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Paul55



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England 2008 Defender 90 Puma 2.4 XS CSW Santorini Black

You may or may not require a GB sticker too depending what's on your rear number plate Very Happy Cogito ergo sum

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Caterham



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England 2011 Defender 110 Puma 2.4 XS CSW Stornoway Grey

sticker there from 2 years ago......knew it might come in handy. Very Happy

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ChrisCM



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United Kingdom 2010 Defender 110 Puma 2.4 SW Santorini Black

Don't leave any valuables in the car when you park if you can avoid it. I lost a camera and iPad from the locked boot of a hire car when at a Lidle store! The thieving gits seem to be watching and target hire/foreign vehicles and we all know how insecure the Landie is!
But don't get paranoid about it, just sensible precautions. Enjoy your trip. 2010 Defender 110 Station Wagon, Santorini Black.

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RustyM



Member Since: 28 Oct 2013
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England 2016 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 XS CSW Corris Grey

How is/was Spain?

I have driven many a 110 from the UK through France and Spain to the get the either the Algeciras or Tarifa ferry to Morocco many times.

My advice for France is to just watch out for the speed cameras as they recognise a Defender as a commercial vehicle and therefore enforce the lower speed limits.

Spain... well "maņana" Laughing Thumbs Up 90 & Wolf
110 XS
Previously owned SI SII SIIa SIII & Light weight (air portable)

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ericvv



Member Since: 02 Jun 2011
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Switzerland 2009 Defender 110 Puma 2.4 SVX Station Wagon Santorini Black

^^Never heard that France have such sophisticated speed cameras able to distinct vehicle types. And since when are there different speed limits in effect in France for passenger cars and for vans?
Here's an official website with current info.
https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/F19460 You never actually own a Defender. You merely look after it for the next generation.
http://youtu.be/yVRlSsJwD0o
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GtzTT9Pdl0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABqKPz28e6A
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLZ49Jce_n0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvAsz_ilQYU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8tMHiX9lSw
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dxwjPuHIV7I
https://vimeo.com/201482507

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RustyM



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England 2016 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 XS CSW Corris Grey

Hi Ericvv,

There has been "gross vehicle weight" based speed restrictions in France for sometime. Now most police officers tend to look the other way with regards to Defenders but there is always one or two that don't... From experience it depends on the mood at the time of the said police Confused This is also the case in the UK Whistle

Yes the tech to tell the difference between a car and van has been around for again sometime. A non speed related example would be. Have you ever gone through an automatic road toll in your Defender and had to pay the "Van" price? Big Cry

The main cameras I have "seen" that can do larger vehicle differences are near Paris and Bordeaux, sure they are creeping in more and more though. Hope that helps. 90 & Wolf
110 XS
Previously owned SI SII SIIa SIII & Light weight (air portable)

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ericvv



Member Since: 02 Jun 2011
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Switzerland 2009 Defender 110 Puma 2.4 SVX Station Wagon Santorini Black

My Defender is registered as a "passenger car". No different than a VW Passat to give an example. And I never had to pay "van" tariffs on french payage highways, matter of fact never was asked about that. Wouldn't do it, as I'm driving a regular passenger car. Whistle
I wait to see proof of what you call gross vehicle weight specific french speed limits. Never seen a written word of that.
Eric You never actually own a Defender. You merely look after it for the next generation.
http://youtu.be/yVRlSsJwD0o
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GtzTT9Pdl0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABqKPz28e6A
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLZ49Jce_n0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvAsz_ilQYU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8tMHiX9lSw
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dxwjPuHIV7I
https://vimeo.com/201482507

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Caterham



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England 2011 Defender 110 Puma 2.4 XS CSW Stornoway Grey

Spain was amazing!
Weather was fantastic and although the truck was like a pig when I got to the port (UK) it was a dream all the time in Spain although the Intake air temp was registering about 10-20C down most of the time I was there?

I ended up doing some off road tracks unexpectedly and about 16kM (expectedly) - mostly in low range and the scenery so far as I'm concerned was to die for in the Picos. The tracks were easy enough and the I loved it (family enjoyed it too - and for the wife to agree that going 'off road' was a good choice is monumental!).

My biggest regret is to realise how few photos we took - I will however try and get a few photos up to give you a taste of what we experienced - it makes you realise what an inconvenience work is to getting on and enjoying life. Thumbs Up

managed to get 3 short rides in on my bike with temps of c30C and they are possibly the best 3 short rides I've ever done.

One night stop off at Astorga while heading to our first base near Ponferrada;


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can't recommend enough having a fridge in the boot when doing a fair bit of travelling in 30+C temps (cold drinks, fruit, yoghurt, ham, cheese etc. Ok they're not cheap but there's no doubt in my mind they're an investment.

moving on to our first base the hotel was about 100 mtrs past the village of Acebo near Ponferrada. When I say small village this is the main road through the village leading to the hotel - nice a quiet it was. Except for an almost constant stream of 'pilgrims' on the Camino de Santiago.


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