• A number of countries have set up campsites for both caravans and motorhomes. Here from a large car park in Slovenia with both cars, motorhomes and caravans in marked fields.
    A number of countries have set up campsites for both caravans and motorhomes. Here from a large car park in Slovenia with both cars, motorhomes and caravans in marked fields.
  • This is how the pitches are marked in a number of countries, with their own marking for caravans. Motorhomes are here considered "passenger cars".
    This is how the pitches are marked in a number of countries, with their own marking for caravans. Motorhomes are here considered "passenger cars".
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Text and photo: Jørgen Snoen
Motorhome and Caravan magazine, No. 5 October

Caravan Tourists: Denied legal parking at accommodations

In recent years, municipalities and other authorities have developed extensive discrimination against caravan tourists as they are denied legal parking. All highway tourism groups need parking, rest and casual accommodation, and finding suitable legal places is a growing problem. The Norwegian Public Roads Administration will in the near future significantly reduce the number of rest areas along the national highway network. In addition, many municipalities run a widespread practice where tourists by car and caravan are banned from downtown parking lots or parking lots.

Undesirable

In the summer of 2019, NBCC has received several messages from members that if you want to visit a city you are undesirable if you come with a caravan hanging after the car.

The municipal parking authorities fines heavily or tows your camping equipment if you park where it is allowed for cars and motorhomes.

Inadequate labeling

Many municipalities and private companies have set up and have plans to create pitches for camping vehicles. This is positive if the seats are well organized and that there is room for tourists with both caravans and motorhomes. But what one experiences is that many of these places are signposted with a sign showing an alcove motorhome. What does this mean, is it only allowed for tourists with alcove motorhomes or can you use the stand with caravan and all types of motorhome.

Care Place

The name Stellplass is very well known throughout Europe, and if it is signposted using the name Stellplass, then everyone knows that here it is undeniably open to all tourists with variants of motorhomes and caravans. If there is a Norwegian municipality that creates such a place, it is done with the use of public funds, ie tax money, which also tourists with caravans pay. Then it is highly unfortunate and discriminatory if, for example, tourists with a car and caravan are not allowed to use these pitches. It may not be the case that campsites arranged for camping tourists exclude those who travel by caravan.

Segregation and discrimination

To take an example: If two families in a traveling companion, such as parents and their adult children with family, arrive with different camping vehicles, then they cannot together legally use these pitches that are signposted with an alcove motorhome. Then tourists with a caravan may be forced to find other places often far from the city center.

threats

It's actually the case today because of. the sign that is now being used unluckily has emerged as a threat to tourists with caravans being threatened by some other users of the places. This is probably not the responsibility of any responsible authorities or private actors.

Here it must be cleaned up as soon as possible and separated so that tourists, regardless of whether they come with some variant motorhome or caravan on the same line, can make use of the pitches. All tourists with caravans and motorhomes have exactly the same wishes and needs during their travels.

Same space needs

If the argument is that a car with a caravan takes up much more space than a motorhome then it is completely wrong. A normal caravan and a normal motorhome are between 7,5 and 8,5 meters long including the caravan's drag. When sleeping in the vehicle, there must be a minimum distance of 3 meters between the vehicles, and in the open area outside the caravan door the tow truck can be parked.

Not regulated

There are no public national laws and regulations on how such pitches should be arranged regarding how the space can be used, pollution, safety, signage or who can legally use the spaces. If laws and regulations are not drafted, at least legislative politicians (ministries) should be able to give a political recommendation on how these pitches should be arranged and used.

For all camping vehicles

So my recommendation to politicians in the Storting or in the municipalities and private actors is that such pitches that I choose in the article to name as "pitch" are open to all tourists regardless of the type of camping vehicle one comes with as a tourist visitor.

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