France RVing Vacation, Driving an RV in France
Driving an RV through France differs little from driving a recreational vehicle in the USA, Canada, or Mexico.
Narrower roads in the rural areas and tighter and congested city driving might be the most difficult hurdle for drivers accustomed to more elbow room.
Otherwise the Driving rules are the same, including the giving of the right of way to the vehicle in the rotary, with some variation.
The rotary will be a welcome sight while driving in France and Italy because they have signs clearly marking directions to cities and towns and when you are in doubt about a direction, you can circle the rotary as many times as it takes to get your bearings.
Rotaries also eliminate the need for a traffic light at a crossroads. Even in the big cities of France and Italy the rotary speeds traffic along and avoids the gridlock that often snarls US big city traffic. The rotary around the Arc de Triomphe might be the classic rotary nightmare: eight lanes of screaming traffic whiz around France's iconic arch at the end of the Champs-Elysees and peel off in various directions without the drivers ever going through the gears.
The RV is best kept to the highways and rural roads in France and Italy.
Will it fit: RV rentals in France are on the small side compared to US and Canadian land Yachts but the narrow roads and Medieval city gates make you appreciate the small RV.
The dumping stations and water, electric service provided by Aires de Service are a welcome aid in caravanning France
Speed limits in Europe are in Kilometers per hour and are clearly marked along most roads in France, often with flashing lights.
Speed bumps do exist on the roads of France but in limited number.
They are marked by a tent like symbol that will at first fool the US RV driver looking for a campsite.
130 Kilometers per hour on a clear day 110 in the rain. Accurately this is 80.77 mph when clear, 68.35 in the rain
Kilometers to Miles
A handy rule of thumb to quickly convert kilometers to miles is to take the overall distance, 90 kilometers for example, divide by three and add two of the thirds. This will give you 60 miles in this case. 90 divided by 3 =30 x2= 60, approximately converting 90 km to 60 miles. Although inaccurate, this can be quickly done in your head and will be near enough for short distances.
Highway driving is just like highway travel in the stops all being very similar. Keep small change handy in coins for the automatic toll gates.
Learning the words for a few of the important highway signs, the word for right, Droit, left, Gouche, paid parking, Payant, and a few others can help but a command of the language is not needed for a successful road trip in France or Italy.
Familiarity with the road symbols would help. A map legend will have explanations of the circle with the line through it, the word interdit, and various other symbols and road sign logos.
Wide Open RV Park on the Camargue
Ferry over the Rhone at Port Saint Louis
France highway driving is very similar to travel in the US or Canada with high speed toll roads, and rest areas/gas stops
International Road Symbols, Renting, and Driving of an RV Varies Little from the US, Canada, or Mexico
France RVing Driving Vacation in France
A popular spot for European RV vacationer, the Camargue of southern Provence where the Rhone River Delta flattens to a huge area of hard-packed sand and attracts campers who set up for extended vacations.
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The town of Eygalieres in Provence has a campgrounds about a mile east of the chapel on the Orgon Road
Gas stations are modern on the toll roads, some equipped with waste water dump station. The Aires de Service in many towns provide low cost waste disposal and overnight parking
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A France RV Vacation, Driving an RV through France, differs little from driving a recreational vehicle in the USA, Canada, or Mexico.
Narrower roads in the rural areas and congested city driving might be the hurdle for drivers accustomed to elbow room.
A France RV Vacation, Driving an RV through France, differs little from driving a recreational vehicle in the USA, Canada, or Mexico except for Narrower roads in the rural areas.
offers selection, price, and ease of booking on the web. . Shop online well ahead of your trip and choose diesel or gas, luggage space, standard or automatic, two door, four door and other options. Reserve extras such as baby seats, strollers, telephones.
Speed limits will be clearly marked and the Rotary will be a welcome site with its directions to various towns. Gassing up is similar to US with credit card and automatic shut-off at modern pumps. Car rental are available in all large cities and at many TGV Train Stations.
A France RV Vacation could include camping on the beaches of Plage Piemanson and Plage Beauduc in the Camargue.
Aires de Service are in nearby Port Saint Louis.
France RVing Vacation,