RVing in Europe?

Jun 18th, 2007, 08:41 AM
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RVing in Europe?

My husband and I love Europe and now that we're retired we want to spend several months traveling at a time. Has anyone ever bought a RV in Europe and traveled around? We've found several books but need more info. Are used travel tailers available for sale? When we're not using it we'd like to have it available for our grown children to enjoy. Does Europe had trailer pads for sale? Thanks for your help.
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Jun 18th, 2007, 08:58 AM
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What's an RV?
What's a travel tailer?
What's a trailer pad?
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Jun 18th, 2007, 09:03 AM
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In France at least there are many storage yards to store RVs or you can rent an annual plot in one of the zillions of Campings appealing to RVs.

I've seen used RV sales places - RVs very popular in Europe in spite of $8/gal petro prices.

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Jun 18th, 2007, 09:26 AM
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Like buying and registering a car by non-residents, buying, registering and insuring a RV (called 4x4 over here) or trailer (campervan or motorhome) can be a real hassle for non-residents, esp non-EU citizens. Throughout continental Europe, local laws demand that when applying to register a vehicle, a residence permit is produced alongside vehicle papers. Residence permit (carte de sejour etc) is only issued to those who have a long-stay visa, not a tourist visa-waiver that US citizens get when visiting Europe (generally 3 months, or 6 months in UK).
One country where it is (still) possible for non-residents to register and insure a vehicle is UK, though having a RHD vehicle for continental travel isn't ideal (LHD is available, but choice is limited and insurance more costly).
If you consider all the hassle and red tape involved (including servicing, repairs, garaging, roadworthiness tests etc), as well as the expense, you may find renting a vehicle when you need it works out better and certainly more convenient.
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Jun 18th, 2007, 10:58 AM
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Hi Waring
An RV is a recreational vehicle. One in which you can travel, eat and sleep. A travel trailer is the same thing, except I misspelled trailer so it reads travel TAILER. A trailer pad is a very small piece of property one buys to park an RV on when not in traveling.
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Jun 18th, 2007, 11:01 AM
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travel trailers called 'Caravans' in much of Europe and especially in France - thus the term Camping et Carvanning
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Jun 18th, 2007, 12:57 PM
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The Dutch are well known throughout Europe for the convoys of caravans and campers they create as they head off on their hols. You can rent campers (RVs) easily here, though they are generally not as big or as luxurious as in the US. There are also plenty of camp sites throughout Europe where you can leave a caravan. And certainly in Holland caravans above a certain size have to have their own registration documents, and number plate. Pertol prices are a serious consideration when it comes to campervans.
Here the Dutch tend to store their caravans for the winter - often by a farmer in one of his barns.
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Sep 7th, 2007, 08:40 AM
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Coming late to this, but yeah, we have been RVing around Europe for the last year and LOVING it!!

Perhaps our website will be of help


It is really easy, cheap, and you will meet LOTS of middle class Europeans from everywhere.


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