DW and I, during my years of active duty, spent a total of 12 years in Europe during four different tours. During that time we wore out several tents as we camped in Germany, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Switzerland, and Austria. We quickly learned that the Europeans would rise early and take care of the necessities at the CG shower/WC.
We had numerous opportunities to check out their "caravans" (TT's). None of them had any more plumbing than is required for food prep or clean-up. We left there in 1990, and some may now be equipped with bathrooms? They normally would drain the grey tank into a bucket and head for the bath house main drain.
I would venture a guess that this bus was designed with minimal plumbing also. Anyone that has seen this bus at a CG may remember a line of 20 persons heading to the bath house each morning.
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We have come across these buses many times in our travels. They are commonly referred to as "The German Coffin" buses because the occupants sleep in elongated compartments, almost like drawers. I guess it is a cheap way to travel but not for everyone.
It is amazing to see them prepare a meal. A kitchen area pulls out and I think they take turns with the meal prep and clean up. At coffee breaks we have seen them out doing their exercises. It certainly is a regimented way to travel.
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Saw this bus in Waterton Park a few years back. Too cramped for my liking. People looked worn out and unkempt. 4 weeks in a bus will do that to you!
At first I thought the same upon seeing this bus pull in.
It was a group of seniors (70's +) and I talked with a few of them and they had smiles as long as Texas across their faces and they all felt blessed to have been able to see the USA. God love 'em.
Heck sometimes I get claustrophobic just from driving my MH long hours!
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so as to have the life that is waiting for us".
Good for them! At least they are doing a big trip to another continent. I wonder what the ratio is of European RV'ers over here compared to North American RV'ers over in Europe is, 10-1? 20-1? 50-1?
It's not the cost of fuel, as they use more fuel efficient vehicles. It's probably more to do with the attitude of the people, here you often hear "Why should I travel that far when I still have lots to see in my own county/state/province/ country"- how sad. Over in Europe, there is more of an inquiring mind to see other places and other countries, except the French for some reason, they prefer to stay in their own country!
I can remember seeing one of those buses for the first time about 30 years ago in the Embarcardo? RV park in downtown San Francisco. It looked as if they were all having soup for breakfast being served from their basement kitchen!
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