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    France July 2018

    I would like to go to France in July of 2018 and wonder around the country in a motor home. Anyone got any helpful hints on how I will accomplish this.
    thanks

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    This sounds awesome!

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    Hi Baldfatdad,
    I think I can help you may be. But I don't exactly how to do, nor what to start with. Do you have on your side, points of interest you would like to see, cities to visit ?
    Accessible motor home for rent are not as easily findable here as they are in the USA I guess, … it can be the 1rst thing to research !
    Feel free to ask here or PM if you want.
    C6-7 since mid 2002, no hand control nor triceps.
    my website & my job (in France): Accessibility advisor www.acceslibre.eu
    Also working on a French research about Peer counseling and Empowerment.

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    Wondering if it would be easier to find an accessible motorhome to rent in England, and take it on the ferry (or Chunnel train) to France. A quick Google search showed a number of rental options in England.

    Here are a couple of examples:

    http://www.theaccessibleplanet.com/h...home-hire.html

    https://www.coachbuiltgb.co.uk/coach...air-accessible

    http://www.motorhomingfrance.co.uk/

    https://www.handynamic.com/renting-a...d-reservation/

    I found this one for France, but it is only in French (and I don't speak French!) but if you do, or another member can help you, it might be helpful:

    https://www.camping-car-handicap.fr/

    Of course finding one that a family member can drive vs. one that is adapted with hand controls will be much easier. Would that work for you??

    It sounds like a fun trip!

    (KLD)

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    robotnik
    My bucket list is to follow the Tour de France, stand by the side of the road and watch those lunatics ride by, then move to the next town and watch it again for 21 days.
    I would like a motor home. I drive mine in the US, its 8 meters long. I've rented one in Europe when I was walking. So far all the ones I've seen are stick shift, so an automatic would be the first problem to solve.
    I'm a T6 para complete and crawl into my motor home= I don't use a lift. I make my own hand controls, permanent and portable.
    My girl friend speaks French and lived in Nantes years ago.
    I've seen some pictures on line of motor homes for rent in France, but have had trouble reaching the companies.
    It would be great to have someone in France to check out a motor home for us.

    SCI nurse. I will check out the brit motor homes, I'd not thought of that, just wonder which side the steering wheel would be on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldfatdad View Post
    I will check out the brit motor homes, I'd not thought of that, just wonder which side the steering wheel would be on?
    The wrong side. But that being said, it might be convenient at times. If you're parking on the side of the road you could get out directly onto the sidewalk if you were in the driver's seat... although this is probably negated by the fact that most motor homes I have seen have their "main" door on the passenger side.

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    Nice job SCI-Nurse, your French link (https://www.camping-car-handicap.fr/) is for Handynamic and you've also found it in English ( https://www.handynamic.com/renting-a...d-reservation) even if there's less informations.
    I've found another source, Handi-Drive, who has also motorhomes for rent : http://www.handi-drive.fr/camping-ca...-handicape.php
    In both cases, they are located in France and the steering wheel is on the "good" side. It can help !
    Both are accessible with a lift, on the back for Handynamic, on the left side for Handi-drive.
    Handi-drive says his motorhome is fitted for disabled drivers: automatic gearbox and push/pull (or similar) hand controls. There's nothing about disabled driving on Handynamic' website. Their motorhome seems to be manual gearbox.
    Another question is, baldfatdad : If you crawl into your motorhome and don't use a lift, would you manage with a standard layout inside ? It could allow you to search ONLY a automatic, may be it can be found easily (but not sure, Frenchies dislike automatic's. And they are expensive here)
    C6-7 since mid 2002, no hand control nor triceps.
    my website & my job (in France): Accessibility advisor www.acceslibre.eu
    Also working on a French research about Peer counseling and Empowerment.

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    Robotnic: Getting around inside the motor home depends on the lay out. How wide the center isle and how the bathroom is designed. In mine I can use my chair to go down the aisle, get to the bath room door, I transfer onto a little stool. Then on to the toilette. I can get from there to a chair in the shower. Not as complicated as it sounds.
    I will look at those sites. Thanks

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    one would think that there would be motorhomes to rent that are automatic. The trip itself sounds fantastic. so much to see and the convenience of a motorhome.

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    A great experience following Le Tour but consider the logistics. Many stages the roads are closed the day before and can take hours to reopen, it is difficult to get from one good viewpoint to the next in the time available. Even when I followed on a motorbike I couldn't have watched the exiting bit of every stage. Some days we would missc the racing, have breakfast in the stage start then move on to the following days vantage point. Remember some stages you struggle to park anywhere near the final climb and might have a 5-10 mile push!

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