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Old August 18th, 2011, 05:44 PM   #10801
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WHY would you want a caravan in the fist place? you dont even save any money on accommodation
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Old August 18th, 2011, 05:48 PM   #10802
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WHY would you want a caravan in the fist place? you dont even save any money on accommodation
I once searched for renting a caravan to do a roadtrip. When I saw that it was as expensive as a 3-4* hotel room/night I gave up.
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Old August 18th, 2011, 07:29 PM   #10803
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WHY would you want a caravan in the fist place? you dont even save any money on accommodation
I suppose one reason is that you can choose were you want to stay. Also if you're doing a multi destination trip you don't need to empty your car of your baggage every time you stop.

Maybe Chris Z can answer this better as the Dutch seem to be caravan crazy.
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Old August 18th, 2011, 07:51 PM   #10804
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There are more than 15,000 campsites in Europe. You're very flexible and not dependent on hotels or reservations. Renting a caravan on campsites is usually expensive (€ 900 per week is not uncommon in the more popular areas like the Adriatic Coast in Italy). However, if I would want something like this, it'd be a camper. Much more flexible, lower tolls and higher speeds. And more suitable for mountain roads. They're only damn expensive, a new camper easily costs € 50,000 while a caravan can be bought for less than 15 grand.
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Old August 18th, 2011, 08:44 PM   #10805
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Was he watching that DVD while driving?
Three years ago I met up with my colleague driver and friend Derrek at motorway services near Nottingham. I was on my way to Spain, he was going to do a delivery in Koblenz, and reload in Dortmund. I gave him his DVD's back that I borrowed of him, and we had dinner together.
Next thing I heard is that he made it to Koblenz and did his delivery. Going back on the motorway heading towards Dortmund he never saw that the traffic in front of him was in a standstill, and he crashed into the back of a truck. Dead on site. We will never know if it was tiredness, but he was known to watch DVD's whilst driving.
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Old August 18th, 2011, 08:47 PM   #10806
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Three years ago I met up with my colleague driver and friend Derrek at motorway services near Nottingham. I was on my way to Spain, he was going to do a delivery in Koblenz, and reload in Dortmund.
Hey

Is your van left-hand drive or right-hand drive?
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Old August 18th, 2011, 08:51 PM   #10807
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Right-hand. But left-hand hopefully from next week onwards, as I'm busy getting my own van in Holland. I'm going to Holland on Sunday, and find out the possibilities on Monday.
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Old August 18th, 2011, 08:56 PM   #10808
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My van in our garden in Mayrhofen, Austria:
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Old August 18th, 2011, 09:11 PM   #10809
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I guess you've posted it before but I don't know it (and forgive me if it is a secret): are you an Englishman having a house in Austria or an Austrian having a job in Britain or... ?
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Old August 18th, 2011, 10:04 PM   #10810
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Half English, half Dutch working for a British firm, moved to Mayrhofen 3 years ago, because it's nicer than Stevenage - and doing this job all over Europe it doesn't really matter where you live...
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Old August 19th, 2011, 12:10 AM   #10811
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Geez, I'd be nuts driving a RHD car all over continental Europe. Driving close to the kerb, strange thing. I guess that is more difficult to adapt to than driving on the left side of the road with a RHD car.
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Old August 19th, 2011, 12:31 AM   #10812
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Only because you're not used to it. I'm used to both. I have to, doing 1000's of miles in a week in Europe. Here in Austria I drive an Austrian registered LHD (which I've driven to England once). I just switch over automatically.
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Old August 19th, 2011, 02:46 AM   #10813
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At Spain caravans are not usual. In fact, camping's directors say that most of them are foreing tourist (and some of them keep on the same camping for a lot of years)

What they are more popular are tents.

Once I was on a camping I watched some caravans (and cars addapted to caravan). I searched for prices and I understood why I will never have one.

There were in the camping one family with several tents (and an electrical fridge with high 1,8m)... They could be transported with a little car-trailer.


Maybe because trips are short than from other places, people do not use caravans so much.
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Old August 19th, 2011, 03:41 AM   #10814
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Spanish weather also make it more comfortable for tent-camping that, say, in Switzerland, Germany or Nordic countries where temperatures around 10-13 are not uncommon even in summer.
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Old August 19th, 2011, 08:38 AM   #10815
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Only because you're not used to it. I'm used to both. I have to, doing 1000's of miles in a week in Europe. Here in Austria I drive an Austrian registered LHD (which I've driven to England once). I just switch over automatically.
How can you post that often on SSC if you are driving so much? I'm not saying it's a bad thing, but do you have internet access everytime you stop for resting?

PS: have you started to make your clinched highways file?

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Old August 19th, 2011, 09:05 AM   #10816
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How can you post that often on SSC if you are driving so much? I'm not saying it's a bad thing, but do you have internet access everytime you stop for resting?

PS: have you started to make your clinched highways file?

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Cant be too hard to post on your phone. Especially this nice App that the site has
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Old August 19th, 2011, 09:06 AM   #10817
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Old August 19th, 2011, 09:55 AM   #10818
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Only because you're not used to it. I'm used to both. I have to, doing 1000's of miles in a week in Europe. Here in Austria I drive an Austrian registered LHD (which I've driven to England once). I just switch over automatically.
How about overtaking? Is it sufficient just to look on the passenger's mirror to have a clear view of incoming vehicles?
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Old August 19th, 2011, 10:04 AM   #10819
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Morning, G.
Lovely day today in Mayrhofen, what about Munich?

Yes, it's the only mirror I can use. I've got a "blind" panel van, but the mirrors are big, and I've got a dead angle mirror underneath it. So it's not a problem.

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Half English, half Dutch working for a British firm, moved to Mayrhofen 3 years ago, because it's nicer than Stevenage - and doing this job all over Europe it doesn't really matter where you live...
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