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post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old 31st July 2005
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Yep - it's a nightmare, especially at that age. We too the old Peugeot 406 Saloon to Belgium when Lauren was 1 and a half. That was a complete nightmare - the car was absolutely loaded to the gills! We've sort of skipped foreign holidays since then, but a recent trip to Cornwall resulted in ridiculous amounts of luggage even just for a week! The problem for you and me, my friend, is that having at least 2 women in the house for the foreseeable future means the situation is just going to get worse and worse!
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This has come up on uk.rec.cars.misc 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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Thanks for that. We don't plan on doing an awful lot of driving in the dark (probably the trip back to Caen is the only bit), so it would be great if we don't have to worry about it.

As for travelling with small people - we had a week in Cornwall in February (Lauren was 2 1/2 months old). Took the wife's Picasso, but had to leave two of the rear seats at home! Luckily Lauren is using an umbrella folding stroller now, so it should prove a lot easier.

I still think we're going to be taking lots of stuff out of the car before we actually leave..... and based on previous recent history, there will only be enough room in the car for one small sportsbag for all of my things!

I think my next car will have to be a big people mover (like an Espace, C8 or 807).......
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OG's Grand Espace is phenomenal. Now that's a BIG car. The only problem is he has the panoramic view so a roof box is a no no...
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Les Sables d'Olonne..Big town atmosphere..

We stayed at Longville Sur Mer a few years ago ( a bit quieter and just to the south )..

Long drive down but well worth it for the endless empty white beaches..

It's better to go there before the french have their long summer holidays as the beaches and area can become VERY busy.. Before the holidays it is empty further south..

We found some lovely local wine, cheese, baguettes were great for afternoon siesta's. We hired a house 5 mins from the beach..

As for the xenons I would definately check with your Renault Dealer. BMW xenon can be changed for europe ( internal baffle type thingy in the headlamp )..

Be careful because the Gendarmerie are pretty hot on trying to catch english tourists out.

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