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  1. MIRO is not an ex-factory weight. It is the weight of that particular model of caravan as it was submitted for type approval.
  2. Like I said, only if the caravan that was submitted for type approval also had a spare wheel.
  3. It just goes to show that quoted MIRO's are nothing more than a rough guide. The only sure way is to have the caravan weighed.
  4. The above certificate only certifies that the caravan complies with BS EN 1645, but that is only an industry standard and not a requirement. It doesn't document legal compliance with Construction and Use Regulations and it's those that refer to MTPLM.
  5. There is no regulation, rule or anything else that refers to an MPLM or its definition, so it's just been dreamed up without any consequence.
  6. If the certificate doesn't refer to the VIN it's not worth the paper that it's printed on because it doesn't comply with the regulations. Not only must it refer to the VIN but also to the type approval number to make it a document of any value.
  7. That will only apply if the caravan was type approved with exactly the same specification as it left the factory. You’re absolutely right. There can only be one maximum. If there are two values and one is greater than the other then the lower cannot be a maximum.
  8. In order to be able to rely on a definitive answer you would need to supply the chassis number of your caravan and ask them specifically whether the MIRO quoted for your particular caravan included the spare wheel or not. A general question whether Elddis include the spare wheel as a matter of principle is not necessarily going to result in a statement that you can rely on 100%. Besides, there could be other appliances or equipment fitted to your caravan which you think are standard and therefore included in the MIRO simply because you didn’t order them specially, but for the manufacturer they are mandatory options and weren’t included in the type approval.
  9. As yet, no-one has said what makes it illegal, though. As far as I can gather from previous replies, the only references that have been mentioned so far apply to commercial applications, but not to private use in a caravan or motorhome.
  10. It all depends on whether the caravan submitted for type approval had a spare wheel or not. By definition, MIRO does not include any factory fitted options, but whether this includes mandatory option packs is open for the manufacturer to decide. That's why the MIRO figure should be taken with a pinch of salt. It can't be more than a rough guide.
  11. This thread is getting far too bogged down in gas issues when the OP clearly only had electrical connections in mind. There are reasons other than running the fridge whilst on the move that require power supply to the caravan and it's those that he hasn't taken into account.
  12. What I meant to say is that the combat weight would be roughly equivalent to max. GVW whereas the regular weight signs refer to the actual weight, not GVW.
  13. The same applies already today when returning from a non-EU country.
  14. Yes, that’s the difference between the ‘tank’ weight limits and regular weight limit signs in Germany. The latter refer to actual weights.
  15. Geist caravans were manufactured under contract by LMC, so if having the door on the other side doesn't bother you, it might be worth looking into buying an equivalent LMC model. The selection available, at least on the Continent, is bound to be much larger, as the volumes of LMC caravans produced is much larger.
  16. Considering the existing connector not only transmits power to the caravan exterior lighting system but to other electrical equipment in use while the caravan is in motion, such as charging the battery or running the fridge, I see no benefit in such a device as it would still need a separate connector for non-lighting usage. If anything, a device that would automatically electrically couple all 13 pins between the towing vehicle and the trailer during the actual hitching process might be worth looking at.
  17. Actually, the weight signs for tanks etc. don’t refer to actual weight limits, but to NATO weight categories.
  18. When we went to the Scilly Isles, we took our caravan across the Channel to England, drove to a campsite near St Agnes in Cornwall and left it there for our flight from Newquay to the islands. As it happened, I left my binoculars in the gardens at Tresco, but they were found and flown by helicopter for free to Plymouth where I was able to pick them up. Great service!
  19. Looks nice judging by the pictures on their website, but it does seem a bit off the beaten track for us who like to be as close as possible to the beaches and the opportunity to do daily shopping for the widest possible selection of food produce, as we are both keen cooks who try to cook something out of the ordinary every day, even when touring with the caravan. In Aguilas we have two big supermarkets Mercadona and Carrefour, not to mention Lidl and Aldi, and it also has quite a big market on Saturdays, so we are well served in that respect.
  20. Considering we are talking here about a regular production caravan it's not something that one would expect to have to check, though. Being used to travel without any form of restrictions is something one has taken for granted within the EU (OK, Norway isn't in the EU either) so nobody gives specific regulations applicable to neighbouring countries much thought unless enough people have run into an issue and written about it in forums, etc. An example of a requirement that is specific to a particular country is marker boards for overhanging loads in Spain and Italy, but that is something that is common knowledge now, thanks to enough publicity being given to the need for them due to the sheer volume of fines that have been dished out to the unsuspecting. In the foreign travel section of their website the German Auto Club, ADAC, for instance, lists a whole host of regulations which are peculiar to the UK, but makes no mention of the 7m limit.
  21. I agree that the law has no provisions for exceptions to be made for foreign visitors, but I am sure that if anyone arrived at the docks with a long caravan and was turned away, thus ruining their holiday plans, there would surely have been an uproar in one of the forums. After all, such a restriction is not something that a foreign visitor would normally reckon with.
  22. I haven't heard of any reports in any of the Continental caravanning forums of anyone not being allowed into the UK with an over 7m caravan, though.
  23. Good to hear that the weather is nice and warm in that part of the world. We're on our way to our favourite campsite in Aguilas on the Andalucia/Murcia border at the moment. Should get there the day after tomorrow. Looking forward to it, especially as we have heard that it hasn't stopped raining back home since we left on Monday.
  24. EU regulations state that headlamp may dip either vertically down or 15° to the nearside. Most European car manufacturers have opted for the vertical dip for their left hand drive models. It's best to check the handbook or with the dealer whether the same applies to tight hand drive versions, too. Beam deflectors must not be used in conjunction with xenon, high energy discharge, LED headlamps or adaptive headlamp systems.
  25. I made up a wall bracket that allows the TV to swivel away when not in use. As the wall panel is fairly thin, I didn't want to risk attaching the bracket directly to the wall but a added a fairly substantial shelf underneath the overhead locker and fixed the TV bracket to that. The advantage of the swivel bracket is that you can not only watch TV from the lounge area but by turning it through 180° from the bed at the other end of the caravan, too.
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