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PostSubject: headlight converters and spare bulb kit   Sat Jul 14, 2012 7:49 pm

Hi - I need to buy both of above for trip to France. Did a web search but can't tell if the basic headlight converters and spare bulb kits that results will be good for Lola (2005 Danbury Aircooled)... Any advice?

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PostSubject: Re: headlight converters and spare bulb kit   Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:29 pm

I think this will do.."


headlight deflecter

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PostSubject: Re: headlight converters and spare bulb kit   Sat Jul 14, 2012 9:53 pm

Here's the pack I bought:

Ebay auction

You can get the Breathalyser kits from the same seller too.

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PostSubject: Re: headlight converters and spare bulb kit   Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:01 pm

Btw you need an H4 bulb kit for the headlights. Something like this:

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PostSubject: Re: headlight converters and spare bulb kit   Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:07 pm

Don't forget for continental travel you must have:

A spare bulb kit
A warning triangle
Hi-viz vests for everyone on-board
2x breathalysers (France)
GB sticker

In France also, you must not have radar detecting equipment ie turn off your speed camera alerts on your SatNav.

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PostSubject: Re: headlight converters and spare bulb kit   Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:31 pm

Cheers guys.
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PostSubject: Re: headlight converters and spare bulb kit   Sun Jul 15, 2012 9:52 am

And a European Accident Statement form.

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PostSubject: Re: headlight converters and spare bulb kit   Sun Jul 15, 2012 10:09 am

I think we're gonna need a bigger van...
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PostSubject: Re: headlight converters and spare bulb kit   Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:37 pm

To add to Tims list
You have to also have a first aid kit and a working pump both are legal requirements in France and the Benelux

Below are few other things that will make life easier as well:

The most important thing is a smile - you will undoubtedly commit minor traffic offences- a smile and the ability to say sorry in French (desole) will go kilometres

If you are using autoroutes with tolls ( peages) carry either a visa or master card not a visa debit as some toll stations have become fully automatic at certain times - Bordeaux seems to be at rush hour this year among others

One essential that is often forgot is drivers license - you need both the paper and plastic versions on the continent

Officially you should only take the paper version but as no other euro country uses a paper one much confusion is saved if you carry both

You should also carry at least a copy of your log book

This might sound stupid but you need to have your passport available at all times - as almost every other european country has an ID card system
(even as brits we have belgium id cards) which carries all of your information in a chip - and no it is not big brother - having your blood group at all times saves lives - the gendarmerie will ask for I'd even if you give them your drivers license if they stop you for an offence

If you can get one from your insurance company also carrying a green card is easier than carrying full papers as this outlines you cover and the countries your are covered for in multiple languages whereas many insurance policy documents seem to be only in English in this essential part
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PostSubject: Re: headlight converters and spare bulb kit   Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:42 pm

Thanks Belgium Bay. That's it. I'm going to stay here in the rain instead!!
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PostSubject: Re: headlight converters and spare bulb kit   Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:51 pm

Weather is lovely at present sitting drinking Rioja in campsite bar at Laredo about 25 km from Santander and other than a few bits of rain have had fairly decent weather for the last two weeks through France and into Spain

Even got a top up sun tan

I guess that's why we don't actually live in the uk anymore -weather sucks
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PostSubject: Re: headlight converters and spare bulb kit   Sun Jul 15, 2012 9:05 pm

@belgiumbay wrote:
I guess that's why we don't actually live in the uk anymore -weather sucks

It sure does this Summer.

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PostSubject: Re: headlight converters and spare bulb kit   Mon Jul 16, 2012 12:19 pm

We are just back from 2 weeks touring in France - got down as far as Arcahon west of Bordeaux to enjoy some brief hot sunshine. We took all the kit - reflective jackets, triangles, breathalysers etc (and didn't need any of them)- but forgot to take a fog horn to prevent someone reversing into us in a car park! Don't let the rules and regs put you off - driving in France is a pleasure and even the motorway services do decent coffee.
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PostSubject: Re: headlight converters and spare bulb kit   Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:16 pm

Couldnt agree more mickar

Over the years I have developed almost OCD about the aires on both N roads and autoroutes

Btw love arachon and dune surfing great fun
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