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Motorhome height and booking online

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Just been going through the internet to get best deal for our first trip to France. Although heading for the Loire decided to take the Dover crossing because it is so much cheaper. Was originally looking at Speedferries because of their prices but they do have the 2.0m width limit (including mirrors) which I hear they rigedly enforce, also could not get the £88 deal, was going to be £102 and limited times, basically they are fully booked.
So after using a couple of search engines ended up at Smartferries (Leisure Drive) and they came back with a price of £98 on P&O in June, however there is a height limit of 2.5m for online booking, surprising since they do list Motorhome as an option, so ended up having to call them, they came back to me an hour later with the same price. Looking at a few other sites many seem to have this height restriction, and with an AS Duetto ours isn't exactly big. Anyone else come across this ?
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The width limit of 2.5m is common across most operators because it's the width used to plan the ships loading lanes. Basically freight vehicles used to be 2.5m wide (although in some circumstances they can now be up to 2.65m). Thus the lanes are marked on ships decks to allow a 2.5m vehicle plus room for a (slim) driver to get out from either side. Anything above 2.5m wide risks overlapping into a second lane, consequently taking up two vehicle spaces.

Hope that helps
There is no reason that I can think of for a 2.5m height limit

The 1.85m limit you sometimes see is because many ships have Mezzanine Decks which fold down and effectively split a larger deck in two horizontally. The upper level then has a height of just under 2m

The 2.5m is more likely being used to ensure no commercial traffic (ie trucks) tries to use the passenger rate, hence when you phone you don't have a problem booking
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