Tunnel weight limit

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by sally47, Nov 21, 2015.

  1. sally47

    sally47 Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2014
    Messages:
    187
    Likes Received:
    68
    Been checking ferry prices and would like to go via tunnel now the question I have for you all is ...height of van 3m ok length 8.5m ok weight 4.5t not ok seems they take up to 18m but only 3.5 t has anyone got a 3.5 t 18 m van surely that's not possible so do I have to go on the ferry
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  2. ivorantony

    ivorantony Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2013
    Messages:
    519
    Likes Received:
    552
    Location:
    London SE
    as you see full size coaches on the same train I cannot see a problem!
    we are 3.9 tonne and never had a problem,
     
  3. Speve

    Speve Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2013
    Messages:
    2,348
    Likes Received:
    2,353
    Location:
    Salisbury
    We've never had a problem now booked with 4250kg plus 1700kg trailer.
     
  4. icantremember

    icantremember Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2010
    Messages:
    5,628
    Likes Received:
    7,794
    Location:
    Nr Watton in Norfolk
    For the tunnel motorhome weight makes no difference .... just make sure you book as a motorhome.
     
  5. Gellyneck

    Gellyneck Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2014
    Messages:
    1,879
    Likes Received:
    2,252
    Location:
    Scotland
    Are you looking at a van as opposed to a motorhome option?
     
  6. Robert Clark

    Robert Clark Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2014
    Messages:
    7,244
    Likes Received:
    14,014
    Location:
    East Sussex
    I think they call them camping car or something similar - weight isn't an issue
     
  7. G T and Dottie

    G T and Dottie Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2015
    Messages:
    406
    Likes Received:
    439
    Location:
    Gloucester
    18 m is the normal max length of a standard articulated lorry 41 ton weight limit ( in Europe, 44 ton in GB). Confusion somewhere me thinks.
     
  8. denisejoe

    denisejoe Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2014
    Messages:
    1,651
    Likes Received:
    1,160
    Location:
    Isle of Sheppy
    Make sure you book as a "campervan" - makes no difference what weight/length/height you are. We are also 4.5 tonne and 3.1 m high and always use the tunnel.

    Denise
     
  9. TerryL

    TerryL Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2010
    Messages:
    1,522
    Likes Received:
    1,503
    Location:
    North East
    In the dropdown box for vehicle type select "campervan". You will travel in the single deck carriages along with coaches and cars with roof boxes.

    You're not the first by any means - it's not very clear on their webpage.
     
  10. ceejayt

    ceejayt Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2015
    Messages:
    526
    Likes Received:
    626
    Location:
    York
    Slightly off topic but tunnel related. We have used the tunnel lots of times. My question relates to gas as we have 60 litre under slung tank. I have a series of knobs inside the van which shut off the gas to each appliance. To turn off the tank 'at source' is difficult to get at to say the least. Do people think turning off inside the van is sufficient or it should be turned off at source?
     
  11. sdc77

    sdc77 Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2013
    Messages:
    2,814
    Likes Received:
    3,403
    Location:
    East london
    It should be shut off at source and they may want to check
     
  12. ceejayt

    ceejayt Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2015
    Messages:
    526
    Likes Received:
    626
    Location:
    York
    That's what I figured, thanks
     
  13. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2007
    Messages:
    29,065
    Likes Received:
    25,758
    Location:
    Suffolk
    It 'should' be turned off at source, but in all my trips never had anyone actually check that it was..
     
  14. Cavs

    Cavs Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2010
    Messages:
    299
    Likes Received:
    286
    Location:
    Bedfordshire
    That's interesting; I've had the gas bottles checked every single time I've travelled on the tunnel, which is well into double figures. I expect, if you explain, that turning off each individual appliance valve might be acceptable.

    As to the OP, as everyone else says, if you make sure you book as a camper van there is nowhere to put weight on the booking form.
     
  15. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2007
    Messages:
    29,065
    Likes Received:
    25,758
    Location:
    Suffolk
    that's just my experience..

    last trip was Aug this year, just asked.. then told to go.. you must have a guilty looking face...
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  16. sdc77

    sdc77 Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2013
    Messages:
    2,814
    Likes Received:
    3,403
    Location:
    East london
    Been checked about 50% of the time.
     
  17. frogijock

    frogijock Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2008
    Messages:
    742
    Likes Received:
    438
    Location:
    Lincolnshire
    Only not had my gas checked once and that was because they were running late and had an overflow of vehicles, it was also a couple of day's before Christmas
     
  18. Zigisla

    Zigisla Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2015
    Messages:
    1,487
    Likes Received:
    1,617
    Location:
    Fareham, Hants
    I have seen a you tube video about a beginners guide to the tunnel. He arrives at the check in and someone makes him wait until they have checked his gas is off. Poster says that this is the first time he has been checked at the check in point as he always has been directed to a large pull in area. There was a que where he pointed this area to be though so it certainly looks like they should check everyone. If getting to the tanks is awkward use the checker man to turn them off. - while your there mate!!!
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  19. ceejayt

    ceejayt Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2015
    Messages:
    526
    Likes Received:
    626
    Location:
    York
    So, I have always been asked and even had them come in the van to check the fridge is actually off and have said I have turned them all off and they have been happy. When we had a gas locker they always checked the cylinders but now the underslung tank has a protective cover which has to be undone and then turn off gas, replace cover and reverse at the other end. This involves getting under the van so have to admit, I have never bothered. The design has 4 separate taps located in a flap under the sink. Open the flat and turn each of four knobs (hob, oven, fridge and BBQ point) to off which I have done every time.
     
  20. madgeD

    madgeD Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2014
    Messages:
    259
    Likes Received:
    480
    Location:
    Cleveland
    My advise is turn it off before you enter the area ie home or camp site , when they ask tell them its off but show them where it is, if they want to get underneath that is up to them ;) I don't think they will bother. But they have asked us every time , they dont always check.
     
Loading...
Similar Threads
  1. Mickey1
    Replies:
    299
    Views:
    13,485
  2. PJA
    Replies:
    10
    Views:
    398
  3. Edenside
    Replies:
    8
    Views:
    512
  4. Microchip
    Replies:
    33
    Views:
    1,584
  5. SPUD'N'T
    Replies:
    6
    Views:
    369

Share This Page