beam bender help please

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  1. kcy

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    Our MH is a new Chausson made in France. Do we need to put beam benders on in Europe?
     
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    It may be made in France, but if it was intended for the UK market it will have UK bias headlamps.

    Some have a lever behind the headlamp to convert to r/h bias but i know nothing about them.
     
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    If it is a coachbuilt X250 cab right hand drive then yes you will need beam converters
     
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    Thanks, common sence really. Will check for leaver
     
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    Only A class have a lever AFAIK
     
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    Mine is on the other hand a left hand drive and although imported and UK registered it still has LHD headlights.
    I therefore have beam converters to drive it here.
    I thought of buying UK headlights as they are quite cheap but as we do more miles abroad I would still need converters so for me a completely pointless exercise.
    Having fitted them correctly I leave them on permanently night vision is not impaired.
     
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    yep..no lever don't waste your time. best buy a pair of headlight protectors and stick beam benders on those

    edit: just saw the above but what I said still applies

    surprised you got it registered, you would not these days. No way around a headlight change due to VCA inspection
     
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    registered it last week!!
     
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    Yes a good option not available pre marked for LHD headlights, although the previous owner fitted them and of course beam benders meant for RHD are as much use as a chocolate fire guard on LHD headlights :ROFLMAO:
     
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    Judge Mental Funster Deceased RIP

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    so how did you deal with the VCA inspection certificate and MOT station inspection.....

    i'm guessing maybe you got away with it due to MOT station negligence? what about the speedo, did you change that to MPH? fog light?

    while you may consider yourself lucky you're driving a vehicle that does not comply with UK construction and use regs. if something unfortunate happens insurance company will have a really good excuse to pull the plug on claim...sorry

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/8578/motor-caravans.pdf

    "If the vehicle is left hand drive, modifications to the headlamps (they should dip to the left) and speedometer (must read in both mph and km/h) will be necessary. Normally the headlamps should be changed for a pair suitable for the UK. (Black stickers are not acceptable).
    The speedometer can be changed for a UK-spec speedo, or adapted by addition of a home-made scale. A dealership or garage can do the work but you are advised to shop around."
     
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    souix never said theirs was LHD
     
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    Judge Mental Funster Deceased RIP

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    Doh! getting posts crossed ( dont worry its an age fing):rolleyes:

    looking through thread again..I guess what I said was for your benefit Andy....if i'm correct. im going to lie down now.....
     
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    I was not involved with the import of mine, it was done by first owner May 2008. On its first MOT it failed on fog light. It had a KPH speedo only and LHD headlights. I don't know how they managed that but I sorted it all when I took over.

    Headlights have passed last two MOT's with advisory " a product has been applied to the headlights"
     
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    Since when has it been a requirement to change speedos to MPH ? All that is needed is to place small stickers on the glass to indicate where various MPH speeds are

    Unless that rule came in within the last errr.. well 4.5 days, it is not a requirement to change !

    It does come in to uses and construction but not the MOT**, and a VCA would only be needed on a vehicle that does not have either an EU approval or in some cases a mutual recognition ( think thats what its called ) certificate

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    MOT requirements are as you proly know, absolutely nothing like uses and construction regs..


    To answer the OP
    If your vehicle is right hand drive it is almost 100% certain it will have lights that dip to the left which is correct for the UK
    It may have been made elsewhere but as it was made for a right hand drive country it should and probably will, have the correct headlight units :)
     
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    The op basically asked .......do i need beam benders to drive IN EUROPE

    A van destined to the uk from new, then yes.......you do......simple.
     
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    Yes John we nailed it first go (y):p
     
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    So why are some people waffling on about driving in the uk and mot's and vca's.....completely immaterial.
     
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    When was any topic ever simple :ROFLMAO:
     
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    Am surprised by the MPH/KPH issue - I have a Left Hand drive Pinninfarina Spider which has been in this country since 1983 and has passed several MOTs with me at at least three different MOT stations and the speedo only shows KPH.
     
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    And why is everyone calling me an op:imoutahere:
     
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