bristling with electronics and maybe CS gas

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  1. jetlag03

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    Ah we made it !! first outing completed safely with no horrid shocks, except my bum is too big for the lavvy.
    Lily (motorhome) is now buzzing with electronics; hope the batteries can cope. Safety first and we now sport, dual reversing cameras, reversing radar, smoke detector, CO2 detector and toxic gasses detector. HELL the village lights dim when I start her up but hopefully it means me and 'er indoors will sleep sound at night.

    Having talked with fellow motorhomers here in France, they seem to have a variety of "defence aids" ranging from gert big sticks to knives that would make "crocodile Dundee" whince, only worry is some of these chappies are not in the first flush of youth and should they be unfortunate enough to meet a "naughty chappie" these "defence aids" could be taken off them and then used against them. Seriously considering the CS gas sprays as an option as they can be used at a distance (not a lot I know) and are freely available here in France.

    Thoughts views and ideas welcome, as long as they are the same as mine...... but leave 'em anyway
     
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    I have a canister of pepper spray but if plod find it im in deep do-do.
    not legal in the UK.
     
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    Unless you are planning on sorting out the Chunnel crisis singlehanded I'd leave all that "defence" alone.

    Christ man you are supposed to be on holiday not staring in mission impossible.
     
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    French registered motorhome, living and registered in France, don't know it'll make a bucket of difference if caught in UK with the French CS gas canister but reckon I'd take the chance, they are smallish too so no real reason they should be spotted on a standard "'ello ello wots all this then" type stop n check.... and tiny little bonus, French plates "ye old plod" probably wouldn't want to stop a "froggy" cos of the lingo probs... can you use the pepper spray on the fish n chips too?? next we'll have salt spray (hee hee)
     
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    Mission improbable is more our mark ..... happy to say our lives are a holiday these days ... don't like the sticks n stabby things myself but the spray does have appeal must.
     
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    Pepper on fish n chips :eek:
    you've been in France far too long. :D
     
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    I am ashamed ....... Yorshire man that I am, you're right "pepper on fish n chips" salt n vinegar, scraps and wrapped up in newspaper .... ahhh!! the things we miss .... but no..... not been in France too long ... not yet anyway..... avey vous un cuppa !! as an advert with monkeys (chimps) used to say
     
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    Whether rightly or wrongly, the law states that possession of cs gas, anywhere in the UK is an offence under section 5(1) of the FIREARMS act. Just making you aware. :)
     
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    Who are you planning on spraying?
     
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    might start with the French farmers
     
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    I've got a steering wheel clamp on lock which could double as thors hammer if called upon ! :D
     
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    Think you'll find they've got bigger sprayers..,

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    How to win friends and influence people!

    Spray them with manure and expect them to become sympathetic!

    I don't think so!
     
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    We carry two dogs in our van, the Beagle will bite anyone that approaches him, as numerous French market stall holders will testify...............
     
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    Just read the posts above, surely spraying CS gas inside the van will blind most of the occupants and probably cause more hassle to you. Your better off with a good alarm with panic facilty, no intruder/thief will be willing to remain there with an alarm going off and everyone awake.

    You don't have to worry about the firearms risk when coming back to the uk either.

    Good luck either way :)
     
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    I wonder why anyone would wish to visit a place where they felt self-defence weapons were recommended. I have spoken to many people over the years who were quick to tell me that they would never camp outside a caravan park as it was too dangerous. I rarely ever use CPs and I've never had a problem. Except once. In 1982 my van was stoned by a couple of French boys. We were in a CP at the time.
     
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    We have both a large torch and a large crook lock type thing. Both of which as in easy reach.............

    Been meaning to get on of those oven cleaning sprays for cleaning the grill, you know, the ones that really , really hurt if sprayed in your eyes by accident. Pretty sure they are not illegal in most countries........
     
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    No point in bringing your Pepper Spray/CS spray to the UK.

    Get caught with it in your possession and you could be in the s**t.

    Use it and your in seriously deep s**t.

    Best leave it at home.

    :cooler:
     
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    What the hell is wrong with me?

    I must be mad.

    I don't have...

    ...a reversing camera (single or twin) or a reversing radar or a smoke detector or a CO2 detector or a (yeah right) "toxic" gas detector or any big knives or machetes or CS gas spray or Pepper Spray and yet...

    I am still here despite all the decades of motorhoming I have done.

    JJ :cool:
     
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  20. Ethle the wondervan

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    Is a lump of metal, plastic and rotting plywood worth fighting for?

    Any nasty determined criminal would easily disarm most of us old codgers and use our feeble 'weapons' against us. We are not experience street fighters.

    If caught with weapons we can be prevented from travelling and prosecuted. We have been searched thoroughly at Dover, so it does happen.

    Having said that:-

    CS gas is illegal in the UK but aerosol di-icer is just as effective on the eye's......

    A one meter long piece of scaffold pole (extra leverage for the wheel brace and/or jack, officer!) is easy to carry. Mine takes up no space clipped behind the drivers seat next to the axe handle.....

    In practice, I would be more likely to make any thieves a cup of tea while they search for stuff they want, or take them through a full handover routine and ask politely if I can take photo's because Iv'e never been robbed before.
     
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