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As we are off to Armacao very late December I have contacted my insurers and they have said contact them with 4 weeks to go to see if we need a Green Card and we are off to the post office for our IDP (International Driving Permits) for us both, one for Spain and one for Portugal at £5.50 x 4 just to be on the safe side.

Extra bulbs, yellow vests, triangles and lens deflectors are all loaded, cannot think of anything else.
And as stated last year, onc we are on the campsite we will Sorn the van as she will not move for 2 months,and yes we are covered by insurance as I have checked with them. MOT is valid until after we return in March next year.
If I have to pay road tax whilst out of the country, fair enough but if I aint using European roads I aint paying !! suggest everyone does the same if long terming abroad.

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Spare driving glasses if you wear them?
First Aid Kit?
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Is it really worth the effort to save £12

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Have you thought about your Christmas dinner Dave? I know it's early but a few hotels in Albufeira do slap up five course all wine and some entertainment for about €70 a head. Although the Chinese in Armacao also do their version.

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It is illegal to sorn a vehicle that is not in the UK
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But the only other option is to export the vehicle, which would be daft. I had this problem before and it took months to get DVLC to understand we spent time at a holiday home in France and were not exporting. They are not very bright but eventually accepted the SORN.

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Is it really worth the effort to save £12

Andy
If you suddenly need it in an emergency, will lifting the SORN and getting all the paperwork right be your top priority?

What if the WiFi isn't working?

I keep mine permanently taxed "just in case". For 30p per day it's worth the peace of mind to me.

Obviously, your choice - Gordon
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I agree with those who would advise against it. It's not a huge saving and the complications if something requires you to move early.... Not worth it in my eyes, but it IS your call.

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Every little helps Jean …. bom bom.

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I forgot to say that I leave my beam-benders on all year: no problem with MOT!

WARNING. I once had a beam-bender wash off in a powerful storm near Denia: I now carry a spare pair.

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