We spent yesterday at home, so I could get some writing done and Terry had an opportunity to cook a nice dinner at home and practice her knitting. We also had a quick visit from Tom and Margie Maloney, who are staying here at the Escapees Evergreen Co-op for a month. Tom was a huge help to Terry at our Yuma Gypsy Gathering rallies, taking on a lot of the work with morning coffee and donuts. It was nice to see them again.
Since we didn’t do too much away from the campground yesterday, I thought I would write about a different subject today; RVing in Europe. It’s something several blog readers have asked me about. While there is so much to see and do in the United States that we could never get it all done in one lifetime, many RVers we know want to broaden their horizons and explore other countries.
Mike and Terry Church from Rolling Homes Press are the recognized experts when researching European RV travel, and their guidebook RV and Car Camping Vacations in Europe is an excellent reference for anyone looking for an offshore RV adventure. They cover everything from renting an RV, the best times to go, and what you will want to take with you and what to leave at home.
Some RVers prefer to go it alone, shipping a smaller RV or Class B van overseas and arranging their own insurance coverage and travel schedules. But for those less adventurous, there are also RV tour companies that take a lot of the fuss and work out of it, with caravans all over the continent and beyond. All you have to do is bring your personal items, and they provide a motorhome or van and everything else you need.
Most of the RVs available for rent in Europe are much smaller than our typical motorhomes. Randy and Kim Fortnier have been e-mailing me about their European RV adventures this summer in a rented Globebus Scout, which they describe as more like a big van, 20 feet long, with a bed in the back, dinette, small stove and oven, a tiny shower, and toilet that Randy says “would not be comfortable for anybody larger than a dwarf.” But he said that it gets 20 miles per gallon, as opposed to the 7 his Newmar Dutch Star gets on a good day with a tailwind.
Randy said even the smaller Globebus can be intimidating on some of the narrow streets they have encountered in the small villages they have visited. He also said that finding campgrounds has not been difficult at all, nor has been finding places to boondock.
Personally, I would get in way too much trouble driving on the left side of the street. But, how about you? How many of you have traveled by RV in Europe, Australia, or some other country, or would like to? I think it would be a great opportunity for genealogists to expand their family history research.
Thought For The Day – Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life. – Sophia Loren