towing in France/Spain

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    Hi All! We are hoping to be travelling to Spain just before xmas and want to tow a car on our motorhome, and cant find any rules for towing abroad. Can we tow on an A frame or does it need to be braked? :Smile:
     
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    Welcome to Fun

    This is well covered on the forum but the short of it is -
    In Spain you are not allowed to tow a vehicle unless all four wheels are off the ground - to risk it is to risk a few thousand euros on the spot fine.
    Also dont forget if you trailer tow your car and the combination length is over 12mtrs you need boards on the back of your trailer, these can be got from HGV Direct - link to correct boards below
    http://www.hgvdirect.co.uk/catalog/pair-marker-boards-ece70-reg-565mm-200mm-p-500486.html

    You are also risking a fine if the boards are requirred and you dont have them
     
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    Thanks, that has helped loads, we will carry on looking for a trailer, and it solves the problem of shall we tow out Rav 4 on all fours and risk 'diff' problems....:Smile:
     
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    It is 90 kph

    In France you have to display the 90 kph roundal on the back of the trailer. If you exceed that it is a 90 euro fine on the spot.. in fact almost everything is a 90 euro fine.. make sure you have two not one warning triange in the front (not in a locker) and also your yellow jackets for each person in the veichle again to hand.. on the back of your seats or a door pocket so you can reach it and put on before getting out of the vehicle.

    I will not go on about the problems of toads..said it many times... not legal unless you have all wheels brakes and can be reversed..

    Put the car on a trailer and get those boards if you exceed the length.

    Easy roads in CFrance to drive even with a trailer.. but I would suggest you get a sign made up in English and French saying you are towing so you can show it if you cannot get through due to on coming vehicles... reminds me need to ask Frankie what the word is now.

    Good luck

    Bob:thumb:
     
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    I think that was an a exaggeration ( few thousand) I was fined €80 discounted to €40 for paying on the spot, and after 10,000 miles of towing in France and Spain worth taking the risk, they make you unhitch you drive to the next layby have lunch and rehitch.

    Loddy:Smile:
     
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    when you come back after lunch


    And when you come back after lunch it is gone:Blush:... or they are still doing road checks in the layby.. not the best way to enjoy a trip wondering if you are going to get pulled over or have to pay fines... they could have called a garage and had it impounded.. long lunch then:cry:

    Bob:Eeek:
     
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    No Bob I have a motorhome and have lunch in the same layby:Doh:, why should they impound the car ?? I think you are scaremongering:Eeek:

    Loddy:Smile:
     
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    because they can it is within their power of authority just like the fine can be from a reletively small amount to a big amount and they can allow up to 50% discount for prompt roadside payment - more messing they have to do less discount you get, if you dont have access to enough funds for the fine(they will take you to the nearest bank if required- but not take you back to your vehicle) the vehicle gets impounded and you have the charges for that added to the fine which mount up on a daily charge, also have have a glass or two of a nice wine with your lunch and they stop you and it is above 0.5 milligrams per millilitre that can result in jail time tourist or not. In britain the limit is 0.8milligrams

    not scarmongering at all but what can happen
     
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    Sounds like you don't like the Spanish:Sad:. and you would have to be really stupid to argue with them or drink and drive :Doh:

    Sounds like you could get yourself in the situation you describe

    Loddy
     
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    If i didn't like the spanish i would possibly find myself at odds and life hard seeing as i have quite a few spanish relatives, infact my family and I are on our way over at the end of this month as we have a family celebration to attend 2nd week in october :thumb:. One of my spanish nephews is having his 18th birthday
     
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    Enjoy :Smile:

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