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post #7 of (permalink) Old 31st July 2005
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This has come up on a few times. The general concensus seems to be that, even in the UK, Xenon lamps aren't offset to the kerbside like the old halogens were. Instead, they're set for straight ahead, like headlights have been in most other European countries for donkey's years. This might explain why you never see foreign cars over here with beam benders on (I always thought it was down to ignorance) and why Xenon headlamps have to be self-levelling.

So in a nutshell, if this information is correct, you shouldn't need beam benders on a car with Xenon lights.

As for going on holiday with a little 'un (arrived March this year.) Yep, we've learned that one too. We went for a week in Tenby, setting out with the car absolutely loaded to the limit. We didn't buy much while we were down there, but still ended up having to buy a roof box just to get us home. I'm not sure how, but we went home with the roof box full, the boot full, and still with overspill on the back seat.

The big problem at the moment is that the pram and travel cot take up most of the boot on their own. Once we can ditch the travel cot and he's big enough for an umbrella-fold buggy, things should be a lot more sensible.
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