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Winter Tyres for Christmas Markets.

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We're heading to the Christmas Markets in Belgium and would also like to go to Valkenburg.

I know there isn't any legislation for winter tyres but one of the campsites in Valkenburg recommended them, I just wondered how many of you did change your tyres. We're not going to head into Germany I know they do have legislation in place.

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Hi, I tried winter tyres for the first time last year, and what a difference it made! Especially in the snow, fantastic,well worth the cost.
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I can second that had mine for 2 winters and they were bog standard £80 each from Savoy tyres as they were the only ones I could get at short notice right on Xmas , they put them on there fleet and they are wearing very well. I run on them all year round as the ones I replaced were the original Michellin at 9 years old.
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Hi,

We're heading to the Christmas Markets in Belgium and would also like to go to Valkenburg.

I know there isn't any legislation for winter tyres but one of the campsites in Valkenburg recommended them, I just wondered how many of you did change your tyres. We're not going to head into Germany I know they do have legislation in place.

Thank you.
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I cannot find a Valkenberg in Belgium only NL, but either way I think you are unlikely to encounter much snow in the low countries before Christmas.

I also run on winter tyres all year - saves cost of buying two sets new when they are time-expired but still have tread as they were each only used for 6 months.

If your tyres are due for changeing then put on winter ones and forget. They also help on wet grass/mud.

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Those that do serious mileage in the snowy parts of Europe will have two sets of wheels. One summer one winter. The likes of Aldi and Lidl are full of stands to hold the out of season ones in your garage. On MHs though (lower milage and lower speed) I would run winter tyres, and do, right though the year.

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Those that do serious mileage in the snowy parts of Europe will have two sets of wheels. One summer one winter. The likes of Aldi and Lidl are full of stands to hold the out of season ones in your garage. On MHs though (lower milage and lower speed) I would run winter tyres, and do, right though the year.

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Yep. 2 sets of wheels here. Costs about € 40 to have them changed twice a year ( 6 wheels ) .

Personally, if it was just for the odd winter trip and you already have summer tyres then a set of snow socks is best. Fulfills legislation and does the job . 6 years ago it was hideously cold and icy in northern France....
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Yes Valkenburg is in Limburg the "tail" of NL.

And if by "one" of the campsites in Valkenburg, you mean the campsite in Valkenburg that is located right over the caves, you could well need snow tyres to reach it as it is up quite a steep access road.
We have stayed there twice for the Markets and both times there has been a sprinkling of snow that made getting up (and down!!) quite tricky so we were glad we are year round winter tyre users as well.

They are obviously advising having them based on the experience of their guests.
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Personally, if it was just for the odd winter trip and you already have summer tyres then a set of snow socks is best. Fulfills legislation and does the job .
Are you sure about that? Most sites appear to disagree with you.

EG
http://www.halfords.com/advice/motor...-or-snow-socks

Also the AA and the RAC.
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They are fine here in Andorra. They are fine in Germany and Italy. I cannot vouch for the whole world . And it is true that you need proper socks ( in our case, for a 10 ton truck ) . I do not think that €20 flimsey things would pass muster if stopped. The point of " obligatory winter equipment " is that you have equipment that works.
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