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Arrrgh - we go in a week 3 weeks 6 days ago #471569

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Hi all.
We go abroad this time next week so now I’m trying to check everything.

My only reservation is getting on and off the ferry.

I’ve done it in the car loads of time as we use Hull regularly living so close (20 mins away)

We are crossing Hull to Rotterdam which is a HUGE ferry but I know cars definitely go in up a ramp and through a side door. Does anyone know if caravans do the same or are they round the back door with the big stuff??

Also, anything else related to Dutch/Belgian/French/Lux/German and Swiss driving will be gratefully received!!
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Arrrgh - we go in a week 3 weeks 6 days ago #471575

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You just follow where the ferry guy put you, As for the driving in Europe, a bit slow in checking, everything is the same, check speed limits, but Switzerland you will need a Motorway pass ( Vignette) for the car and caravan about SF 40 each. And you can only take in 1 kg of meat for each person, but I have always bluffed that through.
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Arrrgh - we go in a week 3 weeks 6 days ago #471576

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Yep cheers for that. I’m getting more confident with the towing but I reckon the ferry will be the tightest yet!!!
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Arrrgh - we go in a week 3 weeks 6 days ago #471579

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The ferry is the lowest problem, dont trust French Caravan parking sites on the motorways, they are too small.
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Arrrgh - we go in a week 3 weeks 5 days ago #471582

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Ste ,
don't worry mate , I ripped my battery housing door off 3 hours before we were due to go a few years ago for the first time time !!

Thursday 1st Aug' for us & cant wait this year !!

I've done three ferries ( nearly 4 ) in the last few years and other people probably more , 2 to France 1 to Holland and the two to France were & level access no problem and so was the one to Holland but on a return trip from Holland we were put on the upper level deck if that makes sense ( I'm drinking glass of wine at the same i am doing this after a midnight run ) but it was no problem apart from the bit going up the ramps but because it had been raining a bit and the ramps are a kind of metal cattle grid kind if that makes sense , the clutch was smelling a bit but others were to !! Other than that all was fine do not worry ! Enjoy . B)
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Arrrgh - we go in a week 3 weeks 5 days ago #471584

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EH52ARH wrote:
The ferry is the lowest problem, dont trust French Caravan parking sites on the motorways, they are too small.

On French autoroutes there are no problems parking within the HGV areas. We always make our lunch stop before 1200 as the French nation stops for lunch soon after and getting a space can be problematic.
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Arrrgh - we go in a week 3 weeks 5 days ago #471587

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I’m more concerned about just getting it in the right place. Don’t fancy having to do any reversing inside the ferry.

As for the steel ramps, I’m at the mercy of the auto box I guess but can stick it in 4WD and low ratio so shouldn’t be a prob
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Ste ,
Don't worry about any reversing malarkey , there won't be any , as you drive in and you drive out and are directed by ferry Marshall , just when they direct you around corners watch your top end on the caravan because I have heard that they don't care about bits that come down on the ferry and watch your swing when pulling out as you will be close to other vehicles but it will be clearly 1 line at a time goes out then you follow suit . :)
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Arrrgh - we go in a week 3 weeks 5 days ago #471591

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Ste6t9 wrote:
I’m more concerned about just getting it in the right place. Don’t fancy having to do any reversing inside the ferry.

As for the steel ramps, I’m at the mercy of the auto box I guess but can stick it in 4WD and low ratio so shouldn’t be a prob

Despite the hectic waving forward by ships staff use your own judgment on the ramps. I tend to hover back to give very good space between me and car in front. Then engage first gear and go slowly up.

Take care disembarking don’t let euphoria overcome you and then bounce the back of your caravan on the deck.
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Arrrgh - we go in a week 3 weeks 5 days ago #471597

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I agree however frantic the ferry staff are, just take your time, especially if you have a steep ramp to climb or come off. Try to make sure the vehicle ahead of you is clear of the ramp as you may not want to restart on a steep wet ramp.
Other than that it should be simple and the ferry staff tend to be very precise with where they want you and give good directions.
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