RVing in France, Caravaning, Aire de Service,
Campgrounds
Gassing Up

Gassing your vehicle is similar to the procedure in the US including the self service feature, automatic shut off pumps, and the use of the credit card.
Diesel is common in France and called Gazole./ Gazoil
Gas   l'essence sans plomb
France Highway Travel
  • Good Roads, Free and Toll
Great roads in France make highway driving  very similar to travel in Canada or the US.
Toll  roads marked "Peage", speed the trip but costs can add up. There will most often be a free road running parallel to the toll road that will take you through the small and interesting villages.
  • Speed Limits
Villages will have a reduced speed zone of 50 KPH and then down to 30 K.
Speeding is radar controlled.
  • Toll Roads
The toll roads issue a ticket and collect the fee at the exit. The toll highways have ample rest areas some with RV dumping stations.
  • Aires de Service
Throughout France there are Aires de Service for the convenience of RV Caravan travelers.  
They range from free to a few Euros to dump waste water, take on fresh water, charge batteries, and dump rubbish.  Some provide overnight parking.
  • Highway Rest Stops
Highway Rest stops offer food and gas stops similar to what you encounter in the States or Canada.
A stash of small change in coins will speed you through the automatic toll gates.
  • Parking
Most cities and some of the villages have paid parking with a ticket and automated system. Take a ticket when entering and insert it into the machine when leaving. It will tally the cost and you pay with coin or credit card. Insert the ticket in the gate as you leave. At others you prepay and leave the ticket on the dashboard so that the attendant can see it. These large lots at the edge of the city or village can accommodate the smaller RV available for rent in France
Stock up on  water, food, a thermos of coffee, and gas before taking a trip and save money and time.
There are few convenience strip malls in Provence and other rural regions of France.
Renting an RV in Europe is a simple process. Several cities have wide assortments of Diesel models. They are smaller than the usual Canada or US model.  Shopping on line well in advance can give you the best options. The ability to drive a standard shift will be a consideration.  
At the tip of the Rhone River Delta the land flattens and becomes the sandy desert of the Camargue.  Plage Piemanson and Plage Beauduc are popular with caravan Vacationers
Toll roads parallel the older roads between villages
Speed limits will be clearly marked and the Rotary will be a welcome site with its directions to various towns...car rental are available in all large cities and at many TGV Train Stations.
Caravans, as they call the RV in France  arrive during mid May along the Rhone River delta for a long summer visit in a vast sand spit on the Mediterranean.  The vacationers of Europe set up summer quarters in the wilds of the Camargue.
White horses roam the grasslands along the Rhone River Delta.  
Renting an RV in Europe is a simple process. Several cities have wide assortments of Diesel models. They are smaller than the usual Canada or US model.  Shopping on line well in advance can give you the best options. The ability to drive a standard shift will be a consideration.  
Do You need an International Driving Permit to Drive in Europe.
In France and Italy you can rent a car and do not need to show an International Permit, only your drivers license    Italian law, however,  requires that.....  see Article
ease of booking on the web. Shop online well ahead of your trip and choose diesel (more economical) or gas, luggage space,(important)  standard or automatic,(important)  two door, four door and other options.  Reserve extras such as baby seats, strollers, telephones.      see  renting a vehicle in Provence
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.
Information for those renting a vehicle in Provence
RVing in France on the Rhone River Delta can be wild caravan camping at two beaches on the Mediterranean.
Aires de Service are nearby
RV park in France on the Rhone River
RV ing in France, Provence
RV travel in France on the highway to Paris
RVing in France during sees many European Vacationers hit the road and head to Provence.
Vacationers in caravans go South to the beaches along the Mediterranean between May and September.   
July and August  are when many Europeans have a six week vacation
RV park in France  la Plage Piemanson on the Rhone River Delta
RVing in France and in Provence During July and August sees many European Vacationers head south to Provence and the Camargue for hiking and biking.
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