rouen 3mtrs

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  1. vana

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    Hi all

    Having a bad experience in Nantes towing down a no thr'o road (not marked following a garmin sat nav):Eek!::Doh:
    I would like clear trouble free route going from Calais to the Dordogne is it easy or do I avoid? I have heard some nightmare things about low tunnels ect we are 3 mtrs in hieght and towing. It looks like the most straightforward route avoiding Toll Roads which we dont use.

    Many Thanks in Advance (vana):thumb:
     
  2. olley

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    In Rouen where the road runs next to the river, there are tunnels at each bridge intersection to allow cars to miss the traffic lights, I believe these are not much more than 2 metres in height, so you can't use them. Just means you have to wait at the lights. However if you stick to the main road, you won't go down this road anyway.

    See here: http://g.co/maps/udqgg

    Ian
     
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  3. Chris

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    We had trouble in Rouen with a low bridge:Doh:

    Can't remember much ( I was in shock:BigGrin:) but it was a duel carriageway and we were in the left lane and should have been in the right. The left went under the tunnel and the right went over it.

    Our sat nav was to blame. We should have just followed the signs:thumb:
     
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    We have just done the run down to Narbonne and back up through France to Calais. We used the Nuvi 5000 and had no problems off peage all the way. 7.1m x 2.81m x 2.2m Hymer S700. All of this in January & February this year, in minus 11c to minus 6c and snow

    Calais, Buchy, Vouvray, Magnac Bourge, Carcasonne, Narbonne Plage. From here we went to Pienca in Italy and back on autoroutes. Then Narnonne over the Massive central to Magnag Bourg and then followed the same road back off peage except for the Millau Bridge. .

    The only problem we had was trying to find the Aire at Les Arcs on the route to Italy, as the satnav took us off a junction too soon and tried routing us cross country through Pignans and at Gonfaron where the main road was closed and traffic was diverted down side roads. At one point where the road was so narrow with the sides of the surface crumbling away into gullies. I was edging down with Joan walking ahead and my RH mirror hit a lamp post as the LH just missed the wall. I now know how a cat feels as it uses its whiskers to gauge if it can get through. We never made Les Arcs and found ouselves back at Pignans again. As it was getting dark, we wilded on the car park beside the railway station.

    There was 2ft of snow in Italy and it was bitterly cold. At Narbonne I tried to wash the back window and the brush froze instantly to the plastic window.

    John
     
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    I suggest you purchase the Low Bridges POIs from here
    http://www.lowbridges.com/bridgex.htm

    It's a one of payment of £9.95, the updates are free.. I have them installed in my TT...


    While the sat nav won't navigate to avoid them you can set the alarm distance to give plenty of prior warning .. and of course, if you check the route prior to departure you will see any that may be a problem. You can set your sat nav to ignore ones above the height of your van.

    They also sell weights and widths limit POI sets.
     
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    You can avoid the low tunnels in Rouen, just be careful you are in the correct lane. I've never been through the tunnels in a car as first time I came through they were flooded and I've stuck to the same way since.

    You can skirt round Rouen altogether but it's quite a long way round I think and you'' also pay peage.

    Also be careful if you are going to Le Havre ferry port as there is also the tunnel system to avoid a busy junction. Stay over to the right and you'll avoid the tunnel.
     
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    I am so grateful to read this thread. I thought I might be the only numpty to try and fit a 2.95 high motorhome through a 2.6 m tunnel in Rouen! Must remember to keep to the right! At least I was stopped by the bar hanging down on chains and only did 100 quid's worth of damage :Doh:

    I think you were unlucky to get a dead end unmarked, but tunnels are clearly marked with the height restriction - you just got to keep your eyes on the road and let the passenger look at the satnav!
     
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    You were very lucky...

    £9.95 could save another £100 of damage ... or more!

    The old adage applies.. If it can happen.. it will.
     
  9. bungy

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    Mucho usefull :thumb: - but am i missing something ere...website says these are only for the UK or do they come bundled with EU stuff but the website doesnt say that???
     
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  10. olley

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    No as far as I know, their UK only.

    Ian
     
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    Well, we can unfortunately top that!!! The first time we went under the tunnels (we were being followed by David, (DSHague) at the time) we saw the signs too late and both ducked as we went under! Fortunately we had 5 cms to spare and managed to come out the other end unscathed.

    Last autumn we had our 4 week old Bentley, which, with the dome is 3m. We turned left, following Tom Tom of course and stopped in front of the hanging barrier! I spotted a emergency exit to the right but instead of reversing Michael put his foot down and went through the barrier!!

    Needless to say the cab was very hot with expletives, but luckily it bounced down the roof and there was no damage to the dome, solar panel or the roof!!!

    We still travel through Roen, simply because we cant face the Paris alternative!

    Ginny
     
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    I got caught out by the Rouen underpasses and had to reverse out. Fortunately the French seem a bit more tolerant than the British in similar circumstances. As previously mentioned, once you know they are low then take the high road at the junctions, no problem.

    A couple of years back we met up with someone, I think at Chartres, who had taken his roof light off at Rouen, Luckily his satellite dish survived.
     
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    Quite a big club the 'oh no Rouen' one.
    Like everyone else, had the tunnel nightmare.

    Now I avoid the city, when I emerge from the long road tunnel, the third exit takes you to a junction and you can follow the D road keeping to the east side of the river towards Tourville la Riviere going through Les Gravettes and St Adrien and emerging at the autoroute south of the city. The road is a bit rough, but it gets me past.

    Only found it when diverted off by the police, panic was setting in, when a policeman on a motorbike pulled alongside as I anxiously looked at the signs, I said Dreux, he pointed and I've been going the same way ever since.
     
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    Tut! Tut! Tut!

    "I followed the Garmin", "It was the sat navs fault", "the sat nav took us the wrong way"

    Shame on you! You are the driver and ultimately responsible for your actions, not the sat nav!

    Anyone who follows a sat nav regardless, are fools! Not drivers!

    A sat nav is an aid, a moving map display, nothing more.

    Craig
     
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    A nice alternative route avoiding Rouen, is the E44 / A29 , (North of Rouen) , brings you into Honfluer for a convenient night stop at the aire .. have used this route both going and coming back ..
     
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    we always go round it

    We travel often to the South of France. When we come down the main route to Rouen on the duel carriageway that comes out of the long tunnel before you hit Rouen.. you stay in the right hand lane and ignore the 2nd but exit on the third exit on the right. this roadway swings to the right slightly then back almost parallel to the duel carriageway you just left .. it becomes 4 lanes.. get in to the the second from the right .... there are some lights with a turn last turn right a head .. the a head is the one you need it crosses a large junction and you merge on to another 6 land junction.. you need to then get over to the 3 on the right as you are merging in to one side of a large duel carriage way .. set of lights again in front of you (note if you just went a head and did not merge there is a shell petrol station in front of you) .. so you have swung left on to the road that crosses over the duel carriageway you left at the 3rd junction.

    Make sure you are in the right hand hand as soon as possible as the two left one turn off.. stay in the right hand lane which then stays as a single lane and runs all the way down beside the river.. you miss Rouen as it lays off to the right of you.. you cross the river some way down when you are on the route you want.

    More simple than it sounds...

    If you have a google map look it up.. you will find the long tunnel outside rouen and you can follow the route I have just listed.

    Bob
     
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    Dont know about being more tolerant , it was a very busy Saturday afternoon when I followed the sat nav to the tunnel entrance clipping the warning bar on the way , there was a lot of very irate Frenchmen gesturing wildly as co-pilot Ann bravely stepped out to back me up to the escape gap :BigGrin:
     
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    Hi Bob,

    It does sound complicated, any chance of a map?

    Ginny
     
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    it is not hard really

    If you can get on to Google Earth then just enter Rouen, France and it will take you to the centre.. zoom out and to the right and locate the main duel carriageway in to Rouen.. A28 (blue signs) or E 402 (green signs) the tunnel starts not long after junction 13 .. a few minor ones if I recall but 13 is the main one before the tunnel. about 4 klms . it goes down hill as you enter it and it is fairly long.. it is then the third exit on the right once you come out into day light.. first exit is soon after you exit the tunnel.........................taking the third exit follow previous instructions... .......... the road number that runs down the side of the river is D6015 at Gouy you have a choice of routes South D7 or D6015 you can also get on to the A13 or E5 from either of the above roads.

    I have found it well worth looking at Google maps to zoom in and look at places like this that gave me concerns at one time.

    by the way just off the A28/E402 about 30 klms before Rouen is Neufchtel-en-Bray.. has a great ACIS camp site and close to the very nice town.. plus cheap fuel etc., leave at exit 9 follow the signs. about 2 klms from motorway.

    Bob
     
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  20. Chris

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    But maps don't show low tunnels?
     
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