Couple of question - draft through cab somewhere and french tolls

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  1. The Cruisers

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    Firstly we are away in our Marquis 175 and it’s a tad windy. We can feel a draft coming from the cab somewhere yet we have closed all vents in the cab. Any ideas?
    ALSO we will be travelling from the tunnel to Alsace region and will use toll roads partly. Can you advise about pre payment for tolls as my arms aren’t long enough to reach the pay machines and I have to get out of MH to pay. Thanks in advance for your help.
     
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    We always found coach builds draughty around cab areas
    As for tolls get a Sanef toll tag saves a lot of hassle if you’re booking tunnel they have an offer on tags.
     
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    Change your air settings from outside (fresh) air to internal ( recirculated)
     
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    We've got a RHD and the wife has short arms, I got fed up climbing out to do the deed and got a Sanef tag, one of the best things I ever did for touring.

    Hymie
     
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    there are open vents under the seats in the floor, through the seatbelt mount and in the edges of the doors as standard. white duct tape works well
     
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    Does that mean she doesn’t pay her way...???
     
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  7. Northernraider

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    My a class is draughty in the cab too so isn't just coachbuilt ...all vents closed and on recircle and still draughty
    The heater to the feet is rubbish too the only decent heat I get is from the face vents on dash.

    And I just avoid toll roads ...ive not been on one yet and the other roads are more scenic
     
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    You can't "pre pay" tolls. The only option you have is a payment tag. This acts as an automatic payment method.

    More detail here: https://www.saneftolling.co.uk

    We have one and it works. Can't say anything more really. It doesn't save you any money, it actually costs a little bit more more (€12 or so per year) once you factor in the charges but for convenience it can't be beaten

    If you have a search around you can usually get the application fees waived. Eurotunnel usually have this offer running.
     
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    That's fine if you have unlimited time and no particular destination in mind. We're not all retired though.

    If you have a set timescale and a specific place to be then the minor roads just take far too long.
     
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    By far the best method.:)
     
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    In your opinion.
     
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    I've got to say that even if we did have unlimited time I don't see much appeal in driving through every village I can find and stopping to take pictures of every roundabout I come across.
     
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    Couldn’t agree with you more. (y)
     
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    I'm a long way from being retired :)

    Most of the roads I've been on run alongside the toll roads often joining back on to them between the chargeable areas.
     
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    With much lower speed limits.

    If your trip is only a week or two weeks then wasting time avoiding tolls makes no sense to me whatsoever. I want to get where I'm going as quickly as possible. I've seen plenty of French countryside. It really isn't all that interesting.

    If you're away for 6 months then maybe but even then I don't think I would bother.
     
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    While I agree with your last sentence, they are slower, full of traffic, tractors, trucks etc. Get yourself on a nice toll road which is empty, multi lane and you have time to enjoy the views.
     
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    Or unless you're likely to be in France for most of the year, the ATMB Liber-t Evasion tag, exactly the same in use as Sanef, but €1.60 service charge per month only for any month in which you actually incur toll fees, plus the toll fees themselves. Register a currency conversion fee free card for payment, such as Halifax Clarity or Nationwide Select and you will pay no more than the current currency conversion rate for tolls plus €1.60 in any month you actually use it.

    https://www.atmb.com/en/our-offers/etp-subscription/light-vehicles/liber-t-evasion
     
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    Seen enough French roundabouts to last a lifetime, Tolls for me every time(y)
     
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    Under the van just behind the passenger seat there are a couple of vents. Block these up and it should help with the draft.
     

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  20. Riverbankannie

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    Sounds like the @The Cruisers are already on their way and so I’m afraid it’s too late to get a tag. You have to set up a direct debit and they will only post the tag to your home address i believe.
    Something to sort out when you get home ready for your next trip.
    As for which one, I favour ATMB as it’s only acharge for the month in which you use it. Nice clear detailed statements accessible online .
     

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