If I don't do Mount Blanc Tunnel - how bad drive over?.

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  1. Citysafe

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    We will be down in Switzerland in next few days. I wondered about the drive over the mountain rather than the tunnel. We have the time.

    I also understand there is a quiet aire on the route over. We are heading into Italy ultimately.

    Anyone have any guidance experience ?
     
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    We have been over the top some time ago in a T5 pop top. From what I remember it was really nice without any bad points that stick in my memory.
    If you do then you wont miss the cow bells, they can be heard clunking across the hills. The poor cows must be stone deaf.(y)
     
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    although there are various ways over the mountains into Italy, as far as I know there is no road option close to the Mont Blanc tunnel. I may be taking your question too literally, but if you turn up in Chamonix, I don't think you have any options to cross without driving a lot of miles (y)
     
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    Mont Cenis is an alternative and free route. Have not done it for some years, but used to do it regular. Used to be a nice place here that I stopped at. img024.jpg
     
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    Depends where you are in Switzerland. I seem to recall the Gotthard Tunnel being pretty straightforward, and the price is included in your Swiss motorway vignette, whereas the Mont Blanc Tunnel toll is quite expensive for a MH.

    As for going over the top, I think our SatNav took us over the Grimselpass one summer and it wasn't desperate. It's going downhill that's more of a problem than going up - you need to use low gear a lot and be careful not to overheat your brakes. As long as you're on the equivalent of an A road it's possible in a MH.
     
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    I've been across the petit St Bernard pass a few times and it comes out at Courmeyer. It is OK.

    Just drove the monster Mercedes moochermobile across the St Gottard pass this morning (just as well, there appeared to be a lot of queueing for the tunnel) and apart from thick fog at the top it was OK. Left Milan this morning and now in Mulhouse.

    Speed cameras everywhere in Switzerland, by the way
     
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    You don't say if you have been through the tunnel, but if you havnt , it cost us 30 odd euros, but well worth it , to go in , in snow and out to sun, brilliant.
    But if you have done it it's probably worn off now
     

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    The last one was in , this is out
     
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    If you do go over the Cenis, there is a lake at the top believe it or not. Oh if Victors is still there you can park up and get a good meal. Say hello to Sonya for me;). img023.jpg
     
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    That looks like a KADIDLIAC,,,SEDDON/ATKINSON!!!!
     
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    It was, Cummins 350 big cam. Fuller 13 speed. On route to the Laverda plant in Breganze to collect a combine harvester. Long time ago now.
     
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    Was that Fuller twin split? lovely smooth box. Owned a couple of them back in the 90s...BUSBY:):):)
     
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    €57.60 from the French side, €58.50 from the Italian side.
     
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    Thats the one. Good drivetrain in the day. That job was also a good un. Down empty, drop the trailer in the factory, go on the play for a couple of days whilst they loaded and chained it all down. Then paid for storage back in the UK until they wanted it delivered to customer. Happy days.
     
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    Keeping my eye on this thread (could do with all the help I can) as I have it in mind to go to Ancona next year for the ferry to Greece and the Mont Blanc Tunnel is in a straight line from our usual arrival point of Roscoff.
    Any suggestions (other than the tunnel) gratefully received.
     
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    Last year we went to Ancona through Austria via Fern & Brenna passes no tolls.
     
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    Four years ago, :( and we are under three and half ton
     
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    But even at 60 euros I would still do it for the experience if I hadn't already done it.
     
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    In my experience going through the Blanc is akin to going through the channel tunnel. Its a big black hole with no scenery. I also prefer the run down the Milou valley and up the other side to going over the bridge. The view as you go over the top of the alps is far better than going through a big black hole, which what the tunnel really is. Each to there own I suppose but after the fire in the tunnel I never went through it again.
     
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    No weight limits just a Camping Car Class.

    Totally agree who wants to go through a boring tunnel, did the Mont Blanc about 30 years ago in a car, don't like two way tunnels that long, bad enough when I was young trying to stay awake to avoid oncoming vehicles. Don't like the Chunnel either much rather be on a ferry.
     
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