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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 24-02-2021, 13:27 Thread Starter
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We have a Compass Cruiser 750 (2002) and are trying to reregister it in France. We had a list of ten points from DREAL that had to addressed and out of that ten three have proved very difficult.

1 prove the braking system complied with various regs. We achieved this with documents from AL-KO.

2 prove the rear view mirror field of view complies. This is proving very difficult and a bit strange as they say differences in LHD and RHD might make this non compliant. We cannot see how the driving side makes any difference and most modern campers have no rear window at all. We might be able to pay a French Company UTAC to make the measurements.

3 prove the rear seatbelt mountings comply with 96/36 and 96/38 we have been talking to Erwin/Hymer who say they might be able to provide a letter but need the Compass SGE number. So far we have been unable to find this. Is there anyone out there with a Compass Cruiser 750 later than 2002 who have an SGE number who can tell us where to find it or any information on the rear forward facing seats who can confirm the rear seat belt mounts comply.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 24-02-2021, 14:06
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Sounds like they are just dreaming up these requests.
Have you got a French Controle Technique? Is it RHD?

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Hi yes RHD, it has a temporary Carte Gris (reg document) and a French Control Technique (MOT)
DREAL the French approval authority for imported vehicles have a reputation for being difficult.

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Yes Nick, a RHD will incur more scrutiny than a LHD van. Friends took about a year to get their Carte Grise. Luckily mine was only six months with LHD.
The DRIRE should give you an import dossier which covers all the latest requirements. Luckily I only had to get all corners weighed and an inertia calculation as well as headlights and gas hose.

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Doesn’t the certificate of conformity cover everything, we didn’t have that trouble when we imported the Navajo.

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Hi I would have thought that it should but DREAL in different areas of France seem to make up their own rules.

We are at a total loss as to why they want us to prove the compliance of the rear field of view. The vehicle has wing mirrors and a rear view camera. And I note that most new campers have to rear window at all!!!!!

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Some years ago I tried to register an American Chrysler minivan in France. It was the exact same vehicle as the Dodge Caravan manufactured in Austria for Europe.
After visiting DRIRE several times they requested I change the back lights, mirrors and then all windows and fuel tank all because these items didn't have a small letter 'E' etched into them.
I jokingly asked if they were trying to get me to change the whole car bit by bit? A very serious officer said flatly 'yes'. I gave up and sold it immediately to a Welshman who exported it to Spain and after paying duty managed to register it there.

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