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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 19-01-2019, 18:10 Thread Starter
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Euro tunnel with easylifter hydratrail

Looking to book the euro tunnel for the first time with the easylifter (and the first time on the tunnel for a while)

Have people booked it as a rack or a trailer ?

I thought they used to ask for vehicle length when booking but this time the only option is "campervan" and no questions about length ?

Any first hand experience ?

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Looking to book the euro tunnel for the first time with the easylifter (and the first time on the tunnel for a while)

Have people booked it as a rack or a trailer ?

I thought they used to ask for vehicle length when booking but this time the only option is "campervan" and no questions about length ?

Any first hand experience ?

thanks

Roger
I have used the tunnel for about 8 years and they have used the campervan category which covers everything from a camper to a RV in that time. I do not know if they would consider the easylifter as a trailer or rack.
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I bet they would class it as a trailer for the simple reason they can charge you for it!!!

Last time I used the tunnel it was a single price for a "campervan" regardless of size and likewise a single price for a trailer, again regardless of size. When I asked why they didnt charge by length the (pathetic) response was "Our customers find it easier to understand" yeah right!!!

Ferry companies charge by length, the longer the length the higher the cost, no-one has difficulty understanding that simple concept do they ?????

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Do racks have wheels?

Is a trailer suspended?

It seems quite straightforward to me
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But at £240 extra for a trailer it makes a big difference !!
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Shall we start up the "Hydra-trails/Easylifters are racks not trailers" argument again?????

Its been a while now.

Andy

Or how about Gassing????
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I suppose the best way to find out EXACTLY what Eurotunnel think is to book as a Campervan with rack, download the product info from Easylifter and carry it as a printed copy, roll up to the barrier and........


Let us know how you got on 😉
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And people wonder why this forum is dying !!!

see initial post asking for first hand experience,

i will book the ferry by length as normal i expect but had some tesco vouchers to use up and thought i may get some relavant replys but nope just the usual suspects sniping at the easylifters.

go away and bother the brexit threads or something to amuse yourselves please
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I am not a big poster on here but think your response is a bit unfair as nobody sniped at your question as it really an unknown quantity.
Be fair and I am sure someone will come up with a satisfactory answer.
For what it's worth your lifter is not in contact with the ground so I think length of vehicle would apply.
😀😀 chill out these people are well meaning.
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Hi Roger

Although I never actually travelled across the channel with my Hydratrail, I changed it for a Motolug as my bike was too heavy.
I did do extensive research, to answer your question my findings are

The Eurotunnel will treat it as a trailer and charge as such, the Ferry companies will not charge you extra providing your total declared length is not exceeded, as they seem happy to recognise it as a rack.

One of my main reasons for trying the Hydratrail was for cheaper crossings, however as said, I was not happy that my (type Approved) towbar was sturdy enough to resist the twisting action load
imparted by the hydratrail.

I have since checked with DFDS and using the Motolug trailer will only add a few pounds to my crossing costs.
The Eurotunnel charges however are ridiculous so I will not be using them.

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