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Driving down for Feb half term

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*makes me feel better that I’m not inefficient as a packer.
Ugh, need that sleep and that holiday.
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@DJAT, I am definitely a very efficient packer and the house rule is if it's in the hall it will get in the car but it's also not unusual that something key gets forgotten - best ski one was board bindings last year, still hanging in the garage. Have also forgotten stove when camping, apres clothes for me so had the same pair of jeans I'd travelled in all week and also forgot sheets for kids bed once too. It's a running joke each time!
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talking about packing, we are lucky enough to have a small place out there so should need to take very little but somehow Mrs 996 still insists on taking masses.
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We’re driving down in a Ford puckup, you would think that would be ample space for the four passengers, you would be right it is. We are taking an additional four peoples luggage including skis and piles of food. What I have learnt is that whatever you drive someone will fill it.
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We are off to alpbach this year. Heading down Thursday evening from Shropshire to get tunnel and spend new got in Calais. Up early to leave around 7 on Friday morning and then big run to south of Munich. Up early Saturday and hopefully skiing by 10am. 2 adults and 2 boys 8 & 5
Only driven to France before so Should be interesting across Germany etc.
Negative is more stopover hotels, positive is cheaper holiday.
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Thick As wrote:
We’re driving down in a Ford puckup, you would think that would be ample space for the four passengers, you would be right it is. We are taking an additional four peoples luggage including skis and piles of food. What I have learnt is that whatever you drive someone will fill it.


We are the same, going in a doube cab,just two of us, but two kids car seats for the grandkids when we pick them up from te airport and boots, skis etc for others two, going in three days time for 11 wks and getting really excited now
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I am definitely a very efficient packer

One who forgets snowboard bindings, apres clothes, bed sheets. Laughing
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I am definitely a very efficient packer

One who forgets snowboard bindings, apres clothes, bed sheets. Laughing


space efficient if not anything else Laughing We will be starting a list this weekend and it'll be fine this year.....
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Thick As wrote:
We’re driving down in a Ford puckup, you would think that would be ample space for the four passengers, you would be right it is. We are taking an additional four peoples luggage including skis and piles of food. What I have learnt is that whatever you drive someone will fill it.


We are the same, going in a doube cab,just two of us, but two kids car seats for the grandkids when we pick them up from te airport and boots, skis etc for others two, going in three days time for 11 wks and getting really excited now


Going in our navara.
Are you getting snowchains for it?
Not got any for it yet, but got some good tyres onit
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Yes, winters fitted now but have chains from when I just had the original tyres.
Nothing stopping us! (Except a blocked road full of other people!)
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We'll be driving to La Plagne in our motorhome again this half term.

Being from up north the kids are missing the Friday at school. We'll leave as soon as they finish on Thursday and head to the tunnel for a 11pm crossing.

Drive for an hour or so from Calais and pull up to sleep for the night. Friday we normally stop around Troyes to do a SuperU shop and have lunch, then drive onto Albertville where we'll stay on the Friday night.

Saturday be on the road at 7am to get to the motorhome parking in La Plagne early before the traffic builds.

Cook breakfast, get hire skis collected, ready for half day lift pass kicking in at 12:30 pm

4 weeks tomorrow!
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We're doing similar in our motorhome but leaving Friday when kids finish school, staying at Le Grand Bornand (again)- that way we avoid the queues towards 3 valleys etc- going out again at Easter.@Bianchigray does the La Plagne aire have hook up? and is it often available- we use aires a lot in the summer but in the more popular places the EHC is often dominated by a few- couldn't cope for long without it in winter so we often use campsites- would perhaps like to try somewhere new at Easter
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always29 wrote:
We will be starting a list this weekend and it'll be fine this year.....


Is that on top of the laminated list? If the weather stays OK we are doing a test-pack! Woo.
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Test pack 2019 *starts whistling the Tetris theme*
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Amateur! Pfft! You can see all the way through to the front window- get the sink! Very Happy
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@Richard_Sideways, Don't brake too hard!

I actually bought a dog guard purely to provide a little reassurance that none of us would be taken out by a flying suitcase
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Amateur! Pfft! You can see all the way through to the front window- get the sink! Very Happy


I do that as well to be able to see tailgating belgians in the rear view mirror
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I do that as well to be able to see tailgating belgians in the rear view mirror

With the tailgating Italians they get so close you can see straight through their car without noticing it, but wondering why someone seems to be sitting in your rear passenger seat.
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Oleski wrote:
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Amateur! Pfft! You can see all the way through to the front window- get the sink! Very Happy


I do that as well to be able to see tailgating belgians in the rear view mirror

"Here come the Belgians!!"

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Talking of Belgians and doofers (which both have been in this thread) I had an ongoing spirited duel with two Belgians in an RS6 and Macan on last year's drive. They tailgated me, bombed past must have been doing 200kph and off into the distance. Passed them with the doofer at the next tolls - repeat two more times! So if nothing else, doofers are useful for p*ssing off high performance Belgians!!!
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@dunc999, Much the same with Range Rovers with two boxes on the roof - I
I reckon they stop to fill up at every third services then go belting past then etc etc
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@dunc999, unless said Belgian drives into 30km toll lane and then gets stuck Twisted Evil

@boredsurfin, you're optimistic wink - every 2nd station - Disco with large roofbox, managed around 28mpg this trip
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@Boris, Laughing I thought 3 sounded more realistic - truth his they come blasting past me doing 130kph Cool vanish into the distance and then later they come blasting past again and then a while later they come blasting past again - one year I saw the same Range Rover filling up at Chambery on the way back but strangely didn't see it again! (I only fill up my 4x4 once on the trip)
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@boredsurfin, you also have to consider RR probably means 2/3 young kdis - so probably a lot of loo stops as well Toofy Grin
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The 'window' hole is a pre-req for Always29 to drive - she likes to see where she's been.
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the La Plagne aire have hook up? and is it often available- we use aires a lot in the summer but in the more popular places the EHC is often dominated by a few- couldn't cope for long without it in winter so we often use campsites- would perhaps like to try somewhere new at Easter


Yes, individual hook up. Access to fresh water, grey and black waste disposal, rubbish bins. Best of all its right by the side of the piste in Plagne Villages.

You have to book for half term as soon as dates are released (usually October) but other times of year much quieter. The website booking is easy. It's around €22 a night in winter but that includes the hook up so good prices for location and services provided.

Usually a few UK vans in at half term.
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stu330 wrote:
robs1 wrote:
Thick As wrote:
We’re driving down in a Ford puckup, you would think that would be ample space for the four passengers, you would be right it is. We are taking an additional four peoples luggage including skis and piles of food. What I have learnt is that whatever you drive someone will fill it.


We are the same, going in a doube cab,just two of us, but two kids car seats for the grandkids when we pick them up from te airport and boots, skis etc for others two, going in three days time for 11 wks and getting really excited now


Going in our navara.
Are you getting snowchains for it?
Not got any for it yet, but got some good tyres onit

yes we have chains but never needed the on our hilux even last year when we drove up some steepish roads with deep snow, always a first time though and to be honest probably more important for stopping when going down hill rather than up
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Eurotunnel called last week. They wanted to check that the height of our vehicle was over 1.85m They are making sure that they optimise the space as they are expecting it to be busy on the Friday.
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So after good advice in another thread I have a plan a. and b. in mind for the Caen to Aosta trip:

a = Caen, round paris, below Dijon, Jura, Lausanne, GSB tunnel
b = Caen, Le Mans, Tours, Bourges, then make a decision wither head for MBT or go Jura, Lausanne GSM

One thing is that Saturday morning 15th feb is the middle week of the Paris half term. Does that mean it's quieter round and then down the A6 or just as busy as their first holiday weekend?
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thanks @jonathancarty, after reading your post, checked my doofer status and needed to order a new one as the battery was "near expiry", that could have been embarrassing crashing into the first paege barrier at 30kph!!!!!


Me too and it said near expiry so ordered new one for next day delivery as we leave Friday night, Im not 100% sure the batteries(if they do have them at all) do expire as we use a similar device to recognize cows and also pet id chips which respond to a signal by giving out a code that the reader picks up, they AFAIK never die, BUT Im not taking the risk of not having a tag for 11 wks while we are there, we always after having one for five years still give out a whoop when the gate opens rolling eyes childish I know but who cares


Does anyone know how to check the battery status of an APRR doofer? I have been through the webpage and looked at my account details, but there doesn't appear to be any obvious information about it. Thanks!
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A6 will be very busy. Traffic jam start around 3am until midday around Auxerre. I would take the a5 Troyes > Dijon >a40
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The Emovis website will tell you how old the doofer is and the battery status.
Log in and have a look at the My Devices bit. It should list your devices and give the status of the TAG and the battery expiry.
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Does anyone know how to check the battery status of an APRR doofer? I have been through the webpage and looked at my account details, but there doesn't appear to be any obvious information about it. Thanks!

There isn't any (that I know of). One time we went out and it just didn't work. We had to pay on the fly and then order a new doofer when we got home. Bit of a pain but probably easy enough to just a order a new one every 5 years to be on the safe side. In fact, I should probably do so myself!
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Does anyone know how to check the battery status of an APRR doofer? I have been through the webpage and looked at my account details, but there doesn't appear to be any obvious information about it. Thanks!

There isn't any (that I know of). One time we went out and it just didn't work. We had to pay on the fly and then order a new doofer when we got home. Bit of a pain but probably easy enough to just a order a new one every 5 years to be on the safe side. In fact, I should probably do so myself!


I am glad I chanced upon this thread. We are driving down at half term, following these comments I checked on the website, and it says mine is dead. Replacement ordered! Not surprising since it’s been four years since we skied (the wife had an accident, ending up with a torn ACL, meniscal tear repair and more - it’s taken her four years to gather the courage to get back on skis, and I am very proud of her for doing so).

We will be driving down on Friday evening, have a hotel booked on the way but am debating driving straight through...
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Ordered my replacement last week, arrived a couple of days later. You need to send the old one back to get a refund on the deposit
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Test-pack over the weekend. 3 sets of skis, poles and 2 boards in 1 bag and a round of boot Tetris...

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@Page23
The Emovis website will tell you how old the doofer is and the battery status.
Log in and have a look at the My Devices bit. It should list your devices and give the status of the TAG and the battery expiry.


Yeah, that won't work for me as mine is an APRR doofer. I've had it for around 2 years so it should be fine I guess. Will be holding my breath at the first barrier!
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Impressive. And organised. One advantage of driving is knowing your kit is stowed just so, and not being thrown around in airport transit. I’m a terrible packer (a just-in-case person), luckily my OH is very good (too little, IMO) so we balance out. And there is a knack to pack, like supermarket shopping.
Last year, friends (who we ski every year) packed everything in the car, kitchen sink you name it, but forgot his boxers bar the pair he was driving down in. Quick stop in a supermarche en route had only the briefiest of French men’s briefs. Cue much teasing all week Very Happy
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Yeah, that won't work for me as mine is an APRR doofer. I've had it for around 2 years so it should be fine I guess. Will be holding my breath at the first barrier!

Two years should be no problem, we've had ours much longer.
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Yeah, that won't work for me as mine is an APRR doofer. I've had it for around 2 years so it should be fine I guess. Will be holding my breath at the first barrier!

Two years should be no problem, we've had ours much longer.


I agree - ours has been used for 5 years worth of trips and has just gone to "Near Expiry" - new one ordered, so thanks to all the snowheads who brought this up - might have left it too late to check otherwise Shocked Very Happy
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