• From Autoroute 2010 GPS on GPS POIs Hosted by us

    […] dongle. Of for an easy life – buy the one with GPS Our GPS database links (in Autoroute format: GPS POIs Hosted by us ) Ryan and Mels European Campervan Adventure in a small PVC. Do Your Dream! Reply With […]

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    2011/01/23 at 2:10 pm
  • From Italy Wild Camping Spots? on Preparation

    […] Look at our blog site – Preparation – for details of our 6-7 week tour of Italy. Mainly aires/wild camping. We also logged GPS points […]

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    2011/01/17 at 4:43 pm
  • From Jacqui and Dave Cook on Superb day here!

    Hi Ryan and Mel, Great blog, very informative! We bought a motorhome after hiring and taking a 10 day trip to Scotland in 2009. By August the same year we had made our purchase. March 2010 the house was with a letting agent and we began our 6 month Europen Vacation! We loved every minute of it. Our first port of call was the ‘french alps’ to visit our younger daughter Sophie who was completing her third season as a chalet host, 2010 she was in Tignes le Lac. We had visited Sophie in Tignes les Brevieres in 2009 and dave had spotted motorhomes in the car park. From Tignes les Brev we proceeded to Valloire and stayed on the St Thecle campsite for approximately 5 days or so. From Valloire we went on to Vaujany, Alpe d’huez and finally Montgenevre spending around 5 weeks in the alps. From there we made our way down to Sisteron, Provence, Menton and then into Italy visiting Cinque Terra and Tuscany then up to Lake Garda and Como to meet our eldest daughter and boyfriend. Croatia, Slovenia, Austria and Switzerland were next before we returned to France in August and then back to UK at the end of the month. We are now ready for our next trip which is a month in the French Alps so Dave can satisfy his passion for snowboarding and I can enjoy the scenery and maybe ski a little too. We may be back to Valloire in March so maybe we will see you there. Enjoy your trip and keep up with the blogging!!! Jacqui and Dave

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    2011/01/15 at 8:51 pm
  • From Denmark in a MH - MotorhomeFun on Denmark

    […] attached to this thread on touring Denmark http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/contin…y-denmark.html http://www.doyourdream.co.uk/country-facts/denmark/ http://www.doyourdream.co.uk/trip-re…y-and-denmark/ __________________ Google Map of French […]

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    2011/01/07 at 8:04 am
  • From Planning for Italy-help please. - Page 2 - MotorhomeFun on Preparation

    […] for wildcamping and aires. Guidacamper and Bordatlas are the best to use IMO for Italy. Diary here http://www.doyourdream.co.uk/trip-re…d/preparation/ and our GPS points here http://www.doyourdream.co.uk/resourc…ping-database/ Also rememebr we […]

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    2011/01/03 at 12:24 pm
  • From Week 2 & 3 @ Valloire Diary updated on Weeks 2 & 3 - Valloire

    […] Weeks 2 & 3 – Valloire […]

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    2011/01/03 at 11:59 am
  • From Roland on Tip: Winterising a Panel Van Campervan

    Thanks for an interesting post. I don’t think that many UK converters consider serious winter use when designing motoromes so it is interesting to see how you have managed/adapted.

    At the risk of sounding pedantic, I think that the “snow tyres” you are using are actually ‘winter tyres’. These are required by law in a number of parts of Europe during winter months (e.g. Austria and implicitly in Germany, where you will be at fault in an accident if found to be using tyres that are unsuitable for the conditions).

    I believe that snow tyres are rather more extreme and are typically used in northern Scandinavia and other places where snow/ice is permanent throughout the winter.

    Cheers, Roland

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    2010/12/28 at 9:02 pm
    • From Ryan and Mel on Tip: Winterising a Panel Van Campervan

      You may well be right – my tyres are VancoWinter 2 – http://www.conti-online.com/generator/www/uk/en/continental/automobile/themes/van-tyres/winter-tyres/vancowinter-2/vancowinter-2,tabNr=2.html – which are winter tyres, but also marked with Snowflake, Mountain, and M+S – so winter tyres but also suitable for snowy condtions. They are not full studded snow tyres.

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      2010/12/29 at 3:07 pm
  • From 2011 GPS Database for TomTom/Autroute - aires/bordatlas/acsi etc on 2011 Aires, Bordatlas, ACSI, Camping Cheque GPS POI Databases (TomTom, Autoroute, Garmin)

    […] on from my 2009 and 2010 combined downloads, please find attached link to 2011 combined data HERE: 2011 Aires, Bordatlas, ACSI, Camping Cheque GPS Databases Here you can get a combine database for either Autoroute 2010 or TomTom which contains data files […]

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    2010/12/28 at 2:33 pm
  • From 2011 GPS Database for TomTom/Autroute - aires/bordatlas/acsi etc - MotorhomeFun on 2011 Aires, Bordatlas, ACSI, Camping Cheque GPS POI Databases (TomTom, Autoroute, Garmin)

    […] on from my 2009 and 2010 combined downloads, please find attached link to 2011 combined data HERE: http://www.doyourdream.co.uk/2010/12…gps-databases/ Here you can get a combine database for either Autoroute 2010 or TomTom which contains data files […]

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    2010/12/28 at 2:31 pm
  • From 2010 Aires / ACSI / Camping Cheque / Bordatlas GPS on 2011 Aires, Bordatlas, ACSI, Camping Cheque GPS POI Databases (TomTom, Autoroute, Garmin)

    […] PAGE SUPERCEDED – SEE HERE […]

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    2010/12/28 at 2:01 pm
  • From 2011 Aires, Bordatlas, ACSI, Camping Cheque GPS Databases on Useful Links

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    2010/12/28 at 1:58 pm
  • From We are here: on All About Valloire

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    2010/12/28 at 1:13 pm
  • From Tip: Winterising a Panel Van Campervan on Campervan Tips Index

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    2010/12/28 at 1:04 pm
  • From Alan on Merry Christmas!

    Hi guys,Merry christmas,glad you got the new snow you needed!!Have a great day.

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    2010/12/25 at 9:07 am
  • From chris on Week 1 - Home to Valloire (FR)

    Hi you guys hope your water pipes havn’t left you with a lasting problem. As usual a very interesting blog. You look to be having a great time dispite the weather,(its pretty cold here in Worcester too). I hope that you have a happy Christmas and New year. Keep up the good work as I love to read of your adventures. Chris

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    2010/12/24 at 8:51 pm
  • From Wi Fi Booster on Long range Wi-Fi Access 🙂

    […] See Long range Wi-Fi Access for my view on the matter and using the USB Rocket (Amazon and Faculty-X sell them) Works well, […]

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    2010/12/21 at 3:10 pm
  • From Alan. on Snowboarding Week 1 diary...

    Hi,Thanks for your prompt reply!We also use the Belgian motorways down to Luxembourg,mainly because they are toll free and much the cheaper fuel in Luxembourg,time is not that important as we are retired and make it up as we go.We don’t go near Brussells,got stuck once before!The route we use is Lille A7 south of Brussells;A7-A4 Namur then swing south to Luxembourg down A4 to an aires at Dudelange which last year had water and disposal facilities working well!Have used the aires in Metz by the river,no facilities just parking,but very handy.
    Where do you park in Orelle,we love The three(nee four)valleys skiing,but do find it very busy but like the distances you can cover in a day eg Orelle to La Tania is a great journey.Now we tend to head for the smaller French resorts that are not in the brochures.
    Regards,
    Alan.

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    2010/12/21 at 12:53 pm
  • From Ryan and Mel on Snowboarding Week 1 diary...

    Hi

    Valloire is quite a small resort but there is parking available – there is a road next to the river near the campsite where I’ve seen other vans. There are also about half a dozen “fixed wild campers” there! There is also an aire for fresh water but waste would be iffy and can’t see toilet waste. No drive over waste either as all frozen.

    You can ask at the site but I’d say just stay one night and you get hookup and full facilities for €21 a night which isn’t bad.

    We were going to do what you do – as in move between resorts – but the season ski pass (in advance) was so cheap it made sense to stay here for 5-6 weeks, then we’ll move to Orelle and another resort in Itally where we’ve got some free passes (3 days free with our Valloire season pass). Advanced pass was €199!!!! Bargain.

    Any more questions do ask – it is actually a rather good place to be!

    R&M

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    2010/12/21 at 11:57 am
  • From Alan. on Snowboarding Week 1 diary...

    Hi Guys,Really like your website,great to get up to the minute reports on road and snow conditions.Looks like you are having a great time!!We hope to be in your area in early January,we usually stay in a resort for a few days then move to another;is it possible to overnight at the main lift or in the town?Does your campsite allow non residents to fill and empty tanks for a small charge,most seem to.Sorry about the questions!!!Anyway,keep enjoying yourselves and try not to worry TOO much about us in the UK!!

    Kind regards,
    Alan.

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    2010/12/21 at 11:47 am
  • From Snowboarding Week 1 diary… on Trip 08 - Snowboarding & Sahara >

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    2010/12/21 at 10:46 am
  • From VW Campervan Hire on Van Upgrades

    Absolutely ingenious ideas from yourself and others who have commented here. I especially like the 12v battery idea for the water tank and I will be using the idea myself. Many thanks and keep writing.

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    2010/12/17 at 8:07 am
  • From We’re off! on Trip 08 - Snowboarding & Sahara >

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    2010/12/14 at 10:09 am
  • From Bordatlas 2011 now available cheaply! on GPS POIs Hosted by us

    […] GPS POIs Hosted by us […]

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    2010/11/30 at 3:33 pm
  • From bill n anne binney on *NEW* Google map view of our Aires/Wildcamping database

    hi you two glad to see someone else has the bottle to do what you are doing !!we have been travelling around europe for the last 5 years and loving every bit of it.last trip we travelled through france.germany,austria,venice,italy,and down to the pelepones,greece.we had a few problems with breakdowns in various forms but has not deterred us!! for instance we suffered from 3cracked wheels,not punctires but cracked wheels (steel) so we have fitted alloys.enjoy your travels and maybe we will meet ond day,keep smiling and enjoy!! bill n anne binney

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    2010/11/29 at 11:00 am
  • From Diane - going to Spain with a new Gaslow tank on Updated POIs for LPG/GPL/Autogas

    […] but not very helpful to Diana who would be well advised to download the lpg map at this link Updated POIs for LPG/GPL/Autogas . It runs in Autoroute 2010. Have a good trip Diana. Reply With Quote + […]

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    2010/11/19 at 12:54 pm
  • From ann williams on Ryan and Mel say "Do Your Dream!"

    Hello to you both. I am guessing that it will be a NO to 2 weeks work in November!!! Live the dream. I wish I was.

    Love and stuff

    Ann from Denton Vets xxxx

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    2010/10/25 at 11:40 am
  • From Steamdrivenandy on Engine problem: Lack of power, stalling etc

    Hi Ryan,
    Glad you fixed the prob. My Innovation was already starting to suffer EGR issues just before we changed van (can’t remember the mileage must’ve been circa 15K or so). Had to call out the RAC to a site near Salisbury because she ran rough and lost power just after reversing off the height blocks and chucked out oodles of black smoke. The RAC guy just gave the EGR a swift clunk with a heavy metal object and all was fine, until it happened again a few weeks later at home. But then I knew what to do.

    Still miss the Innovation and often wish we’d still got her.

    Andy

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    2010/10/16 at 8:11 am
  • From Bill & Jenny on Our Wild camping Database

    Hi Ryan and Mel found this on the MHF web site (simba8). Looks like you had a really good time. Just to say thank you for a really helpfull web page. very useful as we are going to Belgium & Germany for the first time with a motorhome.

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    2010/09/25 at 9:18 pm
  • From I'm famous now..can't talk to me now - MotorhomeFun on Fame! (Embarrassed to admit!)

    […] it if I were you! I mean – buying MMM is one thing – but appearing in it! You must be mad. Ah http://www.doyourdream.co.uk/2009/10…ssed-to-admit/ __________________ Ryan and Mels European campervan adventure: […]

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    2010/09/25 at 5:24 pm
  • From Trip 7 – 8 weeks in Holland, Germany & Denmark – full blog/costs etc here on Trip 07 - Holland, Germany and Denmark >

    […] Trip 7 Preparation (or lack of!) […]

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    2010/09/24 at 7:43 pm
  • From Graham Kent on On way home

    Glad you are having a good time.See you soon! 🙂

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    2010/09/23 at 1:37 pm
  • From Germany on Our Wild camping Database

    […] aire experience for a lot of germany, now also on googlemaps so you may have an answer there. See Our Aires and Wild camping Database Sadly though we didn't keep logs on our first (and biggest) German trip. Hope this is of use […]

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    2010/09/17 at 7:07 am
  • From Week 6 of Denmark trip diary added (Copenhagen) on Trip 07 - Holland, Germany and Denmark >

    […] Trip 7 Preparation (or lack of!) […]

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    2010/09/14 at 11:14 am
  • From Tim & Tracey on Ryan and Mel say "Do Your Dream!"

    Hello there, think your blog and site are great!

    Is Horizons Unlimited the small place in Tamworth? We live at the back of their unit and he services our Hymer (while we save up for one of his)!!

    Tim & Tracey

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    2010/09/12 at 7:15 pm
  • From *NEW* Google map view of our Aires/Wildcamping database on Our Wild camping Database

    […] Our Aires and Wild camping Database […]

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    2010/09/09 at 8:03 pm
  • From *NEW* Country Guide – Denmark on Denmark

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    2010/09/09 at 5:41 pm
  • From Tim (wizzer59 moterhome fun) on Tip: The Best Travel Gadget - EVER

    Thanks guys so much good stuff here.

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    2010/09/05 at 5:13 pm
  • From Denmark wildcamping / LPG etc (INFO) - Wild Camping for Motorhomes on Trip 07 - Holland, Germany and Denmark >

    […] – and there seem to be "enough" LPG stations around. Our blog for this trip is here: Trip 07 – Holland, Germany and Denmark > Hope this is useful for some! __________________ Ryan and Mels European Campervan Adventure in […]

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    2010/09/05 at 4:43 pm
  • From Week 5 over – diary added on Trip 07 - Holland, Germany and Denmark >

    […] Trip 7 Preparation (or lack of!) […]

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    2010/09/05 at 3:36 pm
  • From Tip: Our guide for easy free Internet Access abroad on Campervan Tips Index

    […] Tips Index […]

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    2010/09/05 at 3:12 pm
  • From Denmark wild camping (info) - MotorhomeFun on Tip: Our guide for easy free Internet Access abroad

    […] you need to read my tips pag http://www.doyourdream.co.uk/2010/08…access-abroad/ and http://www.doyourdream.co.uk/2010/03…-wi-fi-access/ Where I am now – laptop (and iPod) […]

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    2010/09/05 at 3:07 pm
  • From Vicarious Books. - Wild Camping for Motorhomes on GPS POIs Hosted by us

    […] POI databases for TomTom, including Bordatlas and many many others (15,000+) which may be of use. GPS POIs Hosted by us But IMO, if you are planning a long Euro trip, get bordatlas…. Especially Germany. Our […]

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    2010/09/04 at 8:20 am
  • From We’re confirmed for NEC Motorhome show 12-17 October 2010 on Our Van >

    […] Detailed Review Cavarno 2 […]

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    2010/09/04 at 7:48 am
  • From Week 4 diary added (full week in Denmark) on Trip 07 - Holland, Germany and Denmark >

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    2010/08/30 at 7:34 am
  • From David on Tip: Our guide for easy free Internet Access abroad

    In Germany I’m using a 3G dongle from T-Mobile. It’s not too expensive; €5 per day for just under 2Mbit/s with HSDPA. Faster than most wi-fi spots and definitely cheaper than paying for BT international roaming wi-fi if you’re not a BT broadband customer. The only caveat is that there’s a 3GB traffic cap per day, which is quite easily used up at HSDPA speeds.

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    2010/08/29 at 4:15 pm
  • From Tips: Getting fresh water, and dealing with waste on Campervan Tips Index

    […] Tips Index […]

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    2010/08/29 at 12:07 pm
  • From Barbara Skakle on Tip: Our guide for easy free Internet Access abroad

    Just found this link to the aerial so ignore last e-mail request. Will look into it. Many thanks.
    Barbara and Pete

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    2010/08/28 at 12:04 pm
  • From Francis Borg on Review of Italy and Switzerland trip

    Hello, Read your review with interest but need to point some things out re Italy. We have a MH and we travel pretty much the same route as you do except that we now avoid Swizerland and meander via south of France into Itlay and down to the south in Calabria where we have a small house. Where I take issue with you is when you say “the south doesn’t really give you much to like. Interestingly, our database of sites/aires has a visible line from Rome on the west across to the east, with loads of stops above the line, and not many below it. This line does seem to tally with the areas we didn’t like. As mentioned in the diary, in hindsight we’d still visit the sites in the south as they are spectacular, but just route between them as fast as possible rather than try and linger and stumble on nice areas.”

    I can assure you the west coast south of Naples is one of the most beutiful you can come across (as long as you stay off the MW) and if you venture inland into the mountains and the national parks you will be even more struck by the sheer wild nature of the area.
    I am a member of the equivalent of our ramblers here and regularly go walking into the mountains and a lot of them are quite accessible by road. Visit our website at www.cai-verbicaro.org for a taster. The other thing you did not mention is the food and I don’t mean the pizzas… or even the restaurants, just roll into to a normal butcher , cheese place or fresh pasta place in any town and cook in your mhome . then you are visiting Italy..

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    2010/08/27 at 7:52 pm
  • From Ryan and Mel on Tip: The Best Travel Gadget - EVER

    Excellent! Have fun – where are you off too?

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    2010/08/27 at 5:47 pm
  • From Barbara and Pete on Tip: The Best Travel Gadget - EVER

    Just picked one up today ready for our big trip next week. Brilliant! Thanks for the tip. Off in our Cavarno round Europe so will be following your blog with great interest! Barbara and Pete.

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    2010/08/26 at 11:25 pm