Driving through Romania with a 12 tonne camper

For the past few weeks we’ve been travelling through Romania, a beautiful country that’s full of surprises. Now that we’re almost ready to move on to our next country, we’ve taken some time to look back at our journey here.

To be perfectly honest, travelling through Romania isn’t always great when you’re in a big truck. The country has beautiful nature areas to offer, but at the same time it has a lot of limitations when it comes to the maximum allowed weight of your vehicle. As we drive a 12 tonne truick, quite a heavy cookie, we had many issues with roads here, which often didn’t allow for more than 9, 7.5 and sometimes even only 2.5 tonnes, sometimes for stretches of more than 100 km. On top of that were the many restrictions for trucks. Since we’re technically more of a camper, we often conveniently decided to not classify ourselves as a truck, take a chance and hope for the best. The same goes for entering the country, as we’re technically not a truck, but we are in a similar weight class.

Despite the weight challenges we managed to see quite some unique and beautiful areas. Driving along the mountain road known as the Transfărășan for example, otherwise known as the DN7C. This road was on our bucketlist so we just couldn’t resist trying. We ended up driving only parts of it due to a 3.60 meter high tunnel which we just didn’t fit into, but the sights along the way, twisting roads and extremely steep sections still ended up being quite the adventure.

As for the sights in Romania, large cities were just not accessible for our vehicle so instead of driving, we’d usually find a spot in a neighbouring small town and take our bicycles out instead, which worked out fine except for the lack of experience Romanian traffic seems to have with cyclists. Nonetheless, we managed to make it work and saw some beautiful historic centres! As for the countryside, we highly recommend the Carpathian Mountains, an area where you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a time machine and have travelled back to the 50s! From wooden churches to endless flower fields, it was a truly spectacular sight.

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