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15-10-2016 20:33
aldra Great trip bc109

We have just done nearly 3 thousand miles in 6 weeks

But loved Croatia

Forgot the winter setting in the Austrian Alps , well it had been so warm the aircon was needed more than winter settings ,and dropped all our water in the middle of the night, thought it was heavy rain!! But the pump just kept running and eventually groggy eyed we twigged

You will never get it completely right no one ever does

But you will survive

15-10-2016 17:22
bc109 Thanks, Barryd
Next instalment will be on the Hymer forum on the lines of " What's the best way of doing ..........
15-10-2016 15:44
barryd Great story Bill!

Good to see someone just going for it and getting on with it. I think you will have an interesting and exciting motorhoming future ahead of you. Bodging stuff as GB says is the way to go. You can fix a blown up hot water tank with biros you know! Oh yes. I am the resident expert on that by the way.

Self amalgamating rubber tape is another bodge tool you will find invaluable as is an internet connection so when it all goes wrong someone on here will tell you how to fix it although by the sound of it I think you will do ok.

I was a bit horrified to see you starting off using sites. get used to download all the POI for aires and Stellplatz etc

Anyway good look with the van and we look forward to the next instalment.
15-10-2016 12:23
bc109 Day seven. Last day.
Home territory. I can't say what the MPG is for this motorhome, but it is impressive. We are used to
driving an old ,heavy Saab automatic that drinks fuel. This vehicle is heavy and automatic but sips
The weather did not improve. We arrived home early enough to get the necessary paperwork to the gestor ( a kind of "sort the paperwork out and tax expert" essential in Spain ) and unloaded.
Euphoria set in for about 36 hours, then we were told that more official papers were needed from Germany and this is still being solved.
This motorhome has just over 40,000 kilometres on the clock over 13 years. Needless to say, some TLC will be required, but inside rather than outside.
But if anything of interest turns up, it will be on another thread. Nuff said !
We noticed that two days after we arrived home almost the whole area we travelled had the most horrendous storms with lots of flooding.
Someone up there was looking after us.
Forgot to add that our younger daughter and grand daughter are trying to decide what to
call this motorhome.
Now if you've been paying attention you might recall we had to buy a VERY IMPORTANT red cap to cover the German gas bottle. We think it will make an excellent nose on the front of the vehicle.
If we ever manage to upload a picture, you'll see what we mean.

Many thanks for your kind advice and comments. I hope you haven't been too bored, you've probably heard it all before........


Bill and Dorli at home in Spain, marathon ended; insurance expired.Waiting for the paperwork to be
sorted out. It's all DIY for the next few weeks.
15-10-2016 09:33
Originally Posted by bc109 View Post
I was a bystander in the numberplate/insurance "shop" right next to the traffic office in a German town whose name I never knew.
So we asked for nine days, which I understand was agreed, but then it became eight days on the numberplate. Then we went to the
traffic office and did the changeover.
So.....we asked......and got eight days. Nothing more I can say ! To speak German is one thing. To understand all the specialised
technical words used at that time was beyond me.
It came to me in the night (as things often do) we brought vehicles into Germany from the UK and you took the MH out of Germany, the rules are probably different.
Stupid, as a lot of German laws are, we would have 5 days to get from here to England and back when collecting something from England which was impossible.
Its a long story.
Are you home yet?
We all need to know about the last leg
15-10-2016 00:17
bc109 @JanHank
I was a bystander in the numberplate/insurance "shop" right next to the traffic office in a German town whose name I never knew.
So we asked for nine days, which I understand was agreed, but then it became eight days on the numberplate. Then we went to the
traffic office and did the changeover.
So.....we asked......and got eight days. Nothing more I can say ! To speak German is one thing. To understand all the specialised
technical words used at that time was beyond me.
14-10-2016 08:23
JanHank I am interested in your temp. number plate and insurance, they only cover you for 5 days in Germany, how have you managed to get an extension?
14-10-2016 07:50
bc109 Day 6

Getting there....getting there !
We did a big shop at Lidl, in Millau, because it was the first one we came across on our trek through
France. Main event.....smoked chicken ! Not available in the UK, Germany or Spain. Delicious !
Got to very near the border, staying on the non-pay roads. This was a mistake. Hindsight, experience,
warning....get to the pay autoroute just before the border to avoid a ridiculous tailback caused by the
village near the border allowing parking on both sides and even double parking.

Entering Spain we were on our way to a stopover just beyond Sitges, and well south of Barcelona.
Not much to talk about,except after Barcelona we took a terrible road along the coast to
Sitges, with constant traffic on the seaward side and a rock face on the other side. This was a very
narrow road, and frankly, I don't know why we didn't hit anything.
The Promobile talked us in to a restplace some distance past Sitges. We managed this without incident,
but the app took us through a village quite unsuited to a motorhome. When we eventually arrived at the
restplace, there was a perfectly simple way-in/way-out suitable for an HGV. It's that technology at work
again !
Rest place name: Bellvei Polfust; the staff of one ( olive oil and pig farmer ? ) was pleasant and co-operative.
We were the only customers.
Fast railtrack a couple of hundred metres away provided some interludes and it was clear from the smell
that we were at or near a pig farm.
The weather was quite grey and rainy; not like Spain at all. Hoping for better weather when we arrive
Tomorrow...last stretch. Thank goodness, did I hear you say ?
13-10-2016 22:51
jiwawa I think that stopover in Millau has a permanent queue trying to get in!

I've never come across one so difficult.

When we were there there were a couple of vans that never did get in, one of them out of pocket.
13-10-2016 07:34
bc109 Day five.

Used a couple of cans of water to top-up the empty water tank the night before. Is that the right phrase
? Doubt it. Didn't want the heater/boiler to object.
In the morning did all the necessaries before setting off. Another marathon run. In case you are wondering
why we couldn't go at a leisurely pace, it's because we only had a few days temporary insurance connected
to a temporary number plate. So progress was essential, but very tiring.
Exit from Champagnat was memorable, because Dorli decided that now was the time to try her hand at driving
the motorhome. All in all, this went very well, and she did an hour at the wheel, and was mightily relieved
that it drove so easily. Now I have a co-driver ! Do I now have to make the coffee and wash up ?
Went towards Claremont-Ferrand. We have been across the Central Massive a number of times in the past.
Two memorable occasions, one when we were caught in all the French Lemming Summer Getaway before the TALL bridge was
built, and the other during the first week the TALL bridge was opened. It was lightly snowing on that
occasion, but we got a special postcard at the toll point and paid 5 euros. This was in the middle of the
night, and the view from the bridge resembled the view from a 'plane window.
This time, Dorli wanted to see Millau that the bridge bypassed so we got to the rest place in the middle
of the town at about five fifteen in the afternoon, and joined a queue to enter the barriered parking.
But the queue wasn't moving, so Dorli, whose French ( and German, and Spanish ) is much better that mine
went to investigate.
This is the time when hooman beans are no longer to be found and machines are trying to take over.
Anyone been to Gatwick lately ?
The problem was that the brilliant afternoon/evening sun made the instruction screen completely unreadable
so hooman beans, that is, the MoHomers, couldn't pay the money in and couldn't operate the barrier.
There were closed circuit cameras monitoring the entry point, but obviously no hooman beans looking at them.
The queue behind us grew exponentially so that the road to the rest place was completely blocked.
Hooman beans eventually triumphed one after a painful another succeeded in overcoming machine and we entered.
We parked up alongside a German couple, who were celebrating his birthday and because it was sunny,
warm and very pleasant,we borrowed a couple of chairs ( our garage was full of empty suitcases ) and joined them with
beer and schnapps. It helps to be multi-lingual !
Best stopover yet, by far.
Dorli keeps warning me that the bill for Data usage will be large when the next telephone bill comes in.
I don't care. But we must get better organised for navigation in the future.

Now you are waiting for the mini disaster. Ahhhhhh but there wasn't one !
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