Headlight deflectors

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  1. IanF

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    Hi -this may be a stupid question however I can agree with that if I'm declared to be stupid!
    We are about to make our first trip to France and I am fitting "stick on" headlight deflectors which I'm advised are required there.
    My question is then---Do they need to be removed to comply,on our return to the UK?
    Look forward to your kind advice
    Ian
     
  2. Yorick

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    Mine passed MOT with them on.
     
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    The only stupid question is the one that you don't ask.
     
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    I've left mine on Ian, never had a problem. (y)
    Enjoy your trip to France (y)(y)
     
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    No they don't have to be removed to comply with our law and/or MOT. If you are considering regulat trips abroad, consider EGR headlight protector. It also has a place to fit the supplied blanking part (probably a proper name) so that you are totally legal in Europe and UK. Once put into place, the black blank square sticks on the headlight protector rather than the headlight itself and the added bonus is that your headlights are protected from things that can hit them (stones, chippings etc). I thought about it around 10 years ago and except for taking them off once a year to clean the inside, they stay in place and legal wherever I drive.
     
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    If you dont intend to drive at night, dont bother.
     
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    And of course stop driving as soon as it starts raining because you are required to drive on dipped lights when it does.;)
     
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    I never see foreign vehicles coming into Dover with them fitted,,,strange,,,BUSBY.
     
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    I've always left mine on - except once last year and the van failed the MoT because I've got one LHD headlamp unit! Solution? Refit the deflectors and it passed!
     
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    Excellent idea theoretically but reality may be quite different. It's extremely rare that I have ever travelled at night and it's usually because of something outside my control. So, you just happen to have a malfunction with your moho or a flat and whilst in all the best intentions you planned every trip only daylight but something happens, do you want to have it on your mind that you're possibly also going to drive at night.
    At the cost of the deflectors, it's worth having a set even if you don't fit them unless you need to.
    I bought mine as a protection for expensive headlights in case the worst happens and the deflector ability was a great bonus
     
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    I buy job lots of 10 stick on pairs on eBay, fit them in the outbound ferry queue at Dover and remove them in the return ferry queue at Calais. Simples.
     
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    Not advisable to leave then on if your van has plastic headlamps as the adhesive will migrate into the plastic.
     
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    Like others, I leave mine on and passed the M.O.T. As for migrating gum, it is unlikely to be a problem, for stone chips are gradually wearing the black patch away. As for the plastic headlamp protectors... I was a slow learner and had to buy a new headlamp before fitting them. One of them also got stone damage but I managed to replace it at a motorhome show from end of seasons stock, otherwise they are not cheap.
     
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    I tend to leave mine on but mainly because I forget. Passed plenty of MOTs too. To be honest, I'mnot sure how accurately they're fitted but hopefully it's the thought that counts for the Gernarmerie :)
     
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    Do the headlight on a Hymer A class have the flat beam eurolights or can they be changed left to right dip. I ask as the handbook does not say and they seem the same as the ones on LHD vans I do not know if UK spec just means they are specials or just flicked flat with a lever?
     
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    Never fitted them yet ,had then on the van in a locker 8years just in case .lol
     
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    So @rosalan, you would recommend headlamp protectors then?
     
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    Is that in case you drive at night, in case you drive abroad or in case you get pulled?
     
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    We have left ours on too and passed an MOT. Have fun both of you and keep us updated.
     
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    The last owner of my Ducato based MOTORHOME left them on and it knackered the headlamp unit, take them off as soon as you are back is my advise or buy the clip on covers and leave them on them, like I have
     
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