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    • mjhatcher
    • By mjhatcher 18th Aug 19, 9:45 AM
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    Anyone taken a bike rack on Normandie Express (fast ferry)
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    Anyone taken a bike rack on Normandie Express (fast ferry) 18th Aug 19 at 9:45 AM
    We are travelling to France next weekend and are planning on taking our bikes on a buzzrack carrier. For the first time we are travelling on the Normandie Express fast boat and Iíve just seen an FAQ on the website talking about how they do not allow trailers or caravans on this crossing.

    I spoke with a lady in their reservations team who said this wouldnít be a problem as it wasnít a ďseparate trailerĒ but I didnít get a huge feeling of confidence she was really clear exactly what I was talking about. It isnít a separate trailer but itís a pretty hefty piece of kit attached to a tow hitch. I did put down that we had a bike carrier on the original reservation so Iím not worried about that aspect; just whether they might claim itís a trailer. The last thing I want is to show up at the port and be unable to travel

    Has anyone travelled on this boat with a tow hitch bike carrier?
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    • unforeseen
    • By unforeseen 18th Aug 19, 1:24 PM
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    • 18th Aug 19, 1:24 PM
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    • 18th Aug 19, 1:24 PM
    Looking at what the express is ( a catamaran) then the trailer/caravan ban is probably because it would have a stability problem if things got rough. Something firmly connected to the car should be OK

    REAR-MOUNTED BICYCLE CARRIER
    You can take a rear-mounted bicycle carrier on the back of your vehicle for a small supplement. Please select the ‘Yes’ option under ‘Are you taking a rear-mounted bicycle carrier’.
    You appear to be limited to a maximum overall length of 6m.
    Last edited by unforeseen; 18-08-2019 at 1:32 PM.
    • knightstyle
    • By knightstyle 18th Aug 19, 6:38 PM
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    • 18th Aug 19, 6:38 PM
    They sometimes check the declared vehicle length and height when you book in.
    • mgdavid
    • By mgdavid 18th Aug 19, 9:20 PM
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    • 18th Aug 19, 9:20 PM
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    • 18th Aug 19, 9:20 PM
    .......

    I spoke with a lady in their reservations team who said this wouldnít be a problem as it wasnít a ďseparate trailerĒ but I didnít get a huge feeling of confidence she was really clear exactly what I was talking about. It isnít a separate trailer but itís a pretty hefty piece of kit attached to a tow hitch. ..........
    Originally posted by mjhatcher

    I don't see how this could be any clearer, you've had the answer already.
    The questions that get the best answers are the questions that give most detail....
    • mjhatcher
    • By mjhatcher 21st Aug 19, 6:18 AM
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    • 21st Aug 19, 6:18 AM
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    • 21st Aug 19, 6:18 AM
    Thanks all. I’ll keep my fingers crossed!
    • mjhatcher
    • By mjhatcher 23rd Aug 19, 3:39 PM
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    • 23rd Aug 19, 3:39 PM
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    • 23rd Aug 19, 3:39 PM
    Turned out to be absolutely no issue and plenty of others with similarly huge bike racks!

    Happy to have worried for nothing!
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