Ferry to Spain - Book in Scooter Trailer or Not

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  1. BASA47

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    About to make a Ferry Booking for Spain and want to take our Armitage Side Loading Trailer which carriers our Honda PCX 125 scooter. I have read in various Forums that some people do not declare they have a Trailer to help reduce costs, but add the trailer into the total length of their Motorhome. Has anyone done this and got away with it?

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    When we book a ferry we declare that we are carrying a bike and add it to the length of the motorhome, HOWEVER, our bike is carried on a wheelless rack attached to the back of the motorhome. Not sure if it's different if you have a trailer on wheels.
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    I think if you declare the correct length you should be fine. We have a back box on ours which sits on the bike rack. However, I don't declare I have a bike rack but do add half a metre to the vehicle length. It's worked so far on two return trips to Santander.
     
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    I used to do that when we had the Easylift on the back but that is not really a trailer.
    They do usually check what you are at the booking in booth so you may have some problems on the day
     
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    We do the same, never been challenged when arriving at the port.
     
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    Have you ever checked the efficacy of such a policy, I think you will find that declaring a bike rack is cheaper than adding a half metre to the length.

    A quick check this morning for a one way crossing to Santander shows a bike rack adds £10 while adding a half metre adds £30, not quite as big a difference on St.Malo crossings.

    The OP question regarding trailers also shows possible anomalies

    P/mouth - Santander Aug crossing one way 16th Aug

    6m van £465

    6m +3m trlr £520

    7m van £505

    8m van £545

    I don't know how much you would need to add on for the bike trailer but I suspect more than 1 metre.
     
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    We added it to the length when we took our HydraTrail with us in December to Spain, it was only an extra metre though. They never said anything but if it were a proper trailer i would add the correct length as that is going to be over 1m i expect. Better to be on the safe side than not :)
     
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    Thanks all for your responses, very useful comments
     
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    Last year I added a bike rack after booking the ferry p'mouth to St Malo. Because the length booked was well over the total length including the bike rack I did not advise the ferry company. before we got on the ferry we were told that regardless of length we should have changed the ferry booking advising of the bikerack but allowed us to board. they do charge an extra £8 for a bike rack.
     
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    That's interesting, I must check if the length you declare is supposed to include the bike rack or not. In other words, we have a 6.0m vehicle plus a bike rack which adds about half a metre. So should I book for 6.0m plus tick the bike rack box or should I use 6.5m and still tick the bike rack box? I might give them a call after I've finished my coffee. :)
     
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    My example above was for a 6m van, since we bought the PVC I have booked 6m plus ticked the bike rack box, I assume that is the purpose of the box. Even though on our first crossing we did not use it, it would have put it over the 6m, for the extra £8 ( less 30% discount) I didn't think it worth the possible hassle.
     
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    Well Thank you to everyone who responded, some very useful information in each post. I think I will not take the chance and book the trailer in as it is only 1.5 metres long.
    Once again thank you
     
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