We have been full time in Europe for four years, and have stayed at 175 locations. We don’t use aires because we prefer the security and freedom of campgrounds or motorcamps. I’ll concede that we miss out on some of the fabulous locations of aires or freedom camping locations. We also tow a car which makes us conspicuous at aires, taking up too much space, but our choice is really about greater security. We also tend to stay longer than aires permit.
The purpose of this is to note our average nightly fee, for the benefit of anyone heading to Europe. 0ver the four years our average pitch fee has been about $39NZ per night.
The peak season is from about late June to mid September, where the pitch fees will be between $60-90. The highest prices have been in Norway, Sweden, Croatia, and the north of Italy. The $90 camps are resort like but chosen for their convenient locations.
The low season is most of the rest of the year. With an ACSI card the off peak rate falls to about $30-40.
Google ACSI for details.
Note that most of the north of Europe closes to tourists from mid Sept until about May! For example there are few motor camps open in France from October through the winter. Of course aires may be open. From October most touring Motorhomes are heading to Portugal and Spain, where most touring people spend the winter, a few weeks or months in one destination before moving elsewhere. Some spend five months in one spot, we did that for three months of our first winter, and had a fabulous time with a climate better than Auckland’s summer.
In the UK most camps close for the winter from mid October. But a few Caravan Club sites remain open all year.
To visit London, the CC site at Abbey Wood is perfect and open all year. We were there for ten days in November, the train is ten minutes walk from the camp, and a one week Oyster Card covering trains, tube, buses and river ferries cost £50/$100 per person. A one day pass was £20/$40.
I hope this is useful to those planning a longer tour.