Since we all post on camping things we have seen in our travels, here are some from my recent travels. I just returned from a 10 day work trip to Germany. I also happen to be there right at the time when summer holiday just started for the schools. So family camper travel was on an all time high. This was quite interesting to see how other parts of the world enjoy RV’ing.
While I did not get to see any campgrounds, bummer, I did get to see hundreds of campers in route on the highway. When we arrived on Sunday the Autobahn in northern Germany was totally filled with campers. This is way more then any time I have ever seen here in the US. And DW and I count as we go camping. I did not have the camera out then but for about a 100 miles strength of road heading north there was a camper every 4 to 5 cars. What a site.
I asked my German colleague if this is normal and they said Sunday it the weekend return time (like our weekend camping trips) and that school just let out and family’s just started holiday.
So here are some pic’ of my travels. I’ll also post on the hitch system they use which is quite different.
Here is one parked at a rest stop. A small VW pulling a Hobby Caravan. They call TT’s, Caravans.
And how they hook it up
The hobby brand seemed popular. Here is there web site. http://www.hobby-caravan.de/en/
they have online pic’s of the inside of these.
The rest I’m going to post where as traveling down the highway. All looked very nice from the outside and being towed by very small cars. The one thing that did stand out, most all campers where small in size. My 26 foot T2499 camper would be considered a big one over there. I only saw 1 5th wheel and it was being towed by a semi style truck.
I had to shoot these in burst mode on my camera to capture the moving image. Sorry about the bugs on the windshield…
Here you are, enjoy. This one is the Adria brand
The Soowind brand
The Wilk brand
Here is a Pop Up. Did not see to many of these
Here is the other PU I say.
And a Motor Home
And another one
I did not see any Class A style motor homes.
Now here may be why we do not see very large campers. Cost. See this pic at a gas station we stopped at
They do this different in Europe. The sign is in liters. And this in is in Euros. Doing some math and US dollars to Euro exchange rates. (1 Euro = 1.38 US right now)
So if you pick the low grade gas and convert this it is 5.03 Euro per gallon or $6.95 US dollars per gallon of gas. OUCH!!!!
Many of the cars have small diesels in them. They have refined the engine to where it is not so noisy and gets great fuel mileage. We took a day trip to visit a sub supplier my colleague‘s little Ford did 100 kilometers and used 6 liters of diesel or 39 miles per gallon. WOW.
If he would of slowed down to our 65 MPH, I’m sure he would of done even better. They do drive fast in Germany. Way fast. Having people buzz by you doing over 200 (125 MPH) kilometers per hour is not unheard of and common. You have to really watch for this as they come up on your real quick.
Here are some more shots of the area.
A ship container loading/unloading system near Hamburg. The picture does not do justice to the massive size of this machinery.
And windmills. All over.
So if you want a nice camper that does not weigh much and can be towed by most any US car, go visit Europe.
Hope this shows a glimpse of how the other half of the world camps