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An RV trip through Europe is not necessarily a cruise

July 1st, 2009

The books about traveling across Europe are filled with all sorts of cautions.

In their book “Europe by Van and Motorhome,” David Shore and Patty Campbell talk extensively about “free camping,” or essentially pulling over pretty much wherever you want, as long as it seems safe and you are not offending someone, to spend the night. Some places are more legal than others but police seem to be tolerant.

The authors advise to check out the surroundings before turning off the engine and drawing the curtains, and to park in an area with one or two other campers. “But be aware that a large gathering of trailers and motorhomes in a field, without a campground sign, is more than likely to be a gypsy camp, where you will be welcome only as prey.”

Lovely.

I wonder if Europeans buy books that caution them about traveling across the United States?

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