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Milo72
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:38 pm    Post subject: Crossing the Chanel Reply with quote

I’m travelling to France in a couple of weeks, ferry there and tunnel back. Just wondered if anyone had any problem with ground clearance on either of these.

It’s 20mm lowered have 2 passengers and full of luggage.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

IIRC if you ask they will put you in the HGV deck where you don't up/down a ramp.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't speak for the ferry but on your shuttle booking if you tick the box to say that your car is over 1.85 metre high they'll reserve you a space on the ground level. This has the added benefit of being wider so far less chance of kerbing tyres/wheels.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

T8 wrote:
I can't speak for the ferry but on your shuttle booking if you tick the box to say that your car is over 1.85 metre high they'll reserve you a space on the ground level. This has the added benefit of being wider so far less chance of kerbing tyres/wheels.


That, T8 - is well worth know.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks all - just looked at my tunnel booking and it says that my car has been designated a low vehicle and to follow signage... very clever of them.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Milo72 wrote:
Thanks all - just looked at my tunnel booking and it says that my car has been designated a low vehicle and to follow signage... very clever of them.


Interesting ,Let us know what you encounter …….Im planning a trip myself and remember that last time I was in the train it was pretty tight and the clearance was minimal …..
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 1:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

T8 wrote:
I can't speak for the ferry but on your shuttle booking if you tick the box to say that your car is over 1.85 metre high they'll reserve you a space on the ground level. This has the added benefit of being wider so far less chance of kerbing tyres/wheels.


Now that wee tip would settle the mind …….Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2019 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did a day trip to France using Eurotunnel yesterday in the Cayenne. It does get tight, especially passing the toilets.
 
  
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I took mine to Le Mans for the 24 hour in June on the train. I believe when you enter car type / reg etc their system picks up your vehicle and designates you a low height vehicle so you go on the bottom, thus avoiding the large ramps up.

I was concerned about my wheels, but just lined it up and took it slow. I have a 997.2 Cab
 
  
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would only use the ferry as a last resort ..... you just don't know who or how you will be parked up against ..... the Chunnel is well up to speed in directing low sports cars to the lower lever.
 
  
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In keeping with my current roll of taking the Michael...

Are we talking hand bags or cosmetics here? Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

madalaa wrote:
I would only use the ferry as a last resort ..... you just don't know who or how you will be parked up against ..... the Chunnel is well up to speed in directing low sports cars to the lower lever.


I took my 997 on the long Plymouth to Santander Spain crossing last year.

As I was parking up, I did think those thoughts as we were down in the absolute bowels of the ship.

Given that it was a rough crossing, I did start thinking "well there is bleep all I can do about it now".

Was very pleasantly surprised when I got back down the next afternoon to find everything absolutely fine

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have had my 997 on the chunnel a few times and never had a problem with clearance. It is tight on the width as others have said, my normal process getting on and off is

(1) radio / sounds off
(2) windows down
(3) take it nice and slowly, (1) and (2) help me listen out in case the tyre rubber were to hit the sides so i dont kerb the wheels.

T8's top tip is indeed tremendously useful.

For this very reason, one of the things that I was looking at on the 992 configurator is the front axle lift system for such eventualities.

Enjoy the trip.
 
  
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

T8 wrote:


........ on your shuttle booking if you tick the box to say that your car is over 1.85 metre high they'll reserve you a space on the ground level. This has the added benefit of being wider so far less chance of kerbing tyres/wheels.



re the above.

Remember to follow the signs/lanes for the high vehicle loading area. Don't just follow the queue of cars.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

madalaa wrote:
I would only use the ferry as a last resort ..... you just don't know who or how you will be parked up against ..... the Chunnel is well up to speed in directing low sports cars to the lower lever.


+1 Thumb Admittedly it is more expensive but it is well worth it.

Using the Chunnel you don't have to get out of the car and the crossing is 43 minutes......if you get there early, they will ask if you want to go on an earlier than schedule crossing.

On the ferry it's pot luck if you can find a seat....and there is always a chance of some over excited kid running into your nads.
God help you if you want any food.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I’ve never had a problem upstairs in a 997.2. They offer over height when I do the manned check-in, but I’ve not found it necessary. The staff by the train send me downstairs the vast majority of times.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I managed to get my 911 on a ferry and it has very low front clearance, was a little tricky but the guys loading were very helpful and guided me on. Tunnel as said you go in with transit vans etc.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The return of Marty Wild wrote:
In keeping with my current roll of taking the Michael...

Are we talking hand bags or cosmetics here? Laughing


Floor I was expecting some cheap No.5.......looks like the gf will have to make do with the Tweed by Lentheric I got her for Christmas.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been over on the train more times than I can remember (car is lower than a GT3) and they always look at my car and automatically put me on the lower deck, I don't bother with the taller train.

The taller deck at 1.85m high and is usually reserved for caravans, coaches and large/tall vehicles and is only single deck as apposed to the double decker trains I normally use. You can book the taller train but you have to say your vehicle is OVER 1.85m tall at the time of booking or they won't let you on it otherwise, I think there is sometimes a cost implication to the taller train but not always.

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IIRC if you ask they will put you in the HGV deck where you don't up/down a ramp.


The HGV train is different to the passenger trains and is open sided, you have to leave your vehicle and a shuttle takes you to a buffet cart and you get taken back to your vehicle once the train arrives.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I prefer the ferry as it is an opportunity to take a break after driving down from Yorkshire. I usually use DFDS as they have always taken care to put me in a good spot, generally avoiding people brushing past with their bags etc. And space to open the doors. I have never had a problem getting a good seat (upstairs restaurant at the front). All for half the price of the tunnel.
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