Tips for fellow Americans driving an RV in France

An American client who purchased a motorhome in France with our help recently finished their trip and wanted to share a few notable points for others following in their footsteps.

Michael review photo of his campervan

Know your traffic signs

There are a lot of different signs but once you get used to them they are easy to figure out.

When purchasing a motorhome make sure you do your research to make sure it is the right one for your needs

We decided to spend more on a motorhome that we had been searching for a long time. We knew the maker and the model and because it was a discontinued model we had to search a lot to find the right one. Fuel efficient, well built, lots of storage and comfortable to live in.

Map out your trip before you start

We found that Google Maps will take you on some very narrow roads and if you aren’t prepared it can be very stressful, and in some cases you will need to back out and down the street you just came on.

Stay in the proper lane

When you pass a vehicle or a Semi make sure you immediately get into the right lane, if not you’ll have vehicles within feet of your back bumper.

Know the speed limit

Make sure you know what your vehicle is capable of. It may say 130KMH but if you have a Motorhome over 3.5 tons your maximum speed is 110 KMH. We found out the hard way.

Most camp grounds in France are unisex

They also don’t have toilet seats or toilet paper. Plan accordingly.

Showers tend to be pretty basic

We highly recommend using flip-flops to shower as the subfloor can be pretty suspect at times.

Make sure you have contactless credit cards for payment

We didn’t but were able to load the CC details into the Apple Pay app and use it for all our purchases.

Do your shopping before you arrive at your destination

Most camp grounds and parking spots are remote or not the easiest to get to so shopping in advance will make your dining experience a whole lot better.

Some of your best meals will be in your motorhome

Your camping spot will sometimes lead you to the most serene settings. Enjoy it with the best seat in the house and of course a great bottle of wine.

Try to secure your camp ground before you arrive especially if you plan to travel in the summer months

Look at Park4night an app we used that help us filter out the camp grounds in the areas we wanted to stay.

Bring a debit card for getting cash

Most money exchanges give very poor exchange rates and they also charge high fees for their services.

Don’t stress

Nothing is worse than making your travels stressful, especially when they don’t have to be. Remember you will always get to where you need to be eventually, so just enjoy the journey no matter what comes up along the way.

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