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    I completely understand your point of view David but there is always the chance that whilst abroad the unexpected could happen that could require you to drive after dark. I would not do as you do but I guess I'm not a risk taker Personally I fail to see why the lights of all vehicles could not be vertically dipped like many commercial vehicles are. The headlamps on our motorhome dip vertically and work perfectly well for driving on either side of the road, so for all practical purposes there is no benefit to be gained with a left or right dipping pattern. Having said that, as long as my headlamps do dip to one side or the other, as they do with our cars, unless there is a switchable alternative, I will always fit headlamp masks even for a day trip, as much to be seen to be doing the right thing as for any practical purpose. I am sure that you've looked at the images of beam patterns on the CT website and I would advocate adhering to the advice there just in case you are stopped by the authorities. Gordon.
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    Whilst I do use the correct signal board on the back of the motorhome if I have the bikes I don't use beam deflectors. There is no requirement by law to do so only that you must not dazzle oncoming traffic. I don't drive at night but recognise that there will be times when lights are require in daylight hours. I set my lights to the lowest setting to the road.I have travelled through quite a few two way tunnels in Austria without my lights apparently upsetting oncoming traffic. David
  5. Southern Spain

    And even more for a lot of sun Gordon Just outside Alicante at the moment and its HOT!
  6. Southern Spain

    There's a lot to be said for a bit of sun ain't there? Gordon.
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  8. Southern Spain

    Currently in Manilva just outside Estepona, we are on probably the finest campsite we have ever used. Stayed 7 days. Campsite La Bella Vista is a must for anyone travelling around this area. 30 euro's per night which includes electric and WiFi. I just filled in the Visitors Card with the ratings for everything here and all got top marks, being a 'grumpy old man' I can normally find something to moan about but I have to admit defeat Using the scooter Estepona was 10mins away and Gibraltar 30mins. Sad to leave tomorrow (monday) but eventually have a ferry to catch and lots more to explore on the way. Brian
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    I could be wrong Gordon but the main offenders seem to be the Brits!!! However, warning boards (or the lack of) does seem pretty universal, but like you I will comply simply because 'sods law' follows me wherever I go. Brian
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    I'm with you all the way Brian. If there are rules then I will comply with them whether that's not parking on yellow lines or fitting warning boards. Regarding the headlamp deflectors; on our towcars; we used to stick masks to the clip on stone guards that fitted over the headlamps, thus they were easily applied and removed, however the current car has a toggle lever under the bonnet on each headlamp assembly that switches from left to right dip, so there is no visible sign externally of headlamp alignment until the lights are turned on, even our old 1973 Renault 6TL had a small external lever to flick between left or right dip beam so it really isn't rocket science. We can all make mistakes but I have absolutely no sympathy for those who knowingly flout the rules. Gordon.
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    Having seen the regard to rules & regulations in the EU I'm not sure what to make of anything. Travelled the length of France and Spain and completely lost count of the number of non resident vehicles without either Headlight Beam Deflectors or Warning Boards on overhanging loads, makes me wonder why i even bothered. I even put beam deflectors on the scooter. While waiting to board the ferry in Newhaven not a single UK vehicle had any visible means of complying with the requirements.
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    Thank you David, that is a useful link that says pretty much confirms my understanding, so I'll continue to use a trailer with the car making up the "load" on that trailer, as that way the car needs no modifications. Gordon.
  13. Using 'Archies' in Europe

    Hi David, I changed maps from France to Spain on my TomTom25 Start as I crossed the border and that worked fine but Archies still thinks I'm in France??? Will have to see how I get on as we go. I even used POI's Near You rather than general POI and that was no better. I have Park4Night on my pc also Google Earth which is a godsend.
  14. Hi all from Richard and Christine

    I would have to check, of course, but I would expect that if a gas bottle has to be exchanged, then as long as it has the same size/attachment as the ones here it would not be a problem at the non-AGA dealers. Interesting you mention Camping Gaz. I've only ever seen their small disposable bottles here. No doubt bigger ones may be available, but again, I would need to check.
  15. Using 'Archies' in Europe

    It does work fine here in Spain Brian, so I suggest it is a setting on your Sat Nav. Park4Night is also very good for Spain.
  16. Exchange gas bottle are a problem as the only truly international one is Camping Gaz which is very expensive. Having said that we find that if both cylinders are full we can manage for a couple of months providing we have electricity. David
  17. Using 'Archies' in Europe

    Brian Don't know what sat nav you are using but you do have to change the country first, then it should show POI's for that country. David
  18. Using 'Archies' in Europe

    While in France last year I used 'Archie's Camping' numerous times. Problem now is as I crossed over to Spain today and tried to use it for this trip it only comes up with sites in France??? I put in Toledo and suggestions for Hendaye & Bayonne appeared, nothing in Spain at all. Any urgent suggestions please.
  19. Hi all from Richard and Christine

    Although this is drifting a little off topic, I hope that it may give the OP a little food for thought as regards choice. Klyne, if I remember correctly you were planning a trip here, so this will be of interest to you for the future. To give an example of price differences between "under 6 metres" and "over 6 metres" I'll use the bridge between Denmark and Sweden. At an exchange rate of 10 Swedish crowns to £1, and without the bridge pass. Under 6 costs £56 each way. Over 6 costs exactly double that at £112 each way. Of course, the pass drastically reduces those prices, even with its annual fee added. With it, they become £21,50 or £43 plus the £39 annual fee. Regarding gas bottles. P11's are the usual ones that are used here. They can be refilled from part or fully empty. I usually do this before a trip, at a cost of £26 per kilo of gas. I think this should be possible with UK bottles, also, as, unlike other Scandinavian countries, we use the left hand POL thread. Exchanging bottles can be problematic. AGA dealers (the big gas supplier here) will only exchange AGA bottles. Others dont mind who makes the bottles....
  20. Thanks Scania We use one 6kgs lightweight steel and one 10kgs fibreglass( BP Light as was) both are of the exchange variety. Refillable cylinders are getting increasingly popular in the UK just as many filling stations are getting rid of LPG pumps! I think I have read about the six metre length being the most economic on bridges etc. I suspect a lot of caravanners who swap to a motorhome try to replicate the space they had in their last caravan and at a later date realise that perhaps smaller would have been more convenient? David
  21. Hi all from Richard and Christine

    Hi klyne, My brain is permanently faded! P11 is the term we use here for 11kg LPG bottles. I'm guessing you already know this, but the term "PA" then a number would refer to an aluminium bottle, the term "PC" a composite one. They are the only ones I have seen in use here. When they are empty, we either get them refilled or exchanged. I'll be getting mine refilled shortly, just before this years "big trip." Although many here do have bigger motorhomes, one of the problems here is that if we go southwards, then it always involves using bridges and ferries. The under 6 metre class goes as a normal car, so offers big cost savings. Of course, the space in a bigger vehicle would be appreciated, even if we would hardly use it. Generally, the only thing we do is sleep in it.
  22. Hi Scania I hate to ask this as it's probably blaringly obvious but what are P11's? Suffering from brain fade at the moment!!! As to size we have, since buying our Bailey, thought that a smaller motorhome would be better for us. Our problem is that recently we have had a lot of fairly minor (fortunately) medical conditions which have been time consumer which has prevented us going away more, ie to Europe. We are both in our very early seventies and we are not sure that we would get value for money by changing at the moment. We like the space but don't feel comfortable taking it out and about where as a motorhome the size you have would be ideal for that. When people ask on forums what I would recommend I always suggest they consider the size and how they are going to use it. David
  23. Air Suspension

    Price will vary on the type of system if just a couple of air bags fitted to the rear and the piping brought to a foot well area and a couple of valves to pressure the system or cost more if the system has a control system and gauges and 12 v compressor fitted . Basic system is a few hundred quid . With a overhang and towbar I would like to be able lift the rear on occasion. Dave
  24. Hi all from Richard and Christine

    First, of to Omega54, welcome to the forum. Second, to klyne, Thankyou for posting the link to your blog. I enjoyed reading it very much. The one thing that surprised me was that the Bailey doesnt have enough space for two P11's. We use ours in much the same way as you do. ie, park it up, leave it where it is, then either cycle or use public transport to get where we are going. As ours is an "under 6 metre" and yours over, it did strike me that we have two different approaches to the same thing. Thats one of the advantages of motorhoming. Theres not many rights or wrongs, just different solutions.
  25. Spanish Trip

    Brian It sounds like an interesting, and busy, trip David
  26. Spanish Trip

    Off on our travels tomorrow (Thurs) Newhaven to Dieppe/ Bayonne and into Spain Spain Trip (excluding France) Campsites listed in preference. BURGOS= Camping Camino de Santiago 3rd June - 4th June. Camping Fuentes Blancas TOLEDO= Camping Internacional Aranjuez 4th June - 5th June Camping El Greco ESTEPONA= Camping La Bella Vista 5th June - 10th June Camping Parque Tropical BENAJARAFE= Camping Valle Niza Playa 10th June - 12th June (or CALETA DE VELEZ (Harbour Parking) MOTRIL= Camping Playa de Poniente 12th June - 17th June Camping Playa Granada Camping Orgiva AGUILAS= Camping La Quinta Bella 17th June - 19th June TORREVIEJA= Camping Palm-Mar 19th June - 23rd June OLIVA= Camping Kikopark 23rd June - 27th June Camping Azul Camping Rio-Mar BENICASSIM = Camping Tauro 27th June - 1st July Camping Azahar GIRONA= 4 Random Campsites for 1 Night Stopover (1st - 2nd July) Back into France to Carcassonne for 2 days. Ferry back to UK 5th July.
  27. A-Frames

    I know this can be a subject of interest to motorhomers. The Department of Transport have updated their views on using such devices. Details can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/a-frames-and-dollies/a-frames-and-dollies It doesn't really change anything as far as the UK is concerned but at least they seem to be recognised by D of T. If using one abroad you need to do your homework as there seems very few countries with the enlightened view of the UK! David
  28. Hi all from Richard and Christine

    Welcome to Motorhome Talk Richard and Christine, I like both caravans and MHs (as I'm sure David does too) but we all have to choose the best vehicle to suit our lifestyle. We currently have a MH but tend to use it more like a caravan, in that we take it to a site and leave it there, using either bikes or a small car to tour the area, whereas a MHis probably better suited to short overnight stops while touring. We changed to an American RV for the additional space it offered compared with a caravan, plus the car we now use for touring is only a fraction of the size of our previous towcar, thus cheaper to run and easier to park. I wouldn't rule out going back to a caravan but the MH suits us well for now. Sorry I can't offer a opinion on your chosen MH. Gordon.
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