Sunday, October 01, 2006
Motorhomes and other matters
After much researching we chose this one from McRent in Germany - they lived up to there promises and delivered a near new vehicle that met our needs. For those technical types, here’s the lowdown on the motorhome…It’s a Fiat, basically brand new, has a 2.8 diesel engine, is a 5 speed manual and easily sits on 100 kph.. The fuel economy is amazing – it only uses 10 litres per 100 kilometres, which is 30 miles per gallon in the old language – on the down side, fuel in Europe is expensive compared to Australia - England prices are worse again. The motorhome has gas heating, gas hot water, fridge (battery or electricity or gas), hot shower, toilet, double bed, bunks, air conditioning from the cabin, gas cooking via 3 gas rings, skylights, 12 and 240 volt outlets, handy locking cupboards and a wardrobe, table with four seats, CD player and radio, fly screens, internal lighting via spot and other lights and a panel that shows inside & outside temperature, drinking water and grey water levels and battery strength for the engine and leisure battery. Also included is a roll out side awning complemented with four chairs and a table and a bicycle rack on the back. We have television and DVD via the laptop computer and internet via wifi. We know where we are location wise as we have a Garmin 12xl GPS with roof aerial connected to the laptop running Microsoft Autoroute 2006 navigation software. WHEN IT ALL WORKS (most of the time) life is sweet. When something fails at critical times (not often thankfully) we cursed. I give the motorhome top marks and would recommend hiring this model from the company in Germany we hired it from. It’s worth noting that we found Germany the best country to hire motorhomes from as the hiring prices were the cheapest of any Western European country.
Other useful info:
Where to stay...our favourite web site for choosing camping places across Europe is http://www.eurocampings.co.uk/en/ it’s not fast to load but is very comprehensive and well set out.
Staying in touch...it can be incredibly expensive to make phone calls from overseas. Some plans charge you to receive other peoples calls while others send your outgoing calls back via your country’s provider; basically, they charge you up hill and down dale...the best deal we could find was via Telestial who have a range of deals that are worth investigating to see if they suit you.
Road signs...come in all shapes and sizes and languages, some of the more common translations can be found here.
General language translations for a range of questions such as the ever popular “how much will it cost” are here in eight different languages.
Looking for information on electrical voltages, plugs and the like...Kropla has a great web site.
A useful mapping site on the internet that will give you step by step instructions from place to place is Mappy.