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This Summer 2 months 3 weeks ago #469131

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Hi everybody, this summer we are taking our caravan abroad for the first time.
Can anyone give me a simple checklist of things I need to have in place officially before driving on the continent.
We are travelling through Holland, Luxembourg and Switzerland however I will check the route in case we will pass through any other countries on the way.
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This Summer 2 months 3 weeks ago #469135

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Ste6t9 wrote:
Hi everybody, this summer we are taking our caravan abroad for the first time.
Can anyone give me a simple checklist of things I need to have in place officially before driving on the continent.
We are travelling through Holland, Luxembourg and Switzerland however I will check the route in case we will pass through any other countries on the way.

A good source of information is the CMHC or CCC websites. The former also produce European touring guides. There are three covering different areas of Europe. Not only do they give details of campsites but lots of information on technical, legal, culture etc of the countries covered. Example speed limits, tolls, power supplies, gas, emergency numbers, kit required, etc. The CMHC would be my first port of call as their touring guide was all I used when I first went to France before the internet came along.

Ps I do think you need to check your route to Switzerland as getting there from Luxembourg probably requires a foray into Germany too. Unless you do the longer way via France! I suspect Holland to Luxembourg requires a venture into Belgium too.
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This Summer 2 months 3 weeks ago #469139

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Thanks for that Clive.
Yes we will need to go into Germany as well I think, we are travelling across to Holland from Hull on the overnight ferry as we live 20 minutes from the port. I will check out the sites you have mentioned for more information. Our campsites are all Eurocamp so I’m hoping they will be pretty straightforward.
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This Summer 2 months 3 weeks ago #469150

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Ste6t9 wrote:
Thanks for that Clive.
Yes we will need to go into Germany as well I think, we are travelling across to Holland from Hull on the overnight ferry as we live 20 minutes from the port. I will check out the sites you have mentioned for more information. Our campsites are all Eurocamp so I’m hoping they will be pretty straightforward.

Thanks. Enjoy your holiday Switzerland is beautiful.
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This Summer 2 months 3 weeks ago #469156

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Here we go:-
Make sure when you get off the ferry in the Netherlands that your caravan snatch cable is attached to the towbar and not just looped around the ball as in the UK. You will get a ticket if you do not - stories of Police sitting outside the dock gates!
If you pass through Belgium it is technically illegal to use cruise control on the motorways - although how the fuzz can prove it is a different matter.
Luxembourg has probably the cheapest fuel in Western Europe at something less than 1€ per litre for diesel. The fuel prices in Belgium get cheaper and cheaper as you approach the border but never get down to Luxembourg prices! Good excuse to give your engine a treat with a fill-up of super diesel.
As your caravan does not have the necessary Tempo100 sticker in Germany (requires something similar to our MoT on your caravan done in Germany) you are limited to 80Kph on the autobahns.
You don't need to go into Germany to get to CH. If you go across towards Strasbourg you can drive down Alsace to the Swiss border at Basel. The road south of Strasbourg is a RN so free, the countryside is beautiful, and the fuel is cheaper than in D.
In Switzerland you will need a vignette for your towcar AND one for your caravan - costs 40CHF or €36.50 each and runs from the beginning of December one year to the end of January 14 months later. Can be bought at the border crossing or petrol stations close to the border.
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This Summer 2 months 2 weeks ago #469291

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Not sure about the countries you will visit but France bans use of radar detectors or warnings of speed cameras s o make sure this faculty is disabled on any satnav you have, and Spain doesn't like dashcams= taking photos of others without their prior permission or such like 9Don't ee how this works in major tourist attractions).

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This Summer 2 months 2 weeks ago #469297

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To get to switzerland , we go to Freinberg about 30 km south of Zurich on the west side of lake Zurich. We go through Belgium Luxembourg back into France then before hitting Strasbourg go south through Colmar to Basel, all toll free, , easier than going through Strasborg into Germany and back again. But we buy our vignette on line, sorry cant find the website, Swiss tourist board,
Beware you can only take in 1 kilo of meat per person, although having the vignette I have never been stopped by the Customs guys.
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This Summer 2 months 2 weeks ago #469298

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Thanks for this everybody.

We are doing 6 nights in Holland coming across from Hull to Rotterdam, then one night in Lux before heading to Interlaken for 6 nights. All advice has said stay in France down to Strasbourg so that’s the route I’m planning. My main concerns were about the legalities of caravanning abroad and any campsite issues I should be prepared for.
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This Summer 2 months 2 weeks ago #469299

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Ste, your Outlander may have a max train weight of over 3500 kg in which case you will be limited to 90 kph on the French motorways, even if you are below 3500kg. you will see Dutch and German outfits whizz past you, looking much heavier, I tend to stick to what the legal limits are,
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This Summer 2 months 2 weeks ago #469337

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So we have to stick to 56'mph if our combined units over 35oo kg ?
Not happy with that when I've already got a 5 hour drive from Calais !
As for turning the speed camera settings off ... i never have .
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