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Hi All, we are doing some planning and I wondered if anyone has any experience of driving from the Euro Tunnel through France to Spain with a 7.5 tonne truck. We are using our truck to move our goods and chattels and will be travelling in convoy with me in the car with the dogs. We are using the tunnel to allow us to stay with the dogs although we will be separated on the train due to the truck being in freight. We plan one overnight having had an overnight in Folkstone prior to travelling to allow an early start and a full day through France.

I know there are dog friendly hotels but the problem is the truck and being able to park.

We are being flexible on the journey and if we have to do 2 overnights then that's fine too just a bit concerned about parking the truck at overnight stops.

Would really appreciate any knowledge or experience anyone has of this journey.

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Thanks Gareth that was really helpful, have a bit of plan coming together now

Overnight in Folkstone, early tunnel crossing , overnight 20 clics south of Bordeaux and then late arrival in Spain the next day. The French drive is one we know well (we are not going the Paris route !) and the Spain side we have done a couple of times. We plan to go with the flow and see how the dogs are, they normally travel really well and it will be November so at least no heat issues. I realise we will get separated in the tunnel crossing due to the truck being in freight but hoping we can park up somewhere when we get off to get back in convoy and let the dogs out.

Does anyone know if its possible to stop within the tunnel complex on the France side ?

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Are you both able and willing to drive the lorry? If not your tacho will limit the distance you can travel each day!

Also remember there are many places where lorries may not overtake for many kms, hence the convoys of lorries.

Having stopped at Belin-Beliet (south of Bordeaux), we stopped overnight at Zaragoza before going on to south of Alicante. We could never have done the journey in one day from Berlin.

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Belin, not Berlin, ruddy autocorrect!

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We just come back from Spain ,we were traveling by car . We used the ferry and started from Dunkirk.
We were traveling from our home in UK to our home in Spain 30 hours ,including 5 hours breaks, but without night in the hotel,because one of us could sleep in the car whilst the other drove. The Roads in France and Spain are packed with lorries,especially during the days and their motorways have mostly only 2 lines. All motorways in France and some in Spain are tolls, for one way traveling by car it was cost 130 euros. We did see at the service in France some hotels but hardly one in Spain. If you would like some more information please ask.


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We just come back from Spain ,we were traveling by car . We used the ferry and started from Dunkirk.
We were traveling from our home in UK to our home in Spain 30 hours ,including 5 hours breaks, but without night in the hotel,because one of us could sleep in the car whilst the other drove. The Roads in France and Spain are packed with lorries,especially during the days and their motorways have mostly only 2 lines. All motorways in France and some in Spain are tolls, for one way traveling by car it was cost 130 euros. We did see at the service in France some hotels but hardly one in Spain. If you would like some more information please ask.
Thank you , we are trying to work through the best options at the moment , the driving time from Calais is just over 20 hrs , with the truck you are allowed 10 hrs max on 2 days per week to keep legal with the tacho but with 2 dogs with me in the car in convoy and average speed low that will most likely be a lot more for us . We have found a hotel near Bordeaux but even that maybe too much on the first day. We are expecting the toll fees , its a one way trip so can take it easy if required. I guess we will do a close inspection of the French route and try and find various stop options on the way and see how we get on. We have done the Bordeaux route in a day before but in the car and not with dogs. The dogs travel well but we want to make the journey a pleasant start to our new adventure so the research continues , thank you for your reply

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Are you both able and willing to drive the lorry? If not your tacho will limit the distance you can travel each day!

Also remember there are many places where lorries may not overtake for many kms, hence the convoys of lorries.

Having stopped at Belin-Beliet (south of Bordeaux), we stopped overnight at Zaragoza before going on to south of Alicante. We could never have done the journey in one day from Berlin.
Thank you , we are still planning and any help from folks who have done the drive is really helpful, we can both drive the truck but I am not so keen to in France or Spain !

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Personally I prefer driving the lorry and towing in both France and Spain. Outside of the cities the roads are, in general a lot quieter and it makes sense to me to have the steering wheel on the kerbside so that on roads where they allow cyclists I know absolutely where they are before turning off. Also I'm less inclined to push my luck when overtaking.

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Hi

Drove our 3.5t horse lorry through France twice with our animals and a 6.5t once with most of the rest of the farm down to our new place in Northern Spain from Wales but via the Ferry to Calais.
Found the truck stops felt very safe and were well looked after, the road system was really easy to drive on and the miles flew by. Avoided the Paris route and only bad bit was the road works around Rouen.

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