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Old 11-20-2017, 07:54 PM   #15
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Dear 2 Rivet,

Great answer... made me laugh but also somethings to think about. Thank you for the kind comments and sage advice

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Old 11-20-2017, 11:15 PM   #16
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I lived in the U.K. seven years and three months in Paris. Drove Peugeot, Saab, Rover throughout the U.K., France, Germany and Italy and cannot imagine towing a long trailer on anything except the main routes where the 18 wheelers live. The trouble is, as someone else stated, all the interesting sights are off the two lane roads that are generally the same width as our single lanes, not to mention the round abouts!
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Old 11-21-2017, 02:24 AM   #17
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You might want to rethink your plan. Consider a pair of C class MH's bought in Europe or retail .

The export Airstreams are shipped without interiors and equipment .
Those are fitted in Europe by the importer to euro spec and taste.
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Old 11-21-2017, 05:58 AM   #18
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As previously mentioned, contact the WBCCI Europe unit. There are nearly 100 members and approx 50% are classic/50% are new. The European guys are not that active on here but have their own Facebook group, and upto to recently there was a UK Airstreamers forum, which has now closed because the majority of activity had transferred to their Facebook group as well.

Personally, pulling a trailer which you will then park up and use the tow vehicle to explore locally means you aren't limited by size (there are plenty of folks using 310, 325, and even 345 MH without toads and so take them into tight spaces).

What will be a problem is restrictions around weight capacity/driving license and tow capacity/trailer weight.

Straight from the ww.gov.uk website for Category B (car driving licenses)

"Category B - if you passed your test before 1 January 1997
You’re usually allowed to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8,250kg maximum authorised mass (MAM).

Category B - if you passed your test on or after 1 January 1997
You can drive vehicles up to 3,500kg MAM with up to 8 passenger seats (with a trailer up to 750kg).

You can also tow heavier trailers if the total MAM of the vehicle and trailer isn’t more than 3,500kg."

So anyone applying for a license now fits the second category unless taking a specific test for higher loads.

For anyone thinking of driving using their US license; as non-residents....

'You can drive any small vehicle (eg car or motorcycle) listed on your full and valid licence for 12 months from when you last entered Great Britain (GB)'

ie you have a total MAM of 3500Kg.
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When I moved to the UK I didn't take a local driver's test, I surrendered my Canadian driver's license and "traded" it for a UK license. That only applied to a standard passenger vehicle license at the time. That meant that my then-current BC Class 3 truck license (unlimited GVW, with air endorsement) wasn't traded. Nor my bus/taxi chauffeur's license. Nor my motorcycle license. And for my vehicle license, the UK authorities would not take my word that I could drive a vehicle with a manual transmission, and so restricted my UK vehicle license to automatic transmission vehicles only. I pointed out that my Class 3 driver's road test (which I had documentation of) was on a heavy truck with a manual transmission and a two speed rear axle. No dice, they didn't trade truck licenses. They did like their rules.

I didn't have 12 months to resolve it, rather only three months, because I became a UK resident (no residency ties to Canada).
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