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Rear load Warning Sign for Italy - needed for folded bike racK?

Discussion in 'CONTINENTAL TOURING' started by dna, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. dna

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    As we are planning a trip to Italy this summer I'm trying to work out the compulsory things to take.
    I've seen the rectangular warning signs advertised for use on the back of the motorhome if you have a load such as bikes. We have a bike rack fitted but wont be taking bikes with us (only got space for 2 bikes and 4 people going on the trip).
    Do we need to fit a warning sign to the folded rack? Is there a stated minimum overhang which triggers the need for the sign?
     
  2. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

    Johns_Cross_Motorhomes Trader - Motorhome & Accessory Sales

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    If you are not going to use the rack, why not just take it off and leave the mounting brackets.

    Peter
     
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    Even one is a big bonus for a quick dash to the shops.
     
  4. dna

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    Thank you for the quick replies.

    The rack is a Fiamma 2 bike one. It looks like the mounting blocks are an integral part of the rack (the top connections look to use some form of rivet rather than bolts).

    I'll search the internet to see if I can find the installation instructions for the rack and revsere them to take it off the Van.

    As for taking a bike with us, I will have to wait and see if the lady in charge decides we are going to do that after all!
     
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    Whatever you do make sure you mount the sign the RIGHT way round. :Rofl1:
     
  7. Diabalo

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    Is that a fact?

    Oh bugger, if it is, something else I need to buy.:cry:
     
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    If that is the requirement for Italy , are different ones needed elsewhere in EU ??
     
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    You can evidently use the cheaper plastic version elsewhere, but not Italy.

    Peter
     
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    Only one consolation, you can get the Funsters discount:thumb:

    PETER
     
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    is it true about the metal sign? and is the sign ok for the rest of europe?
     
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    Mmmm, I've only used the plastic one when in Italy without a problem, as did a lot of the other motorhomers I noticed. I guess it is like anything, if you don't get caught there is no problem:BigGrin:
     
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    well i better order 1 just in case last thing i want is to be spanked by an italian copper:Sad: any1 want to buy a plastic 1 :Rofl1:
     
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    Are you sure it has to be metal?I bought mine in Italy and used it there and it is Plastic made by Fiamma :Eeek::Eeek::Eeek:
     
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    I think it's Spain who insist it should be metal , not Italy , in saying that we toured for months in Spain with a plastic Fiamma one.. none the wiser
     
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    not one to part with me cash without a fight I did a lot of Googling and it looks like we do need a Alu-Signal for Italy, aparently the plastic one arn't fully reflective, here's a quote from the net. And there is a correct way of fitting them, when driving on the right the lines have to point up towards the offside.

    New Italian Legislation means that reflective signs on the back of motorhomes now have to be fully reflective so this would mean that the Alu Signal Sign should be used in Italy instead
     
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    I stand corrected, it's becoming a habit :Laughing:

    cheers
     
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    Hi guys

    Thanks for the heads up regarding the Aluminium sign:thumb:, our plastic one has just about had it:cry: so a new one will be on the Peterborough show shopping list.:Wink:
    See you in the queue at the Fiamma stall Dane.:BigGrin:
    Perhaps Peter at Johns Cross has a BOGOF special deal for Funsters. :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:

    Brisey
     
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    Methinks that there is a touch of scare-mongering going on again. Show me the exact legislation reference either Italian or Spanish - otherwise I'm sticking with my plastic Fiamma board. And it all becomes sort of academic if you dont drive at night. :Wink:
     
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    Damn. Our wine budget just dropped by £30 and Peter is even richer. :cry:

    There can be only one reason for this, Fiamma is the only maker of this type and Fiamma is Italian and Berlusconi needed a donation to his mistress fund and Italy got a new law.

    This is of course the ramblings of a complete idiot and, Mr Berlusconi, I don't know why I typed it in. Possibly too much fine Italian wine. Please accept my apologies.
     

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