First ferry trip

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  1. BusyBuilder

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    Can we start a Do's and Don'ts list ?

    Can we leave gas on for fridge whilst on the ferry overnight ?
     
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    No way.
     
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    No, no, no.
     
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    So how to keep fridge/freezer cold ?
     
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    switch it to leccy , i guess ?
     
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    The fridge will be fine turned off overnight but make sure everything is nice and cold in there before the trip. We typically turn ours on the day before, then load it on the day. For the long ferry to Spain a frozen meal and/or a bottle of frozen milk put in the main compartment keeps everything cool - though I do take out the ice cube tray just in case.

    We also turn the gas off at the taps which are under the worktop in our vehicle. We have an underslung tank which has a valve on it you can use to isolate it - but we've never bothered with that though we would for the Chunnel.

    Other does and don'ts? Make a note of the deck number the vehicle is on and staircase you used to get up to the main decks. This avoids the frantic "where is it?" search I've seen many times! Brittany Ferries have folk handing out cards with this info but I'm not sure everyone does.
     
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    how much do you realy need in the fridge? I assume your travelling to europe everything is available once you dock
    we travel with very little in the fridge
     
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    Thought of another one. Turn the water pump off. Not essential but if something sprung a leak it avoids coming back to a flooded vehicle.
     
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    Fridge will be ok. We leave ours on the Spanish 24 hours ferry and never had any problems

    But buy a travel kettle and two pin adaptor so u can make a brew in the cabin (on the longer crossings of course).
     
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    Check with ferry company in advance - some will give you EHU whilst on board - we got it on Cap Finistere earlier this year.
     
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    Leave the motorhome alarm off.

    Pete
     
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    Definitely - we pee'd a lot of folk off on a ferry trip to Greece once.
     
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    I always leave mine on during ferry trip. How else to keep fridge cold for 36 hours? ???
     
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    TURN THE GAS OFF WHEN ON A FERRY, ALWAYS!
     
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    In addition to DBK's good advice about putting a frozen bottle of milk in the main compartment, it also helps if you fill the freezer compartment completely with frozen food. Do not put in the fancy packaging the stuff comes in. Take it out of that,(keep the instructions if you must) but essentially turn the freezer compartment into one solid block of iced food.
     
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    You are required to turn off the gas supply before boarding. On our last crossing, to Hook Of Holland, the security were pulling all motorhomes out of line and asking them to turn off gas whilst they watched you do it.
    Simple answer, don't have anything in the freezer that will spoil, and put ice packs in the fridge. that will keep it cool for the whole crossing :D
     
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    I've never been asked or seen anything like that.
     
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    It's a first for me also I have to say, although, amusingly the guy stood by the toilet cassette door when I exited, and I had to say to him "actually the gas is the one with the LPG sign on it!" :D
     
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    As a former ferry company employee I can assure you I insisted on it whenever I saw a motorhome or caravan in the marshalling area. Please read the conditions of carriage and it should be very clear. Propane and butane are heavier than air, this doesn't matter too much outside but the car deck of a cross channel ferry is an enclosed space. Where would any gas leak to and disperse? If you have the fridge on gas where are the products of combustion meant to go?

    Please turn off the gas.
     
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    in 30 years of ferry travel I've never been on a closed deck.
     
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