RV in Europe

Old Jan 22nd, 2009, 08:14 AM
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RV in Europe

Has anyone shipped their RV to Europe? I would like to hear their stories about rving in Europe
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Old Jan 22nd, 2009, 08:51 AM
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It is certainly very different from rving in North America.

Be aware that many roads and especially many streets in old towns are extremely narrow. Parking in towns and cities is difficult to impossible. Many vistas along the roads are barred for RVs. Driving a RV in Europe can be a nightmare.
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Old Jan 22nd, 2009, 08:53 AM
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Shipped it from where? The USA? If so, gosh, I cannot imagine what a challenge that would be (and I love driving in Europe)!
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Old Jan 22nd, 2009, 09:03 AM
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It is almost certainly cheaper to buy one and sell it back at the end of your time here. Plus it will be a European RV suited, to Europa roads.
There are some threads lurking here somewhere on the subject.
How long were you thinking of travelling for? You do know you will need a Schengen Visa if you want to stay longer than 3 months?
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Old Jan 22nd, 2009, 10:35 AM
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we are just in the initial stages of THINKING about it, dont know ANY particulars that is why I posted here. Hoping to hear what is needed, suggested, etc. Any help will be surely appreciated!
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Well, I learn something new every day. I wouldn't have believed this would be cost-effective, but here's an account of someone who did it and claims it is.

This is from 2003 and they ended up not shipping the RV back to the States, instead storing it for later use:


And here's another one, this couple sold their RV to a Swedish couple before they returned to the States:

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Hi cln; Everyone here is suggesting to you that RVing in Europe is very different than in the US. In Europe the RV'S are narrower, shorter and are made so the roads accommodte them. The highways would be fine, but when you go to the villages/towns it would be a 'nightmare'. So here is a thought for RV rentals in Europe. ideamerge.com/ ENJOY Iris
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Another aspect:

In high season, most campgrounds in the tourist regions are fully booked and in most European countries it is strictly forbidden to stay overnight in a public parking lot. And, as said, many parking lots are barred for RVs, e.g. at roadside vistas, beaches etc.

When you are visiting a historic town, you have to take the bus parking lot outside of the inner city. RVs are not allowed into parking garages etc.

European campgrounds are very different from American campgrounds.
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LOTS of misinformation here. We have been traveling Europe with a small RV/ motorhome for four years and it is absolutely the best and cheapest way to visit Europe, especially for families. Plus the best way to get to know Europeans.

So far we have been to 4 continents, 32 countries & over 175,000 miles ( most overland, but take cargo ships/ferries to go between places like Venice & Athens, UK & Sweden, France & Ireland, Barcelona & Rome etc etc) & almost all of it has been in Europe. We have seen much more of Europe, than most Europeans and we do it very luxuriously on just 23 dollars a day per person.


I list all the campsites that we go to and most are very luxurious resorts with indoor & outdoor pools, restaurants,beaches, gyms, zoos, grocery stores, rental cabins etc. There is not a city or tourist site in Europe that does not have a campsite nearby and there are also great places to free camp in many countries.

More great articles about the many advantages of this terrific way to travel Europe ( especially as a family):




MANY Europeans winter in luxurious resorts in their RV's in places like Nice, Barcelona, southern Spain, Morocco & southern Portugal for as little as 7 dollars a night or less. Almost all campsites are near mass transit & stores and if you do not pick a giant size RV, they are very easy to drive all over Europe ( as well as Morocco and Turkey).

We have NEVER run into a campsite that was fully booked in high season or any other time. We never book ahead. One can even camp in vineyards in Frances wine country! With our bikes on back always, one can ride through the best vineyards in the world!

It is easy to buy a RV here and sell when you leave ( most places do buy back guarantee or do like a friend just did and sell on ebay UK etc). It is also easy to ship an RV from US as another friend did recently ( who was a single mom with 2 young kids).

Just a few places we have camped with our RV:
Rome, Paris, London, Dublin, Dubrovnik, Vienna, Salzburg, Montenegro, Lake Bled, Slovenia, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Tuscany, Florence, Cinque Terre, Lyon, Barcelona, San Sebastian, Santiago, Granada, Marbella, Lisbon, Algarve, Munich, Stockholm, Oslo, Legoland in Denmark, Scotland, Ireland, Colmar, Costa Brava, Venice, Nice, St Tropez, Evora, Pont du Gard, Provence, Copenhagen, Romantic Road in Germany, Brugge, Amsterdam, Prague, Plitvice Park, Budapest,Slovakia, Galicia, Santorini, Athens, Delphi, Olympus, Pisa, Seville, Granada, Cadiz, Madrid, Malaga, Lubeck, Cologne, Heidelberg, Togir, Pompeii, Carcassone,Bilbao,
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