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Everything you need to know about camping-car parking: areas and their regulations

In summary :

  • 1. Camper van parking rules
  • 2. All camper van areas and car parks for parking
  • 3. Where can I find camper and van areas to stop? Our tips

There are no less than 7,943 motorhome parking areas listed * in France. The motorhome is enjoying growing and even dazzling success. The health context linked to the Covid-19 pandemic has changed the situation: the desire for nature and freedom is stronger than anything. Motorhome vacations are the best way to get there. However, before hiring a motorhome or van with AVIS explore, it is essential to know some rules. Here's what you need to know about RV parking.

1. Camper van parking rules

Every motorhome operator should know the parking rules that apply to motorhomes. When you rent from Avis Car-Away, our experts explain them to you:

  • These vehicles are category M1 with a maximum of 8 seats.
  • The General Code of Local Authorities regulates what concerns parking on public roads.
  • The Town Planning Code governs matters relating to parking on private property.
  • The mayors of the municipalities can take municipal decrees to prohibit certain accesses.
  • They can park on the roadway as long as they do not obstruct the visibility of other road users.

The maximum authorized duration of uninterrupted parking on public roads is 7 days.

  • 1- Golden rule of the motorhome operator: parking is not camping!
  • 2- Become familiar with the signage at a motorhome service area and on the road:
  • Motorhome drain terminal panels
  • Authorization signs to park in a motorhome or camper
  • Access signs prohibited for motorhomes

2. All camper van areas and car parks for parking

Here is a typology of all the areas that exist in France:

  • Free municipal area
  • Private area or at a concessionaire
  • Outdoor or indoor area at a campsite
  • Motorway and gas station area
  • Aire at a winegrower's or on the farm
  • Living area

Not to mention the campsites whose concepts delight motorhome enthusiasts, such as those at Huttopia, which offer places in exceptional natural settings, and HomeCamper, which selects sites with locals.

3. Where can I find camper and van areas to stop? Our tips

To find service areas to stop in a motorhome or van, here are our tips:

  • Find maps and guides updated each year with geographic locations, GPS coordinates, services offered (emptying, water, electricity, tariff, etc.).
  • Download Park4Night, the essential app for sharing the best spots for parking in a motorhome.
  • Log in or stop by the tourist offices where employees give you a list and some great local tips.
  • Discover mobile parking applications, it's convenient and intuitive.

There is a whole range of motorhome and campervan parking areas, it's up to you to choose the ones that suit you by following the tips of our AVIS explore professionals. Rent vehicles in complete safety to travel serenely!

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