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Message posted by sja1951 on 02/6/2010 at 11:57pm
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Hi All,

Planning to go to Europe this year and wondered about parking at a Tesco near the ferry or eurotunnel, but concrned about signs appearing in Tesco carparks stating parking limited to two hours

I anticapitate that I will be about 4 - 5 hours early and as it is not worth booking into a campsite, I thought that a supermarket would fit the bill.

Does anyone have any experience of parking at these supermarkets or even have recieved a penality notice?

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Message posted by Feux Verts on 03/6/2010 at 12:09am
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I'm purely guessing - but it's private property and signs are displayed, coupled with the facts that staff work overnight to restock the store - and the fact that there isn't a plethora of caravans parked in Tesco car parks near ferry ports at night - that it might not be a good plan.

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they;ll do you!!    the one at dover is no go    the car park is protected by one of these low level barriers things which will bash the aerial off your roof    tried it with a van with no ariel and scraped the top   so be warned

pay up and enjoy the hol  it is not worth the bother  


Message posted by nutgone on 03/6/2010 at 12:14am
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I had to park in one once when visiting my parents on their boat (at Bulls Bridge, kind of north London area). My van was staying over night (not camper, just a small Renault Extra van) & my mum got all worried about me getting clamped or ticketed, so she called the number on the sign (Euro Car Parks, I believe), explained where I was parked, gave them a description of the vehicle & the number plate, & they were fine, said they'd log it & I never heard anything more.
It's worth a try, even if you make something up & say you've broken down & are awaiting assistance.
Make sure you make a note of the time you called, the number you used & the person you talked to, just in case.

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Remembering more now, I was still trading as a self employed electrician back then, & they were having trouble with their charging system. Funny thing was, I just happened to be passing the area when they called (I was a long way from home, not on business I seem to recall). When I got there my dad wanted to look over the van as I'd only just got it (it was only about 250, but looked ok) we found it had dropped it's water due to a pinhole leak on a heater hose.
I can't remember what we told the people at euro car parks, I'm pretty sure my mum admitted I was their son & said I was fixing a problem on their boat, not sure if she added the bit about the van for good measure or not. The outcome was good nonetheless.
If you don't ask, you don't get, in this world. It's probably worth a try, but port-side at Dover may well be a different issue. Time of day also makes a difference, they are mostly trying to stop people parking there in the morning & going off to work all day, so most tickets get written around lunch time.
If it's barriers & ticket machines at the entrance, you've had it. Although that system is wide open to you returning again & again.
Were you going to remain with the vehicle? I would advise it where ever you park in Dover, it's not the nicest town in the country.

Message posted by B Chrystie on 03/6/2010 at 8:59am
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Don't forget that many supermarket car parks are controlled by cameras these days, logging your entry and exit time. You may not get a ticket at the time, but there could be a nasty surprise waiting in your letter box when you get back!

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Euro Car Parks are a private company and, therefore, legally can not give you a penalty notice. They might put a ticket on your windscreen (or even pay the DVLA 2.50 to get the registered keepers details) but who would tell them who was driving. Have a look at the pepipoo site for more information, but you will not have to pay a fine. Actually many years ago Tesco et al used to encourage the use of their car parks overnight probably hoping you would spend in the cafe / shop before you left.

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We tend to stay overnight in the travelodge at Ashford, just 12 miles from the tunnel. This suits us as we get a comfy sleep and shower before an early crossing and a good run down into France. There is a newish services open on the M20 called 'early arrivals'. We've not been in there, but it might be worth checking it out. Ordinary motorway services charge for an overnight stay, but I think you get a 'free' breakfast.

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I thought I had read of a Tesco in that area that lets you park up as long as you asked them?? Someone else maybe able to advise.

Are you tenting or vanning?

If you are vanning why not book at CL thru the Caravan club some are just a fiver for the night, quiet and they have water and waste facilities I think.


Message posted by Caroleeeeee on 03/6/2010 at 4:33pm
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We have stayed over night at tesco Ashford in our motorhome, no problem.

We did do some shopping and asked if it was ok they took our number plate for security.

We had supper and went to sleep, i was a bit noisy but we  slept ok

No charge no problems

Give them a ring and ask, it's only 2 mins from the tunnel

Good luck


Message posted by jaiash on 03/6/2010 at 7:23pm
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If you're a CC member - you could book into a CL, or ring one and discuss a few hours 'parking'.  We used to do this at one in Capel le fern, cost us 2 for an early evening, time for a meal and a short kip.

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Message posted by Tentz on 04/6/2010 at 8:37am
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Passed Tescos at Whitfield, Dover about 07.30 yesterday morn, several motorhomes/caravans parked at far end of car park, so presumabley still ok there.

I think supermkts only put time limits on their car parks as required. Example is Tesco at Ipswich on A12/A14 junction where an awful lot of folk were leaving their cars there all day & picking up car share lifts. So it would be quite possible for supermkts in places like Dover to decide there was too much overnight parking & impose a ban.

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Message posted by Shirl L on 05/6/2010 at 11:56pm
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Parked overnight (11.30pm - 7am) at the Cheriton Tesco last summer (nr Eurotunnel).  We filled up with fuel and then I went in and asked for the manager.  Explained that we normally park up on Dover sea front (Marine Parade) but the road matrix signs were telling us the A20(?) was shut.  I said we'd just spent 70 on fuel at the Tesco garage, asked if we could stay overnight on their car park and he said it was no problem.  We did have a letter waiting for us when we got home stating we'd gone over the 2 hour parking limit and warning us we could be 'fined' if we did it again. I contacted customer service and explained we'd asked permission and they removed our warning letter from their records.  I think if you're polite when you ask you may get the nod.  Just depends on the manage'rs mood I suppose!

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Message posted by happybonzo on 06/6/2010 at 7:10am
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Have a look at www.wildcamping.co.uk There should be loads of info there about Tesco carparks

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