Yippeee! Now registered in France!

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  1. ValinFrance

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    We are pleased to announce that the Hymer is finally legal in France after 5 months of faffing about....

    It was a close call at the Prefecture yesterday (district town hall) where the lady wasn't happy to see that the DVLA had only put 16 out of 17 numbers of the VIN no on the logbook, and also had put the year of manufacture as 2001 (when it was imported from Germany into the UK!)

    Bunch of numpties at the DVLA.... we explained it was now exported so not much we could do about it!

    Thankfully she accepted these glitches as the rest of the paperwork, including the DREAL inspection was fine and suddenly spoke fluent English too!

    Got the new number plates made up and told the insurance our new registration details - ready for the summer now! :Cool:
     
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    Now enjoy your trips away.

    Mel
     
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    A long slog but worth it. Well done:thumb:
     
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    We gave up after 2 years of trying with lots of french help!!! They just kept moving the goalposts. It also cost us over 1000 euros!:Angry:
     
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    Hi
    Sorry to hear about that - if you need any help with it, let us know... is it the Pilote?

    We read that in 2005 the EU normes about gas installations changed but the French didn't understand so were being far too strict! Which part of the process did you struggle with?

    Best wishes
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    does that mean no more anual trips back to the uk for MOT etc?
     
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    Know how you feel :) was pretty exciting when we got French plates too :Smile: well done for ploughing through the paperwork :BigGrin:
     
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    Not sure where you are but lady at DRIRE as it was then was very helpful. This was in Brive. We took van to a man she recommended in Allier. He did the small changes , prepared the dossier and it flew through DRIRE and they sent the papers off to the prefecture . Letter arrived 2 days later to collect the carte grise. We provided the c of c from Fiat and Hobby as van is 1999 so before new eu registration numbers.

    Happy to help if you want. Seems a shame to give in if you already have most of the paperwork already.
     
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    Well we only picked it up at Christmas with a recent MOT! Our insurance was very keen for us to have it registered quickly, so we had to explain to them that the process is quite complicated and time-consuming!

    1 Get Uk logbook in your name
    2 Get certificates of conformity from base manufacturer and cab supplier
    (Citroen & Hymer in our case.) This part took at least 6 weeks.
    3 Change headlights
    4 Get French MOT (take along docs from stage 2)
    5 Have an inspection of the gas installation done
    6 Get EU approved pipe and regulator fitted then re-inspection
    7 Get vehicle weighed and a chassis plate made up with total weight plus each axle weight
    8 Go to DREAL for inspection
    9 Make up stickers for windows about not cleaning with solvents etc etc before reinspection
    10 Take all documents to the Prefecture
    11 Get number plates made up and advise insurance, have a drink!!! :thumb:



    The French MOT we had to get done will be good for 2 years!

    p.s. Older vehicles in France (over 30 years old) are every 5 years so even better!!:thumb:
     
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    Val,
    Pleased for you,not easy is it!! I have had a house here for many years so registered more than my share! Sadly my last camper took a month longer than yours and on my first trip was run off the road by a truck in Spain.Am currently going through it all again with the Chausson which originated in the Charente Maritime and 4 years ago exported to the Uk where I bought it.On a Citroen so was off course made here so hoping not so many hoops to jump through this time.Enjoy your summer trips.:thumb:
     
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    Too late now! We sold it to friends in UK The Pilote is a french one . It is strange but this brand new one had things that DREAL were not prepared to pass. I guess we just had an overzealous b.........
     
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    Need to add that the 'old' motorhome was a Mirage and that company does not exist anymore. We still managed to get over that hurdle but the final straw was that despite doing everything we were told to do, on the final inspection day they wanted the on board lpg tank completely removed and the air suspension also. We had already disconnected the lpg tank but that fell on deaf ears. The morale is, in Mayenne anyway, take a camper with basic requirements only and make sure the company has not gone bust. Hope this clears up any doubts that we did not try hard enough. Thanks for all your offers of help and for reading.
     
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