At the risk of repeating myself we’ve only freedom camped once, some time ago at the Rai Valley community site, and decided afterwards not to do so again. It had space for 15 campers but 35 cars and 13 tents squeezed into the beautiful site the night we were there.
Cars were jammed in all around our tiny tent and we were worried we might get squashed in the night as endlessly more vehicles drove up looking for any space to stay.
The site had one drop toilet and no water although it was next to the river. In the night we had ‘battle of the acoustic guitar’ between France and Germany with us trying to sleep in the middle. There was then ‘car Jenga’ as friends turned up in more vehicles and people tried to repark making more space for their mates.
It was dreadful. There were just too many people trying to ‘free load’ as the article implies. We’d hoped for some quiet wilderness camping but there was nothing of the sort.