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Euro Tour Documentation - It's a minefield 2 months 1 week ago #452171

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I've trawled the web and found lots of basic info, lots of opinion and lots of conflicting advice from various associations and insurance providers. However, I'm keen to understand what I legally NEED to have with me when doing my Euro tour.

Will be driving with a caravan to the following countries.
UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and Belgium.
So all Europe, but not all EU.

I've had a driving license since 1986

Car and caravan are well matched and neither will be overloaded. Car is 2008.

My legal kit was going to consist of:-

2x Warning triangles
4x hi-viz jackets
1x first aid kit
1x fire extinguisher
1x set of bulbs which will fit everything
v5 for car
Criss doc for van
Insurance docs for both
Driving license
EHIC cards
Passport
Euro breakdown/recovery for car and caravan

What have I missed? I have heard of various licenses and permits to increase allowable speed etc. Don't intend to do major cities so hopefully don't need permits for that.
Would you recommend getting a tag for the toll roads? Is there one that works for all or do I need one per country. How do they work when towing so I don't get the barrier down on the a-frame.

It's proving difficult to get up to date trustworthy information but I suspect the collective wisdom on here will be there or there abouts.
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Euro Tour Documentation - It's a minefield 2 months 1 week ago #452172

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A card made up with speed limits fore each country. Note hey can change depending on weather. French limits are going to change in July I believe. So depending on your dates check that out as they aren't increasing!

If your headlights don’t adjust then beam benders are useful. Even if you don’t plan on night driving they keep the gendarmes at bay.

There are times when a Eurostar and local in-country transport begin to look attractive. But its worth it in the end.
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Euro Tour Documentation - It's a minefield 2 months 1 week ago #452177

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Looks like you have all the documents, are you taking A dog, cat, Rat or ferret you need Pet passport for them. Switzerland and Austria you can buy the motorway permits at the border, or in petrol station nearby, otherwise you look ready to go , have a great time and enjoy it all. Avoid Zurich with a caravan, and stay out of tram lanes. :P
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Euro Tour Documentation - It's a minefield 2 months 6 days ago #452191

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Mark31415 wrote:
......Would you recommend getting a tag for the toll roads? Is there one that works for all or do I need one per country. How do they work when towing so I don't get the barrier down on the a-frame.

It's proving difficult to get up to date trustworthy information but I suspect the collective wisdom on here will be there or there abouts.....

I would definitely recommend getting a toll tag for France for the roads. We didn't the first time but we have since then! It'll save lots of time and searching about for credit cards and coins and having to reach over to the paybooths . Don't worry about the barrier coming down , it won't, it's all sensored . Another tip, leave access to your toilet in the van if you stop because the queues for the service station toilets can be quite long .
Chill out and enjoy

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Euro Tour Documentation - It's a minefield 2 months 6 days ago #452202

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Cheers. Great tip ref the toilet. Are there tags for tolls in other countries too? Is there any sort of euro-tag or one per country?
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Euro Tour Documentation - It's a minefield 2 months 6 days ago #452203

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Hi again Mark there is not an all European tag that I know of. Here is a link for Sanef tolling, which I use. www.saneftolling.co.uk.
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Euro Tour Documentation - It's a minefield 2 months 6 days ago #452204

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Mark31415 wrote:
Cheers. Great tip ref the toilet. Are there tags for tolls in other countries too? Is there any sort of euro-tag or one per country?

In France we find that the locals will always park their cars as near to toilets in Aires as they possibly can. Bays marked for caravans and motorhomes have no meaning to the French ( or Brits for that matter). Aires will fill up very quickly when lunch time arrives. So we tend to stop for an early lunch around 1130, and theres no problem in parking amongst HGVs if you need to in Aires.
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Euro Tour Documentation - It's a minefield 2 months 6 days ago #452209

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........we avoid toll roads as much as possible so don't bother with a Tag.

We can still manage up to 300 miles a day whilst towing a caravan and that is enough for us as we are always on holiday :cheer:

Best to make sure you have a card style driving license as these are the norm in Europe.
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Euro Tour Documentation - It's a minefield 2 months 6 days ago #452221

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You'll need a GB sticker, if your number plate does not already have one (you'll need one for the caravan as well). There's also the tricky issue of Breathalysers in France. While the law still requires motorists to carry them, the penalty for not having them has been postponed, so while it's still illegal not to have them, there is currently no fine. Finally, I believe that if you require to wear glasses when driving, you must carry a spare pair with you.
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Euro Tour Documentation - It's a minefield 2 months 6 days ago #452223

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Gafferbill wrote:
........we avoid toll roads as much as possible so don't bother with a Tag.

We can still manage up to 300 miles a day whilst towing a caravan and that is enough for us as we are always on holiday :cheer:

Best to make sure you have a card style driving license as these are the norm in Europe.
My chief navigator usually avoids toll roads unless the alternative is too tortious. Usually go North/South through France though, never gone this far East before so not sure how the road work out.
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