Thule Rear Warning Signal Plate - question?

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  1. Dave and Ginny

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    I'm intending getting one of these alloy signs and came across this...just curious why one say's specifically for Spain?

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    You can buy on line a "dual" one

    The Spanish regs are different to the Italian regs

    If your going to bother to display a board it may as well be the correct one
     
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    eddievanbitz Trader - Funster

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    This is the one that I bought
     
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    Can remember one country insists on metal, and don't some want reflectors in the corners.

    Dick
     
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    We've never had a problem using the plastic one with reflectors, during our years of MH'ing, and have just replaced it in April whilst in Italy, for a whopping €5. ;)

    I have to say, that if one of those alloy warning plates comes flying off the back of anyone's MH, it could do some serious damage to either someone else's vehicle, or possible injury to a following biker. :eek: I am not in favour of using one myself. :(

    Cheers,

    Jock. :)
     
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    We've got a plastic one, the reflective bits are cracking and the chrome eyelets in the corners are completely rusted. Will get an alloy one after I've saved up for it. :)
     
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    The reason I was going for the metal one was that we've just bought a tricycle for Ginny that requires a towbar fitted rack. I've just ordered this one. With the alloy version I was thinking that I could come up with a more substantial way of securing it somewhere just above where the number plate would go.

    Well that was the plan!

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    That's the one we have on our Bailey, fitted by Watling.

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    We've got a plastic one but I glued a piece of, I think, 2mm Ply on the rear making it more sturdy and less inclined to fold in half.
     
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    The legislation in Italy and Maybe Spain requires the metal plate which is reflective all over rather than just the four corners.

    Of course it's not usually a problem or checked ..............but in the event of an accident I guess you are technically illegal.............gives insurance companies som wriggle room.

    "if you had the correct legal plates I wouldn't have run into the back of you" etc
     
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    Been here before! If your bike's do not protrude beyond your number plate and rear lights on the carrier you do not require a warning triangle. However, the general acceptance on this forum was plastic warning plate for all European countries other than Italy who require a metal one by law. I'm of the view dealers will try and get you to buy the Ali one as it's more money in their tills.
     
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    That looks like the same engineering as the rack I've ordered. My only little concern is that when it's fitted and the trike is on that the Fiamma rack above might hit the bike when it's down and has my bike on it! I won't know until it's delivered. How much higher above the line of the ball is yours? It looks pretty level to me which will be ideal.

    I have a contingency plan to convert my two bike Fiamma into a single bike rack if I need to :rolleyes:.
     
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    We have a Thule tow bar mounted bike carrier. The bikes do not protrude beyond the number plate/rear lights of carrier.
    We were stopped and fined €80, reduced to €40 for paying on spot. Be warned.
    They then helped us buy a warning plate at nearby garage.
    They were nice guys actually.
     
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    Thanks for this. Which country did this occur in and what year please.
     
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    But you still had a load that projected beyond the 'normal' end of your motorhome so can't say I'm surprised that you were pulled over and fined. Nice to know the authorities helped you out though!
     
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    When we bought our new bikes earlier this year we treated ourselves to a Atera Strada Evo which I have to say is the best bike rack I have ever used, very quick on and off and the bikes are extremely secure http://www.roofbox.co.uk/scripts/rbvehsel4_tab.php?26825&gclid=CKzJ2tDgnc8CFeoy0woduW4EGQ Yes it is expensive, No we don't sell them ;) and Yes I would buy another without hesitation.

    I bought a bike cover from Bags for Everything http://www.bags4everything.co.uk/vi...-IN-COLOURFAST-WATERPROOF-BREATHABLE-MATERIAL

    This has a clear pocket in which to slide the aluminium warning plate, so all nice and legal even if we meet a "Jobsworth" Plod, the bikes keep clean and dry and out of sight.

    The Evo bike rack is locked onto the two bar and the flexible ratchet straps around the frames are steel re-enforced and also lockable.

    And obviously I have the alarm accessory loop weaved in and out as well so any attempt to remove the bikes results in all hell being unleashed by Growler and us getting a telephone call to let us know that some scroat is up to no good!
     
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    I have a back box on my bike rack (the dogs have never learned how to ride a bike) and have the Ali sign which is screwed onto the back box so wont fly off. I did have the plastic one but the eyelets rusted so looked unsightly.
     
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    The tow ball is an added extra which is fitted seperately without the rack. Mine, and I assume yours is the same, sits on the plate.
    I'll put mine on and take some pics after me coffee. :)
     
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    That's good of you...much obliged!
     
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    Now I've got the wife asking if we're going away. :RollEyes:

    The cross rails sit about 180mm above the tow ball position so not as level as you might hope. You're not asking about tow balls in particular but although you can fit a standard ball on the same plate it is apparently not type approved, or whatever the legislation states. The one provided by Watling replaces the carrier extension completely as you can work out from the pics.

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