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Post by Peter Brown on Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:13 pm

Nonancourt 48°46.351N 1°11.529E

This aire is in the area. It backs onto a building that is in the town council yard. Electric points on the wall of the building. The Marie is next door so they might let you get water in the yard.

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Post by Peter Brown on Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:15 pm

Another thought was to go somewhere to get battery tested and ask if you can fill up at the same time.

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Post by mikethebike on Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:24 pm

Peter Brown wrote:Nonancourt 48°46.351N 1°11.529E

This aire is in the area. It backs onto a building that is in the town council yard.  Electric points on the wall of the building.  The Marie is next door so they might let you get water in the yard.
Have been there many times.Electricity non operational. Fire station would have water.

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Post by Gromit on Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:36 pm

A farm site may let you have water, even if it's closed. May even let you stay with electricity if you look desperate enough.

There's one at 48.52713, 0.29202 at Le Mêle-sur-Sarthe, which is near the N12 before Alençon.

There's another at 48.55378, 0.69024 at Malétable, which is nearer Rouen.

Don't know if this will help.

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Post by bolero boy on Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:54 pm

I don’t have an AS but hope this is still helpful
From campingcar-infos.com
On N12 east of alencon


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Longitude : (Est) 0.64461° Décimaux ou   0° 38′ 40′′ 

Tarif : 2017
C-C, services, électricité : 7 € 
Services C-C de passage : 3 €
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Post by Doonhamer5 on Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:22 pm

Hi, thanks both! Sorry I missed this as driving.  We managed to get in at La Suze-sur-sarthe which has electricity if no water. Here’s where I realise why people get an additional water inlet other than relying on the whale socket.
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Post by Gromit on Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:47 pm

Doonhamer5 wrote:Hi, thanks both! Sorry I missed this as driving.  We managed to get in at La Suze-sur-sarthe which has electricity if no water. Here’s where I realise why people get an additional water inlet other than relying on the whale socket.
Yes indeed. Not all agree with me, but I've always considered it a very restrictive system for a motorhome, and far better left where it belongs - on a caravan! A "hole in the wall" would certainly be more convenient in your current situation.

Assuming you are on the Municipal at La Suze, have you realised you are next door to the swimming pool? I'm sure you would get water there, and they are likely to be open in the evening.

If you are not there, it's at 47.888545, 0.033546 and has a huge car park, in case you want to drive there and see if there's water available.

Hope this is useful.
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Post by PLOUGHLIN on Tue Dec 18, 2018 6:17 pm

Won't that water be chlorinated?  hugegrins

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Post by Doonhamer5 on Tue Dec 18, 2018 6:23 pm

Great idea Dave, will try there in the morning. Can’t drive now I’ve opened the wine!
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Post by harrysp on Tue Dec 18, 2018 7:09 pm

When you leave La Suze tomorrow try using the toll South towards Tours (A28)and the motorway aires often have water on. If nothing else there is a site open in Tours, Les Acacais (or sumilar). There is also a site open at Futurescope, called, I  think, Le Futuriste Or if you're continuing south there is an aire at St Genis de Saintonge which has leccy and usually the water is on. It is off the A10, which is also a toll.

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Post by Doonhamer5 on Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:22 am

I thought I’d posted this already... we are overjoyed to find a pay service point on the way out of the campsite - water!! smile! smile! 


Battery is showing 13V after a night on charge.
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Post by Gromit on Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:42 am

Panic over.

Enjoy the holiday now.  up!
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Post by bolero boy on Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:20 am

Doonhamer5 wrote:I thought I’d posted this already... we are overjoyed to find a pay service point on the way out of the campsite - water!! smile! smile! 


Battery is showing 13V after a night on charge.
unlike the uk, French campsites welcome MHs who are just passing through and wish to use the service points, sometimes a bourne, sometimes pay in office to use.....

the wonderful [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] is (IMV) the definitive Aires info repository and this particular 'service offering' is one of their aire categories you could search for.

searches (for all types of aire) can also be filtered to include those with EHU, so a really valuable resource...

good luck.

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Post by Doonhamer5 on Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:31 am

Thanks!
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Post by Toffee on Wed Dec 19, 2018 12:40 pm

I agree with the opinions that a new battery would be a wise investment, another point is that newer vehicles have smart alternators and as such take longer to charge batteries as they juggle saving fuel and charging batteries so do a good job of neither
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Post by Peter Brown on Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:01 pm

There are currently only a few VW based Auto-Sleepers on the road with the energy recovery system (smart alternator). The new Sprinter base vehicle has it but there are none delivered to customers yet; on these vehicles the habitation charging from the alternator is being re-configured to include a battery to battery charger instead of split charge facility.

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Post by Suppersready on Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:12 pm

Why would anyone want bolero boy removed ?, I thought his post was very supportive and helpful.
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Post by bolero boy on Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:44 pm

Thanks, but please don't have a debate, let's stick to the OP.

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Post by Suppersready on Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:42 pm

Indeed .... no debate. I genuinely did not see the reason for the off topic posts ..... however left alone now.
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Post by Doonhamer5 on Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:47 pm

Thanks to everyone for help - much appreciated!  I think we will probably invest in a new battery when it’s convenient. Will see how it goes in the meantime. Both batteries showing 12.7V after the night on charge and parked up without hook-up for 2 hours.  How long will I last without the heating?!cold
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Post by sunidorset on Wed Dec 19, 2018 6:32 pm

Sorry you are in a tight spot.
Have you tried the network of Aires known as "CampingCarPark" all across France?  Google it if you have mobile data. The website has info on each Aire and is easily accessed on a map of France. Often 10 to 12 Euros per night payable by Mastercard. You can join the network (4 Euros  ish) at the barrier. Most have hardstanding, water, EHU (6Amps commonly) AND wifi all included in the 24 hour fee. ..During the Beast of the East this Feb. only a few had water turned off and, yes cemeteries or knock on any door- cap in hand with an appropriate phrase to the effect that you are desperate. Best not to mention Macron at the moment!
Presumably you have a sealed battery. If not, you need a hydrometer to check individual cells. Best Wishes.
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Post by sunidorset on Wed Dec 19, 2018 6:35 pm

That Aire at Nonacourt is  often a porridge stop for us . It's near the Sapeurs Pompiers who will surely give you water.
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Post by ajrm on Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:40 pm

Not all aires have the water turned off. We have been in that position a few times, needing water in the winter, we have called into Maries in small villages and asked if they can turn the water on for us. 
They invariably do.
Or look for a small aire with custom facilities, that usually means a tap and a drain, usually free and probably still working at the moment.

You might find some motorway service areas have water available, but I can’t help with electricity. 

Or, as Paul says above, a churchyard may have a working tap you
 can use.

Where are you headed to?

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Post by mikethebike on Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:27 am

I think this thread has run its course. Doonhamer 5  has water and both batteries are fully charged.

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Post by Peter Brown on Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:30 am

Agreed and now locked.

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