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Valkrider

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    Motorcycling, Genealogy, F1
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    Adria Sonic Plus I700SC

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  1. See you in September Brian although we may be in France until about the 15th.
  2. It is not just Spain and Portugal it is virtually all of Europe except the UK where A frames are illegal. They are neither legal or illegal in the UK. The UK never adopted the international regulations on trailers which most other countries did, although the D o T in the UK are looking at adopting the regulations according to their website. Basically a motorised vehicle is not, according to the European legislation, a trailer and can never be considered as such as a trailer must not have any method of motive power. This means in most of Europe you cannot even tow a broken down vehicle with a tow rope.
  3. 90 days the same as the rest of Europe.
  4. An FPN is a Fixed Penalty Notice given out by Police or Parking wardens for traffic infringements. It has a fixed amount to pay in a certain time or you end up in court.
  5. We moved from a caravan to a MH last year. Our caravan was 8m long plus the car so it made for a large lump our MH is only 7.5m so in some respects is easier. We visited the UK last year in our MH and did not experience any problems and we did a circle from Portsmouth to Cumbria and then back down the East side of England and back to Portsmouth. We chose our parking spots carefully, the biggest issue as already mentioned was the height barriers particularly at supermarket car parks. A bike or taxi sorted out other trips. Certainly in Europe a MH is less of an issue than the UK. A MH is a different experience from a caravan, we certainly wouldn't go back.
  6. If you are in the UK then it should work with any Sky or Freesat receiver. If you are in Europe then that is a different matter. It should still work close to channel on that setup but further south you need something different. Then you would need your Oyster re-programmed to lock onto Intelsat 907 and you would then need a special receiver as these channels are not intended for use by the public and you will need an 85cm dish.
  7. Take a look at this YouTube video from the French Ministry of the Environment. Shows it on the passenger side of a LHD vehicle in the lower corner of the windscreen.
  8. Will do Brian, as I said only voluntary for Spanish vehicles at the moment.
  9. Get the GreenZones app for your smart phone. It shows you all the zones where the restrictions can apply, not just in France it is for the whole of Europe. Whilst on the motorway near Bordeaux last summer there was an accident on the opposite carriageway with many kilometers of stationary traffic, the gantry signs our side put up a temporary very low speed limit and it said it was to reduce pollution. Madrid and Barcelona in Spain are following suit with restricting vehicles from the centre and a voluntary Spanish version of Critair has been introduced that will become compulsory later.
  10. That's what it is in Spain, can't even fit LED bulbs in indicators for instance if they weren't fitted when it was made. Same make and model and tread pattern on tyres and so ti goes on. You don't know how lucky you are in the UK. Although it looks to be tightening up there too.
  11. The handbrake extension is available in the UK and providing that it is properly attached I cannot see anything under type approval or con and use regs that would prevent it being fitted in the UK. However, in Spain I think I would not pass its ITV (MOT equivalent) with it fitted. They are in fact called Kobran Motorhome Handbrake Extenders and cost £65 from https://www.outdoorbits.com/kobran-motorhome-handbrake-extender-p-173.html
  12. It is the backup satellite for the UK TV channels to the DTV masts. It is not intended for general use, however, with an appropriate receiver and the decoding BISS numbers they can be decoded and watched. The satellite has a large footprint over most of Europe and the channels are receivable on an 85cm dish over most of Europe and there are reports of good reception on a 65cm dish. I was looking for specific recommendations for currently available receivers as the ones I was shown was a discontinued model.
  13. I was amazed this week when I was shown what channels were available with an 85cm dish this week here in Spain. As a result I am considering getting a dish and receiver. Does anyone have any specific recommendations for a suitable receiver that is easy to set up with the necessary BISS codes for the UK channels?
  14. I am at odds with David & Gordon we swapped from a caravan to a 7.5m motorhome 15 months ago. Whilst we miss the independence of a second vehicle we would not go for anything smaller as we do like the room and the facilities and not having to make the bed up every night. Living in Europe, my comments may not be appropriate for the UK but we haven't had any issues so far with 7.5m BUT I would not like to go for any longer. The second vehicle issue can be overcome by bikes, electric bikes or a scooter without increasing the size of towing a second vehicle, also by choosing your stop off locations appropriately it can be less of an issue. Cabs, car hire and public transport all cost but don't have the capital outlay of an additional vehicle. Colin
  15. The ITV test for the import of a vehicle (transfer on to Spanish registration from another registration) is a different test, costs more and needs more documentation including a Certificate of Conformity from the MH manufacturer and requires payment of registration tax which can be several thousands of Euros depending on the 'blue book' value of the vehicle concerned. Not something to be undertaken lightly, I have done it twice with a car and a motorcycle.
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