you will find on the way. Some of the nicest drives I've had have been on the D roads which tend to be slower but not slow. The N roads are faster and are constantly being upgraded and the road surfaces are excellent. However, if you want to get to warmer parts in a hurry then take the toll roads. You can cover long distances at a steady 60mph and as far as I'm concerned the cost of the tolls is negligible for the convenience provided and the increase im mpg provided by the steady speed. These roads are also so well built and maintained and the surfaces so quiet you realise that its not your van making all the noise you hear back in the UK.
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Buy Carrefour Mousse Forestiere and Bleu Fondant cheese :pimp l'Eclerc for the best cheap 5 litre red wine, their Vieux something or other Merlot is really rather special.
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Ian Hulley wrote:Buy Carrefour Mousse Forestiere and Bleu Fondant cheese :pimp l'Eclerc for the best cheap 5 litre red wine, their Vieux something or other Merlot is really rather special.

I bought 2 x 5 litres of the Vieux Carion brand red wine from l'Elclerc. The Gamay Cotes du Tarn is a bit on the grim side. I have yet to try the Cabernet Sauvignon Pays d'Oc. I bought Roquefort cheese as usual, unfortunately I didn't see the Blue Fondant.
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Bowton Lad wrote:
Ian Hulley wrote:Buy Carrefour Mousse Forestiere and Bleu Fondant cheese :pimp l'Eclerc for the best cheap 5 litre red wine, their Vieux something or other Merlot is really rather special.

I bought 2 x 5 litres of the Vieux Carion brand red wine from l'Elclerc. The Gamay Cotes du Tarn is a bit on the grim side. I have yet to try the Cabernet Sauvignon Pays d'Oc. I bought Roquefort cheese as usual, unfortunately I didn't see the Blue Fondant.

Get you ... sound just like Jilly Feckin Goulden :pimp :rofl
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Ian Hulley wrote:
Bowton Lad wrote:
Ian Hulley wrote:Buy Carrefour Mousse Forestiere and Bleu Fondant cheese :pimp l'Eclerc for the best cheap 5 litre red wine, their Vieux something or other Merlot is really rather special.

I bought 2 x 5 litres of the Vieux Carion brand red wine from l'Elclerc. The Gamay Cotes du Tarn is a bit on the grim side. I have yet to try the Cabernet Sauvignon Pays d'Oc. I bought Roquefort cheese as usual, unfortunately I didn't see the Blue Fondant.

Get you ... sound just like Jilly Feckin Goulden :pimp :rofl


Young Mr.Hulley, I said the wine was ''a bit on the grim side''. Ms Goolden would have said that it ''tasted like new mown hay'' or something equally ridiculous. The Lad tells it as it is! :lol:
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Hello,

Please don't buy vin du pays, nor 'vin issue des pays europeans', or vin d'oc. :shock: :shock: :shock: :? :? :shock: :shock:

These are all 95 ron unleaded. :rofl :rofl :rofl :rofl :rofl

Hmmm.... cross the loire, try a nice Saumur...

Then Bergerac, Bordeaux, Bourgogne..

You are very welcome to drop by here, shade, hookup, big workshop, lots of touristy stuff.

We are between junctions 21 and 22 of the A 89 motorway.

Many campings will close in 1st week of october.

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I'll be back in France sometime from the 14th - 28th October for 3 - 4 weeks. I'll be in Bourganeuf for the duration. I've got things to do. :wink:
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