When we say that we live in the year in camper, the reactions are diverse but generally enthusiastic. Intrigued, people often want to know more. Before launch us into the adventure, We have ourselves come very many sites and blogs of people who lived or still live this way. The least we can do is to share our experience in our turn !
So here are some answers to frequently asked questions, If others come to you, do not hesitate to discuss following this page, we will respond with the greatest pleasure and keep regularly update the FAQ as soon as we have new information to share helpful.
Nous souhaitons rappeler que ne sommes en aucun cas une source officielle, seulement des particuliers partageant leur expérience. Nous ne garantissons donc pas l’exactitude des informations rassemblées, ni ne pouvons être tenus responsables de l’utilisation que vous en feriez. Merci de votre compréhension. 😉
Why this choice of lifestyle ?
En 2008 We went to Australia where many tourists hire a small van to traverse the continent. Others buy one and sell it at the end of their trip, This is what we have done with Mr Big (old blog being migrated this site) and it was very pleasant to us ! Returned in France, trapped between four walls, It did not take long so we decided to try the adventure here. Successful experience, since we live in our camper "French" since September 2010.
A general return on your felt since 2010, the benefits, the disadvantages ?
Being already people living simply, no frills, We quickly adapted to this new way of living. We have a little more comfort than in Australia, for example a cassette toilet or an electric water pump (solar energy), It was manual Mr Big (old blog being migrated this site) ! But nothing luxurious.
What was pleasant to us and which we see as an advantage, It is being able to change the decor that you see from your window every morning ! Leave a city within the hour if she does you not like, stay a month in another if you you feel good, meet new people. Freedom of movement you have less residential fixed : If you have a sudden urge to leave a few days in the mountains, you will need transport, the hotel, etc.. Camper, at 9:01 you tell yourself that you'd go fresh, at 9:02 the key is in the ignition !
There is also a big financial advantage, no rent, no accrued. The low word 500 EUR saved per month. During our first big road trip 2011 we have not spent more than 600 two euros per month for the total budget (diesel, gas, victuals, showers, laundry and some outputs).
A disadvantage, If it is, It is the home of some cities and their Gentile. The thought of others we is equal, but abuse of limitation in height on the car parks or municipal orders bars (also illegal each like the other) is sometimes tiring ! I dwell on it because the subject of the camper in French law is developed on the page Parking.
What kind of camper for what budget ?
We of course have not invested in nine where selling prices reach easily five digits. It all depends on what you want !
We had set our budget at 5000 Euro and walked the ads for nearly a year to find TNT, a Ford Transit whose carcass date 1984. There was some work to do (the cell was badly) but at the mechanical level, This kind of engine is puncture-proof. It was on sale at 3500 EUR, What left us 1500 euros for retyping it to our liking (Thanks dad !) A page devoted to checks before buying and after changes is coming ...
A basic investment, need to add fuel and insurance. We opted every time for the diesel, less expensive than gasoline, and do between 500 and 600 km with a full of approximately 50 litres. In the absence of having a completely clean engine, we would like to meet someone who can help us transform our Pantone engine. For compulsory insurance, we are MAAF with minimum one third that cost us about 140 euros per year.
Agreement for expenses, and money then ?
The interim, the CDD, the idea is to ride and work Alternatively ! Roughly one month of work : 1000 EUR, a month on the roads 300 EUR, the calculation is quickly made !
You talked shower in your budget ?
In Australia we had neither toilet, or shower, but life is different there and here ! Ocean-side it was easy to go swimming every day and use the showers that punctuate the coast, Some are small buildings where nobody looks you oddly if you use SOAP and shampoo !
In France we have preferred to have a shower, although for now the car is used exclusively for bathroom cupboard and WC. So far we have taken our public homestay or the bathroom showers (where the evocation of the hygiene in the budget, which is far overpriced !) It is of course possible to take three showers in the day, It will take just to fill the tank with clean water (60 liters TNT) more often !
How do you supply and the water drain ?
All the cities (or at least most) have public fountains. There is even a mobile app that lists them : Eaupen . A good plan also is to think to ask petrol stations when refueling, if they have a tap. On construction sites also, by asking workers.
To drain waste water (black for WC, gray for the shower water, Sink), there are lots of free drainage points (sometimes pay : 2 euro as the Flow Blue Relais), indicated by the EC24 panel. L’application park4night I have already cited for parking for each location indicates the services provided, on their website bottom of the page you can click Without stat service area. then select a region, the department and you have a list of addresses.
About WC, We plan to test dry toilets, bucket, a bag and hop in the trash as dog excrement or diapers !
How do you stay connected ?
Thanks to the sun !
We started with a small panel that fed only water pump and a connected inverter to the cigarette lighter which allowed us while we were driving to recharge the computer, two phones and camera battery.
But in the summer 2017, we decided to invest in a more powerful solar installation. We made this addition while we were Scotland and ordered to Photonic Universe because the prices were reasonable and they offered delivery in UK. For about 400 €, we bought a solar panel 100W, a gel deep cycle battery of 100Ah, a controller, cables, fixing pasta and a gadget to see sunshine, load, etc..
This allows me to work on the computer all day if I want to, directly to solar and recharge our electrical appliances.
As for the Internet, packages today are largely sufficient to use the phone as a modem. I pay twenty euros per month at Free, j & rsquo; have 100 GB per month in France, 25 Go in Europe and d & rsquo; other countries (l & rsquo; eg Australia).
And of course there is public libraries that offer nowadays often Wi-Fi and have power outlets. Or even cafes, if you consume something there of course.
Step too cold winter ? Too wet step ?
The freedom of movement of which I speak in our general return is valid for temperatures ! It's hot ? Go to the North ! The thermometer goes down ? Do the same thing ! If the cell is equipped with a gas heater that we have unfortunately not been really tested because he passed away - if anyone knows it ! Failing that lent us a Japanese stove. Of course it works with oil (and I do not like fossil), but four square metres it heats quickly, We consumed approximately 30 litres for the winter 2011.
Edition 2013 : We have lit the heating only once this winter, He saw himself dethroned by a small heater at very low cost.
Moisture should not be a concern in the modern camper, but it is true that ours is not perfectly insulated windows level, suddenly we have from time to time of condensation (Winter only) and the ceiling or closets are a little wet, but nothing ever villain.
Where you park ?
We never used to pay or camping areas in France. There are plenty of free areas, many of which provide services (emptying, water) across the country and it is important not to forget that legally a camper has the same rights as a car parking, As you follow the statutory period of up to seven days on a single site, sometimes 24 or 48 hours.
There is everything a page dedicated to this issue : Park in France.
How do you handle the administrative without fixed address ?
For the administrative, the easiest is to domicile in a trusted person, a parent, a friend ... who can contact you in case of urgent mail and do you follow if necessary. Knowing that with the evolution of the services, You can now manage and receive most of your Internet surveys (SECU, bank, phone, insurance), We almost never mail paper.
Edition 2016 : we were repeatedly asked about taxes and following a mistake on their part I've realized that indeed there could be an impact on the use of the address of a third party, I add the information gleaned :
- know someone who already pay the maximum housing tax, it will not pay more
- use a PO box (Taxes will ask you to specify where you were at 1 January), it is not free and it will go there to get your mail
- be domicile in the Community Center for Social Action of the department where you are staying more often, free but it will go get your mail and the application must be justified (more information about Service-Public.fr)
- I recently discovered a page on tax on mobile homes used as primary habitat that intrigued me but I have not dug : could we declare our camper as the main habitat and attach this statement to the tax ? !
Latest information : I read that it is better to write “by M. or Ms.” what “At M's. or Ms.” sans en avoir eu confirmation, indicating that you use the address to receive mail but can not live.
Edition 2018 : If the overall income (you + the / those inhabitants) the home are not taxable, there should be no impact on the Tax & rsquo; housing for the person you are using the & rsquo; address.
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