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Campervans.com – in my inbox…

Today I have as usual an eclectic mix of information sent to me from Campervan and motorhome rental companies and Tourist Boards from all over the world.

At the top of the list is a useful guide to planning a road trip of Great Britain from Bunk Campers who offer a good range of campervans and motorhomes to rent in the UK.  Today though they are concentrating on providing some useful planning info and have titled their blog “Britain by Campervan: The ultimate 14 day driving route” . It starts in from their depot in London and takes in a route to Cornwall Visit Cornwall Tourist Board via Sussex Sussex Tourist Boardand back up through Devon.  Visit Devon tourist board.

From there is takes a route back up to Stone Henge Stonehenge.  They then suggest a trip to Wales Visit Wales and then up to the north of England to Hadrian’s Wall:

From there it is a drive down the west coast to East Anglia Visit East Anglia.  

There are campsites all across Britain and Bunk recommends the Caravan club sites.  Caravan club    I would also add Pitchup.com Pitchup.com too.

So, booking a Bunk and touring Great Britain will give you a good insight into our unique country whether you are from here. Or, an overseas visitor. Thanks Bunk!

Next is an email about California featuring Lake Tahoe Lake Tahoe

It looks incredible:

North Lake Tahoe
North Lake Tahoe

It is also a popular place for golfers and skiiers.  The Harvey’s Concert series this year features legends such as Paul Simon, Train,  Lenny Kravitz, Third Eye Blind and the Who.  Harveys Outdoor arena tickets.

At the other end of the spectrum is San Diego and apart from its main attractions this article features adventure sports – California’s longest zip line, kayaking through the caves of La Jolla to see the sea lions, dolphins and sometimes whales.   This site offers reviews of parks to take your rv to RV parks review

France:

Cool camping sent an email about campsites in France. They offer a good range of campsites throughout France that accomodate campervans and motorhomes.  Hire in France France campervan and motorhome hire and explore each of these regions:

The Dordogne The Dordogne

Normandy and Brittany Normandy and Brittany

Provence Provence Tourist Board

Central France France tourist Board

South East France South East France

The Alps The Alps

Burgundy and the Loire Burgundy Tourist board

The Midi-Pyrenees Midi Pyrenees Tourist Board

Campervan hire in the Pyrenees
The Midi Pyrenees

the Pyrenees The Pyrenees

Western France Western France tourist board

Ardeche Tourist offices in Ardeche

Languedoc  Languedoc tourist information

Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association sent us this:

Booking tips for last minute campers.

This features campsites in British Columbia, Canada where we hire an immense number of rv’s, truck campers, motorhomes and even cars! Rent an RV in Canada

They have compiled a list of 35 private campgrounds with some availability in July …Campgrounds availability in Canada

This is an independent site Camping & RV in British Columbia that is a useful resource for planning your rv trip in Canada.

Toasting marshmallows
Toasting Marshmallows Canadian style.

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Finland:

Campervan hire in Finland Campervan hire in Finland

Portugal: Campervan hire in Portugal

The Lighthouse Trail in Ireland:

The Lighthouse Trail

the Lighthouse Trail Ireland
Ireland’s Lighthouse Trail – a great road trip for anyone in a campervan who wants to explore Ireland

Campervan rental in Ireland Campervan hire in Ireland

 

Canada: It’s not all road-trip

Canada Road Trip.

When you are on the road exploring the wide open spaces of Canada you have the freedom to stop whenever you like, wherever you desire.

River Boat cruising Canada
Stop for a day and enjoy the slow pace on the river – Vancouver, Canada.

Cruises & Events

Museums are also attractive when you have the time to mooch around.   This came into my inbox this week too:

Railway Coastal Museum Newfoundland
Railway museum 495 Water Street
P.O. Box 6012
St. John’s NL
A1C 5X8

Wales Rock Festivals and Events:

Welsh Eisteddfod 3 to 9 Jul 2017

What better way to experience a wide range of music.  Book now so that you can include on your holiday.  There are campsites close by.  Check out Campsites in Wales for Motorhomes and Campervans

 

In My Inbox – campervan rental discounts and special offers. South Dakota is winterising! Food across the USA, Maui Australia featured 6-berth

South Dakota – a road trip stop over.

Firstly,  it is a very warm and sunny day here in the UK.  It is going to be hot later but I can’t get too overwhelmed by scenes of golden beaches and green wide open spaces and roads that disappear in a heat haze over the horizon because….South Dakota sent this:

South Dakota’s Celebrated Winte

South Dakota in the Snow
It may be summer but South Dakota has more options to show you in the winter.
Winter shouldn’t just be endured, it should be celebrated in South Dakota! For a memorable trip of a lifetime, here is an outdoor adventure list of must-experience activities for an enjoyable winter trip across the state:

So chill out with this news and cool down!

However, if you are in South Dakota in your rv this summer there are also those memorable sites to see as it is the home of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial, Badlands National Park and Custer State Park.

Just so you don’t get the wrong impression of South Dakota, here are some fantastic scenery shots taken in South Dakota. Thanks to the Tourism board for these:

Badlands, South Dakota.
Badlands, South Dakota. Must see on your RV Road Trip.

RV Road trip South Dakota
South Dakota clouds
Black Hills South Dakota USA
Black Hills South Dakota USA
GoodEarthStatePark, South Dakota
GoodEarthStatePark, South Dakota
MissouriRiver
Missouri River
Pactola Lake
Pactola Lake
Palisades, South Dakota.
Palisades, South Dakota.
SicaHollow South Dakota
SicaHollow South Dakota

There are many, many more attractions to see.  Check out the official  South Dakota tourist information site:

https://www.travelsouthdakota.com/International-visitors

Also, they publish a guide to fuel costs! How good is that for us rv’ers! South Dakota fuel costs

Food Network’s USA Road Trip.

USA Food Network Across the States

Featured Motorhome from Australia.

This week there are discounts on offer from Maui in Australia on their Maui River motorhome.  Here is some more info on this iconic motorhome.

Maui River 6 berth motorhome available to rent in Australia.
15 percent off and no one-way fee special deal.
Maui River Motorhome 6 berth for rent in Australia.


Specifications:

This ‘state of the art’ motorhome is perfect for families. It has a spacious living area and plenty of storage. The kids can be safely buckled up in the back and entertained by their favourite DVD. There is a large fridge and although you are camping there is no need to rough it! You will find china crockery, a coffee plunger and decent wine glasses. The shower is hot and towels are abundant!

Vehicle Age: less than 2.5 years
Make / Model:Mercedes-Benz or Volkswagen
Engine Size: 2.2L Turbo Diesel
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel Type: Diesel
Fuel Consumption: 13 Litres / 100KM
Onboard Toilet, Shower,Hot Water, Gas – for cooking and heating. Sink.
Air Con – Driver’s Cab and in main Cab
Heating – Driver’s Cab and main Cab
Gas x 4 hob cooktop with Oven/furnace.
Microwave,Fridge / Cooler, fridge / freezer (140L)
Other Vehicle Features
Cruise Control,ABS / Power Brakes,Internal Access,Awning, Flyscreens, Bike Rack,Power Supply: 12V battery / 240V mains

Generator.

 Suitable for People with Disabilities
 Pets Allowed
 Tank Capacities
Fresh Water: 90L (24gal)
Grey Water:90L (24gal)
Black Water: 15L (4gal)
Fuel:75L (20gal)
Gas Bottle: 9kg
Sleeping Capacity:  6 adults
Seat Belts: 2 in Driver’s Cabin 4 in Rear

Child and Baby Seats

This vehicle has positioning for two child restraints. A child seat (from birth until approximately four years) or booster seat (for children aged between four and seven years) can be fitted to the rear seats in the main cabin.

Minimum Driver Age: 21
HT Licence Required:No

Beds

Cab over – 1.5m x 2m (4′11″ x 6′7″)
Dinette – 1.2m x 1.9m (3′11″ x 6′3″)
Double – 1.3m x 2m (4′3″ x 6′7″)

Radio, Cassette, CD,DVD,TV, iPod / USB Connection,MP3 / MP4 Playback

Vehicle Dimensions
Length: 7.2m (23′7″)
Width: 2.5m (8′2″)
Height: 3.3m (10′10″)
Interior Height: 2.1m (6′11″)

Campervans.com In my In-box: USA,Canada, New Zealand…

USA best beach:  Great overnight stopover.

Dr Beach has voted Florida’s Siesta Beach as the top beach in the USA.  It has the best beach safety, environmental protection and has adopted non-smoking policies.

It also has find white sand and is environmentally healthy.  If you want to visit in your rv then we would suggest checking out:

Siestakeysarasotavacation.com 

which has links to sites. I haven’t yet been to visit these, so check out independent reviews to help you make your choices.

http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions/florida/siesta-key

Canada:

I also received a link to this exciting option to do on a road trip when you need a few days adrenalin rush.

not for the feint hearted!

Maybe on my next trip!

Of course, there is always a tamer option of the Calgary Stampede:

If you want to park up your rv while visiting the Stampede the check out http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions/alberta/calgary

Know Before You Go:

This is a free service provided by the UK Government that highlights the political situation in countries around the world and assesses the risks for travellers.  Today I checked out the fire risk in Portugal.

“A forest fire has claimed the lives of a large number of people in the Pedrogão Grande area of central Portugal. Other smaller fires have also been reported elsewhere in the country due to high temperatures. Avoid travelling to the affected areas until the authorities confirm that it’s safe to do so. Take care when visiting or driving through woodland areas and report fires to the emergency services on 112. See Natural disasters

Portuguese Met Office.

New Zealand Short Day Walks

The Department of Conservation and Tourism New Zealand have combined to promote short day walks to best meet the needs of New Zealanders and visiting tourists.

One of the beauties of touring New Zealand in a campervan is being able to park up, have breakfast, pack a lunch and head off on a hike knowing that on your return you can sleep or cook up a fantastic meal as you have definitely earned it.

Many of the walks into the bush are well catered for but it would be just a great idea to have a guide to the short walks all in one place.

Watch this space for the announcement of the guide.

Short Walks in New Zealand – camp for the day in your campervan and head off for a good day’s walk.Wall

Day walks in New Zealand
Park up in a campervan, pack a snack and head off on a walk.

This site NewZealand.com

is packed with information to help you plan your road-trip around New Zealand.  We rent out campervans http://campervans.motorhomerepublic.com/new-zealand-special-offers.html

and cars: http://carhirez.com

Lonely Planet provided this information on how to put together a more sophisticated camera kit other than just a mobile phone:

Camera kit bodies such as Fujifilm’s X series and Sony’s Alpha are smaller bodies with interchangable lenses.

They suggest taking a wide-angle, telephoto and zoom lenses. But you may be able to capture most scenes with a fixed focal length lens (Prime) . They suggest a 50mm lens for general use and a 35 mm for landscapes, street scenes and architecture and a 85 mm for portaits.

Wildlife photography needs a 300mm or 600mm.

Keep a uv filter on your lens to protect it.

Take The Iceland Pledge…

http://www.inspiredbyiceland.com

Iceland is promoting responsible tourism.  Iceland has seen visitor numbers rise and promoting responsible tourism helps preserve the natural habitat that visitors go to Iceland to see.

We promote Iceland campervan and motorhome rental so are pleased to promote this too.  @campervans.com

Iceland campervan rental.

WE have taken the Iceland Pledge

Will you?

 

Campervans.com In My Inbox Today: Scotland, Road Trips, Polar Bears, Grizzley Bears, Orcas….

Campervan and Motorhome rental Scotland
Add castles to your road trip around Scotland.

Visit Scotland posts regular updates on where to go and what to see in Scotland.

I toured Scotland in a campervan last year and was amazed at how empty it was even in the height of summer and also how welcoming everybody is.  We toured in the wilds of Scotland and stayed overnight in campsites and also took advantage of Scotland’s acceptance of free-camping.

A perfect mix of community and getting away from it all.

The official tourist site Visit Scotland  

has a great range of information to help us road-trippers plan a route to find the best of what Scotland has to offer.

Here’s a few driving tips for Scotland too:

Wanderlust Magazine published this great guide to 16 of the world’s best one-week road trips.

They are designed for cars but I have included them here as I like the routes!

USA RV rental road trip
USA Road_trip

You can read the full article here.

  • 1: Dinosaur Diamond Scenic Byway – USA
  • 2: Cape Tribulation – Australia
  • 3: Mae Hong Son Loop – Thailand
  • 4: The Romantic Road – Germany
  • 5: Parks Tour – Costa Rica
  • 6: Gaspésie Grand Tour – Canada
  • 7: Ruta 40 – Argentina
  • 8: Norwegian Coast – Norway
  • 9: The Coromandel Peninsula – New Zealand
  • 10: Central Hokkaido Route – Japan
  • 11: North Coast 500 – Scotland
  • 12: Wild Atlantic Way – Ireland
  • 13: Route 62 – South Africa
  • 14: The Ring Road – Iceland
  • 15: Skeleton Coast – Namibia
  • 16: The Pirate Route – Jamaica

Canada:

Every day I get emails from the Canadians about what to do and see in Canada.  Here is a brief selection of those that have landed in the last few days:

Kayak with Orca.  This is amazing!

Polar Bears?

Grizzley Bears?

 

Campervans.com In My Inbox today South Africa,

Where to See the Total Eclipse in the USA.

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This from National Geographic:

WHERE SHOULD I BE FOR THE BEST SKY SHOW?

In August, the total eclipse will be visible from a 70-mile-wide corridor stretching about 2,500 miles diagonally from west to east. Depending on where along this pathway you are, the moon will cover the entire sun for up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds.

The path begins in Oregon and crosses through portions of Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina before ending in South Carolina.

Where to rent an rv for the ecipse viewing: http://www.campervans.com/usa.html

Live Stream  of Eclipse from NASA

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-live-stream

South African Tourist Board sent me this little beauty:

Campervan and Motorhome rental in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique: http://www.campervans.com/southafrica.html

If you are following the Lions’ Tour of New Zealand then check out this latest weather forecast.  Take care all you Barmy Army!

New Zealand weather update for Lions’Tour Video

Portugal – A tour from the FT

Portugal has a really good website that can help you plan your road trip. https://www.visitportugal.com/en 

Campervan hire in Portugal http://www.campervans.com/portugal.html

Meanwhile in Canada

On a scale for 1-10 how beautiful this is to baby cubs BEAR playing <3Credit: @Jeff Molyneaux

Posted by Like if you love Animals on Friday, 9 June 2017

Sometimes you just happen to be in the right place at the right time. This clip came from one of our suppliers Fraserway Rentals http://www.campervans.com/canada.html 

They have a full range of campers from truck campers right the way through to the C class RV.  You can book any of these with great discounts on our website.  That’s the plug for us!

Finally…

We are updating our website www.campervans.com 

We are putting the finishing touches to the page and we hope to have it up and running shortly.  We have all new images of campervans, motorhomes, truck campers, hi-top and low-top campers as well as sleeper cars.  There is everything listed from cheap as chips to luxury with all the bells and whistles.  Watch this space .

PS

We need your feedback. Just let us know if there is any country where you are planning a road trip and would like some more info on.  Maybe just a link to the tourist boards.

 

USA Apollo Motorhome Holidays

Apollo Motorhome Holidays

NEW VEHICLE ADDED TO THE APOLLO USA FLEET

Apollo USA Introduce the new Tourer 2 berth with bathroom.
Apollo USA Introduce the new Tourer 2 berth with bathroom.

INTRODUCING THE US TOURER AND SATURN RV
Apollo is excited to announce the launch of its newest USA product offering; the US Tourer and Saturn RV.
Built on a the rugged ProMaster 3500 chassis, the 2berth* US Tourer and Saturn RV is a step up from its predecessor the Apollo Euro Tourer, with large windows, a manual 12-inch awning, large queen bed and sleek exterior finish. This BVAN configuration offers simplistic style with everything you need for your next self-drive holiday.
Standard Features include*:

  • 9,000 BTU roof mount Air Conditioner
  • Bathroom with Shower
  • Large Queen bed
  • 5.0 cu. Ft refrigerator
  • 20’ 9-inch exterior length
  • Easy Day to Night configuration
  • 12-inch exterior Awning
  • Pull out pantry and pot drawer
  • Microwave
  • 2 burner propane stove
  • Automatic propane Heating System

*Specifications subject to change. Final specifications will be available by 31st Jan 2017.

These vehicles will be bookable from 16th January 2017 for travel from the 01 May 2017. These vehicles will only be available to/from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas.

Note: Images are for illustrative purposes only- fully imagery, specs available soon.

Canada road trip – Edmonton to Calgary

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Canada_Edmonton_to_Calgary
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Boomtown Trail
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Edmonton_Calgary_Boomtown_Trail

Canada road trip – Edmonton to Calgary. This adventure will take you approximately – 486 km (302 miles).

 

Life on central Alberta’s Boomtown Trail is full of surprises. The trail’s two main highways, 21 and 56, form a long rectangle between New Sarepta in the north and Bassano in the south. It’s the perfect route to discover the boomtown architecture found in many of Alberta’s small towns built during Canada’s railway expansion at the turn of the century. Be sure to explore the many historic attractions, regional museums and quirky sights along the way.

EDMONTON

Before leaving Edmonton spend some time discovering the city’s rich history. Hop on a beautifully restored vintage streetcar for a scenic tour that crosses over the High Level Bridge, above the North Saskatchewan River. Then, step back in time at Fort Edmonton Park – a huge living history park in the Edmonton River Valley. Discover an authentic 1919 steam train, fur trading post and 1920s midway. A visit to the outdoor Alberta Railway Museum is a must for all train fans. Stroll through the long carriages of a CN passenger train, investigate fascinating railway memorabilia and even take a ride on the rails.

Campsites around Edmonton:

Edmonton_campsites
Edmonton_campsites

 

CAMROSE

From Edmonton, head south on Hwy 21 through New Sarepta, then east on Hwy 13 to Camrose. Discover local heritage at the Camrose Railway Museum and Park, with a guided or self-guided tour of the original 1911 CN Railway depot. Then visit the Camrose & District Centennial Museum to wander through historic buildings, like a pioneer log house circa 1898 and a church from 1908. You’ll also find replicas that depict some of Camrose’s’ original boomtown architecture, including its fire hall, newspaper office and blacksmith shop. The town is home to Alberta’s first playhouse as well, so be sure to check out the Bailey Theatre, which opened in 1911.

Camrose Campsites:

Camrose_campsites
Camrose_campsites

DONALDA

Continue east on Hwy 13, then south on Hwy 56. Take a side trip east on Hwy 53 to the town of Donalda. Look for the world’s largest lamp at a whopping height of 12 m (42 ft). Steps away, at the Donalda & District Museum, you’ll find historic Métis and regional artefacts and a collection of more than 900 lamps – the largest in North America!

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worlds-largest-lamp-Donalda_Alberta

Campsites in Donalda:

Donalda_campsites
Donalda_campsites

STETTLER

Back on Hwy 56, drive south to Stettler and visit the Town and Country Museum to tour 26 historical buildings, including a schoolhouse, post office and church, featuring pioneer furniture and artefacts. Pick up a brochure at the town office and do the self-guided Downtown Historical Walking Tour. If you have the time, take a vintage train ride with Alberta Prairie Railway.

Alberta_Railway
Alberta_Railway

The five to six hour trip, through Central Alberta’s big sky country, features exciting on board entertainment, historic tales and a full course buffet meal in Big Valley before heading back.

Campsites around Stettler, Alberta:

Stettler_campsites
Stettler_campsites

ERSKINE

From Stettler, go west on Hwy 12 to Erskine, then north on Hwy 835 to Rochon Sands Provincial Park. Swim in the warm waters of Buffalo Lake and have a picnic on the sandy beach. It’s also great location for bird watching and you may even spot some of the elk, moose or deer that roam the area.

DELBURNE

Back on Hwy 12, head southwest on Hwy 21 to Delburne. A must-see is the Anthony Henday Museum, which features a CN train station, caboose, railway water tower, replica pioneer cabin and one-room school, throughout its four floors of exhibits.

Delburne Campsite:

Delburne_campsite
Delburne_campsite

TROCHU

Continue south to the town of Trochu and learn about the first French settlers at the Trochu and District Museum. Be sure to stop by the Golf and Country Club to see the world’s largest golf tee – an impressive 12 m (40 ft) tall roadside attraction.

Trochu_world's_largest_golf_tee
Trochu_world’s_largest_golf_tee

If you have the inclination, take a detour east on Hwy 585 to Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park, oneEdmonton_Calgary_Boomtown_Trail_3 of Alberta’s best kept secrets.

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Dry_island_buffalo_Park_Alberta_Canada

 Alberta Parks Information Site

CALGARY

Drive on towards Strathmore and then head west on the Trans-Canada (Hwy 1) to Calgary. Explore the National Historic Site of Fort Calgary to learn about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the impact the railway had on city. Then visit Heritage Park – the country’ largest living history museum – to experience how Western Canada’s evolved, with streets and buildings portraying life from the 1860s to the 1950s.

Calgary Campsites

Calgary_campsites
Calgary_campsites

Canada Camper van, Motorhome and RV Rental

Special offers and Discounts on Canada Camper van, Motorhome and RV Rental

Finland The Archipelago Trail

Finland: the Archipelago Trail

Finland has the largest archipelago in the world.  Follow this trail via road, bridges and ferry to see old wooden houses, lighthouses, old buildings and spectacular scenery.

You can explore other islands by sea taxi.

Finland archipelago campsite
Finland archipelago campsite

There are over 20,000 islands in the Turku archipelago.

The Finnish Tourist Board offer a free touring map.  See it here

The trail starts in the city of Turku and you travel about 250kms if you want to complete the full route.  You can comfortable travel the trail from the end of May to the end of August.  It is open in the winter months too but you may have to back-track on some legs.

There are many campsites along the route.  Here is a copy of the map.

Finland’s legal concept of everyman’s right gives everyone the chance to enjoy outdoor pursuits, and the freedom of the country’s vast forests and fells, and many lakes and rivers, with few restrictions. Public access to private land is much wider in Finland, and the other Nordic countries, than in most other countries.

Details of “Everyman’s Rights” can be found here.

You’ll find more information and other touring routes in Finland here:

Tour the Turko archipelago in a motorhome
Tour the Turko archipelago in a motorhome
Silta Finland Turka archipelago
Silta Finland Turka archipelago
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Maisema_Finland