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#1 Jaydug

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 02:41 pm

Last week I fitted my new front towing cover ready for my journey down to Malaga next week. As it will be already dark when I set out, I was a bit concerned about the front lights not being visible on the caravan. Not only are they covered by a double layer of material, but the fixing straps go right across the lenses.

Yesterday afternoon I went into Poundland and there I saw the perfect solution. For just a pound each I bought a couple of LED headband lights as worn by cyclists. With the head bands removed, the lights thread nicely onto the front cover straps to secure them in place. The lights are powered by three AAA batteries each with its own switch. A small price to pay for staying legal.

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 02:45 pm

Last week I fitted my new front towing cover ready for my journey down to Malaga next week. As it will be already dark when I set out, I was a bit concerned about the front lights not being visible on the caravan. Not only are they covered by a double layer of material, but the fixing straps go right across the lenses.
A small price to pay for staying legal.


You mean the covers do not have a clear section over the lights? Somebody needs their knuckles rapped!

Doubtful your mod is actually legal but is unlikely to cause any problems

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 03:10 pm

As beejay says not actually legal if they wanted to check as no reflector still and no E mark . Spain seems to worry more about marker boards on the rear if over 12m outfit.


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Posted 25 October 2012 - 04:48 pm

I have seen several front covers without sidelight spaces.. ... ... ... ...are we expected to only work during daylight?

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 10:01 am

Legal or not, it is a very good solution. To get around the legality fit a couple of cycle front led lights instead.

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 11:20 am

To get around the legality fit a couple of cycle front led lights instead.


Aren't you missing the point? Lights required on a vehicle have to comply with the Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations. A light designed for use on a cycle will not meet this requirement and some may not even meet the legal requirements for a cycle light.

A caravan cover designed for use on a caravan on the highway should provide for any lighting to be operative. ;)

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 01:18 pm

They look ridiculas and obviously illegal. What about on-coming cars that would be dazzled by the light and they will obviously shake as they are not mounted securely to a fixed point.
Each to their own I suppose. Almost as bad as the retro fit DRL's I have seen fitted to some cars.

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 01:23 pm

They look ridiculas and obviously illegal. What about on-coming cars that would be dazzled by the light and they will obviously shake as they are not mounted securely to a fixed point.
Each to their own I suppose. Almost as bad as the retro fit DRL's I have seen fitted to some cars.


A little harsh, no they will not comply with Lighting Regs, but at least the effort has been made.


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Posted 26 October 2012 - 01:45 pm

I would say thats thats a good temporary idea.
I would take them off during any daylight, and just put them back on for any dark towing periods you may have.
But for the night time use, I say they are fine as a substitute.

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 02:28 pm

I would say thats thats a good temporary idea.
I would take them off during any daylight, and just put them back on for any dark towing periods you may have.
But for the night time use, I say they are fine as a substitute.

Gra.


While I agree they would do the job and possibly it would not be a issue over here but the Spanish police look at English tourist as a easy way of making money with big fines .


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Posted 26 October 2012 - 11:08 pm

Wouldn't fancy doing that with my led front bike lights. They are brighter than my cars hid's.

It is a good soloution, but marker lights are only 5 watt. I am pretty sure the cycle lights you have fitted will be brighter than that.

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 08:26 am

I read on one cover manufacturer's website that their covers are made of a material which will allow the lights to shine through making them legal.

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 08:53 am

not sure I would be doing that, as has been said the lights will not be Emarked and legal for road use.
If you get a not so nice police man you could be looking at a fine and possibly points, this is what they are starting to do to the boy races with 'not for road use' lights on there cars


Just a thought :unsure:

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 07:20 pm

Purchased a front protective cover from Specialised covers. Their web site asks for caravan make model.but what they supplied was a standard cover Prior to accepting delivery I questioned about the front lights being covered. Was told that light will shine through the material Cancelled order/. Was advised that they are in the process of making tailored Front protectors which will have the necessary light cut outs

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 03:00 pm

Their web site asks for caravan make model.but what they supplied was a standard cover Was advised that they are in the process of making tailored Front protectors which will have the necessary light cut outs


My cover is by Specialised Covers but bought through Towequipe. It was advertised as being specifically for an Avondale Rialto however it does not have any apertures for marker lights. I think the only reason they need the make and model is so they can provide a stock cover of the correct body width. Since a front cover is made up of five separate pieces, and hardly any two models of caravans have their marker lights in the same place, I can't see how the makers can supply a tailored cover with aperatures for lighting.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 03:56 pm

I read on one cover manufacturer's website that their covers are made of a material which will allow the lights to shine through making them legal.


Rubbish

It is a legal requirement to have front reflectors which the front cover would cover up so still not making them legal .


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Edited by CommanderDave, 31 October 2012 - 04:19 pm.


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Posted 31 October 2012 - 04:03 pm

Purchased a front protective cover from Specialised covers. Their web site asks for caravan make model.but what they supplied was a standard cover Prior to accepting delivery I questioned about the front lights being covered. Was told that light will shine through the material Cancelled order/. Was advised that they are in the process of making tailored Front protectors which will have the necessary light cut outs


We had the same response from them. My argument is that if you have DRLs because the weather is bad, they cannot be seen. At night they are hardly visible.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 04:26 pm

We got a front towing cover thrown into the deal for our new Valencia, but it was not available when we picked the van up on saturday. Dealer said the manufacturer had not come up with one yet for the mark 2 Unicorns but would give us a call as soon as they came in. It will be interesting to see if it has reflective swatches & clear panels for the running lights at the bottom corner, but from reading these posts I feel an argument coming on !

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 05:44 pm

Rubbish

It is a legal requirement to have front reflectors which the front cover would cover up so still not making them legal .


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I do hope that the term "Rubbish" is aimed at the cover manufacturer and not my post! I was only relaying information from the website - see extract below:

"The xxxxxxx Towing Protector is manufactured to fit caravans measuring up to 2.3m wide, with two awing rails. The Towing Protector is made from a combination of our Torrent and Stormshield fabrics, both of which are 100% waterproof, durable and breathable. The Towing Protector keeps your caravan clean and guards the front your caravan during towing. This prevents paintwork and windows from being damaged by stone chips or other road debris. Available in three colours (two tone), the protector is secured by the awning rails and a series of straps with buckles. The centre panel is made from our Stormshield fabric and features a soft, fleecy backing, giving added protection for windows. The side panels are made from our Torrent fabric. This features a non-scratch inner lining that allows the front lights of your caravan to be visible during towing."

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 02:07 pm

They are still illegal - whether you can see them through the towing cover ( what's the point BTW )or not.




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