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Goodyear Snow Chains Review

On a lot of mountain roads in France it is a legal requirements to carry snow chains with you, and while proper Winter tyres make a lot of difference on snowy and icy roads, they will only get you so far (especially on big heavy two wheel drive vehicles like motorhomes!)

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Traction Mats – recover your stuck camper!

Motorhomes are by their nature big heavy things, and often two wheel drive – due to this it is easy to get bogged down or stuck in sand, wet grass, snow etc.

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Hymer Motorhome Buyers Guide

Note this article is based around late 90’s to mid 00’s Hymer A-class vans, specifically our 1999 Hymer B544.

Hymer Motorhomes have a bit of a reputation for quality build and being able to out-last many of the other Marques available. Our van is 20 years old at the time of writing and has covered over 220,000km, and whilst it has generally been good to us there are still many things that have needed attention over the years – here’s a list of all the issues with our bus, so you can look out for the same problems if you are looking for a similar vehicle! There are also links to articles on fixing some of the issues.

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Ducato / Jumper / Relay / Boxer based motorhome buyers guide

The Fiat Ducato, Citroen Relay/Jumper and Peugeot Boxer vans together account for the basis of nearly 75% of all motorhomes manufactured in Europe. Each of these vans are nearly identical apart from the finishing trim, as they are all built in the same factory and to the same design as part of a joint venture between Fiat and Peugeot/Citroen (the joint venture is the SEVEL company).

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Dometic/Electrolux fridge not lighting

We recently had another issue with our 20 year old motorhome fridge – on arriving at an aire in France the fridge gas burner would not light, and with no electric hook-up available we had no other option than running it on gas.

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Vallnord/Pal-Arinsal

The Vallnord Pal-Arinsal ski area in Andorra offers 90km of piste served by 3 gondolas, 12 chairlifts and 15 drag lifts.

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Grandvalira

The Grandvalira ski resort in Andorra was created from the merging of there separate Andorra resorts – namely Soldeu, El Tarter and Pas de la Casa, it is now one of the worlds 30 largest ski resorts and offers 210km of pistes served by 5 gondolas, 30 chairlifts and 27 drag lifts.

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Saint-Lary

Saint Lary is a ski resort in the Pyrenees offering 102km of pistes served by 3 gondolas, 10 chairlifts and 15 drag lifts.

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Piau-Engaly

Piau-Engaly is one of the highest resorts in the Pyrenees, offering 65km of pistes served by 5 chairlifts and 6 drag lifts.

There is a large motorhome aire ( N42.78599, E0.15800) in the resort with views down the valley providing 120 motorhome spaces with all services (including electricity) for 15euro per night, the aire is ski-out from the end of the aire, with the base station of one of the chairlifts located just underneath the aire.

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Superbagneres

Superbagneres is one of the oldest ski resorts in France, and is located on a plateau above the busy thermal spa town of Bagneres-de-Luchon in the heart of the Pyrenees. The resort offers 32km of pistes and is served by a gondola from the town up to the resort above.

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