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Excellente idée : le marché est en plein essor en France, et offre de réelles opportunités !
Vacanciers en quête d’itinérance et de liberté et voyageurs à la recherche d’un van ou minibus pour un déplacement professionnel ou personnel ne trouvent pas facilement aujourd’hui leur bonheur auprès des agences de location classiques.
Historiquement plus développé chez nos voisins nord européens, et sur les continents américains et océaniques, le marché de la location de vans a toute sa place dans l’hexagone, où ces petites maisons roulantes passe partout éveillent la curiosité et les désirs d’aventure et de liberté.
Dans ce contexte de développement et de croissance, le réseau VAN-AWAY, l’un des pionniers du marché, s’agrandit tous les ans de deux ou trois agences. Et les agences installées connaissent toutes une croissance de leur chiffre d’affaire, et des résultats positifs…
Depuis 2009 nombre d’acteurs du marché, isolés, n’ont pas réussi à surfer sur cette vague, et ont fermé boutique : comme tous les marchés, l’avenir est à ceux qui se regroupent pour grossir et prospérer ensemble…
ADVICE FOR YOUR TRIP
Your departure date is fast approaching and it is time to prepare your trip! Bear in mind that your van or caravan is fully equipped with:
Kitchen essentials (plates, glasses, cups, bowls, pots, pans, a sieve, a tupperware container, cutlery, veggie peeler, cork screw, bottle opener, sponge, dishwashing liquid and a tea towel) – everything you need to prepare meals on wheels during your road trip.
Cleaning supplies (a wash basin, rubbish bags, clothes pins, a strap, dustpan and brush) to keep your mobile household clean during your trip.
Everything you’ll need for maintaining your autonomy (storage box, water supply, an electric plug with hook-up).
And before you zip up your suitcase, don’t hesitate to consult the article on our blog (Les indispensables pour un roadtrip en van) for tips about what to pack for your van road trip.
If you are a newbie and not quite ready for a full blown adventure, don’t worry, there are plenty of suggestions to insure a peaceful night:
Some people think that campgrounds and camping car sites are the only places that allow customised vans to park. Wrong! In fact you can go off piste and enjoy wilderness camping and wake up in the depths of the countryside or next to the sea! To find out how to camp rough, follow the advice that is available on our blog and pitch up with peace of mind!
The van is synonymous with freedom! You therefore have plenty of opportunities to spend the night off the beaten track.
Of course there is nothing stopping you from staying in a campsite, if only to have a bit more comfort from time to time especially on long trips. But be aware that there are plenty of other options which allow you to spend the night closer to nature.
All of our vans have a copy of the guide France Passion that gives addresses of vineyards and farms where you can spend the night for free. A great opportunity to meet the natives and taste locally grown produce!
You can find out more by reading our article : France passion : the region as you’ve never seen it.
Discover where you can park at a local inhabitant’s house and find great addresses at reasonable prices on the HomeCamper website.
Another mine of information for those who travel beyond the French borders is the application Park4night. It’s free and allows you to find places that other van travellers have tried and tested (hidden, off the best places, farms etc.) with comments and suggestions of places to avoid.
All the GPS systems that Van-Away provides as an optional extra are equipped with up-to-date Park4night locations.
Read the article : Park4night: a user community, a mine of information to learn more about this fantastic app.
And if you have a taste for adventure, don’t hesitate to go off-road, far from the crowds and concrete and find that ideal spot- somewhere isolated, opposite the sea, under the trees, high on the summit of a mountain and wake up somewhere amazing!
How to answer a call of nature?
Oh yes, these are basic questions that come up frequently! Where can we have a pit stop? How can we shower? Where and how can we get rid of our waste water?
Rest assured, there are solutions for everything!
Unlike our customised vans, our mini-vans are not equipped with a toilet. However, you can opt to have a chemical toilet or a dry toilet as an option if you don’t want to spend your time on the app where are the toilets?”
Next. for the vans or leisure vehicles that don’t have a shower, we can also provide portable or solar run showers as well as tents that attach to the rear door or cabin for more privacy. Find all the available ablution solutions on our blog!
Travelling with children? There is nothing nicer than a family road trip! Children adore a BIG ADVENTURE! How to find child-friendly activities and things to do with kids? There is lots of advice on our blog.
Be eco-friendly! Our vans are brand new and equipped with the latest anti-pollution technology. Respect the environment during your trip and follow our eco-tips here.