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Old 03-02-2011, 05:21 PM   #1
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Street legal?

We are slowly progressing with our plans to ship our International 23' and tow truck to Southampton UK next spring. My question is this:

Are North American receivers, hitches, safety chains, electric brakes etc legal in Europe for a temporary visit (3 months) ? Or does the unit have to be modified to meet EU standards?

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Old 03-02-2011, 05:42 PM   #2
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If driving on the left the Headlights must be changed to comply with local laws.
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:20 PM   #3
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Be careful, the country roads are somewhat narrow.
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Old 05-21-2011, 11:23 AM   #4
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We are slowly progressing with our plans to ship our International 23' and tow truck to Southampton UK next spring. My question is this:

Are North American receivers, hitches, safety chains, electric brakes etc legal in Europe for a temporary visit (3 months) ? Or does the unit have to be modified to meet EU standards?

Thanks for your help!

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I have been researching the same question. I haven't found much, however, there is some useful info in this thread in the UK:
UKAirstreamers.org - View topic - European Airstreaming Article in Airstream Life Magazine

Also, I found a company in the Netherlands which claims to specialize in this type of conversion:
Airstream Professionals official site for The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg | Sales worldwide, UK
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If driving on the left the Headlights must be changed to comply with local laws.
Meaning? Do they have to be reversed ?
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Meaning? Do they have to be reversed ?
Realigned for driving on the other side.
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receiver hitches are illegal in the UK, or so my buddies on the Land Rover forum told me when I was looking for hitches for our two Defenders. I ended up making my own. Whether or not that means one from the USA could be used temporarily or not, I don't know.

Also, if you are thinking of using their hitch, it's not the same ball, either. They use a 50 mm ball.

I just did a search for European Airstream Clubs and such and found all kinds of hits. FizeYew...I'd contact some of those folks over there and ask em.
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Some info here.
FAQ < Airstreamer | Airstream Europe : FAQ, frequently asked questions, how, where, and what
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I wrote to one of the companies which converts US Airstreams to European standards. Here is their reply:

"Hi,
If you stay in Europe for limited time you can drive with US license. You just have to report that and get an authorisation from customs.
So no need to adjust to EU regulations as long as it is sure you get back with the trailer and car within year. Make sure to ship your car too. If you want to rent local car you can have it adjusted with brake controler in our workshop as long as the rental company agrees in us doing so.
Hope this info is what you are looking for.
There is no company renting out Airstreams for recreational purposes in all of Europe ( to tow yourself that is),
Kind regards"
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Towing a US width trailer around Europe???? You are going to get some driving lessons, that's for sure. Some of those streets are so narrow an excited guy on foot would have to back out...
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