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Tips For An RV Vacation In Europe

Article Contributed By Alex with campstar.com Europe is an attractive destination for a motorhome vacation. The cultural diversity and mixture of vast history, hospitable people, excellent beaches and some of the best natural landscapes make Europe a must-visit destination. The road conditions and motorhome camping places throughout most of the countries make traveling with an RV a smooth experience. However, if you are planning to go on a road trip with your RV through Europe for the first time, there are some things you need to know. Although the region is well set up for RVing, there are many things to take into consideration before your holiday. For starters, it’s best to decide on your itinerary before you start vacationing, as there are thousands of different routes and campsites along the way. If you have a specific place in mind, do your research before the trip. You also need to take care of essential documentation and bring a couple of things with you on the road. Overall, you could use some helpful tips that will keep you out of trouble and improve your vacation. Essentials to Bring On the Road As already mentioned, travelers to Europe need to plan their route upfront, bring all necessary papers, as well as travel insurance. In terms of papers you will need, make sure you always bring your proof of vehicle ownership, and a paper copy of the RV insurance. Birth and marriage certificates might help a lot if you run into problems in some of the countries, so all travelers should bring copies of these documents. Additionally, here is a checklist of all the documents you might need: Driving license and passport (and international driving license if required) Original motorhome logbook and for any vehicles, you are taking with you MOT (Ministry of Transport test to prove your vehicle is roadworthy.) Personal travel insurance Paperwork for pets (if you are bringing them on your trip with you) In terms of camping and choosing a route, knowing where to and where not to park your vehicle can help to make a solid plan. For starters, keep in mind that most European countries do not allow wild camping (boondocking), so you will have to search for free or paid campgrounds. If you know where you are visiting with your RV, do online research to learn about the legalities in that country, check for possible ‘wild’ camping spots, and under what conditions you can stay there. For the best camping places around Europe, you can browse online campsite databases and pick the most suitable choice fitting to your financial and location needs. Know the Dimensions of Your Vehicle Country roads in some European countries might be problematic for larger motorhomes. Travelers can encounter low bridges, or road signs limiting the maximum width or vehicle height. Therefore, it’s good to know the dimensions of your car to avoid unwanted situations. Bring a 12V USB Port Adapter & Voltage Inverter In Europe, if you don’t have one already, you will need a 12V USB port adapter for charging phones and tablets and possibly a voltage inverter to run all your devices, including the AC, while traveling. Make sure to check with the inverter output, to see if it’s the correct voltage. LPG Gas Bottles Are Hard To Find For RVs that use refillable LPG bottles, supplying enough for the trip is very important. You might run out of LPG, and in some places around Europe, it would be difficult to find them. It’s better to be safe than sorry. If you don’t want to carry extra with you, make sure to research if the place you’ll be staying offers them, and what their price is. Mobile Data Is Better Than Wi-Fi One of the main tips everyone should know before springing their RV vacation throughout Europe is to shift to mobile data. Wi-Fi is often not responsive in many camping grounds across Europe, and the signal is usually very weak, sometimes entirely gone. Although you won’t be using it that much, in reality, having a constant internet connection is crucial for a safe vacation. Countries from the EU have the same roaming prices, so if you get a cheap local prepaid card from a country within the EU, you can use it during most of your trip for the same price as where you bought it. That way, you’ll have reliable mobile data for the essentials, such as Google Maps, GPS, and Sat Nav. Keep Your Vehicle Lights On & Bring Winter Tires Many countries around Europe have different regulations. However, to avoid getting fined on your vacation, it's best to familiarize yourself with the rules before the trip, and always follow them. In countries such as Croatia, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, and Norway, you need to have the sidelights turned on all the time. Daytime lights, on the other hand, must be switched in all countries, all the time. For the winter holiday, don’t forget to bring your winter tires, as well as winter chains. Some countries, particularly those with large mountain areas, have a strict policy about it. Usually, this regulation lasts from November to April. By performing the final vehicle checkups before you leave, you are almost ready for an RV vacation in Europe. One final tip – prepare an amazing road trip playlist with your favorite songs for the road, and enjoy the ride.
Tips For An RV Vacation In Europe
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Tips For An RV Vacation In Europe

Article Contributed By Alex with campstar.com Europe is an attractive destination for a motorhome vacation. The cultural diversity and mixture of vast history, hospitable people, excellent beaches and some of the best natural landscapes make Europe a must- visit destination. The road conditions and motorhome camping places throughout most of the countries make traveling with an RV a smooth experience. However, if you are planning to go on a road trip with your RV through Europe for the first time, there are some things you need to know. Although the region is well set up for RVing, there are many things to take into consideration before your holiday. For starters, it’s best to decide on your itinerary before you start vacationing, as there are thousands of different routes and campsites along the way. If you have a specific place in mind, do your research before the trip. You also need to take care of essential documentation and bring a couple of things with you on the road. Overall, you could use some helpful tips that will keep you out of trouble and improve your vacation. Essentials to Bring On the Road As already mentioned, travelers to Europe need to plan their route upfront, bring all necessary papers, as well as travel insurance. In terms of papers you will need, make sure you always bring your proof of vehicle ownership, and a paper copy of the RV insurance. Birth and marriage certificates might help a lot if you run into problems in some of the countries, so all travelers should bring copies of these documents. Additionally, here is a checklist of all the documents you might need: Driving license and passport (and international driving license if required) Original motorhome logbook and for any vehicles, you are taking with you MOT (Ministry of Transport test to prove your vehicle is roadworthy.) Personal travel insurance Paperwork for pets (if you are bringing them on your trip with you) In terms of camping and choosing a route, knowing where to and where not to park your vehicle can help to make a solid plan. For starters, keep in mind that most European countries do not allow wild camping (boondocking), so you will have to search for free or paid campgrounds. If you know where you are visiting with your RV, do online research to learn about the legalities in that country, check for possible ‘wild’ camping spots, and under what conditions you can stay there. For the best camping places around Europe, you can browse online campsite databases and pick the most suitable choice fitting to your financial and location needs. Know the Dimensions of Your Vehicle Country roads in some European countries might be problematic for larger motorhomes. Travelers can encounter low bridges, or road signs limiting the maximum width or vehicle height. Therefore, it’s good to know the dimensions of your car to avoid unwanted situations. Bring a 12V USB Port Adapter & Voltage Inverter In Europe, if you don’t have one already, you will need a 12V USB port adapter for charging phones and tablets and possibly a voltage inverter to run all your devices, including the AC, while traveling. Make sure to check with the inverter output, to see if it’s the correct voltage. LPG Gas Bottles Are Hard To Find For RVs that use refillable LPG bottles, supplying enough for the trip is very important. You might run out of LPG, and in some places around Europe, it would be difficult to find them. It’s better to be safe than sorry. If you don’t want to carry extra with you, make sure to research if the place you’ll be staying offers them, and what their price is. Mobile Data Is Better Than Wi-Fi One of the main tips everyone should know before springing their RV vacation throughout Europe is to shift to mobile data. Wi-Fi is often not responsive in many camping grounds across Europe, and the signal is usually very weak, sometimes entirely gone. Although you won’t be using it that much, in reality, having a constant internet connection is crucial for a safe vacation. Countries from the EU have the same roaming prices, so if you get a cheap local prepaid card from a country within the EU, you can use it during most of your trip for the same price as where you bought it. That way, you’ll have reliable mobile data for the essentials, such as Google Maps, GPS, and Sat Nav. Keep Your Vehicle Lights On & Bring Winter Tires Many countries around Europe have different regulations. However, to avoid getting fined on your vacation, it's best to familiarize yourself with the rules before the trip, and always follow them. In countries such as Croatia, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, and Norway, you need to have the sidelights turned on all the time. Daytime lights, on the other hand, must be switched in all countries, all the time. For the winter holiday, don’t forget to bring your winter tires, as well as winter chains. Some countries, particularly those with large mountain areas, have a strict policy about it. Usually, this regulation lasts from November to April. By performing the final vehicle checkups before you leave, you are almost ready for an RV vacation in Europe. One final tip – prepare an amazing road trip playlist with your favorite songs for the road, and enjoy the ride.
Tips For An RV Vacation In Europe
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