Ferry Booking & Length

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  1. Welsh girl

    Welsh girl Funster Life Member

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    When booking ferry I put that we're 6.50m which we are, then it asks are you carrying bikes on the back and asks you to say how much they protrude.
    I say 0.50m there is a choice for 0.25m Does this really make a difference?
    They have never checked.
    Nor did they ask if the gas was turned off,when we came to France yesterday, we have by the way.
     
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    It might depend on the ferry, we were measured at Hull last year as they said the boat was really full, it wasn't.

    Martrin
     
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    yes it may depend on ferry, not been measured yet though
     
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    I don`t know if they still do or have......... but.......... some ferry company`s have marks on the road and the first booth you go through on check in from the park they get a rough idea.

    And have it logged on their computer when you book in your length...

    The first time we took a 5th wheel abroad they did check.. but if anything we were well inside what I had written down.... cos I measured the truck and the trailer seperately ... where by we all know you lose 4-5 ft of the trailer over the back of the truck.. :RollEyes:

    But I did not think of that the first time... :doh:::bigsmile:
     
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    Two years ago we were measured with a surveyors wheel by Brittany Ferries at Portsmouth.
    Last year our length was checked against the grid now marked out in the tarmac approach to
    the departure booth. Use of a cycle rack put another £10 on the fare in each direction. Those
    found to be over their declared length had to pay extra before they were allowed onto the ferry.
    Brisey.
     
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    I got measured at Plymouth, once, 16 metres with the trailer. They said they had the wrong reg number and thought I was someone else. When I checked the booking, 2 letters transposed and I never noticed, but they were fine once they married it all together. Never been checked otherwise, but on a full ferry they are very pedantic.
     
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  7. vwalan

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    at plymouth i,m ok at portsmouth and santander they always measure .
    as a car and caravan they allow 6m and 5 mtr , so 11 mtr total.
    my rig is only 10mtr in total so am 1mtr under .
    it always brings a smile as it does look longer.
    have know them measure one side them up the other as they didnt believe the first one .
     
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    No checks on the tunnel(y);):whistle::)
     
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    Our favourite route!
     
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    Go by Eurotunnel, NO hassle at all and no difference in prices re length. Frequent traveller via ET £108 return! any time of the year

    colyboy
     
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    but if you want to get to spain brittany ferries are ideal . i payed 389 return left last november came back april . i cant even drive up and down through france for that . never mind the 700miles in uk to the tunnel and back .
     
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    389 Return pounds or euros ? Didn't know the Golden Hind was back in Service. :LOL::LOL::LOL:
     
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    389 pounds return ,no cabins and club discount . had to go out from portsmouth but came back to plymouth. that was using santander as the spanish port.
     
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    Great deal indeed. ;)
     
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    at the moment it looks like 205 quid for outgoing this year with a seat. not released later prices yet.
    mind you have to pick the right crossing .
    i used to drive through france and enjoyed it but in winter its not so nice and its far easier and less wear n tear taking the ferry.
     
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    I am looking at going via Portsmouth to Bilbao on 20th Oct on the Economie service, does any fellow Funster have any discount codes that they would share with me please
     
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    pm,d you.
     
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    We met a couple with a type 25 VW, two bikes on a tailgate rack towing a trailer. They asked did we pay extra for our bikes on the rack, no we had not as the van is 7.25 metres, so I book it at 8 metres including the bikes. They had paid extra even though the bikes were between the van and trailer. We use Brittany Ferries a lot, never noticed if we are measured, but it only takes beam to do it
     
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    Has anyone any ideas on the cheapest way to book a ferry to spain, I'm coming up with £700 return on internet that's with a cabin. out in Nov back in march
     
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    Might be worth you joining Club Voyage ....
     
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