Newbie to the tunnel

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  1. Inthezone

    Inthezone Read Only Funster

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    Just thought as we are over to france next week when I leave the M20 to the tunnel do I go in the freight or the car lane ?, and where do I go from there?
    Total newbie to this:BigGrin:
     
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    This might help - [ame]http://youtu.be/rzW5TQtZ8EA[/ame]

    For best Video picture quality click on the 'cog' (bottom right hand corner of the Youtube video) and select '720pHD' or '1080pHD'

    Be warned - this Video is 27 minutes long.

    :france::france::france:
     
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    You will find it all very easy .... once you leave the motorway don't follow freight, there are overhead signs which show which lanes you should take with a motorhome. Enjoy your trip
     
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    We have done the tunnel loads in a car, ( I havent been on a ferry for 30 years!) but we too are coming up for first time through tunnel in motorhome.
    I have a puzzling question - where on earth do you hang your "letter tag" to display which train you are on? Always used to hang it on the rear view mirror, but obviously dont have one now - just a huge A class windscreen

    What do others do?
    :Confused::help:
     
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    Car/coach lane. You won't be allowed on the freight train.

    The hangar is a bit of a problem with no mirror, we hang ours on the dash cam, or SWMBO holds it.
     
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    Motorhomes follow the car signs and it's quite straight forward. If you want to stop at the services there is a dedicated Motorhome & coaches area with toilet dump and dog walking.
    There are various checks to go through, passport & security etc and someone will want to check the gas is switched off. There are height restricted lanes which sort the larger vehicles from the car size ones. It's fairly clear, and there's usually someone to follow.
    As for the check-in label, I think as long as it's obvious it doesn't matter. I seem to remember ours fell off once and no-one noticed.
     
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    As everybody has mentioned, avoid the 'freight' lane and take car lane initially from the motorway - then follow overhead instructions. All fairly straightforward.

    Worth knowing is that you can arrive up to 2 hours before your scheduled crossing and they will try to fit you on an earlier train if they have availability - which they usually do. :thumb:

    Trains every 15 minutes at peak times, reduces to every 20 mins or 30 mins normally. Think it might be as little as every hour during middle of the night if little demand?

    Mike
     
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    Can be 2+ hours betwwen trains at night. Fridays and Saturdays they do tunnel mainterance after 10pm. Because one of the 6 ections of the tunnel will be closed, trains are sent through in flights in one direction, then the other. A train at 5mins to the hour and another at 5 mins past the hour is classed as 1 per hour:Angry:, best to keep to booked time at night

    Malcolm
     
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    Tunnel entry and loading is very efficient (usually!)

    Make sure you follow the signs for High Vehicles as you are seperated out from cars before the parking/embarkation area.

    Always found the tunnel easier than the ferries and free with Tesco points !:thumb:

    Have a good trip.
     
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    If you are organised and time it right with sandwiches and a flask you can have a meal as you travel. It's very straight forward and efficient.
     
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    Good point - we ALWAYS either eat, or at least have a snack, as we're going through the tunnel. But for a hot drink you MUST use a flask. Gas has to be turned off in the gas locker before boarding.

    We normally just have boiling water in the flask, and then make a drink up without any significant waste.

    Tried the ferry with the van on one of our trips last year and it was OK, but for us we much prefer the tunnel, even though it's a tad more expensive (unless you are paying with Tesco vouchers). :thumb:

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    Thanks ever so much for the advise and help :BigGrin:
     
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    Letter tag for tunnel

    We have a roll of sellotape handy and just tape the letter tag thingy to the top of the windscreen. Simples.
     
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    I carry one of these for exactly this reason.....:thumb:

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    I highly recommend this.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004LUHN...UTF8&colid=1HSFBF4WXDFS1&coliid=IPXRYHEOE2752

    We have one where the mirror sits and it is perfect. Also useful for parking tickets and some campsites require a ticket to be displayed and this remains the external side of the silver screen. Clean the glass with a bit of meths first and it will never come off!
     
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    For newbies using the tunnel, try right hand side of train for viewing portholes, sometimes you can see the fish, DO NOT OPEN signs have been replaced i noticed recently.:Cool:
     
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    Yes...we only ever seem to see the fish on the journey back...something to do with that French wine the Missus thinks..:helptitanic:
     
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    We have an A Class also and just put the Letter propped up against the windscreen, never had a problem.
     
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    Booked on the 23.20 tonight,first time on the train, then coming home Zeebrugge - hull,,,,going down to puy du fou then dune du pyla,,,,just waiting for the kids to come home from school the were off,,,,
    Bon voyage,,,as they say.:Smile:
    ps..will we need a snorkel or can you breathe underwater.
     
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    lou020 - approach and parking at Dune du Pyla - [ame]http://youtu.be/NoxCqxNqlT4[/ame]

    As long as you don't wind the carriage windows down you should be okay!

    And lifebuoy rings for emergency use on the train are sold at Maidstone Services for a reasonable price.
     
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