first time in France

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  1. mike mcglynn

    mike mcglynn Funster Life Member

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    I am just trying to organise myself:RollEyes:for our first trip on the continent and up to now I have either ordered or gotten an extra mirror , an acsi book,extra hook up cables
    beam benders, all the aires book ,continental adaptors for hook up am I right in thinking that to get past the possibility of reverse polarity you just swap the the live and neutral over on the adaptor and mark up accordingly to avoid any mix ups :Wink:GB plates,maps spare bulbs, dayglo jackets 2 ,warning triangles ,first aid kit, now just need to book ferries and breakdown cover any recommendations :thumb:what have I forgotten so far :Doh:
     
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    consider ADAC and CAXTON FX

    Consider ADAC cover.. cheaper and more comprehensive and covers you in the UK as well as all over Europe..


    Caxton FX card - preloaded euros for petrol stations in towns and at nights and weekends ..saves credit card charges...

    Bob
     
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    First you would need to know if polarity is reversed-so a tester would be good idea,then,I have a short lead(about 12") male one end,female the other wired the 'wrong' way round.
    I didn't see water connectors on your list.
    Mike.
     
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    Hi, A Good Sat Nav:thumb:
     
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    Not going till maybe June/July, but from the list in OP`s post I had better start now.......

    What`s the extra mirror about?

    Anyone point me to the (non techie) idiots guide to electric and water hook up adaptors that may be needed please?

    And what`s this about a breath test kit, what on earth is that for?

    Thanks

    Steve
     
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    Although somebody mentioned a sat-nav, you might also find it useful to have a French road atlas, or at least some maps of the region you are planning to visit.
     
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    1.Electric-1. I carry 3 various length EHU leads-and have,at times used all 3 joined together.
    2. Some sites still use French 2 pin sockets for hook up-so that's one adaptor.
    3. I find it handy to have French 2pin-Brit 13 amp when on campsites to plug
    lappy in-any Travel plug will do that.
    2.Water- 1. I carry one reel of flat food quality hose,1 5mtr length of same and a short
    piece-around 1 mtr.
    2. A variety of Hozelock screw on tap connectors.
    3. One rubber tap connector.
    4.A couple of hose joining connectors
    5. 2 Hozelock nozzles
    6. Some spare Hozelock 'Hose-end' connectors-I bet they've got a proper name.

    It is going to become,or has already become,a legal requirement in France to carry a 0.05%
    Breath test kit in all vehicles. :BigGrin:

    Mike
     
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    extra mirror

    I thought it might be a good idea :BigGrin:its a milenco blind spot and it sits on the casing of the exterior mirrors
    just safer when joining a fast moving traffic flow when wife is asleep zzzzzzzzz
     
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    warning triangle

    One if you do not have a trailer, two if you do (Warning triangles).. first aid kit. Spare bulbs.

    decide where you are going... good first night stop if heading South is Neufchatel-en-bray this side of Rouen by about an our and 2 hours from Calais .. in the ACSI .. great little site easy access and nice town, lots of shops in walking distance, cheap fuel, just off the motorway (which is free at that point) ... motorway is free from Calais until exit 30 then you have to pay.. duck off at junction 30 and the national road is fast and good.

    I will be at this site from the 5th June for the month.. it is our base for local touring with the car.. have stayed on it a few times.. peaceful (Except for the 7 a.m. bells of the church across the small river that runs beside the site). Have bumped in to other MHF members on this site a few times, very popular as an over night stop in or out and good as a base to tour from.


    Bob
     
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    Drink drive...it is a new law now.....without the kit onboard it is a 17 euro fine...a simple kits can be purchased for around 4 euros and will last for about a year....maybe in a short while they will become cheaper....because it is a new law the price will be high...soon maybe around 1 euro:Wink:

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    Steve .....Just remember July and August is the time when the French all go on holiday and can become very very busy.:Doh:


    a cork screw and a bottle opener
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    Our first time too, didn't realise there was so much to do. After reading your thread I've started a list too, well just copied yours really plus all the great replys. I'm sure France will be worth it......as long as I don't forget my list.:Wink: Jan
     
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    June is better

    June is better.. see the post for towing in France as I have put a lot of general details on there which may help you.

    Bob
     
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    Don't forget,... you buy some of these items over here, that is if you forget to get them..BUT...and there is always a BUT they may be a lot more expensive.....:Doh:
     
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    Thanks...

    Is there a site to get all this stuff from at the right price, or is it a matter of shopping around for everythingindividually.

    So what is the breath test kit for? (apart from the obvious).

    Steve
     
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