Ferry crossing. How accurate do I need to be with my length!!

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  1. Coolbeanz

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    Too excited to wait for Lincoln show to test out the new motorhome so we are going to head off to France for 2 weeks on 5th September. I have never used the ferries before but have found what looks like a good price through Direct Ferries sailing from Dover to Dunkirk with DFDS for £96 return. My question is this: how accurate do you need to be with the length? Our motorhome is 7.27 metres long but there is a bike rack on the back which will remain folded as the bikes are in the garage. When I look at booking it asks me for the make, model, length and height of the motorhome. If I add 25cm to allow for the rack on the back the cost of the ferry jumps to £156 with DFDS or £131 with P&O. Can I just put the actual dimensions of the vehicle or will I live to regret it. Would welcome comments from anyone with experience of using the ferries please. :france:
     
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    They ask for the make model height & length of the motorhome
    If they don't specifically say "include" bike racks etc, then I wouldn't ;).
     
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    That's what I was thinking but wondered if anyone had been challenged on their length.
     
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    I cannot say that this will always work, but I have travelled with many ferry companies. We are 7.3m and I always book the up to 7m ticket, never had a problem yet ;-)
     
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    I got caught out with Brittany Ferries, though not quite in the same circumstances. Because we have a box on our bike rack, when booking I used to give the total length of the vehicle including the box. However, it is a bit cheaper if I book using the actual length of the vehicle and then tick the box to say it has a bike rack.

    So I also suggest use the length of the vehicle without the bike rack, especially as it is folded.
     
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    Don't know about the operators you mention but Brittany Ferries seem to have purges every so often and do have lengths marked out on the ground at the booths. Only ever been given a cursory check once in many crossings and never been checked with a tape measure.
     
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    I'm not sure now whether it was height or length but on the Dover/Calais crossing a couple of years ago it turned out that we were only a couple of inches out on our stated dimensions but when we got to the check-in they said our van was oversize compared to the measurements we had stated and we had to pay an excess
     
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    As said already you will more than likely not get checked. Some have never been measured, depends on the person at the checkin desk I guess on the day.
    You'll probably find in the booking terms and conditions it will say anything protruding from the original body of the vehicle. Which would mean the bike rack and even a tow ball if one fitted, also covers surfboards and the like on top if they are longer than the vehicle.

    Its a big price increase if you do get measured though.
     
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    I have a fiamma bike rack which by removing two small bolts at the bottom , pull the bottom outwards then lift and the top unhooks.
    Five minutes at most and leave the rack at home, if yours is the same (y)
     
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    I'll go and have a look (y)
     
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    Problem solved!! Ours also has 2 bolts as you described and lifts out at the top. Guess what Glynn's doing tomorrow :rofl::rofl:

    Thanks everyone for such prompt replies, guess i had better get it booked before it goes up. :france:
     
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    @Coolbeanz

    Is it possible to unbolt the cycle rack and carry it in your motorhome until you arrive in France?

    Regards,
     
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    We don't ever use the rack, it just came with the motorhome but now we know it can be removed easily we'll leave it at home.
     
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    Do they check at le shuttle as well??
     
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    Eurotunnel don't ask length, you just select camper van and then tick if you have roof rack/bikes or trailer etc. As I don't carry bikes on the rack I have always ticked no to bikes and never had a problem.
     
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    They might well check but you don't have to declare the length when booking the tunnel. 1 price per campervan/motorhome of any length
     
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    We get measured every time we travel with Braittany ferries. Two girls and tape measure normally. We are only 27' 4" but for some reason look a lot longer
     
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    Never had them check the length when I have used the shuttle. No need given that they do not ask you what your length is and the price is the same. A VW camper pays the same as a 35ft RV.
     
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    No. You don't give them vehicle dimensions or weight when you book.

    The "Campervan" category is a catch all that covers everything from a Romahome to the biggest Yank gin palace.
     
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    Beat you to it Nick ...... you snooze you loose ... :D
     
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