Reading material for those who love the camping life

Text and photo: Olav Barhaugen
Motorhome and Caravan magazine, No. 3, 2016 June

Motorhome Life: One year on the road

At this writing it a year ago I sold the apartment and moved in motorhome. This year I have put behind me 28000 kilometers 12 countries. Now it's time to sit down and take stock.

I had not really done me some thoughts on how this would be. Threw me out into it, so did it become that it would. When now a year has passed, I think it has worked beyond all expectations. Although not my apartment was of the greatest as it was the bit of a transition to going to stay at 10-12 m2. There has not been a problem. The car is smartly furnished, and the space is well utilized, so I can fit what I need and do not feel that it is tight around me. The best thing about this way of life is still the great feeling of freedom. I can go where I want, and mostly stay where I want.

12 countries

After visiting 12 country during this year I must say that there is not much that can compare with Norway in terms of nature and variety. Especially good I think it's along the coast. Moss and Aalesund are among those who have got good facilities for campers. Although the law states that municipalities are obliged to ensure reception of campers and boats is up to the municipality to consider the need. Many local authorities believe that the need is covered through campsites, but I have also experienced getting on campsites where I did not get emptied The tank mine. Here there is certainly work to be done for our organizations. Most importantly, to convince politicians and business that motorhome tourists actually are nice people who do not pollute and are a nuisance, but rather leaves a lot of money along our way.

Motorhome Pitches abroad

The best RV park rings I found in Germany. Maybe not so strange since the Germans must be regarded as pioneers when it comes to motorhome tourism. Places are often idyllically located, yet in decent distance to the city center or other facilities. Often in connection with marinas along the many great rivers. The standard varies, of course, here too, but the elementary needs as filling / emptying the water and toilet were present. Power likewise. Showers and toilets were more rare, but we do have with us in the car. Otherwise, both Portugal and Spain, with several motorhome parking facilities, although not to the same standard as in Germany. In return they are often cheaper, and even free.

Gas - a challenge

One of the biggest challenges for us who travel in Europe is gas. As is known, there are many different links on the gas cylinders, which to some extent can be solved with adapters. Spain has the same quick coupling as in Norway, the problem is that they do not want to fill foreign bottles. I went from Norway with two bottles, both with quick coupling. With a purchased German bottle and associated regulator did I do until I came to Spain. On the camp I lived came gas car every Wednesday, so I bought two bottles that were replaced when needed. I started on the homeward with two full Spanish bottles and got delivered into the empty German Flensburg in exchange for filling my Spanish bottles, which I also can get crowded in Norway.

Internet - A necessity.

Since I work from the car with both journalism and web design I depend on good web access. In Norway, I make use of an 4G mini router from Netcom / Telia. This has served impeccable and given me a fast and stable data connection. In Germany and Italy, I bought Sim card with prepaid data traffic, which I put into the router min. In Spain, I ordered subscription from Flexner, a Spanish company founded by Scandinavians who live in Spain. It gives 4G speeds of up to 70 Mbit and unlimited amount of data. Some also offer TV via broadband or solutions with receipt of Norwegian television via satellite or cable. Norwegian telecom operators have reported that they have equal price as in Norway on mobile calls in the EU / EEA, but those who have a need for larger amounts of data must be enough yet to deal with local providers.

Stand or run?

My thought when I started with motorhome was to drive around and see the most. On my tour in Norway last summer, I stood rarely more than one or two nights in the same place. So did I down in Europe. In Spain thrived I looked well at La Colina in Albir so it was that I stood there for five months. Several of them I met in the fall also came back again in the spring after having been both further south in Spain and in Portugal. Many of those who remain firm in the square has gone from camper to camper. I have previously had little sense for those who lie for years in the same place. It would then be boring I thought. This winter has changed my view on it. Resistant something to do and someone to talk to. Meanwhile, you get to be in peace when you want it. I have now offered a permanent year-round space and strongly considering buying caravans.

Path

There are many options when to plan a route through Europe, whether fast highways or smaller local roads. Often motorways toll, while they are placed outside buildings so it can be boring to drive there. But it is effective when to move over long distances. The price usually depends on the size of car and number of axles. For my semi-integrated under 3,5 tonnes I ended mostly in tariff group of tires which then cost about € 1 per mil on the highways I drove. Portugal had a cleverly system where you registered a credit card and car registration number at the border, and then you could run the subscription file in toll booths. Otherwise had most countries a system where you took the ticket when you drove into the highway and paid when you ran out.

experiences

The best outdoor experiences you get, however, the smaller roads. I use paper charts, and there is usually the most scenic routes marked green. If possible, I try to choose those roads. With slower speeds also goes consumption down. On my stalling 12000 km through Europe I had a cut consumption of 1,02 liter. On back roads, I've been down in a consumption of 0,9 l / mil, but at fast motorway driving you can easily get into the 1,1. Minor roads are often both winding and passes through towns with both traffic lights and roundabouts. It all becomes a trade-off between time and cost.

adminstration

This year has been fantastic good. I have done some traveling and seen a lot and met many nice people. One thing I have noted is that we Norwegians changes us when we come overseas. Many have been doing camping in Europe in both 10 and 20 years and they poured willing of their experiences. Told me of places I should visit and tips for everyday life. Among other things, pour a little lemon juice in the water tank to avoid liming. But I've also known the solitude of running alone without having someone to talk to and share experiences with. It's probably also a reason why I struck me as very much at La Colina where there was a good social environment. Albir is a pleasant small town with a rich variety of goods and services, with hiking trails. Therefore, I decided to go back there this fall, but if it gets with carriage or motor time will tell. In summer it is northern Norway's turn. In the next issue you can read about the trip, and you can also follow my blog at www.barhaugen.no

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