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4. The Dartford Crossing
I'm sure that regular users of the crossing will think me a complete amateur on this. But I only every use the crossing en route to Dover and it stresses me every time. It is so easy to forget to pay unless you do it straight away. Dartford Crossing, M20, Dover, Ferry , Holiday -Hurrah !!! Oops - forgot to pay............... . I haven't actually forgotten but always worry about doing so. I keep meaning to get an account but have never got around to it. My advice is pay as soon as possible - you can do in advance if you are organised.
At least Mrs DM is becoming much more internet savvy and managed to pay on-line before we got to Dover. We paid for a return journey to avoid any stress on the way home - but of course then neither of us could remember for sure whether we had paid for the return so there was some frantic searching of emails for the receipt.
Six years ago I was stopped in Slovenia and asked for my registration documents. I didn't have them. Without hesitation I showed them my MOT certificate, and they looked at it frowned, then waved me on my way.19. Vehicle Documents
We all know that we are required to carry various vehicle items such as warning triangles, breathylisers (in France), bulb kits, reflective jackets etc. But I suspect lots are nort aware that it is a requirement in a number of European countries to carry proof of Insurance and vehicle registration documents.
This is contrary to our experience in the U.K. - particularly in respect of registration documents as we are encouraged not to keep them in the car as they can make it easier for a thief to pass the vehicle on.
I have rarely carried these in the past but did remember this time. I was glad I did when we were stopped at a roadside checkpoint in Italy. As it happens they didn't ask for the vehicle papers but they did want ID documents for all occupants. These were taken away and (I presume) checked. We were kept waiting fo about 10 mins. Interestingly Italians were stopped but were on their way immediately.
An Italian friend that we met there was surprised that we weren't asked for the vehicle papers as such checks are common. In the next two days we saw two further checkpoints but we weren't stopped again.
Snap with the documents. Copies are handy, originals hidden and as a backup and convenience it's so easy now to scan them either with an app or within Dropbox itself and upload copies there.I keep a copy in the glovebox , the original papers are hidden in the Cali .
IF there should be a break in at least they won't steal my original papers , if they take the Cali with them they might as well have the papers ....but they will only find them stripping the verhicle ....
One thing also , keep a copy of your (and every other family member) pasports , if you lose those in a other country you can always show them the copy's
Haha - just found the picture of the cows.We found cows at a glacial lake that we had spent 2 hours scrambling up to - how the hell did they get cows up there?
Good job you added the PS!!I'm referring to the general environment here - not toilets / showers / facilities etc.
23. Keeping Cool
Like many of our fellow Brits Mrs DM and I like it hot but not too hot. Well - luke warm really. And not at night. We're much comfier snuggling up in a 13 tog duvet than casting it off and trying to stay cool.
One of the reasons we chose Corsica was because it isn't too hot. Average July temperatures should only be in the mid 20s - especially on the coast. How wrong we were. Low 30s most days. I think the hottest we saw was 36. I know that Central Europe was experiencing temperatures in the 40s but 32 was plenty for us.
We employed the usual tactics with an air safe, side windows slightly open and roof vents very open. All fine until you get a sudden thunderstorm in ten middle of the night -oops.
But ventilation is only as good as the air flow. So we purchased a couple of 12V fans from amazon before we went. One was a traditional type fan with two small fan blades - supposedly extra quiet. The other was a paddle wheel style dispatched directly from China.
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The picture's not great. You can see it better here.
It worked really well - much better than the more traditional style. We generally had it on the lower setting all night in the roof. Even on the lower setting it produced a noticeable breeze. And it was much quieter than the other one too.
One of our better purchases that justified its space on the van (unlike a few other things - I'll do a what was a waste of space post soon).
The fan is shipped directly from China so delivery time is quite long. Our estimated delivery date was also after our departure. But it actually arrived about a week before the quoted date. I think it took about 2 weeks or so.Hi DM,
Really useful blog of your experiences, so many thanks for all this.
Question on the fan: did it take quite a while for the fan to arrive as the site is suggesting delivery long after our proposed trip departure date...