Touring Europe in a Motorhome. Earlier this year we had the pleasure of meeting Ron & Carol Kras, a lovely couple from Huddersfield. Initially the couple called in to Peter Roberts Caravans and Motorhomes to enquire about buying a motorhome but since then they have become great friends to everyone at the company. Ron and Carol have been in touch with us with regular updates on their fantastic European trip. We have been thrilled to hear about their adventures and thought we would share their travel experiences with others who are interested in investing in a motorhome and hitting the open road.
Here is their story so far …
Dutch born Ron and Yorkshire lass Carol had some experience of motorhoming, but following Ron’s redundancy the couple decided to spend some time travelling. After looking at various models they saw an Autocruise Starlett at Peter Roberts and decided to go for it. Both Peter and Andrew Roberts spent a long time with the couple helping them decide what best suited their needs and provided lots of helpful advice.
Ron and Carol decided to pack up their home in Huddersfield and tour Europe with their 2 dogs. They were keen to visit some of Ron’s Dutch family, look up some old friends and see the sights of Europe together.
Here is a brief diary of their travels :-
April 2018 – bought motorhome from Peter Roberts in Huddersfield
May 2018 – visited Lake District and Norfolk to test out motorhome before the big tour
July 2018 – Set off and took the Euro Tunnel which was very comfortable sat in the motorhome all the way (35 mins) – Ron, Carol and their 2 dogs (Winnie & Rosie)
First stop was Antwerp in Belgium for an overnight stop. Then they travelled to Nieuw Vennep, Holland where they stopped on a camper stop at a working farm – they even managed to get themselves on TV where Ron was interviewed.
They then went on into France spending most of their time on Aires and camperstops. They moved on every few days until they reached the Dordogne. They had some great overnight stays with some costing as little as 6 Euros per night. Ron and Carol particularly enjoyed visiting some of the prehistoric villages built into the side of the rockface with paintings and caves to explore. The weather was fantastic and they cooked a lot of BBQ and other food outside.
In Bergerac they parked up right next to the river and the temperature was 28 degrees. They had a fantastic time there relaxing with their 2 dogs, lots of great places to visit.
In the Midi Pyrenees they came across a privately owned camperstop with gorgeous mountain views which included use of swimming pool. Carol commented ‘I can’t believe how comfortable it is travelling via motorhome, we absolutely loved it – we have had some amazing driving over the Pyrenees, spectacular scenery and we’ve never seen anything like it before. They stayed at another site in the mountains owned by a Dutch couple.
Ron and Carol’s next point of call was Salou in Spain – they stayed at a 5 star camping resort right next to the beach. They then headed to Benidorm where they met back in 1984 to celebrate their 28th wedding anniversary. They stayed on a campsite which was nearly all Brits on site – they found a fabulous gin and cocktail bar to celebrate. They also cycled to the old town as it was much quieter.
They stayed another week in Spain as the weather was really good on a site called Armrillos in Benidorm which had wifi, water, electric, TV satellite, laundry facilities, restaurant, bar and an outdoor dog wash – 17 euros a night (7 nights for the price of 6 with ASCI card).
They left Spain and crossed into the South of France and travelled towards Holland. Ron and Carol staying on a quirky Eco campsite on the edge of Amsterdam. Their lads flew out for a few days to join them – it was a great atmosphere and nice location next to a busy shipping canal.
Ron and Carol also met up with Ron’s brother for a few days in Holland. Ron’s family were so impressed with his motorhome they decided to buy one and have now got the motorhoming bug. They think its contagious.
They are heading back into the UK and planning to spending Christmas back in Huddersfield.
See you soon Ron and Carol.