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Author: sennen523

Location: Rhos-on-Sea

PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 11:29 am    Post subject:  Eurotunnel.

Hi All,
I am thinking of using EUROTUNNEL for our fist motorhome trip into Europe.
Can anyone give me their experiences good and bad using Eurotunnel.
A member has already told me that they are bad if you wanted to change your booking.
Thanks
Sennen 523.

Author: GerryD

Location: Bedfordshire

PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 11:35 am    Post subject:  

We always use Eurotunnel. It is smooth, quiet and not affected by weather. At very busy times you may have to queue to get through but if you select quieter times it is the most relaxed way to travel.
Remember to use your Tesco Clubcard vouchers and you can reduce your travel to free.
Normal tickets are valid for a year so if you have to delay or travel early you can provided you change before the time of your travel. There will only be an extra charge if you change to a different price band.
A lot of clubs give discount, but we have found that they hardly ever match the internet prices and with Tesco you do not need discount.
Enjoy your trip.

Author: Lbusdriver PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 11:41 am    Post subject:  

We have booked the ferry for our first trip using our tesco tickets and I wish now that I had booked the tunnel as it sounds loads better, especially is you are travelling with your dogs as we are. Do you pay for dogs on the tunnel?

Author: richs2000 PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 11:46 am    Post subject:  

IMHO it's the best way to get across the channel as if you turn up early, they'll normally put you on the next one for no extra fee (sometimes if you are very early they charge the extra for the next band up, sometimes not)

Author: eddied

Location: N40degrees,35´32.15" E14degrees, 21´48.08"

PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 12:06 pm    Post subject:  Eurotunnel

Very Happy Have used Eurotunnel ever since it first opened. Was one of the first users, with at the time a years worth of complimentary tickets (with a Renault Espace), then started paying with my Landrover/Motorhome.
Since then have never crossed the Channel by any other means, at least twice a year, and sometimes more often.
It is now so easy, with booking on line, and the automatic check in, it is just a seamless drive from wherever in UK to France, or vice versa.
Hope they don't go bust!
saluti,
eddied

Author: bill

Location: Warwick

PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 12:58 pm    Post subject:  EURO TUNNEL

sennen523

We used it for our first trip abroad with the 'van. We would agree with what has already been said.

A couple of other things though, one, we travelled at around midnight and found finding our way to the train a little difficult. By this I mean there seemed to be an 'information clutter' of signs for cars, vans, hgv's, no entry, one way; the staff directing you were not always wearing a reflective jacket that was easily seen and actually seeing where you were to go was difficult because of the maze of lampposts and signs. (Perhaps it was just us). Two, whilst waiting for our 'slot' to be called we kept a good eye on what we thought were repeater screens in the car park at the terminal from the 'van, only to find that departure time was getting very close, so we went in and looked at the 'airport type' screens in the terminal building only to find that we were on 'final call for ........ departure'. Not sure whether we got this wrong or Euro Tunnel failed to display the information on the external display units.

Booking in is a doddle, once on, open the flask have a cup of tea, read your book, make final preparation for the journey ahead. None of the hassle (for us anyway) of getting between often grubby vehicles, queueing to get up ferry stairs, avoid the bussle of the ferry generally, queueing to get back to your vehicle, sorry suppose I'm one of those 'grumpy old men' sometimes mentioned on this site.

Having sworn that I would never use it, it is now the only way I will cross the channel, particularly whilst using Tesco Coupons.

Eddied - If they do go bust it will be one expensive hole in the ground. Suspect there are those that would like to see it filled in though.

richs2000 - When you mention changing your departure time and perhaps paying the difference or not, have you ever turned up more than the two hours before mentioned in the 'terms and conditions' and got a change? If so how long before please. I ask because we were about 10 hours early for our return trip and waited for the 'two hours' before to come round.

Happy travels

bill

Author: JQL

Location: Near Orly Airport

PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 1:19 pm    Post subject:  

When you book online they ask about LPG and refuse to let you go any further if you have LPG. What's the form with Propane & Butane and the chunnel?

Author: Rightz

Location: North Devon

PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 1:25 pm    Post subject:  

what works out cheaper? ferries or tunnel?

Author: aultymer

Location: Renfrewshire

PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 1:36 pm    Post subject:  

John asked 'When you book online they ask about LPG and refuse to let you go any further if you have LPG. What's the form with Propane & Butane and the chunnel?
If you dig a bit deeper they eventually tell you that this only refers to LPG powered vehicles.
If it were otherwise you wouldn't see any motorhomes or caravans on the trains!
Be prepared for them to check that your gas is OFF ot the bottles - there is even a checkpoint that appears to do little other than check this.

Great way to travel especially if you don't like having to leave pets on their own as you do on the ferries.
It may not be the cheapest way (unless you have a Tesco near you) but if you have splashed out ŁKKs on a motorhome, which isn't exactly the cheapest way to holiday, why would pennypinching win over comfort?

Author: brisey

Location: Middlesex

PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 1:44 pm    Post subject:  

JQL wrote:
When you book online they ask about LPG and refuse to let you go any further if you have LPG. What's the form with Propane & Butane and the chunnel?


Hi JQL
The LPG question refers to whether your vehicle is feuled by LPG, if it is then you are not allowed to use the tunnel due to the large amount of gas being carried.
Motorhomes using gas bottles for heating and cooking only are accepted for travel. select no from the drop down menu and continue with your booking. Before boarding the train your bottles will be checked by a member of staff to ensure that they are turned off.



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