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Awaycation France - More Purchases!

After the fortnight away in Devon and the campsite to and from we decided that the folding camping chairs we had and have used for years are simply not comfortable enough!

So we bought new ones. https://www.justkampers.com/ft0060-kampa-dometic-sunset-xl-high-back-chair.html This was the cheapest we could get them even with added postage.

We don't have any decent camping shops locally or within reasonable driving distance and so have to use mail order.

Claire also wanted to add a little privacy when we are parked up on a site and maybe have the awning out. So we saw that lots of other MoHo people had windbreaks and so we had a look around and decided on this one. Like everything Vango who make the tent we used for years, buy their stuff from China. No longer "Made in Britain" for a UK company. https://www.charlies.co.uk/vango-family-windbreak-sky-blue.html

Another purchase was a mat. It's made of recycled and woven plastic. it's to put out under the awning and as it is plastic is it waterproof. It will give Reggie somewhere to sit or lie when he is tied up to the van when on site. https://www.habitat.co.uk/product/9605437

On top of that I have joined a couple of groups that support motorhome or camping-car parking in France and Europe. Most importantly was Crit'Air sticker arrived from the French Government. This entitles road users to enter the main cities, including Paris (not that I want to in a MoHo!) and other clean air areas. The main route to avoid Paris on the non-toll route to the West takes you through Rouen. Although you don't really go all that near the the city centre, there will be a clean air zone from September 1st for all vehicles. I filled in the application form as best I could and sent off the scans of the UK V5 log book. They then check your answers and give you the appropriate sticker based on your logbook! Including postage is about €4.60! Not the rip-off £15 a day that the clown i London charges.

Crit'Air bans polluting vehicles when necessary. The London ULEZ allows them in as long as the owner/driver pays. How does that improve the air we breathe?

If you need one use the link above. There are loads of scammers that Google prioritises over the official Government site.

They are numbered 1 to 5. On any day they can restrict access to Paris to certain numbers. 1 being the least polluting and 5 the highest. There is also a really polluting group of vehicles that don't get a sticker and are banned all the time! I was amazed the Suki got a 2.

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All that was left was to check the height for the Road Lords satnav app and also for the Ohrex onboard satnav. Luckily the builder's rule I have is 3m long. From The top of the tv aerial to the ground is 2900mm. A little more than it says on the Majestic site at 2820mm. That 80mm difference is over 3 inches in our measurements!

Oh. Plus I bought some mosquito repellant candles. Can't be too careful where these little b'stards are concerned.

Meanwhile Claire has bought more mundane things. A mattress protector to out over the cushions when the bed is made up, and some sheets. Expecting it to be warm in France. This week at home it's been mid to high 20's and only dropping to 16° at night. The weather in France and Spain much hotter and drier.

To be honest. I am happy with it dry and sunny and around 20 °C!!!

Posted by InvictaMoto 11:05 Archived in England

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